By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 17. (Wed.) Judy Carmichael Trio. Pianist/singer and all around dynamic entertainer Carmichael can bring a room to life with her powerful stride piano and deeply interpretive vocals. Click HERE to read a review of Carmichael in her last L.A. appearance. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 17. (Wed.) The… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 16 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 21. (Tues.) McGegan conducts Haydn. Nicholas McGegan conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of Papa Haydn’s finest, including the Alleluia Symphony and the Drumroll Symphony. Add to that an appearance by the brilliant British trumpeter Alison Balsom performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. –… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 20 – 26
By Don Heckman When Herbie Hancock, now a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s best known jazz artists, decreed that Monday, April 30 would be International Jazz Day, the response was a series of celebratory musical events around the globe. The most visible featured Hancock with a stellar array of artists, starting with… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: The Celebration of International Jazz Day at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Tony Gieske Every once in a while you get to hear some straight no rocks saxophone playing, and such was on tap, or perhaps uncorked would be a better term, when Dale Fielder played Vibrato on Friday. He did the whole set on baritone saxophone. So it was fresh sound all the way, not… Read More Live Jazz: Dale Fielder at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 30 (Wed.) Bill Cantos Quartet. Pianist/singer/songwriter Cantos is a first call rhythm section player. But he’s also a gifted performer in his own right, a songwriter whose works have the feel and the quality of the Great American Songbook. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – April 1.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 29 – April 3
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang. The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29
By Don Heckman Los Angeles ………………..HIGHLIGHT……………….. – Jan. 12. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. “A Tribute to Joe Pass” with Frank Potenza and many others. Pisano’s Tuesday night guitar jams have been one of the Southland’s most dependably engaging jazz gigs for years. Now Pisano – and his talented guests – are moving to Vitello’s,… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17
Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 6. (Wed.) John Proulx Trio. Singer/pianist Proulx will no doubt blend his swinging instrumental work with vocal selections from his recent tribute to Chet Baker, Baker’s Dozen. With Kendall Kay, drums and Kevin Axt, bass. Charlie O’s. (818) 989-3110. – Jan. 7. (Thurs.) The Gil Evans Band led by… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan 5 – 10