Picks of the Week: May 14 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 15. (Wed.)  Brenna Whitaker.  She could have been a ‘30s platinum blond star.  But Whitaker doesn’t just look good; she can sing, too.  This time out she picks a set of tunes to enhance the birthday of Vibrato co-owner Eden Alpert.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – May… Read More Picks of the Week: May 14 – 19

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Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept 19. (Wed.) Catharine Russell.  Her resume includes gigs and recordings with the likes of Paul Simon, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Michael Feinstein.  But she’s very much the “real thing” according to critic Nat Hentoff.  And why not?  Her father, pianist Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s music director.  Catalina… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles  – April 20. (Mon.)  Phil Norman Tentet. Norman’s collective of L.A.’s premium players, performing briskly swinging charts recalls the buoyant West Coast jazz of the ’50s and ’60s.  Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-3058.  www.charlieos.com    – April 21. (Tues.)  Kristen Korb Sextet. She sings, she swings, she plays the bass and celebrates… Read More Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26