Live Jazz: A Busy Friday Night at Vitello’s and the Out Take Bistro

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  Sometimes a music reviewer just has to do a lot in a single night – often unexpectedly.  As I did on Friday.  Even though it hadn’t actually started out that way. My schedule for the evening originally included a stop at Vitello’s  to hear the Bill Cunliffe big band… Read More Live Jazz: A Busy Friday Night at Vitello’s and the Out Take Bistro

Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Michael Katz Northridge, CA.  There were lots of good vibes, not to mention some friendly apparitions, circulating through the Valley Performing Arts Center Wednesday night, as the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars brought their tour to the campus of Cal State Northridge. The sextet, which had closed the curtain on the 55th MJF last September,… Read More Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Vitello’s with Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington

By Don Heckman Last week, John Pisano’s Guitar Night celebrated its 14th anniversary of bringing weekly guitar jams to the Southland’s jazz audience.  And last night, Guitar Night kicked off its 15th year with the kind of evening that has made this long run series into such a vital jazz destination. In addition to the… Read More Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Vitello’s with Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington