By the iRoM Staff With only a few short days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and with numerous clubs (especially in Europe) closed for the holiday week, we’ve decided to concentrate this week’s Picks on the celebratory musical pleasures of bringing in 2013. NEW YEAR’S EVE (DEC. 31) Los Angeles – Dec. 26 –… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 26 – 31.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 5. (Wed.) Blues Night: B.B. King and the Tedeschi/Trucks Band. A great program, with a banquet of blues running the gamut from the masterful B.B. King to the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, with their spicy servings of blues, soul, rock and funk. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Sept. 5.… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 9
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 21. (Tues.) Strunz & Farah. Two guitars together don’t get any more exciting than the high speed musical magic of long-time partners Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. After more than three decades together, they’re still in rare form. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 22. (Wed.) “An… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 20 – 26
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 23. (Tues.) Clay Jenkins. Good Signs CD concert. Trumpeter Jenkins celebrates the September release of his new CD with the stellar band on the album — guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Aug. 24. (Wed.) Alan Ferber Quartet. Versatile trombonist… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 8. (Tues.) Corky Hale and Friends. “I’m Glad There Is You.” Pianist, harpist, singer and imaginative producer Hale assembles most of the cast of prime talent on her album I’m Glad There Is You. The impressive line up includes Sally Kellerman, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker,… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 13.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 3. (Tues.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel conducts a stunning program of Bernstein and Gershwin. Gabriela Montero solos in the Rhapsody In Blue. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 3. (Tues.) Wayne Bergeron’s Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron steps down from the trumpet section to lead own… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 3 – 8
By Don Heckman Luis Munoz Invisible (Pelin Music) Listening to this recording, experiencing its warm embrace, I can only marvel that Luis Muñoz does not have wider visibility. The Costa Rican-born composer’s music begins with the subliminal qualities of his native roots, then blossoms into a creative expression that transcends boundaries reaching from jazz to… Read More Jazz CD Reviews: Luis Munoz and Jon Gold
By Michael Katz “Migration,” the name of the quartet led by drummer Antonio Sanchez, seemed an adept name for a group headlining the latest in the Jazz Bakery’s Moveable Feast Series. The Bakery, which was uprooted from its Westside home, is on a peripatetic journey which has taken it to downtown, Hollywood and points in… Read More Live Jazz: The Antonio Sanchez Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 23. (Tues.) Christopher Cross. Multiple Grammy Award-winning composer Cross hits include “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Never Be the Same.” Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – Mar. 24. (Wed.) Ray Davies. After the success of last Fall’s CD, The Kinks Choral Collection, Davies – one of the founders of… Read More Picks of the Week: March 23 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 23. (Tues.) John Proulx. At a time when male jazz singers are in the minority, Proulx, a fine jazz pianist, is carving a vocal identity of his own. He performs with trumpeter Warren Luening, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. –… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 23 – 28