Picks of the Week: July 20 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 21. (Tues.) Patricia Talem. The musical talent never seems to stop flowing from the rich, creative culture of Brazil. But the musically eclectic newcomer Talem, who is celebrating the release of her self-titled CD, is something special. Blessed with a warm, intimate, whisper in your ear voice, she… Read More Picks of the Week: July 20 – 26

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Live Jazz: Eric Alexander and the David Hazeltine Trio at the Jazz Bakery

By Michael Katz If you were to see Eric Alexander on the street you would probably not envision a fiery lead saxophonist – more like a scrappy second baseman from the local community college. The youthful look is deceiving. Fortyish now, Alexander has matured into a hard swinging leader on the tenor. While he doesn’t… Read More Live Jazz: Eric Alexander and the David Hazeltine Trio at the Jazz Bakery

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