By James DeFrances Las Vegas. Last week, veteran master impressionist Rich Little premiered his new show at the Laugh Factory in the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The brand new show “Rich Little Live” tells his life story through a series of archived video clips, live impressions and music. Often billed as the greatest… Read More Live Impressions: Rich Little at the Laugh Factory
By James DeFrances Perhaps we should be referring to her as the “Princess of Cool.” Last Sunday night, singer Deana Martin, daughter of the original “King of Cool,” Dean Martin, appeared at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. in Bel-Air. It was an evening of musical enrichment, great food and big smiles. The adoration Deana’s fans… Read More Live Music: Deana Martin at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA. Deana Martin was back at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Sunday night. And it was a welcome event for fans of the sort of warm, engaging musical entertainment associated with her father, Dean Martin, and his Rat Pack pals. No wonder every table at Vibrato was filled. Raised in… Read More Live Music: Deana Martin at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Any night one hears Tony Bennett in action is a night to remember. And his performance Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl was no exception, made even more memorable by the fact that it was taking place the day before his 87th birthday. Hearing mature artists in performance at the Bowl is… Read More Live Music: Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. Second, even third, generation careers in show business aren’t exactly uncommon in the entertainment world. And singer Deana Martin’s name alone indicates a legacy powerful enough to open the right doors. But Martin, who began a three night run at Vitello’s on Friday night, has the skills to build… Read More Live Music: Deana Martin at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA. As if her name wasn’t enough to identify her, Deana Martin was introduced in her Christmas show at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday night by a big screen video projection of her father. That’s right, the late Dean Martin. 2nd and 3rd generation celebrity performers are nothing new in Los… Read More Live Music: Deana Martin at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 4. (Wed.) Barry Manilow and July 4 Fireworks Spectacular. A high energy celebration of the 4th. With one soaring Manilow hit after another, a lot of patriotic music from the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks. And the usual spectacular pyrotechnics. Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2040. – July… Read More Picks of a Holiday Week: July 4 – 8
By Devon Wendell It was a beautiful, perfect, sunny California day in Beverly Hills for the first of 2012’s free Playboy Jazz Festival community concerts, featuring two diverse acts. One demonstrating the bright future of jazz to come, the other celebrating the musical legacy of one of the most influential artists and composers in the… Read More Live Jazz: Jose Rizo’s Mongorama and the Beverly Hills High School Jazz Band in the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival’s First Community Concert