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 Los Angeles – April 29. (Tues.) Nouveau Stride. Lorraine Feather and Stephanie Trick. Singer/songwriter Feather and stride pianist Trick combine their considerable talents for an evening inspired by the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Dick Hyman. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – April 29. (Tues.) Chamber Music Society: All… Read More More Picks of the Week: April 30 – May 4
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 Electricity and internet problems in iRoM land prevented the posting of a full week of International Picks. But now we finally have enough power and web access to list some Picks of the Weekend here in L.A. Next week, Picks of the Week will be back on track with our global overview.… Read More Picks of the Weekend: May 3 – 5 in Los Angeles
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 – Nov. 23. (Fri.) Chuck Manning-John Daversa Quartet. Saxophonist Manning and trumpeter Daversa get together for an evening of adventurous improvisation. They’re backed by Pat Senatore, bass and Dick Weller, drums. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 23. (Fri.) Deana Martin. Yes, she’s Dean Martin’s daughter. But Deana has… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25
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 Don Heckman The subtitle for this splendid program of song at Vitello’s Wednesday night was “A Salute to Black History Month.” And both the title and the subtitle were right on target. The performance was dedicated to selections from the extraordinary song catalog of Jimmy McHugh – who is surely one of the least… Read More Live Music: A Jimmy McHugh Celebration at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 29. (Wed.) Carol Robbins. She’s that rare musical combination – a jazz harpist. And Robbins has brought it off in convincing style, playing with everyone from Frank Sinatra and the Manhattan Transfer to Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves. This time out, Robbins does it her way. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 28 – Mar. 4