By Don Heckman – Nov. 6 – 9. (Thurs. – Sun.) Steve Tyrell. Add an amiable Texas twang to a jaunty sense of swing and a convincing way with a lyric, and that still doesn’t add up to the magic that happens when Tyrell digs into the Great American Songbook. Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com… Read More Picks of the Weekend in Los Angeles: Nov. 6 – 9
By Don Heckman Any night at The Gardenia is a musical night to remember. The West Hollywood supper club at the corner of LaBrea and Santa Monica has been one of the Southland’s rare cabaret destinations for three decades. Showcasing sophisticated musical artists reaching from musical theatre to jazz and the Great American songbook, The… Read More Live Jazz: Janis Mann at The Gardenia
By Don Heckman It’s a light, holiday week, with 100-plus temperatures here in L.A. But there’s still some very fine music to hear in various parts of the world. Los Angeles – Sept. 4 – 8. (Wed. – Sun.) The Roy Hargrove Quintet. Trumpeter Hargrove has appeared frequently with his big band lately. But this… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 8
By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA. International Jazz Day was celebrated in high spirited fashion Tuesday night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. The room’s Music Director and bassist Pat Senatore, who schedules an appealing flow of jazz talent in the attractive Bel Air club, picked many of his regular players to perform in a… Read More Live Jazz: International Jazz Day at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz. Etc.
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 Sally Kellerman started her set Wednesday night at Vitello’s with a gesture toward the season. Stalking on stage in an all black outfit, she held up her cape and serenaded the packed house crowd with “I Put A Spell On You.” (All of which she enhanced by sitting in a director’s chair… Read More Live Music: Sally Kellerman at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Christmas caroling was a regular seasonal activity in my young life. Growing up in an Eastern Pennsylvania rust belt city, singing carols while slip-sliding our way across icy sidewalks was as necessary to the holiday as going to Mass on Christmas eve. In a way, it was an equally necessary counter to… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Sing! Sing! Sing!
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 19. (Mon.) The Klezmatics. Somewhere between Eastern European Jewish music, ecstatic Middle Eastern sounds and the rhythmic lift and improvisations of jazz is the territory in which the Klezmatics practice their musically creative magic. Disney Hall. – Dec. 20. (Tues.) Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli. A Swingin’ Christmas.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 19 – 25
By Don Heckman The Phil Norman Tentet’s music is a refreshing reminder of the fine jazz that has been produced over the years by medium sized – 9, 10, 11 pieces – bands. Some sterling examples come quickly to mind, headlined by the classic Miles Davis Birth of the Cool band. In their performance at… Read More Live Jazz: The Phil Norman Tentet at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 19 (Tues.) Robert Glasper Trio. More than most of his contemporaries, pianist Glasper has found ways to compatibly combine hip-hop, rock and r & b elements with his solid jazz skills. Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com (323) 466-2210. – Oct. 19. (Tues.) Henry Franklin’s Big 70th Birthday Celebration. … Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 19 – 24