Live Music: The Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman The glorious voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced the coming arrival of Christmas in a brilliantly celebratory fashion Sunday night at Walt Disney Hall.  Appropriately, the program was dedicated to the works of a pair of the Baroque era’s most gifted composers – Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach. The… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall

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Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra with April Williams at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman On the way home from Disney Hall Sunday, the traffic on the 101 magically – and unexpectedly —  opened up, and we suddenly realized we could reach Vitello’s just in time to catch the second set by the Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra. Call it an unusual sequence – from the Christmas… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra with April Williams at Vitello’s

Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog.  Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com  (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Guitar Night. … Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12

Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Who would have thought that Tuesday night’s Disney Hall performance by jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli would wind up in a singalong with the entire audience joining in on “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” The answer is anyone who’s ever seen Pizzarelli, his trio, and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, in… Read More Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

Live Music: Ravi Shankar at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman It wasn’t clear what to expect at Ravi Shankar’s Disney Hall concert Thursday night.  There had been two previous cancellations, and the venerable Indian artist turned 91 in April. His musicians took the stage first – a pair of percussionists, another sitar player, a flutist, a tanpura player and a Shankar assistant. … Read More Live Music: Ravi Shankar at Disney Concert Hall

Live Jazz: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion tour arrived at Disney Hall Monday night. And one couldn’t have asked for a more amiable setting than Frank Gehry’s architecturally unique performance space.  The stage was filled with the Orchestrion’s clusters and stacks of instruments – from a grand piano, marimbas and acoustic guitars to cymbals, percussion and… Read More Live Jazz: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion at Disney Hall

Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman The combination of Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, performing at Disney Hall Sunday night on the same stage was an inspired booking.  One could make a good case for the event as a rare display of brilliant jazz singing at the highest level.  The only missing element, in fact, was the… Read More Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall