Notes From the Left Coast: The Dave Damiani Big band and Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman The right musical group, the right venue and the right book got together early last week at Catalina Bar and Grill. And the results were superlative. The group, Dave Damiani and his No Vacancy Orchestra, celebrating the Frank Sinatra 100th birthday, offered one of their high quality displays of hard swinging big… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: The Dave Damiani Big band and Catalina Bar & Grill

Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

By Don Heckman The Gardenia, Tom Rolla’s cozy Hollywood cabaret club can always be counted on to provide a captivating evening of music. And Nancy Dussault’s performance Friday night did all that and a lot more. The versatile, Tony Award-nominated Dussault’s far-ranging musical theatre career reaches from The Sound of Music and Do Re Mi… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

Live Jazz: Susan Anton and the Pat Senatore Trio.. at Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc

By Don Heckman The music one expects to hear in the elegant night club at the top of Beverly Glen is up front and apparent in its lyrical name: Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc. Add the fact that the club has other significant jazz linkages. For one, it’s owned by the veteran jazz trumpeter, band leader (Tijuana… Read More Live Jazz: Susan Anton and the Pat Senatore Trio.. at Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc

Picks of the Week: Dec. 2 – 6 (Wed. – Sun.) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City

By Don Heckman Los Angeles   – Dec. 3 – 5. (Thurs. – Sat.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, presents a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. Violinist Gil Shaham is featured in a pair of Bach Concertos. The Philharmonic takes the spotlight with Mendelsohn’s Symphony No 1 and Overture for Harmoniemusik. An… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 2 – 6 (Wed. – Sun.) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City

Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Jazz in its purest form illuminated the stage in the performance by pianist Bill Mays and trumpeter Marvin Stamm at the Artistic Piano Gallery Sunday night. No drum set, no swinging big band horns, no funky fusion guitars. Only two gifted jazz veterans, applying their remarkable improvisational skills to an… Read More Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project