Live Music: Josh Groban and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the “July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular”

By Don Heckman Josh Groban was the headliner, but the fireworks stole the show Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Not surprising, since the L.A. Philharmonic’s annual celebration of the 4th of July is one of the Southland’s summer highlights.  And once again the evening reached its climactic ending with a blend of spectacular pyrotechnics… Read More Live Music: Josh Groban and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the “July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular”

Picks of the Week: July 19 – 24

By Don Heckman Los Angeles July 20. (Wed.)  John Daversa Big Band.  Trumpeter Daversa’s adventurous, often unpredictable charts make his big band appearances into engaging musical events.  Catalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210. – June 21. (Thurs.)  Bruce Forman Quartet.  Guitarist/educator/novelist Forman is one of the jazz world’s true multi-hyphenates.  Here he is, with his… Read More Picks of the Week: July 19 – 24

Live: Judy Chamberlain and Bill Cunliffe

By Don Heckman Judy Chamberlain is a singer who’s always a pleasure to hear. In part, because her astonishing repertoire makes every performance a fascinating journey through a century of song.  But even more so because she brings such care, authenticity and musicality to everything she touches. Her appearance at Spazio in Sherman Oaks Saturday… Read More Live: Judy Chamberlain and Bill Cunliffe