By Don Heckman There was good news for jazz Friday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. Good news because the Sunset Blvd. Jazz club – L.A.’s principal destination for world class jazz groups – was packed. Good news because the enthusiastic crowd seemed captivated by the music. And, best of all, good news because the… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 1 (Mon.) Suze’s Birthday Fest. Susan Krebs celebrates her birthday in the creative company of Rich Eames, piano, Jerry Kalaf, drums and Tom Warrington, bass. Add to that the presence of special guests saxophonist Brian Scanlon and violinist Paul Cartwright. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – July 2. (Tues.) Carol… Read More Picks of the Week: July 1 – 7
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 20. (Wed.) “Three For the Show.” A trio of veteran performers celebrate the music of Broadway, cabaret and beyond: Dorothy Dale Kloss, at 89, is described as the world’s oldest, still performing show girl; Suzy Cadham was a Golddigger on the Dean Martin Show, and Ken Prescott starred… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 25. (Wed.) The Jazz and Blues Review. Featuring Courtney Lemmon, Gina Saputo and Dianne Wright. Backed by the George Kahn Quintet. They’ve been called “a journey through blues and jazz, from New York to Los Angeles, from the Andrews Sisters to the Pointer Sisters at the intersection of… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 24 – 29
By Michael Katz The list of violinists who have made a visible imprint on the jazz scene is a short but impressive one: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Regina Carter come to mind. The briefness of the list is a measure of the virtuosity required to gain a foothold in the public consciousness. Christian… Read More Live Jazz: Christian Howes at Pierre’s Fine Pianos
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 1. (Tues.) Jules Day. The rising young jazz singer performs an evening of new, original music from her latest CD, Day Dreams. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Feb. 2. (Wed.) Teka and Aaron Serfaty. “Brazilian Jazz.” Guitarist/singer Teka and percussionist Serfaty team up with pianist Otmar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 15. (Mon.) Keith Jarrett Solo. Jarrett’s solo performances — revelatory journeys through his ever imaginative musical mind — don’t take place very often. So don’t miss this rare opportunity. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000 – Mar. 16. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. Every Guitar Night is a winner, and… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 15 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 9. (Tues.) Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra. The sixth annual KKJZ-sponsored Wine, Jazz & Moonlight Series at Hollywood & Highland features a performance by saxophonist Kim Richmond’s 23-piece Concert Jazz Orchestra. From 7 – 9 p.m. in the Central Courtyard. Free admission. A donation of $10 to Project… Read More Picks of the Week: June 9 – 14