Picks of the Week: Aug. 7 – 12

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – Aug. 7. (Tues.) Yo Yo Ma and Gustavo Dudamel.  Two of the most charismatic figures in today’s classical music world join with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform the Schumann Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s electrifying Symphony No. 4.  Hollywood Bowl.  (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 8. (Wed.)  Duke Ellington Orchestra. … Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 7 – 12

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News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.)  Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour.   The  Wiltern.     (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.)   The Ron McCurdy Collective.  Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April. 26. (Tues.)  “The Music of Sonny Rollins.”  Tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy takes on the challenging task of exploring the music of a great jazz master.  Expect intriguing results.  With the Chris Colangelo Trio.  Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-3058. – April 27. (Wed.)  Phil Upchurch Quartet. Master blues and jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1

Here, There & Everywhere: The 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-Up

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that producing the Playboy Jazz Festival – a two day event for 18,000 listeners (each day) with eight straight hours of music – is a different task from what it was thirty or forty years ago.  After all, at that time it was possible to program schedules including the… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-Up

CD Review: Tito Rodriquez “El Inolvidable”

Tito Rodriguez El Inolvidable (Fania) By Fernando Gonzalez The Golden Age of Latin music in New York, centered around the Palladium Ballroom, was largely defined by three orchestras: Machito and His Afro Cubans, led by Frank “Machito” Grillo, and the groups of timbalero Tito Puente, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Tito Rodriguez. Each had a distinctive… Read More CD Review: Tito Rodriquez “El Inolvidable”

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Mon.) Devon Wendell, Kevin Kelly and Tyler Kidd.    Blues on the loose, featuring iRoM’s own “Doc” Wendell playing electric and acoustic guitars and harmonica.  A chance to hear the reviewer in action.   The Viper Room.  (310) 652-7869. – Nove. 16. (Mon.)  Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal.  Schoenberg’s… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22

Picks of the Week: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 30 (Wed.) Otmaro Ruiz and John Belzaguy Duo. Expect a musically stirring encounter between Venezuela-born Ruiz’s rich textured, Latin-tnged piano and Belzaguy’s sturdy, rhythmically versatile bass. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9499. – Sept. 30. (Wed.) Bob Sheppard Quartet. W. Larry Koonse, guitar, Gabe Noel, bass and Joe LaBarbera,… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4