Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 13 & 15. (Tues. & Thurs. Dudamel conducts Verdi’s Requiem. The Los Angeles Philharmonic players, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, apply their superb versatility to Verdi’s magnificent work. Hollywood Bowl,. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 13. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar night. It’s been a virtual Southland jazz institution… Read More Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Two Songbirds and the American Songbook  By Brian Arsenault The so-called American Songbook doesn’t get old.  It gets better.  Because artists of the day keep reinterpreting and expanding it.  The branches of the tree grow gracefully and the songbirds perch higher. Robin Bessier other side of forever (Whispering River) In  On the Road,  Sal Paradise… Read More Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

LIve Jazz: Amanda Brecker at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Amanda Brecker, a new face in the continually expanding jazz vocal field, made a rare Southland appearance Wednesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  Arriving shortly after the release of her new CD, Blossom (Decca), she spent a substantial portion of her two set-program singing the songs of James Taylor and Carole King… Read More LIve Jazz: Amanda Brecker at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Picks of the Week: Sept. 25 – 30

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – Sept. 25. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  It’s an all-star congregation, with John Pisano celebrating the 15th anniversary of his always-entertaining Guitar Nights. Expect to see and hear a stage full of the Southland’s finest 6-stringers.  Lucy’s 51.    (818) 763-5200. – Sept. 27. (Thurs.)  The Los Angeles Philharmonic. … Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 25 – 30

Picks of the Week: Sept. 13 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 13. (Tues.)  Mozart’s Requiem.   The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, perform the masterpiece work, appropriately, two days after the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The Hollywood Bowl.  (323) 850-2000. – Sept. 14. (Wed.)  Carol Chaikin quartet.  Saxophonist/flutist… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 13 – 18

Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 31. (Tues.)  Bruce Cockburn and Jenny Scheinman.  Versatile guitarist/composer Cockburn performs selections from his latest album, Small Source of Comfort, with the aid of eclectic violinist Scheinman.  The El Rey. http://www.theelrey.com (323) 936-6400. – May 31. (Tues.)  Wayne Bergeron Big Band.  One of the jazz world’s finest, most… Read More Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5