By The iRoM Staff
– Feb. 13 – 17. (Wed. – Sun.) Steve Tyrell. Vocalist Tyrell applies his appealing, jazz-driven style, enhanced by his warm Texas roots, to five evenings of memorable Valentine’s Day celebrating. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.
– Feb. 14 (Thurs.) Dream Street & Bobbi Page. The combination of guitarist Stan Ayeroff, the amiable acoustic chamber music of Dream Street, and the tender, evocative singing of Page is a welcome choice for another celebration of the day of love. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Feb. 14. (Thurs.) Carol Robbins. Tony Gala. Harpist Robbins sets the Valentine’s Day mood in the first set, followed by the romantic vocals of Gala. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– Feb. 14. (Thurs.) Nancy Sanchez. Award-winning jazz vocalist Sanchez displays her many impressive talents. Steamers. (714) 871-8800.
– Feb. 14. (Thurs.) Denise Donatelli. She was nominated again, but Denise didn’t win a Grammy this year, although she should have. And here’s a great opportunity to hear why her singing is so special, as she applies her lustrous sound and intimate interpretations to a program of Valentine love songs. Prestons at the Loew’s Hotel Hollywood. (323) 491-1000.
– Feb. 14. (Thurs.) Taylor Eigsti. Once a youthful piano prodigy, Eigsti is now a fully matured jazz artist. He’s joined by Dayna Stephens, saxophone, Harish Raghavan, bass and Eric Harland, drums. Blue Whale. (213) 620-0908.
– Feb. 14. (Thurs.) “A Gershwin Valentine.” And a colorful Valentine at that, enhanced by a full spectrum of musical vocalizing from Sue Raney, Michael Dees, Kurt Reichenbach and Pinky Winters. A Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. (310) 271-9039.
– Feb. 14 – 16. (Thurs. – Sat.) “Romance at the Phil” Celebrate a classical music Valentine’s week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Charles Dutoit, with soloists Gautier Capucon, cello, and Carrie Dennis, viola, in a program of romantic classics from Mendelssohn, Mozart and Strauss. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Feb. 14 – 17. (Thurs. – Sun.) The 13th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party. It would take much more space than we have to mention all the world-class jazz talent at the annual Newport event. But trust that – as always – the four engaging days of the Party will offer non-stop jazz at its finest. The Newport Beach Jazz Party at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa. For details, check the web site. (949) 759-5003.
Tierney Sutton and the Turtle Island Quartet
– Feb. 15. (Fri.) Tierney Sutton and the Turtle Island Quartet. “Poets and Prayers.” The unique combination of vocalist Sutton and the Turtle Island players finds inspiration in the music of Joni Mitchell and John Coltrane, and the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi. A Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at Zipper Hall. (310) 271-9039.
– Feb. 17. (Sun.) The Chieftains. The irresistible playing and singing of the Chieftains remind us of the many pleasures of Irish music. Disney Hall. http://www.laphil.com/tickets/calendar (323) 850-2000.
– Feb. 17. (Sun.) Tim Weisberg Band. Vitello’s. Flutist Weisberg leads the fine musical collective of keyboardist Barnaby Finch, bassist David Hughes, drummer David Derge and guitarist/vocalist Chuck Alvarez. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Feb. 17. (Sun.) Pat Senatore Trio with Josh Nelson. Jazz crosses the generations via the well-crafted, veteran bass work of Senatore and the adventurous piano playing of the youthful Nelson. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– Feb. 15 & 16. (Fri. & Sat.) Paco Pena “Flamenco Vivo” The brilliant Flamenco guitarist Pena is joined by a dynamic band of guitarists, singers and dancers. Fri.: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Sat.: Valley Performing Arts Center. (562) 916-8501. (818) 677-3000.
The Manhattan Transfer
– Feb. 15 – 17. (Fri. – Sun.) The Manhattan Transfer. No one does jazz vocal ensemble singing better than the Transfer. And they’re back to their best with the welcome return (from an illness hiatus) of the superb singing of Cheryl Bentyne. Yoshi’s Oakland. (510) 128-9200.
– Feb. 14 – 17. (Thurs. – Sun.) Jerry “The Iceman” Butler. Once the lead singer of the Impressions, soul singer Butler – at 73 – is still out there, fully justifying his entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Blues Alley. (202) 337-4141.
New York City
– Feb. 12 – 18. (Tues. – Mon.) The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Monday night big band jazz was a favorite, for years, on the Vanguard stage. This time, the swinging ensemble is in residency for a week. The Village Vanguard. (212) 255-4037.
– Feb. 14 – 17. )Thurs. – Sun.) Rachelle Ferrell. With a remarkable vocal range and a simmering, blues-driven style, Ferrell knows how to apply it all to her intriguing jazz interpretations. The Blue Note. (212) 475-8592.
– Feb. 17. (Sun.) Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera. A world class jazz trio, with Elias’ imaginative piano lines backed by the dynamic rhythm of bassist Johnson and drummer LaBarbera. Ronnie Scott’s. +44 (0)20 7439 0747.
– Feb. 17. (Sun.) Cedar Walton Trio. Pianist Walton, everyone’s favorite rhythm section player, steps out in front, backed by bassist David Williams and drummer Willie Jones III. A-Trane. 030/313 25 50.
– Feb. 13 – 16. (Wed. – Sat.) Nicola Conte and Till Bronner. Versatile Italian guitarist Conte teams up with the equally eclectic German trumpeter Bronner. The Tokyo Blue Note. 03-5485 0088.
Steve Tyrell photo by Bob Barry.
Denise Donatelli and Sue Raney photos by Faith Frenz.