By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 26. (Tues.) Justo Almario Quartet. Saxophonist/flutist Almario is one of the Southland’s great jazz treasures, a player who moves convincingly across every jazz arena. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – July 27. (Wed.) Gladys Knight and James Ingram. The one and only Grammy-winning Empress of Soul shares the stage with… Read More Picks of the Week: July 25 – 31.
Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 6. (Wed.) John Proulx Trio. Singer/pianist Proulx will no doubt blend his swinging instrumental work with vocal selections from his recent tribute to Chet Baker, Baker’s Dozen. With Kendall Kay, drums and Kevin Axt, bass. Charlie O’s. (818) 989-3110. – Jan. 7. (Thurs.) The Gil Evans Band led by… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan 5 – 10
Los Angeles – Jan. 26. (Mon.) Remembering Russ Freeman. A long overdue remembrance of the bop-driven pianist/composer who was so vital to the West Coast jazz of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and others. Featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, vocalist Tyia Wilson and a string ensemble performing Nathan Tanoue‘s new arrangements of Freeman works. Jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1