Picks of the Week: May 2 – 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 2. (Wed.)  Arturo Sandoval Big Band. He plays the trumpet, the piano and the drums, and he sings, too.  The musical multi-hyphenate from Cuba showcases his dynamic versatility in the second installment of the new jazz series at The Federal.    (818) 980-2655, – May 2. (Wed.) Llew… Read More Picks of the Week: May 2 – 6

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Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman The performances by the Christian McBride Trio and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Royce Hall Saturday night provided a fascinating prologue to Sunday’s Grammys.  A prologue that revealed some of what was largely missing the next day in the granting of the awards. Start with the fact that the McBride and Coltrane… Read More Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: KPFK 90.7’s First Annual Hero Award Tribute to Billy Higgins at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske You wouldn’t figure that an event honoring the late Billy Higgins would have drawn a full house to Catalina’s on a Sunday night. We here in musician-creamy Los Angeles understand that Higgins — always smiling! — was the go-to guy if you wanted to record with a cat who was there mainly… Read More Live Jazz: KPFK 90.7’s First Annual Hero Award Tribute to Billy Higgins at Catalina Bar & Grill

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