By Don Heckman Bill Cunliffe’s accomplishments are many. Not only is he a world class jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He’s also acknowledged for his many skills by his musical compatriots. He’s been honored with a Grammy Award, a Down Beat Award, multiple Grammy nominations, and several Emmy nominations. Add to that a winner’s award… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Big Band and Quartet with Harry Allen at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that singer Natalie Cole has followed in the musical footsteps of her extrordinary father, pianist/singer Nat “King” Cole. Along the way, she’s won nine Grammy Awards after 21 nominations. Her 1991 album Unforgettable, which included an interactive duet, with her late father, on the song “Unforgettable,” triggering the granting… Read More Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Any night one hears Tony Bennett in action is a night to remember. And his performance Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl was no exception, made even more memorable by the fact that it was taking place the day before his 87th birthday. Hearing mature artists in performance at the Bowl is… Read More Live Music: Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 23. (Tues.) The Postal Service. The electropop band – featuring Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello – celebrate their 10th anniversary. Greek Theatre (323) 665-5857. – July 24. (Wed.) Dave Damiani and the No Nonsense Orchestra. Vocalist and leader Damiani sings with the colorful sounds and swinging rhythms of… Read More Picks of the Week: July 23 – 28.
By Devon Wendell On Saturday, June 15, Gregory Porter will be headlining the 35th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl. The trailblazing jazz vocalist and songwriter has become one of the most important male jazz singers to come along in decades since the release of his debut album Water (Motema) in 2010, which… Read More Q&A: Gregory Porter at the Playboy Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar.6. (Wed.) Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman. The husband and wife team of singer Benjamin and pianist Chapman bring an impressive blend of musicality and entertainment to their compelling, always illuminating excursions through the Great American Songbook. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Mar. 6. (Wed.) George Kahn… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 5 – 10
By Don Heckman Pasadena CA. It was a night to remember. A jazz concert in a printing company. The machine-filled Castle Press in Pasadena, to be precise. With some of the performers positioned on a stage that consisted of a 460-ton printing press. Add to that the party-like atmosphere, with listeners scattered across folding chairs… Read More Live Jazz: Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings and Tri-Tone Asylum at Castle Press