Here, There & Everywhere: Lyn Stanley at Mr Musichead Gallery in KKJZ’s Fall Pledge Drive

By Don Heckman KKJZ, the Southland’s primary jazz radio station, is dependent – like all public radio stations – upon fund-raising events. Most commonly, they consist of the on-air pledge drives that are necessary, but not always the most appealing, programming. On Sunday, however, KKJZ’s popular deejay personality, Bubba Jackson, hosted a different kind of… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Lyn Stanley at Mr Musichead Gallery in KKJZ’s Fall Pledge Drive

Live Music: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman It’s always a pleasure to hear Herb Alpert and Lani Hall up close and personal. The veteran showbiz couple, whose prolific careers reach back to the ’60s, are still at the peak of their considerable creative powers. On Thursday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., the elegant, Bel Air night club founded by… Read More Live Music: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

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

Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman An extraordinarily well-planned performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night opened with a delightful appearance by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.  Lovett’s far-ranging career has reached from acting to music, with a variety of stops in between. But heard in a wide open, Hollywood Bowl setting, driven by the jazz  rhythms… Read More Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The 2013 summer season of jazz at the Hollywood Bowl clicked into place Wednesday night with the performances of Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes. Alpert and Hall, in particular, offered a musically rich, rhythmically energetic program of material ranging across jazz classics and American Songbook standards spiced with the music… Read More Live Jazz: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes at the Hollywood Bowl