Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zana Messia and the Balkan Soul Orchestra. Yugoslavian singer-songwriter Messia celebrates the release of her new album, Balkan Soul, featuring the arching melodies and gypsy rhythms of her songs.  Guest  performers will reportedly be in attendance as well.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zakir… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

Live Jazz: Gretchen Parlato at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Michael Katz Vocalist Gretchen Parlato returned home to Los Angeles Saturday night before a large and enthusiastic audience at the Musician’s Institute, under the aegis the of the Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feast program. Having seen Parlato twice previously, the most notable addition was a steady working trio behind her that weaved seamlessly with her… Read More Live Jazz: Gretchen Parlato at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.)  Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour.   The  Wiltern.     (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.)   The Ron McCurdy Collective.  Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4