Picks of the Week: April 5 – 11

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 5. (Mon.)  Gretchen Parlato.  A singer who finds the inner core of a song and makes it her own, Parlato is arguably one of the most original vocal performers of her generation.  Listen to her sing and you’ll be as bewildered as I was that she didn’t receive… Read More Picks of the Week: April 5 – 11

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Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Gala Opera Night.  Demetra George and Ralph Cato perform “Villains and Heroines at the Opera,” selections from Puccini, Verdi and Strauss.  Frank Fetta is music director.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Slide FX  Trombone Tentet.  Not quite enough trombones to play “76… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at the Culver Room in the Radisson Hotel

By Michael Katz With its dark stained paneling and sepia tones, the Culver Room at the Radisson Hotel has the comfy feel of a 60’s era Chicago steakhouse. Vocalist Jackie Ryan, with her warm sound and expressive readings, was a perfect choice, as the venue in Culver City continues to fill the void created by… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at the Culver Room in the Radisson Hotel