A Highlight of the Week: James DeFrances at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Wednesday March 11. Bel Air.  Call it nepotism if you like for iRoM to be plugging James De Frances’ gig at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. tomorrow night. Yes, he’s a frequent and thoughtful reviewer here, but – fine singer that he is – he’s also an impressive performer in his own… Read More A Highlight of the Week: James DeFrances at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: Caesar Jazz Balladeer at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By James DeFrances Los Angeles.  Last Thursday at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Caesar Jazz Balladeer caught the attention of clubbers in a new way. His angle on the standards was as unique as his proximity to Los Angeles. Only in town for Grammy festivities, Caesar – who lives in Rhode Isand – left his… Read More Live Music: Caesar Jazz Balladeer at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: Freda Payne at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By James DeFrancis Bel Air, CA. Last Tuesday night Pat Senatore, artistic director of Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz etc…, sardonically told me, “Christmas week is a big time for malls, not jazz clubs.” But as the lights dimmed and I looked around the room it occurred to me that something was altogether different about… Read More Live Music: Freda Payne at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill

By James DeFrances Hollywood. The holiday season was in full swing Thursday night at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood with some good old fashioned yuletide cheer. 4-time Grammy nominee singer-pianist Karrin Allyson took center stage to entertain the eager crowd. Her show was a bit of a departure from a typical straight ahead jazz event… Read More Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill