By Don Heckman Studio City CA. Jackie Ryan’s appearance at Vitello’s Monday night was one of the most musically gripping performances of recent memory. Listening to her two extended sets of songs before an enthusiastic, packed house crowd, I found myself wishing that the entire evening had been videotaped. Why? In part for the pleasure… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 4. (Wed.) Kyle Eastwood. Bassist Eastwood came to jazz from a highly supportive background. His father is actor/director/composer/pianist and jazz lover Clint Eastwood. And Kyle has transformed that lineage into an impressive jazz career of his own. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – April 4. (Wed.) Otmaro… Read More Picks of the Week: April 4 – 8
By Tony Gieske When the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra starts a set, John Clayton likes to have it sound a strong — never loud — chord that is shockingly lovely and foreshadows the rich and sonorous banquet of sound that is about to be served up. This he did at Vibrato Tuesday, and the night… Read More Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 2. (Tues.) Larry Goldings All-Stars. Keyboardist Goldings is completely worth hearing on his own. But it’ll be even better with this group of solid veteran players: Tom Scott, saxophones, Chuck Berghofer, bass, Jeff Hamilton, drums. Spazio. – Mar. 2. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. Always one of the… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 2 – 7
By Don Heckman Diana Krall’s performance Friday before a near capacity crowd at the Hollywood Bowl — the first of two nights in a row at the 18,000 seat venue — was an impressive affirmation of the major star she has become. It was also a remarkable accomplishment for an artist who, fifteen or so… Read More Live Jazz: Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl