By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Chuck Manning and Sal Marquez Quartet. A pair of L.A.’s most solidly dependable swingers go horn to horn in an evening guaranteed to keep your jazz soul alive. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Jules Day. Rising young jazz star Day celebrates the release of… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 15 – 20.
By Tony Gieske You’d expect the guys from the Conan O’Brien show band to put on a pretty good set and play quite well to boot, and so they did Sunday night in a Red Carpet Jazz Series program at Vitello’s, the swanky little joint in Studio City. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Vivino, who sometimes leads… Read More Live Jazz: The Jerry Vivino Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles Dec. 29 – Jan. 3. Jane Monheit. There’s no more entertaining jazz way to bring in 2010 than with the gorgeous sound and imaginative phrasing of the always compelling Ms. Monheit. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. Dec. 29. (Tues.) Ron Jones Influence. Jones leads his big, 22 piece orchestra… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 29 – Jan. 3
By Don Heckman Trumpeter Lew Soloff is the very model of a veteran jazz artist — fluent, articulate and imaginative in almost any musical setting. His resume, far too long to list, reaches from Blood, Sweat & Tears to Gil Evans. But what Soloff brought Thursday to the first of two appearances at Charlie O’s… Read More Live Jazz: Lew Soloff at Charlie O’s