(Editor’s Note: Because of unforeseen internet problems, this review did not make it into print on its originally scheduled publication date earlier this week. But here it is, a few days late, but a thoughtful review of an important performance, nonetheless.) By Mike Finkelstein On a gorgeous Saturday night at the Greek Theatre, Ian Anderson… Read More Live Music: Ian Anderson plays “Thick As A Brick” – both of them — at the Greek Theater
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 1 (Mon.) Suze’s Birthday Fest. Susan Krebs celebrates her birthday in the creative company of Rich Eames, piano, Jerry Kalaf, drums and Tom Warrington, bass. Add to that the presence of special guests saxophonist Brian Scanlon and violinist Paul Cartwright. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – July 2. (Tues.) Carol… Read More Picks of the Week: July 1 – 7
By Don Heckman Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto and the band Forro in the Dark opened CAP UCLA’s new music season at Royce Hall Friday night with a two-hour romp through the rich harmonies, soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms of Brazilian music. If you’re wondering what CAP UCLA is, and what happened to UCLA LIVE, here’s… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Bebel Gilberto and Forro in the Dark at Royce Hall
By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Deep Purple played to a huge, revved up crowd at the Greek Theater. Perhaps an indication that this was going to be a high-energy night of music was the larger than usual number of muscle cars in the parking lot. Not only were all the seats at the Greek… Read More Live Rock: Deep Purple at the Greek Theatre
By Mike Finkelstein On Saturday night Jethro Tull played to a wildly enthusiastic, predominantly grey haired tribe of devotees on the 40th anniversary of the release of their iconic album Aqualung. The show was delayed about fifteen minutes to allow the huge crowd to reach their seats in time for the start of the show. Tull… Read More Jethro Tull at the Greek Theatre
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 6. (Mon.) Candi Sosa: Bolero Meets Jazz. Cuban born singer Sosa finds surprisingly compatible musical linkages between jazz and the lyrical Latin ballad style. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 7. (Tues.) Jennifer Leitham Trio. Bassist/singer Leitham celebrates the release of her DVD, The Real Me Live!, the chronicle… Read More Picks of the Week: June 6 – 12
. . “A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.” Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) . To read more Quotations of the Week click here.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 9. (Mon.) Judy Wexler. Wexler’s briskly swinging vocal style finds a perfect match with the trio of organist Joe Bagg, guitarist Bruce Forman and drummer Devin Kelly. Charlie O’s. (818) 989-3110. – Nov. 10. (Tues.) Reginald Robinson. The MacArthur Genius award winning pianist performs solo ragtime pieces… Read More PIcks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 15