Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill.

By Don Heckman There was good news for jazz Friday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. Good news because the Sunset Blvd. Jazz club – L.A.’s principal destination for world class jazz groups – was packed. Good news because the enthusiastic crowd seemed captivated by the music. And, best of all, good news because the… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill.

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Live Jazz: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall

By Don Heckman There were only two musicians on stage Saturday night in a CAP UCLA performance at the University’s cozy Schoenberg Hall. But no more were needed. The musical encounter between pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage offered a definitive display of jazz improvisation at its finest. Hersch’s long, musically rich career has… Read More Live Jazz: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall

Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 30. (Wed.)  Gene Cipriano.  “The World According to ‘Cip”  Veteran saxophonist Cipriano, backed by a band of L.A.’s veteran jazz artists, in an evening of stories and song.  His stellar band includes trombonist Dick Nash, pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ralph Humphrey.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

Live Jazz: The Jim Hall Quartet in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Concert

By Michael Katz There is a moment at the Musicians Institute Saturday night when all is stillness. Guitarist Jim Hall has just announced the next tune, “All The Things You Are.” The near capacity house is riveted as Hall plucks the first few chords, his left hand working up and down the frets like a… Read More Live Jazz: The Jim Hall Quartet in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Concert