By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 27. (Tues.) Pat Senatore Trio. The stellar Senatore trio – bassist Senatore with pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Mark Ferber have been carrying the torch for solid jazz at its best for years. And their new recording, Ascensione, is a superb display of their effectiveness as a world… Read More Picks of the Week: May 27 – June 1
By Devon Wendell For those curious as to what Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters would sound like in 2014 sans Herbie; legendary drummer Harvey Mason’s latest album Chameleon would be the best example of that one of a kind jazz-funk style in a slightly more contemporary setting. Mason played drums on the original Head Hunters album in… Read More CD Review: Harvey Mason “Chameleon” (Concord Records)
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 28. (Tues.) Alan Broadbent. Pianist/composer/arranger Broadbent was one of the Southland’s most gifted jazz artists for years. But he’s moved to New York, and his L.A. appearances are rare. Here’s one not to miss, as he performs in a duo with bassist Pat Senatore.. Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: May 28 – June 2
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.) Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour. The Wiltern. (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.) The Ron McCurdy Collective. Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 14. (Tues.) Michael Bolton. One World One Love Tour. The title says it all for the music of the two-time Grammy winner, Bolton, whose soft-rock style has been appealing to romantics since the ‘80s. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 915-8501. – Sept. 14. (Tues.) John Proulx… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 14 – 19.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles ………………..HIGHLIGHT……………….. – Jan. 12. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. “A Tribute to Joe Pass” with Frank Potenza and many others. Pisano’s Tuesday night guitar jams have been one of the Southland’s most dependably engaging jazz gigs for years. Now Pisano – and his talented guests – are moving to Vitello’s,… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 21. (Tues.) Patricia Talem. The musical talent never seems to stop flowing from the rich, creative culture of Brazil. But the musically eclectic newcomer Talem, who is celebrating the release of her self-titled CD, is something special. Blessed with a warm, intimate, whisper in your ear voice, she… Read More Picks of the Week: July 20 – 26