Picks of the Week: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 27 – Jan 1.  (Tues. through Sunday)  Jane Monheit.  The beautiful Monheit gets an early start, ramping up all week to the big Saturday night New Year’s celebration.  And what better way to bring in 2012 than by hearing her velvet voice and gentle swing delivering “Auld Lang… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

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Live Jazz: Jack Sheldon’s Birthday Bash at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske Jack Sheldon began his birthday serenade to himself Saturday night with one of his favorite rousers, “Yo Mama,” his 16 piece band riffing behind him in their boisterous way, the crowd at Catalina’s cheery and full of good wishes for the guy celebrating the first moments of his 79th year. Naturally, he… Read More Live Jazz: Jack Sheldon’s Birthday Bash at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 7. (Tues.)  Chris Walden’s Big Band with Tierney Sutton.  The combination of Walden’s well-crafted arrangements, a band full of L.A.’s finest players, and the superb musicality of Sutton’s vocals should make for a memorable, entertaining  evening.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Sept. 9. (Thurs.) Music of the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

Live Jazz: The Sounds of Shearing at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske It seems needlessly nutrition conscious to sneer at George Shearing because of the candy-like character of his music. The Centers for Disease Control has recorded not a single case of diabetes attributable to its consumption, for one thing. Shearing’s innocence was well established by a sweet evening with The Sounds of Shearing… Read More Live Jazz: The Sounds of Shearing at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 8. (Tues.)  Dominick Farinacci.  Trumpeter Farinacci’s debut U.S. CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, announced the arrival of an impressive new young jazz artist.  He makes one of his rare Southland appearances for one night only.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.    (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman,… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13