PIcks of the Week: Aug. 9 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 9. (Tues.)  George Cables Trio. Pianist Cables doesn’t make a lot of L.A. club appearances, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear the veteran artist in action.  He’ll be backed by Pat Senatore and Joe LaBarbera.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Aug. 9. (Tues.)  Jennifer Leitham.  It’s… Read More PIcks of the Week: Aug. 9 – 14

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Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 22. (Tues.)  Lisa McClowry.  Eclectic singer McClowry –nominated for International Vocalist of the Year in the 2011 Wave Awards — ranges freely across pop, rock, jazz and folk boundary lines.  She’ll be backed by a group that features guitarist/singer/Grammy winning songwriter Jim Peterik. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Mar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 1. (Wed.) A Celtic Christmas.  Irish Storyteller Tomaseen Foley creates a traditional night before Christmas, filled with dancing, music-making and holiday joy.  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501. – Dec. 1. (Wed.)  John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. The ever-exploratory guitarist performs with a group reaching… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

Picks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 9. (Tues.)  Roy Gaines and His Orchestra.  “Tuxedo Blues” Guitarist/blues singer Gaines’ resume includes stints with Ray Charles, Chuck Willis, Bobby “Blue” Bland and others.  The Living Blues “Comeback Artist of the Year,” he’s still in rare form.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 9 – 13. … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 14

Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills

by Devon Wendell The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival season kicked off with a free concert in Beverly Hills featuring Bill Cunliffe and his Septet, and the Johnny Crawford Orchestra — a pair of diverse acts preserving pivotal traditions in jazz history. Opening the program, Grammy-winning pianist/arranger/composer Cunliffe and his players performed a set almost… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills

Live Jazz: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band at Vitello’s

By Tony Gieske The magnificent Bill Cunliffe orchestra played an interesting encore before leaving the bandstand at Vitello’s Saturday, a classic Count Basie number that you’d think would be hard to mess up. And yet…. Not that the leader’s “One O’Clock Jump” chart wasn’t played beautifully. The five-man sax section sounded as one, and so… Read More Live Jazz: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band at Vitello’s