Live Jazz: The Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Northridge, CA. I couldn’t help but wonder, Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center, whether the Branford Marsalis Quartet was anticipating the hard driving energies of Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl game.  Playing at a peak level of intensity, much of what they offered could have served as the sound track for… Read More Live Jazz: The Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

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Picks of the Week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

By the iRoM Staff Los Angeles – Jan. 31. (Thurs.) The Don Williams Group.  Percussionist Williams, a busy studio musician (not the country singer), takes a break to lead an all-star collective featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Carl Saunders, trombonist Bill Reichenbach, pianist Christian Jacob and bassist Dave Stone.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 31.… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

Picks of the Week: Aug. 20 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 21. (Tues.)  McGegan conducts Haydn.  Nicholas McGegan conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of Papa Haydn’s finest, including the Alleluia Symphony and the Drumroll Symphony.  Add to that an appearance by the brilliant British trumpeter Alison Balsom performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. –… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 20 – 26

Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 14. (Tues.)  Nedra Wheeler.  Bassist/vocalist Wheeler is a convincing performer as an instrumentalist and a singer. and she’ll no doubt be in rare form with the backing of  Lanny Hartley, piano, Clarence Webb, saxophone and Munyungo Jackson, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 15. (Wed.)  Spanky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 6. (Wed.) Seal with Peter Cincotti. Singer, songwriter and international celebrity Seal headlines a bill that also includes young jazz/cabaret artist Cincotti. The Nokia Theatre (213) 763-6030. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com. – May 6. (Wed.) The John Beasley and Pat Senatore Duo. Beasley’s adventurous excursions combine with Senatore’s solid time and… Read More Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10