Live Jazz: The Johnny Mandel Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Vitello’s was packed to the gills Saturday night.  And with good reason.  Johnny Mandel was making one of his rare appearances, leading an assemblage of Southland jazz all-stars in an evening surveying his long, productive career as a composer, arranger and songwriter. At 86, recovering from hip problems and walking with a… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Mandel Big Band at Vitello’s

Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman When saxophonist Bob Sheppard was offered a gig at Vitello’s upstairs room in Studio City Wednesday night, his first reaction was to pass on it.  “Who shows up at a jazz supper club a couple of nights before Christmas?” he thought.  But he took the gig anyhow, and was pleasantly surprised –… Read More Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s