By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 10. (Tues.) Youngjoo Song. Korean jazz pianist Youngjoo Song brings an affection for classical music and American gospel song to her creatively eclectic view of jazz, as both a player and a composer. In this rare Los Angeles appearance, the rising jazz star’s group features the similarly versatile, … Read More Picks of the Week: Jan 10 – 15
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
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 6 & 7. (Tues. & Wed.) Sophie Milman. The young Russian/Canadian singer has thoroughly established herself as one of the important new arrivals on the jazz scene. She’ll hopefully do a few selections from her latest CD, In the Moonlight. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. – Dec.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 6 – 11
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 8. (Tues.) Rick Braun Sings. Trumpeter Rick Braun, a high visibility instrumentalist in the smooth jazz arena, displays his engaging vocal skills on his latest album, the appropriately titled Rick Braun Sings With Strings. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 9. (Wed.) Phil Norman Tentet CD release party. The… Read More Picks of the Week Nov. 8 – 13
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 15. (Tues.) Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The JLCO under Marsalis has firmly established itself as the definitive jazz repertory big band, performing programs that keep the spirit of large ensemble jazz – from Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson to the present – alive and… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 15 – 20
By Tony Gieske Not to dis the Baked Potato, but listening to that great John Daversa big band at Vibrato Tuesday was a revelation to the ear compared to what he sounded like in the venerable but cramped Studio City venue that has been his home. On the swifter numbers from the Daversa pen, such… Read More Live Jazz: The John Daversa Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 11. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar Night. The first anniversary of Guitar Night at Vitello’s will feature a stellar collection of L.A.’s finest six-stringers. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 13. (Thurs.) Henry Franklin Quartet. Bassist Franklin, known to all as “The Skipper,” celebrates the release of his CD, The… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 16