Picks of the Week Nov. 8 – 13

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

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Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske When the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra starts a set, John Clayton likes to have it sound a strong — never loud — chord that is shockingly  lovely and foreshadows the rich and sonorous banquet of sound that is about to be served up. This he did at Vibrato Tuesday, and the night… Read More Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – Jan. 31

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 25. (Mon.)  The Saxtet.  A cluster of L.A.’s finest jazz saxophonists get together.  Dave Angel, Gene Cipriano, Phil Feather, Roger Neumann, Bob Carr, Dave Koonse, Kendall Kay.  Charlie O’s.    (818) 989-3110. – Jan. 25. (Mon.)  Larry Goldings Organ Night. It’s boogaloo night this time, with a dance floor… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – Jan. 31

Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Los Angeles – Jan. 26. (Mon.) Remembering Russ Freeman.  A long overdue remembrance of the bop-driven pianist/composer who was so vital to the West Coast jazz of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and others.  Featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, vocalist Tyia Wilson and a string ensemble performing Nathan Tanoue‘s new arrangements of Freeman works. Jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Picks of the Week Dec 8-14: Shorter, Golson, Claytons, Douglas, Haynes, Tyner and more

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 9.  (Tues.)  Green Umbrella: Stockhausen and the Music of the Future.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group performs the music of composers who began to transform the classical music scene in the ’50s and ’60s: Luciano Berio (Sequenza V); John Cage (excerpts from Sonatas and Interludes); Karlheinz… Read More Picks of the Week Dec 8-14: Shorter, Golson, Claytons, Douglas, Haynes, Tyner and more