By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 2. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar Night. With Anthony Wilson. Guitar Nights are always good. This should be one of the best. Guitarist, composer and bandleader Wilson is a stunningly versatile talent. Vitello’s (818) 769-0905. – Feb. 4. (Thurs.) Beyond the Pale. Skirball. The Canadian band doesn’t hesitate… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 2 – 7
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 19 – 20. (Tues. – Wed.) Victor Wooten Band. Award winning bassist Wooten’s performances with the Bela Fleck Band have always been impressive feats of musical magic. Here he conjures up his own creative surprises. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. – Jan. 19. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Los Angeles Dec. 29 – Jan. 3. Jane Monheit. There’s no more entertaining jazz way to bring in 2010 than with the gorgeous sound and imaginative phrasing of the always compelling Ms. Monheit. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. Dec. 29. (Tues.) Ron Jones Influence. Jones leads his big, 22 piece orchestra… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 29 – Jan. 3
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Dominick Farinacci. Trumpeter Farinacci’s debut U.S. CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, announced the arrival of an impressive new young jazz artist. He makes one of his rare Southland appearances for one night only. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman,… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 2. (Mon.) Gianni Russo. Russo, who played the role of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather, hosts an entertaining evening featuring his vocal versions of songs from the Italian crooner era, as well as a collection of his Il Padrino Wines. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 4.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 2 – 8.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 18. (Tues.) John Altman Quartet. The English saxophonist/composer has a line of credits reaching from Monty Python to bebop (with all stops in between). And with pianist Mike Lang, bassist Harvey Newmark and drummer Frank De Vito on hand, he has the backing to support his every musical… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 18 – 23
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 16 & 17. (Mon. & Tues.) Uri Caine Trio. Caine’s crossover blends of jazz and classical music are among the wonders of contemporary music. Jazz Bakery. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039. http://www.jazzbakery.com.0-317-4292 310-317-4292 – Mar. 17. (Tues.) Josh Nelson Trio. Nelson has quickly moved from the position of emerging… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 16 – 22