Live Music: The Thelonious Monk 2014 International Jazz Competition Gala

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA. The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition came to a dramatic conclusion Sunday night in a All-Star Gala event at Dolby Hall in Hollywood. This year, the Competition was for trumpet players. And the three finalists each offered a display of their considerable skills in a setting that allowed each… Read More Live Music: The Thelonious Monk 2014 International Jazz Competition Gala

Live Blues: B.B. King And The Tedeschi Trucks Band At The Hollywood Bowl,

By Devon Wendell What was designated as “Blues Night” at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night turned out to be what must have been one of the strangest evenings the Bowl has seen in a long time, due to a rather sloppy, chaotic set from B.B. King. But let’s first talk about the Tedeschi Trucks band,… Read More Live Blues: B.B. King And The Tedeschi Trucks Band At The Hollywood Bowl,

Picks of the Week: Oct. 19 – 24

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 19 (Tues.)  Robert Glasper Trio.  More than most of his contemporaries, pianist Glasper has found ways to compatibly combine hip-hop, rock and r & b elements with his solid jazz skills.  Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com (323) 466-2210. – Oct. 19. (Tues.)  Henry Franklin’s Big 70th Birthday Celebration. … Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 19 – 24

Picks of the Week: April 27 – May 3

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 28. (Tues.) The Trio: Terry Trotter, Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer. The label might seem a little prepossessive in some hands, but not with these guys, whose playing defines the notion of interactive musical intimacy. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058 http://www.charlieos.com. – April 29. (Wed.) Mitch Forman Trio, with Darek… Read More Picks of the Week: April 27 – May 3

Picks of the Week Dec. 1 – 7: Grammy Noms, Eubanks, Botti, L.A. Phil, Barbieri, Feinstein, Keillor and More

Picks of the Week: Dec. 1 – 7. Television  – Dec. 3. (Wed.) Grammy Nominations. The nominations for the 51stannual Grammy Awards will be announced on live, prime time television for the first time (with the usual three hour delay for the West Coast). L L Cool J and Taylor Swift will host the hour-long… Read More Picks of the Week Dec. 1 – 7: Grammy Noms, Eubanks, Botti, L.A. Phil, Barbieri, Feinstein, Keillor and More