By Don Heckman The room was filled with an enthusiastic crowd at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday night for the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival. And with good reason. A long sequence of performances in the Festival once again underscored both the quality and the quantity of first rate Filipino and… Read More Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 15. (Mon.) L.A. Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. With Kenny Burrell. Guitarist/educator Burrell leads an aggregation of some of the Southland’s fine big band players. Catalina Bar & Grill. (223) 466-2210. – July 16. (Tues.) Nora Rothman. With an appealing vocal style, young jazz artist Rothman offers what she describes… Read More Picks of the Week: July 15 – 21
The Old, the Young and the Silver Tongue By Brian Arsenault Barry Altschul The 3Dom Factor (TUM Records) On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Barry Altschul proves that the passing years haven’t slowed his drumming or dimmed his compositional skills. Economy of motion and precision of thought seemingly take the place of youthful exuberance… Read More Record Rack: Barry Altschul, Troy Roberts, Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 27. (Wed.) Sascha’s Bloc. A gifted group of players, many from Russia and/or Eastern European backgrounds, showcasing music that crosses easily and compellingly across lines of genre and tradition. Led by the dynamic guitar playing of Alex (Sascha) Gershman, with the intimate vocalizing of Carina Coper. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 27 – 31.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 31. (Tues.) Overtone. This impressive sextet of a cappella singers from South Africa are on the verge of breaking onto the international music scene. Discovered by Clint and Dina Eastwood, they’ve got the right support to match their extraordinary potential. Let’s hope they have a few more dates… Read More Picks of the Week: July 31 – Aug. 5
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 22. (Tues.) Lisa McClowry. Eclectic singer McClowry –nominated for International Vocalist of the Year in the 2011 Wave Awards — ranges freely across pop, rock, jazz and folk boundary lines. She’ll be backed by a group that features guitarist/singer/Grammy winning songwriter Jim Peterik. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Mar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 5. (Wed.) Tierney Sutton Band. Vocalist Sutton doesn’t just sing with a band; she brings her songs alive in an intimate, creative, musical companionship. And the results are always fascinating. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 6. (Thurs.) Elliot Deutsch Big Band. Trumpeter Deutsch celebrates his birthday leading his… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9
By Don Heckman Jazz singer Mon David had barely gotten into the second chorus of “Footprints” Saturday night when my wife turned to me and whispered, “Isn’t jazz wonderful?” No revelation there, of course, but I knew exactly what she was talking about. There we were, in the warm and welcoming environs of Catalina Bar… Read More Live: The Filipino-American Jazz Festival
Los Angeles – Dec. 22. (Mon.) Count Basie Orchestra. “A Swingin’ Christmas.” Only three or four of the players in the current Basie Orchestra ever actually worked with the Count, but under the direction of Bill Hughes, the ensemble brings the familiar Basie groove to a collection of jaunty holiday tunes. Walt Disney Concert Hall.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 22 – 28
By Don Heckman Remember the name. Jon Irabagon. One of the smallest, most unassuming candidates in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition ran away with the first place prize Sunday night at Kodak Hall. Although “ran away” doesn’t fully encompass either Irabagon’s accomplishment or the quality of his playing. Technical skill was a… Read More Live: The Monk Competition Finals