For Last Minute Shoppers Only (We Need All the Help We Can Get) By Brian Arsenault Peggy Duquesnel All I Ask For Christmas (CD Baby) There’s a real neat Christmas music album that for whatever reason I didn’t get around to reviewing. Peggy Duquesnel’s All I Ask For Christmas is the complete package. You get… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs and DVDs from Peggy Duquesnel, Roy Orbison, Julie Cain and Favorites from 2013
Of Spirits Bright By Brian Arsenault The feast of Holiday music this year is as abundant as Tiny Tim’s Christmas table. After Scrooge woke up and saw the light, of course. Here are four shining stars to guide us home to Christmas. Tim Warfield Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas (Undaunted Music) Tim and a whole bunch… Read More Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 28. (Tues.) Alan Broadbent. Pianist/composer/arranger Broadbent was one of the Southland’s most gifted jazz artists for years. But he’s moved to New York, and his L.A. appearances are rare. Here’s one not to miss, as he performs in a duo with bassist Pat Senatore.. Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: May 28 – June 2
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 11. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. It’s a Los Angeles jazz institution, combining veteran guitarist Pisano with some of the Southland’s (and the world’s) finest guitarists. This week, he’s trading riffs with Pat Kelley. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 11 – 13. (Tues. – Thurs.) HIT Week. Italian… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 11 – 16
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Chuck Manning and Sal Marquez Quartet. A pair of L.A.’s most solidly dependable swingers go horn to horn in an evening guaranteed to keep your jazz soul alive. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Jules Day. Rising young jazz star Day celebrates the release of… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 15 – 20.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 11. (Wed.) B.B. King, Buddy Guy. The blues at its best by a pair of venerable masters. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 11. (Wed.) Bennie Maupin Ensemble. Maupin’s mastery of the tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet has reached from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug 10 – 15
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 21 – 23. (Mon. – Wed.) Lady Gaga. Performance as pop art reaches a new level in Lady Gaga’s ‘The Monster Ball’ — a multimedia artistic experience she describes as the first-ever ‘pop electro opera.’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (213) 763-6030. – Dec. 22. (Tues.) Marilyn King. Still… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 21 – 27