Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Singers Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi were the headliners at Vitello’s Friday night.  And that was good news, since both are among L.A.’s most appealing jazz-oriented singers.  But the evening promised even more with a sub-headline announcing that they would be singing songs by “Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman: The Great… Read More Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Los Angeles, CA. Judy Collins was back in town Friday night for her second major Southland appearance in less than a year.   This time, she was performing at CSUN’s beautiful almost-new Valley Performing Arts Center. Once again, her performance was a virtual spoken memoir with songs.  Collins’ musical and personal history has… Read More Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Mary Black at The Strand in Rockland, Maine

By Brian Arsenault Rockland, Maine.  This short USA tour by Mary Black and her terrific band and daughter made the warm evening of Irish music even more special on a cold  Maine November night at The Strand. Winter’s not here but trying, as a show at another venue the prior evening was cancelled due to slippery… Read More Live Music: Mary Black at The Strand in Rockland, Maine

Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Who would have thought that Tuesday night’s Disney Hall performance by jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli would wind up in a singalong with the entire audience joining in on “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” The answer is anyone who’s ever seen Pizzarelli, his trio, and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, in… Read More Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

Live Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend, UCLA Live presented legendary banjo picker Earl Scruggs and his band at Royce Hall in a well attended, if not sold out show.  As banjo players go, there simply hasn’t been one more influential than Scruggs throughout his long career.   Scruggs is now 87 years old and suffice it to… Read More Live Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall