By Norton Wright It was another extraordinary afternoon on Sunday with SING! SING! SING!, the unique 9-person group of rehearsed singers led by Artistic Director Judy Wolman. Sprightly swinging on piano with Chris Conner on bass, Jack LeCompte on drums, Wolman and raconteur Howard Lewis melded the history of composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin… Read More Live Music: Gershwins With A Groove: SING! SING! SING! at Keyboard Concepts
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 10. (Tues.) Youngjoo Song. Korean jazz pianist Youngjoo Song brings an affection for classical music and American gospel song to her creatively eclectic view of jazz, as both a player and a composer. In this rare Los Angeles appearance, the rising jazz star’s group features the similarly versatile, … Read More Picks of the Week: Jan 10 – 15
By Don Heckman Christmas caroling was a regular seasonal activity in my young life. Growing up in an Eastern Pennsylvania rust belt city, singing carols while slip-sliding our way across icy sidewalks was as necessary to the holiday as going to Mass on Christmas eve. In a way, it was an equally necessary counter to… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Sing! Sing! Sing!
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 Nov. 22. (Mon.) Judy Wolman’s Thanksgiving Sing-a-long. Great American Songbook. Here’s a chance to be thankful for Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, etc. While having a lot more fun singing than you ever could in the shower. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 23. (Tues.) Jimmy Branley Quartet. Drummer… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 22 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Wayne Bergeron Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron, whose skills reach from superb section work to solid soloing, steps into the spotlight as a leader. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Ed Vodicka Big Band with Marlene VerPlanck. New York singer VerPlanck brings an imaginative… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 12 – 17
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 19. (Mon.) Pat Metheny. The ever-adventurous, all-star guitarist has put together a computerized, remote control ensemble that allows him to play all the instruments in his band. The Orchestrion Tour. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000. – April 19. (Mon.) Larry Goldings. Organ Night. The B-3 rules on Monday nights… Read More Picks of the Week: April 19 – 25
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 13. (Wed.) Mumiy Troll. The Russian rock band has been around since the ‘80s, paid their dues during the Soviet era, and emerged as one of the most popular Russian groups of the ‘90s and beyond. The Roxy. (310) 276-2222. – May 13 – 16. (Wed. – Sat.)… Read More Picks of the Week: May 11 – 17