Live Jazz: The Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Northridge, CA. I couldn’t help but wonder, Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center, whether the Branford Marsalis Quartet was anticipating the hard driving energies of Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl game.  Playing at a peak level of intensity, much of what they offered could have served as the sound track for… Read More Live Jazz: The Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Picks of the Week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

By the iRoM Staff Los Angeles – Jan. 31. (Thurs.) The Don Williams Group.  Percussionist Williams, a busy studio musician (not the country singer), takes a break to lead an all-star collective featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Carl Saunders, trombonist Bill Reichenbach, pianist Christian Jacob and bassist Dave Stone.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 31.… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 6. (Wed.) Seal with Peter Cincotti. Singer, songwriter and international celebrity Seal headlines a bill that also includes young jazz/cabaret artist Cincotti. The Nokia Theatre (213) 763-6030. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com. – May 6. (Wed.) The John Beasley and Pat Senatore Duo. Beasley’s adventurous excursions combine with Senatore’s solid time and… Read More Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10