Preview: The Monterey Jazz Festival 56

By Michael Katz For those of us in love with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest six months of the year are the time between the final note of the last Sunday night show at the fairgrounds and the April 1 announcement of artists for the next MJF. That wait ended Monday morning with the… Read More Preview: The Monterey Jazz Festival 56

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Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zana Messia and the Balkan Soul Orchestra. Yugoslavian singer-songwriter Messia celebrates the release of her new album, Balkan Soul, featuring the arching melodies and gypsy rhythms of her songs.  Guest  performers will reportedly be in attendance as well.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zakir… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 2

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 26. (Mon.)  Karen Marguth Quintet.  Featuring Eva Scow, mandolin.  Singer Marguth and mandolinist Scow have been producing some fascinating displays of briskly swinging voice and mandolin jazz.  Hear them in the always friendly, laid-back setting of Charlie O’s.   Charlie O’s.    (919) 994-3058. – April 28. (Wed.)  Kevin Eubanks… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 2

Picks of the Week Dec. 1 – 7: Grammy Noms, Eubanks, Botti, L.A. Phil, Barbieri, Feinstein, Keillor and More

Picks of the Week: Dec. 1 – 7. Television  – Dec. 3. (Wed.) Grammy Nominations. The nominations for the 51stannual Grammy Awards will be announced on live, prime time television for the first time (with the usual three hour delay for the West Coast). L L Cool J and Taylor Swift will host the hour-long… Read More Picks of the Week Dec. 1 – 7: Grammy Noms, Eubanks, Botti, L.A. Phil, Barbieri, Feinstein, Keillor and More