Live Music: Emily Bear in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musician’s Institute.

By Don Heckman “I just do it.”  That was the brief comment I received from young pianist/composer Emily Bear when I spoke to her after her Wednesday night performance at the Musicians’ Institute. Four little words.  In response to my query about her orchestral composition “Santa Fe.”  How, I wondered, had she developed the skills… Read More Live Music: Emily Bear in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musician’s Institute.

Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 1. (Tues.)  Jules Day.  The rising young jazz singer performs an evening of new, original music from her latest CD, Day Dreams.  Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Feb. 2. (Wed.)  Teka and Aaron Serfaty.  “Brazilian Jazz.” Guitarist/singer Teka and percussionist Serfaty team up with pianist Otmar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

Live Jazz: Dominick Farinacci at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (2 Views)

By Tony Gieske A ballad late in his last set at Vibrato Thursday night showed most clearly why Dominick Farinacci merits the title “a trumpet player’s trumpet player.” No histrionics in the Harry James manner, no pyrotechnics a la Maynard Ferguson, no mannered melancholy like Miles Davis. Straight ahead it went in — the great… Read More Live Jazz: Dominick Farinacci at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (2 Views)

Live Jazz: The Laurence Hobgood Trio at Cafe Metropole

By Michael Katz Laurence Hobgood provided a perfect antidote to a rainy weekend at Café Metropole Friday evening, displaying his panoply of talents as musician, composer and arranger over two sets of intriguing and engaging music. Hobgood is best known as pianist and arranger for Kurt Elling; his presence in LA over the past two… Read More Live Jazz: The Laurence Hobgood Trio at Cafe Metropole