By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 27. (Wed.) Sascha’s Bloc. A gifted group of players, many from Russia and/or Eastern European backgrounds, showcasing music that crosses easily and compellingly across lines of genre and tradition. Led by the dynamic guitar playing of Alex (Sascha) Gershman, with the intimate vocalizing of Carina Coper. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 27 – 31.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 10 & 11. (Thurs. & Fri.) Peter Eldridge: Foolish Hearts. Grammy winning pianist/vocalist Eldridge is joined by bassist Matt Aronoff for an intimate musical excursion through originals and standards. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – May 10 – 12. (Thurs. – Sat.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel conducts a sparkling… Read More Picks of the Week: May 9 – 13
By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 4. (Wed.) Kyle Eastwood. Bassist Eastwood came to jazz from a highly supportive background. His father is actor/director/composer/pianist and jazz lover Clint Eastwood. And Kyle has transformed that lineage into an impressive jazz career of his own. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – April 4. (Wed.) Otmaro… Read More Picks of the Week: April 4 – 8
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 6 & 7. (Tues. & Wed.) Sophie Milman. The young Russian/Canadian singer has thoroughly established herself as one of the important new arrivals on the jazz scene. She’ll hopefully do a few selections from her latest CD, In the Moonlight. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. – Dec.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 6 – 11
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 19. (Tues.) Dave Damiani Orchestra. Singer Damiani celebrates the Swing Era and the songs of Frank Sinatra. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. . – April 19. (Tues.) Steve Huffsteter Big Band. Trumpeter Huffsteter steps out of the section to lead his own collective of all-stars. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: April 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Tues.) Johnny Mandel Big Band. Multiple Grammy winner, gifted composer/arranger/songwriter Mandel is one of the Southland’s true musical treasures. This rare appearance with a big band serves as an early celebration of his 85th birthday on November 23. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 16. (Tues.) … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 9. (Tues.) Roy Gaines and His Orchestra. “Tuxedo Blues” Guitarist/blues singer Gaines’ resume includes stints with Ray Charles, Chuck Willis, Bobby “Blue” Bland and others. The Living Blues “Comeback Artist of the Year,” he’s still in rare form. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 9 – 13. … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 14
By Michael Katz Saturday afternoon will long be remembered for Trombone Shorty’s march on Monterey. To say he stole the show doesn’t do him justice. It’s like calling Gen. Sherman a cat burgler. But I’ll try and set the stage, as the afternoon started innocently enough… JOHN FIRMIN & THE NOCTURNE BAND I always try… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)