By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 14. (Tues.) Nedra Wheeler. Bassist/vocalist Wheeler is a convincing performer as an instrumentalist and a singer. and she’ll no doubt be in rare form with the backing of Lanny Hartley, piano, Clarence Webb, saxophone and Munyungo Jackson, drums. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 15. (Wed.) Spanky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 2. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar Night. With Anthony Wilson. Guitar Nights are always good. This should be one of the best. Guitarist, composer and bandleader Wilson is a stunningly versatile talent. Vitello’s (818) 769-0905. – Feb. 4. (Thurs.) Beyond the Pale. Skirball. The Canadian band doesn’t hesitate… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 2 – 7
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 2. (Mon.) Gianni Russo. Russo, who played the role of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather, hosts an entertaining evening featuring his vocal versions of songs from the Italian crooner era, as well as a collection of his Il Padrino Wines. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 4.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 2 – 8.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 4. (Tues.) Chuck Berghofer’s Midnight Jazz Band. Whenever bassist Berghofer steps into the leader’s role, you can count on the fact that he’ll be surrounded by world class players. And the Midnight band is no exception, with Gary Foster on alto sax, Tom Ranier on piano and Joe… Read More Picks of the Week: August 3 – 9
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 2. (Mon.) Emerson String Quartet. The veteran, eight Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs amid a major retrospective showing of the art of painter Roberta Eisenberg. The program includes Beethoven, Ravel, Webern and Schubert. Cal State Polytechnic. Pomona. (310) 216-5861. http://www.csupomona.edu/~kellogg_gallery/. – Feb. 4 – 7. (Wed. – Sat.) Jacky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb 2 – 8