Picks of the Weekend in Los Angeles: June 19 – 22

By Don Heckman With Summer arriving in all its glory, I thought it would be helpful to concentrate the Picks for this long, mid-June weekend on the rich array of music to be heard here in the Southland. – June 19. (Thurs.) Sally Kellerman. Sally’s back, and that’s great news for all fans of irresistible… Read More Picks of the Weekend in Los Angeles: June 19 – 22

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Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Jazz singer Cat Conner gave a birthday party to remember at Vitello’s Thursday night.  Actually, a “Birthday Bash,” as she described it, in which she and her close friend, Lee Hartley, sang their way through a delightful evening of song. Backed by the stellar trio of pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Chuck Berghofer… Read More Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: Les McCann, Lee Hartley and the Eric Reed Trio Upstairs at Vitello’s

BY DON HECKMAN Call it an odd couple.  Or maybe an odd quintet would be more accurate — an odd quintet consisting of fine musicians who, at first glance, would seem to make an unusual combination.  Yet there they were Friday night, Upstairs at Vitello’s, playing for a crowd that seemed to be enjoying every… Read More Live Jazz: Les McCann, Lee Hartley and the Eric Reed Trio Upstairs at Vitello’s