Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Hearing the compositions and arrangements of Bill Holman up close and live has to be identified as one of the finest contemporary jazz experiences.  The performance of Holman’s music by a band of L.A.’s A-list players before a packed house audience at Vitello’s Friday night offered solid evidence of Holman’s unique creative… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band at Vitello’s

Live Jazz Review: Judy Wexler’s “Talkin’ ’bout My Generation” at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman “Talkin’  ‘bout My Generation” was the title of jazz singer Judy Wexler’s presentation at Vitello’s Wednesday night.  And it was right on target – a compilation of songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s reaching from the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Richie Havens, Paul Simon and more.  In between numbers,… Read More Live Jazz Review: Judy Wexler’s “Talkin’ ’bout My Generation” at Vitello’s