CD Review: Diana Krall “Wallflower”

By Don Heckman Diana Krall’s continuing quest to widen her already far reaching repertoire has led her to some of the most memorable songs of the ’70s and ’80s in this fine new Verve outing.  I’ve been hearing, seeing and writing about Diana in action since the ’90s. And I’ve been consistently awed by her… Read More CD Review: Diana Krall “Wallflower”

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Live Jazz: Roberta Gambarini and Kenny Burrell at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Roberta Gambarini didn’t waste any time establishing her impressive jazz credentials at Catalina Bar & Grill Thursday night. Relying on her perfect pitch and her brilliant interpretive skills, she strolled on stage, picked up a microphone and began to sing a stunning version of Cole Porter’s “So In Love” without a whisper… Read More Live Jazz: Roberta Gambarini and Kenny Burrell at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Music: Rita Coolidge at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA. There was a distinct feeling of time warp in the air Friday night during Rita Coolidge’s performance at Catalina Bar & Grill.  “Nostalgia” couldn’t quite describe the experience of hearing her embracing voice singing “Superstar,” “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “You’re Love Takes Me Higher,” and more. I first heard… Read More Live Music: Rita Coolidge at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  Hot Lips herself, in action.  But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.)  Gabriel Johnson.  Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

CD Review: Missing Cats’ “Larry Brown Amen”

Missing Cats Larry Brown Amen (Redeye Label)  By Brian Arsenault Talk about pre-release buzz, Missing Cats got it.. Talk about rock ‘n roll hearts. Missing Cats got it. Larry Brown Amen may be the purest rock ‘n roll album I have heard in a couple of years.  That is if you consider a combination southernhillcountryrockabillydeltabluesdirtywhiteboy… Read More CD Review: Missing Cats’ “Larry Brown Amen”

Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”

Marty Grebb High Steppin’  (Luna Chica)                                 By Devon Wendell As is the case with many of the most talented artists, Marty Grebb is a household name among mostly the top and more well known musicians — most of whom he’s played with as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer over the past four decades —… Read More Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”