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'”