Live Jazz: A Christmas Card to the Sensational Sidemen of Paul McDonald’s Big Band

By Norton Wright A jazzhead pal living in Europe just e-mailed me asking if he could find some big-band jazz in America when he comes vacationing this summer. Without hesitation I replied that lucky for us Los Angelinos, L.A. has become the nation’s showplace center for an abundance of jazz orchestras. Our treasures include Gerald… Read More Live Jazz: A Christmas Card to the Sensational Sidemen of Paul McDonald’s Big Band

Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was reasonable, I suppose, that the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s September 11 show at the Bowl Tuesday night would have some sort of patriotic aspect, acknowledging the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center. And a program of works by Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein would seem to have been… Read More Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman French and American musics of the early 20th century were linked by many common interests, not the least of which was jazz.  On Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of Stéphane Denève, gave an illuminating performance of works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Maurice… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell                Before Smokey stole a piece of the Hollywood Bowl stage forever Friday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrated its love for American standards.  Half of the evening’s program was a dedication to the American classic song books of Bernstein, Mancini, and Gershwin by the Philharmonic under the conduction of Sarah Hicks, but… Read More Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman A Tierney Sutton performance is always a musical adventure, filled with unexpected twists and turns.  Blessed with a warm, pliable voice and a probing musical imagination, she has enhanced her creative explorations by creating a close artistic (and business) relationship with the members of her Tierney Sutton Band – pianist Christian Jacob,… Read More Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe put all his talents on display Saturday night for an early celebration of the holidays.  All of which made for a broad tapestry of musicians spread across a jam-packed stage, a full house audience and a virtually non-stop program of music. The opening set was devoted to… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s

Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Thursday was Leonard Bernstein night at the Hollywood Bowl – a concert performance of his too rarely heard operetta, Candide. With Bramwell Tovey conducting a musical congregation that included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and an impressive line up of singers, the potential for a memorable evening seemed… Read More Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl