Brian Arsenault Takes On: Winter, but not as well as Chickadees

By Brian Arsenault (This post was written during northern New England’s first true snowstorm of the season on Sunday.) As the first storm of the winter season hits northern New England, the snow flies and the wind goes from mournful howling to screaming angry. I look out my window and wonder, not for the first time, how… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Winter, but not as well as Chickadees

Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: Checking Out Charmaine Clamor’s New CD

By Brick Wahl Heard several tracks in progress from Charmaine Clamor’s new recording recently. Quite a selection of tunes – none of the usual jazz standards at all. Instead there’s a remarkable take on “Imagine” (a tune that rarely survives covering) propelled by some really striking rhythmic piano by Laurence Hobgood. There’s a surprising ”O Shenandoah,” a… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: Checking Out Charmaine Clamor’s New CD

Live Music: Rufus Wainwright at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Mike Finkelstein Rufus Wainwright played a solo show for an adoring audience Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center.   Judging by all I overheard, it seemed that many in the crowd had already seen him perform at least once. From the start, people recognized the songs after perhaps a chord and a half. … Read More Live Music: Rufus Wainwright at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Singers Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi were the headliners at Vitello’s Friday night.  And that was good news, since both are among L.A.’s most appealing jazz-oriented singers.  But the evening promised even more with a sub-headline announcing that they would be singing songs by “Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman: The Great… Read More Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Los Angeles, CA. Judy Collins was back in town Friday night for her second major Southland appearance in less than a year.   This time, she was performing at CSUN’s beautiful almost-new Valley Performing Arts Center. Once again, her performance was a virtual spoken memoir with songs.  Collins’ musical and personal history has… Read More Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center