Live Chamber Music: Christopheren Nomura at Southern Oregon University

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. Chamber Music Concerts topped off their 2014-2015 season Friday night with a rare and memorable treat. It wasn’t a climactic closing event filled with choral high notes and trumpet fanfares. In fact, there were only two performers on stage at SOU’s Music Recital Hall: baritone Christopheren Nomura and pianist Daniel… Read More Live Chamber Music: Christopheren Nomura at Southern Oregon University

Live Music: Chris Botti and Chris Isaak at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman There were two guys named Chris on stage at the Hollywood Bowl Friday and Saturday nights. Despite their identical first names, their styles traced to very different genres. And despite those different sources, they both offered performances rich in musicality and compelling entertainment. Friday evening opened with the first Chris – jazz… Read More Live Music: Chris Botti and Chris Isaak at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby brought their bluegrass collaboration to a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall on Friday night, playing to a very appreciative if not overflowing crowd. Backed by the amazing six-piece Kentucky Thunder bluegrass band, Skaggs and Hornsby took on music ranging from Bill Monroe to Rick James. At… Read More Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

Live Music: Americanarama with Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Ryan Bingham at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

By Mike Finkelstein Denver, Colorado. I caught the Americanarama tour in Englewood, CO while on a road trip last week.   I’m not so sure that the bands on the tour ( My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Bob Dylan and Ryan Bingham) are truly representative of the burgeoning Americana genre.   But if you get a chance to… Read More Live Music: Americanarama with Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Ryan Bingham at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman An extraordinarily well-planned performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night opened with a delightful appearance by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.  Lovett’s far-ranging career has reached from acting to music, with a variety of stops in between. But heard in a wide open, Hollywood Bowl setting, driven by the jazz  rhythms… Read More Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Preservation Jazz Band and Madeleine Peyroux at the Hollywood Bowl,

 By Don Heckman When singer Madeleine Peyroux opened Wednesday night’s jazz show at the Hollywood Bowl there was at least a mild sense of actual jazz in the air. Peyroux has had considerable success in the jazz world, even though she has ranged across different genres with varying degrees of success. A far more powerful… Read More Live Music: Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Preservation Jazz Band and Madeleine Peyroux at the Hollywood Bowl,