By Don Heckman Pasadena, CA. The warm months of summer always bring a luscious banquet of musical events, much of it presented in colorful outdoor venues. One of the best has begun to emerge in the performances of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra under the baton of Michael Feinstein, amid the gorgeous greenery of the L.A.… Read More Live Music: The Pasadena Pops at the L.A. Arboretum in “Hooray For Hollywood”
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 27. (Tues.) Pat Senatore Trio. The stellar Senatore trio – bassist Senatore with pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Mark Ferber have been carrying the torch for solid jazz at its best for years. And their new recording, Ascensione, is a superb display of their effectiveness as a world… Read More Picks of the Week: May 27 – June 1
By Don Heckman Bel Air. Mention an area of the music world and Steve Tyrell has been there and done that. Whether it’s from a business perspective, running a record company or producing albums by major artists, or if it’s in the creative arena, clearly establishing his own identity as a performer Tyrell knows how… Read More Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman The stage was almost empty Tuesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Almost, that is, except for one notable exception. Seated at the club’s large concert grand, pianist/arranger/composer Alan Broadbent performed several generous sets over a memorable three hours. Originally scheduled as a duo with bassist Pat Senatore, it became a solo night… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Hollywood CA. Steve Tyrell is back at Catalina Bar & Grill this week. No surprise there, since the veteran singer has become a regular at the Hollywood jazz room, frequently drawing overflow crowds to his performances of familiar standards. Which is what he did on Thursday night, with a program largely dedicated… Read More Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Michael Katz One of my regrets from the Monterey Jazz Festival was missing guitarist Bill Frisell’s commissioned piece. So Saturday night’s performance in support of the Bill Morrison film The Great Flood at UCLA’s Royce Hall gave me the opportunity to experience another facet of Frisell’s diverse musical oeuvre The 75 minute film, presented… Read More Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall
By Don Heckman The high point of the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies concert at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night didn’t actually arrive until the encore, when the “Maestro” conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his stirring music for Star Wars. And that was no surprise to many members of the capacity – more… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: John Williams — “Maestro of the Movies” — conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an Evening of Film Music.