CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

by Faith Frenz Singers need words and music.  But arrangements are the secret to a good song and what distinguishes the singer.  A good example is Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Catalina –the Doyen of jazz for LA — has always welcomed  and supported the jazz community to help showcase their aspirations and satisfy the Los… Read More CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

By Jane Rosenberg In a program that succeeded artistically, intellectually, and politically, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater offered an evening both challenging and joyful, with works ranging from Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece, Revelations, to Hope Boykin’s involving and evocative 2016 r-Evolution, Dream. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and sermons, Hope Boykin, a longtime… Read More Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Verdi’s Macbeth, interpreted by a consummate conductor and orchestra with magnificent singing from the chorus and principals, made for a powerful night of opera and a brilliant opener to LA Opera’s 2016-17 season. With a narrative rife with the evil machinations of that tortured pair of king-slayers, Lord and Lady Macbeth, Verdi… Read More LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Notes From the Left Coast: Judy Wexler at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge

By Don Heckman It was a real pleasure to return to Vitello’s Saturday night, after spending more than a year in Oregon, away from one of our favorite music rooms. Since our return, the E Spot Lounge is a considerably remodeled version of the original venue. But no problem there. Although the stage has been… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: Judy Wexler at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge

Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

By Don Heckman The Gardenia, Tom Rolla’s cozy Hollywood cabaret club can always be counted on to provide a captivating evening of music. And Nancy Dussault’s performance Friday night did all that and a lot more. The versatile, Tony Award-nominated Dussault’s far-ranging musical theatre career reaches from The Sound of Music and Do Re Mi… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Without snow drifts, fir and spruce trees, or chilling temperatures, we, in Los Angeles, must make do with a Christmas season of brilliant sunshine, swaying palms, and stately cypresses. Happily, we have the Los Angeles Ballet to bring us a taste of the holiday with their annual Nutcracker. With charming costumes by… Read More Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Royce Hall

Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.

By Don Heckman The room was filled with an enthusiastic crowd at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday night for the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival. And with good reason. A long sequence of performances in the Festival once again underscored both the quality and the quantity of first rate Filipino and… Read More Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.