By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 8. (Tues.) Corky Hale and Friends. “I’m Glad There Is You.” Pianist, harpist, singer and imaginative producer Hale assembles most of the cast of prime talent on her album I’m Glad There Is You. The impressive line up includes Sally Kellerman, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker,… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 13.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Wayne Bergeron Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron, whose skills reach from superb section work to solid soloing, steps into the spotlight as a leader. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Ed Vodicka Big Band with Marlene VerPlanck. New York singer VerPlanck brings an imaginative… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 12 – 17
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 19 – 20. (Tues. – Wed.) Victor Wooten Band. Award winning bassist Wooten’s performances with the Bela Fleck Band have always been impressive feats of musical magic. Here he conjures up his own creative surprises. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. – Jan. 19. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Fay Claassen “Red, Hot and Blue” (Challenge Records Int.) Dutch-born singer Fay Claassen has already recorded with such world class jazz artists as Toots Thielemans, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner and Joe Locke. But she still hasn’t received anything like the widespread attention her singing deserves. On this, her fourth CD, she ventures… Read More CDs: January Canaries — Claassen, Desare, Eastman, Elias, Henderson