Wisdom of the Great Songbook: Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “You Must Believe In Spring”

  When lonely feelings chill the meadows of your mind, Just think if winter comes, can Spring be far behind? Beneath the deepest snows, the secret of a rose is merely that it knows You must believe in Spring! Just as a tree is sure its leaves will reappear; It knows its emptiness is just… Read More Wisdom of the Great Songbook: Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “You Must Believe In Spring”

Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Bel Air. Robert Davi was back at Herb Alpert’s elegant Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. at the top of Beverly Glen last night. And, as always happens in his performances, he spent most of his program demonstrating his belief in the Great American Songbook as “America’s Shakespeare.” Davi, whose acting career began in a… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: Bill Cantos, Mari Falcone, Alan Bergman and Lillias White in a Society of Singers Program at Café Cordial

By Don Heckman When the Society of Singers  (often referred to with the appropriate abbreviation S.O.S.) has a performance program it can best be described as a win-win event.  A winner in the sense that it raises funds for the S.O.S programs providing financial support for singers in need.  And a winner in the sense… Read More Live Music: Bill Cantos, Mari Falcone, Alan Bergman and Lillias White in a Society of Singers Program at Café Cordial

Live Music: The New West Symphony at Barnum Hall

By Don Heckman Santa Monica, CA.  The New West Symphony may not be the highest visibility orchestra in the Southland.  But they’re rapidly becoming one of the most intriguing music presenters, with programs performed in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica.  And the NWS performance at Barnum Hall Sunday night was an impressive example of… Read More Live Music: The New West Symphony at Barnum Hall

Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  It was a return visit to Vitello’s Wednesday night for And They She Wrote.  The cast was slightly different from the line-up that brought the same show to Vitello’s  in June.  But the selections were largely the same classics from the Great American songbook, once again illuminating how many of… Read More Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Catalina Bar & Grill

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

Live Music: Alan Bergman at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA.  Alan Bergman made one of his too-rare club appearances Wednesday night in an utterly captivating performance at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   It’s always a pleasure to hear songwriters do their own music.  And even more fascinating when the songwriter is as fine a performing artist as Bergman.  In… Read More Live Music: Alan Bergman at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.