Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that singer Natalie Cole has followed in the musical footsteps of her extrordinary father, pianist/singer Nat “King” Cole. Along the way, she’s won nine Grammy Awards after 21 nominations. Her 1991 album Unforgettable, which included an interactive duet, with her late father, on the song “Unforgettable,” triggering the granting… Read More Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 13 & 15. (Tues. & Thurs. Dudamel conducts Verdi’s Requiem. The Los Angeles Philharmonic players, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, apply their superb versatility to Verdi’s magnificent work. Hollywood Bowl,. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 13. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar night. It’s been a virtual Southland jazz institution… Read More Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent at Herb Alpert’s 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.

Live Music: The Lado B Project at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  Brazilian music nights are not uncommon in Los Angeles.  Not with the city’s substantial population of world class Brazilian players – along with the American musicians who have developed considerable competence with Brazilian music over the years. The Lado B Project is a combination of both, blending a collection… Read More Live Music: The Lado B Project at Vitello’s

Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro

            Sometimes a Reviewer’s Just Lucky             Three Very Different Albums Connected Only by Their Excellence  By Brian Arsenault  Spin Doctors If the River Was Whiskey (Rufus Records) If you’re a ‘90’s kid, chances are you can still remember the words to Spin Doctors’ “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” and that favorite guy anthem to the… Read More Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro

Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 23. (Tues.)  Clay Jenkins.  Good Signs  CD concert.  Trumpeter Jenkins celebrates the September release of his new CD with the stellar band on the album — guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer Joe LaBarbera.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Aug. 24. (Wed.)  Alan Ferber Quartet. Versatile trombonist… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28