Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill

By James DeFrances Hollywood. The holiday season was in full swing Thursday night at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood with some good old fashioned yuletide cheer. 4-time Grammy nominee singer-pianist Karrin Allyson took center stage to entertain the eager crowd. Her show was a bit of a departure from a typical straight ahead jazz event… Read More Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael

By Don Heckman Tessa Souter Obsession (Motema) There are some jazz singers who tell stories, some who become virtual instruments, some who transform songs into expressions of their own pain. Tessa Souter does all that — and more, from time to time — in her quest to inhabit a song, to give it a life… Read More Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael