By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 27. (Wed.) Willie Nelson & Family. The inimitable Willie Nelson performs his memorable hits with the musical companionship of his talented family members. Click HERE to read an earlier iRoM review of Willie Nelson and his Family. Valley Performing Arts Center. (818) 677-3000. = Feb. 27. (Wed.) Shofar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 26 – Mar. 3
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 29. (Wed.) Carol Robbins. She’s that rare musical combination – a jazz harpist. And Robbins has brought it off in convincing style, playing with everyone from Frank Sinatra and the Manhattan Transfer to Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves. This time out, Robbins does it her way. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 28 – Mar. 4
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 – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Neil Sedaka. Hitmaker Sedaka showcases his memorable catalog of songs in a performance replacing a date cancelled in late October. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000. – Dec. 8. (Wed.) Carol Welsman Canadian-born Welsman has the rare ability to surround the supple timbres of her voice with an… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 12
by Devon Wendell The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz festival ended this year’s free community concert series at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills on Sunday 6th with a ceremony of soul, gospel, post-bop, and pop jazz hosted by KJAZZ’s LeRoy Downs. Kicking off the show, the 25 piece Calabasas High School Jazz Band A under the watchful… Read More LIVE JAZZ: The Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at Warner Park featuring Oleta Adams, the Sal Marquez Quintet, Tizer and the Calabasas High School Jazz Band A
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 1. (Tues.) Guitar Night. John Pisano, Barry Zweig. John Belzaguy. A pair of veteran guitarists – each with an overflowing resume of memorable appearances – have a typical Guitar Night jam with the solid backing of bassist Belzaguy. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 1. (Tues.) Lisa Hilton. Described… Read More Picks of the Week: June 1 – 6
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 12 & 13. (Mon. & Tues.) Miles Evans Band. Trumpeter Evans, named after Miles Davis, is the son of equally legendary arranger Gil Evans. His current mission, he says, is to explore, with his eight piece band, the music that had been planned for an Evans/Jimi Hendrix collaboration… Read More Picks of the Week: April 12 – 18
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 8. (Wed.) Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez. Three views of the colorful spectrum of Latin jazz – from samba and bossa nova to Afro-Cuban and salsa –are featured in the first entry in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer jazz programming. The Hollywood Bowl. – July 8 & 9.… Read More Picks of the Week: July 6 – 12