Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

By Don Heckman Every Tuesday morning, at an hour in which jazz is rarely heard, a remarkable event takes place in Northridge, in the upper reaches of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.  At  Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, the Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni play a program of hard-swinging, big band classics for an audience… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe put all his talents on display Saturday night for an early celebration of the holidays.  All of which made for a broad tapestry of musicians spread across a jam-packed stage, a full house audience and a virtually non-stop program of music. The opening set was devoted to… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s