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
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 15. (Wed.) Brenna Whitaker. She could have been a ‘30s platinum blond star. But Whitaker doesn’t just look good; she can sing, too. This time out she picks a set of tunes to enhance the birthday of Vibrato co-owner Eden Alpert. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – May… Read More Picks of the Week: May 14 – 19
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 20. (Wed.) “Three For the Show.” A trio of veteran performers celebrate the music of Broadway, cabaret and beyond: Dorothy Dale Kloss, at 89, is described as the world’s oldest, still performing show girl; Suzy Cadham was a Golddigger on the Dean Martin Show, and Ken Prescott starred… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. On any given night in Los Angeles, world class jazz can be found in venues stretching from Orange County to Ventura County, with many stops in between. And Saturday night was no exception, when the prime quartet of saxophonist Bob Sheppard and pianist Otmaro Ruiz (with bassist John Belzaguy… Read More Live Jazz: the Bob Sheppard/Otmaro Ruiz Quartet at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 19 (Wed.) Katja Rieckermann. German-born saxophonist Rieckermann has a resume reaching from Rod Stewart and Al Green to Carole King and Randy Newman. But she’s best heard in her own musical settings, as she will be here. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 19. (Wed.) Street Corner… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec 19 – 23
By Don Heckman Jackie Ryan made one of her too-rare Southland appearances Thursday night. And it’s a fair bet that most of her entranced listeners left Vitello’s with the fervent hope that she’ll return, and soon. Why? Because Jackie is both musical and passionate. Because her rich, dark-toned voice is the perfect vehicle for her… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman There’s a lot to be said for the kitchen at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. The cuisine is not only haut, it’s also tasty, diversified and appealing. Just like the music. And there’s a lot to be said for that, too. Combined, they make for memorable evenings. The club’s Music Director and resident bassist,… Read More Live Jazz: The John Daversa Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.