Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 30. (Wed.)  Gene Cipriano.  “The World According to ‘Cip”  Veteran saxophonist Cipriano, backed by a band of L.A.’s veteran jazz artists, in an evening of stories and song.  His stellar band includes trombonist Dick Nash, pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ralph Humphrey.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zana Messia and the Balkan Soul Orchestra. Yugoslavian singer-songwriter Messia celebrates the release of her new album, Balkan Soul, featuring the arching melodies and gypsy rhythms of her songs.  Guest  performers will reportedly be in attendance as well.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Mar. 21. (Wed.)  Zakir… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 20 – 25

Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles June 21. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky with Sketchy Black Dog.  The winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, pianist Piatigorsky’s extraordinary skills reach from soundtrack composing for major films to collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks and Joe Lovano. His piano trio combines with a string quartet… Read More Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

Q & A: Lee Ritenour

By Don Heckman Lee Ritenour’s latest album, 6 String Theory, is a landmark recording in his long, high profile career as a versatile, high visibility guitarist.  His career – reaching back to his first professional gigs as a teen-ager – has been remarkable.  Performing in thousands of sessions as a young guitarist with the likes… Read More Q & A: Lee Ritenour