Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 12. (Wed.)  Julian Coryell.  He’s received an impressive guitar-playing legacy from his father, Larry Coryell.  But Julian has thoroughly developed a creative style of his own.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – June 13. (Thurs.)  Cindy Lauper.  30th Anniversary: She’s So Unusual Tour.  The inimitable Cindy Lauper celebrates the anniversary… Read More Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival Free Concert At Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Presents 1+One, with Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson Jr. and The Harmony Project Jazz Ensemble.

By Devon Wendell The Playboy Jazz Festival presented its second free community concert at The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall on Sunday June 2nd with two artists (Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler) who have a very special, long time musical partnership and chemistry, along with special guest, guitar session master Paul Jackson Jr., and Bassist… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival Free Concert At Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Presents 1+One, with Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson Jr. and The Harmony Project Jazz Ensemble.

Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  Hot Lips herself, in action.  But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.)  Gabriel Johnson.  Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012: Sunday’s Program at the Hollywood Bowl

  By Devon Wendell Photos by Bonnie Perkinson This year’s choice of performers at The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival may have had both the serious jazz fan and struggling jazz musician recoiling in disgust, but even the most stubborn jazz aficionado can’t deny that fun and diversity dominated the festival. Before covering Sunday’s highlights,… Read More The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012: Sunday’s Program at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 31. (Tues.)  Bruce Cockburn and Jenny Scheinman.  Versatile guitarist/composer Cockburn performs selections from his latest album, Small Source of Comfort, with the aid of eclectic violinist Scheinman.  The El Rey. http://www.theelrey.com (323) 936-6400. – May 31. (Tues.)  Wayne Bergeron Big Band.  One of the jazz world’s finest, most… Read More Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5