Live Jazz: “To Ella With Love” at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Patti Austin

By Don Heckman The L.A. Philharmonic came up with a great celebration of the memory of Ella Fitzgerald at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night. The evening began with a stirring big band salute from the always-exciting Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – an appropriate beginning, given the long association Ella had with big bands, from her early… Read More Live Jazz: “To Ella With Love” at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Patti Austin

Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell So it’s that time again folks; another annual Playboy Jazz Festival has come and gone. As most of us know, the first rule when attending the festival is that we pissed off jazz enthusiasts must check our inner jazz- purist at the security gate before the festivities begin because you could actually… Read More Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

By Don Heckman Pop and rock music ruled Saturday at the Opening Night of the Hollywood Bowl season with the introduction of the 2013 inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame – Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Nothing wrong with that line-up for music fans with a pop/rock orientation.  And… Read More Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 25. (Wed.)  Corky Hale and Freda Payne.  A Salute to Billie Holiday’s Birthday.  Lovely Freda Payne has a convincing way with the musical riches of the Holiday legacy.  And  the versatile pianist/harpist Hale, once Lady Day’s accompanist, provides the perfect setting.  Catalina Bar & Grill.   (323) 466-2210. –… Read More Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30