Live Music: YUSUF or CAT STEVENS? at London’s Eventim Apollo

By Ella Leya (iRoM’s European Correspondent) London, Engand.  Both names illuminated Eventim Apollo, formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, one of the UK’s largest and best-preserved original Art Deco theaters – a venue that played host to many legendary acts of the past – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley. As well as to Steven Demetre… Read More Live Music: YUSUF or CAT STEVENS? at London’s Eventim Apollo

Live Music: The Fab Faux at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Northridge, CA. Memories galore resonated through the architecturally grand, acoustically captivating Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of CalState Northridge Saturday night. Memories, that is, of an era dominated by the Beatles. The performance, by the Fab Faux, was yet another display of the Center’s growing presence as the creative center… Read More Live Music: The Fab Faux at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Film Review: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix- “Hear My Train A Comin’”

By Devon Wendell The Experience Hendrix estate and the good people of PBS present a brand new Jimi Hendrix documentary, Hear My Train A Comin’ as a part of their American Masters series. There was an advanced screening of the film at The Sony Entertainment Room in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, October 2nd. It will… Read More Film Review: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix- “Hear My Train A Comin’”

Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman An extraordinarily well-planned performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night opened with a delightful appearance by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.  Lovett’s far-ranging career has reached from acting to music, with a variety of stops in between. But heard in a wide open, Hollywood Bowl setting, driven by the jazz  rhythms… Read More Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Denny Seiwell, John Chiodini and Joe Bagg at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Drummer Denny Seiwell, who made a rare appearance at Vitello’s Friday night, has a resume reaching from Zoot Sims and Al Cohn to Joe Cocker, the Who, Art Garfunkel, James Brown and many other jazz and rock luminaries.  But his most significant musical association may have been the time he spent as… Read More Live Jazz: Denny Seiwell, John Chiodini and Joe Bagg at Vitello’s

Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

By Mike Finkelstein On Saturday night Brian Wilson played a homecoming show of sorts at the Cerritos Center for the Performing  Arts, a gorgeous venue with a sound that is on a par with its architecture.  In the late ‘50s/early ‘60s Wilson and his brothers grew up in Hawthorne just a few miles west of… Read More Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Op Ed Commentary: Morgan Ames on Millennium Women and A Cappella

Morgan Ames apprenticed with Quincy Jones; sang/contracted singers for Queen Latifah for opening of 2010 Super Bowl; sang backgrounds on 2011 Oscar telecast and with Celine Dion for 9/11 telethon, conducted singers onstage for Paul McCartney at a Green Peace concert at the Hollywood Bowl (“Hey Jude”); has written songs with Johnny Mandel, Bob James,… Read More Op Ed Commentary: Morgan Ames on Millennium Women and A Cappella