Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Jazz singer Cat Conner gave a birthday party to remember at Vitello’s Thursday night.  Actually, a “Birthday Bash,” as she described it, in which she and her close friend, Lee Hartley, sang their way through a delightful evening of song. Backed by the stellar trio of pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Chuck Berghofer… Read More Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  It was a return visit to Vitello’s Wednesday night for And They She Wrote.  The cast was slightly different from the line-up that brought the same show to Vitello’s  in June.  But the selections were largely the same classics from the Great American songbook, once again illuminating how many of… Read More Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

Live Music: Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman and Calabria Foti at Vitello’s in “And Then She Wrote”

By Don Heckman Peter Marshall.  You remember him.  If you don’t, your parents do.   His five Emmy awards as the host of Hollywood Squares were the product of spending a lot of time on the television screens of millions of American homes in the ’60s and ’70s. But onstage at Vitello’s?  A more unlikely… Read More Live Music: Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman and Calabria Foti at Vitello’s in “And Then She Wrote”

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

Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman The first song Tierney Sutton sang at Vitello’s Wednesday night was a stunning indication of what was to come in a superb evening of music making.  Appropriately, it was the Vincent Youmans/Billy Rose classic, “Without A Song.”  And the lyrics – “Without a song, the day would never end…” – symbolized the… Read More Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

By Don Heckman Every Tuesday morning, at an hour in which jazz is rarely heard, a remarkable event takes place in Northridge, in the upper reaches of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.  At  Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, the Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni play a program of hard-swinging, big band classics for an audience… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina