By Don Heckman The L.A. Phil’s entertaining Americas & Americans series came up with a stellar musical double-header Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Which was not surprising, given the headlining onstage presence of Sheila E. and Gilberto Santa Rosa. Both of whom are major figures in the Latin music world – and beyond. It’s… Read More Live Music: Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sheila E. in an Americas & Americans Performance at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Summer has arrived, with all its distractions, and many of the music venues — in the U.S., Europe and beyond — are either closed or booking with reduced schedules. But there’s still good music to be heard. Los Angeles – June 25. (Wed.) Annie Trousseau. Multi-lingual singer Trousseau is described in her… Read More Picks of the Week: June 24 – 29
Review by Devon Wendell Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood, CA. For the most part, it’s not just the music that has made The Annual Playboy Jazz Festival a Los Angeles summer tradition, but instead, it’s the music combined with the ever present party atmosphere. And this year was no different. Amidst the clouds of pot… Read More Live Jazz: the 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Day #2)
By the iRoM Staff With only a few short days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and with numerous clubs (especially in Europe) closed for the holiday week, we’ve decided to concentrate this week’s Picks on the celebratory musical pleasures of bringing in 2013. NEW YEAR’S EVE (DEC. 31) Los Angeles – Dec. 26 –… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 26 – 31.
By Mike Katz Every year the Monterey Jazz Festival program features a Top Ten list from Artistic Director Tim Jackson, and I always think that’s interesting, but what does he tell everybody else? And how can he not mention (your favorite here). So I figured I’d take a stab at my own Top Ten, but… Read More Live Jazz: Mike Katz’s Monterey Jazz Festival Top Ten
By Norton Wright It was such a class act, it reminded me of those sophisticated nights long ago at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where the ballroom shows were graced by the likes of Lena Horne and Peggy Lee. So it was no surprise that jazz songstress Bonnie Bowden’s date on Sunday afternoon… Read More Live Jazz: Bonnie Bowden at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 26. (Tues.) Justo Almario Quartet. Saxophonist/flutist Almario is one of the Southland’s great jazz treasures, a player who moves convincingly across every jazz arena. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – July 27. (Wed.) Gladys Knight and James Ingram. The one and only Grammy-winning Empress of Soul shares the stage with… Read More Picks of the Week: July 25 – 31.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 8. (Tues.) The John Daversa Progressive Big Band. Trumpeter/composer/arranger Daversa takes the big band instrumentation into fascinating new musical areas. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 8. (Tues.) Lianne Carroll. BBC Jazz Award winner Carroll, who accompanies her vibrant vocals with equally dynamic piano playing, makes her… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 8 – 14
By Devon Wendell Social and political activist Dolores Huerta celebrated her 80th birthday at The Greek Theatre on Friday with a night of music, movie stars, and politicians called Weaving Movements Together, a benefit concert with performances by Pete Escovedo and his band, Lila. Downs, Zach De La Rocha (with his latest group One Day As A… Read More Live Music: Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana, Lila Downs, and Zach De La Rocha At The Greek Theater For Dolores Huerta’s 80th Birthday Benefit Concert “Weaving Movements Together”
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 11. (Wed.) B.B. King, Buddy Guy. The blues at its best by a pair of venerable masters. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 11. (Wed.) Bennie Maupin Ensemble. Maupin’s mastery of the tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet has reached from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug 10 – 15