Picks of the Week Nov. 8 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 8. (Tues.) Rick Braun Sings.  Trumpeter Rick Braun, a high visibility instrumentalist in the smooth jazz arena, displays his engaging vocal skills on his latest album, the appropriately titled Rick Braun Sings With Strings. Vitello’s.      (818) 769-0905. –  Nov. 9. (Wed.)  Phil Norman Tentet CD release party.  The… Read More Picks of the Week Nov. 8 – 13

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Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles  – April 20. (Mon.)  Phil Norman Tentet. Norman’s collective of L.A.’s premium players, performing briskly swinging charts recalls the buoyant West Coast jazz of the ’50s and ’60s.  Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-3058.  www.charlieos.com    – April 21. (Tues.)  Kristen Korb Sextet. She sings, she swings, she plays the bass and celebrates… Read More Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26