Picks of the Week: July 19 – 24

By Don Heckman Los Angeles July 20. (Wed.)  John Daversa Big Band.  Trumpeter Daversa’s adventurous, often unpredictable charts make his big band appearances into engaging musical events.  Catalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210. – June 21. (Thurs.)  Bruce Forman Quartet.  Guitarist/educator/novelist Forman is one of the jazz world’s true multi-hyphenates.  Here he is, with his… Read More Picks of the Week: July 19 – 24

Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April. 26. (Tues.)  “The Music of Sonny Rollins.”  Tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy takes on the challenging task of exploring the music of a great jazz master.  Expect intriguing results.  With the Chris Colangelo Trio.  Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-3058. – April 27. (Wed.)  Phil Upchurch Quartet. Master blues and jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1

Live Jazz: Grand Opening of Guitar Night at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman The new John Pisano Guitar Night series kicked off with a bang Tuesday night at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Notice that I did not say “Upstairs” at Vitello’s.  Although the venue’s upstairs room has been rapidly emerging as one of L.A.’s prime jazz destinations, Pisano opted for a more intimate downstairs lounge… Read More Live Jazz: Grand Opening of Guitar Night at Vitello’s