By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA. International Jazz Day was celebrated in high spirited fashion Tuesday night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. The room’s Music Director and bassist Pat Senatore, who schedules an appealing flow of jazz talent in the attractive Bel Air club, picked many of his regular players to perform in a… Read More Live Jazz: International Jazz Day at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz. Etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 11. (Tues.) Sarah Chang. A gifted child prodigy, violinist Chang has matured into a superb interpretive artist. In this far-reaching program, she performs a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Also on the bill – works by Copland… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 11 – 16
By Don Heckman There’s a lot to be said for the kitchen at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. The cuisine is not only haut, it’s also tasty, diversified and appealing. Just like the music. And there’s a lot to be said for that, too. Combined, they make for memorable evenings. The club’s Music Director and resident bassist,… Read More Live Jazz: The John Daversa Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 15 – 20. (Tues. – Sun.) Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke celebrate Jack’s 70th birthday. It would be hard to ask for a more stellar trio than this. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear three authentically iconic jazz artists performing together. Catalina Bar & Grill. … Read More Picks of the Week: May 15 – 20
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 5. (Tues.) Junko Onishi Trio. Japanese pianist Onishi confirms her return to jazz action last year after a performance break of nearly a decade. She kicks off her American tour tonight with the backing of the sterling rhythm team of bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Catalina… Read More Picks of the Week: April 5 – 10
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 Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Wayne Bergeron Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron, whose skills reach from superb section work to solid soloing, steps into the spotlight as a leader. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Oct. 13. (Wed.) Ed Vodicka Big Band with Marlene VerPlanck. New York singer VerPlanck brings an imaginative… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 12 – 17