Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept 19. (Wed.) Catharine Russell.  Her resume includes gigs and recordings with the likes of Paul Simon, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Michael Feinstein.  But she’s very much the “real thing” according to critic Nat Hentoff.  And why not?  Her father, pianist Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s music director.  Catalina… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 30. (Wed.)  Gene Cipriano.  “The World According to ‘Cip”  Veteran saxophonist Cipriano, backed by a band of L.A.’s veteran jazz artists, in an evening of stories and song.  His stellar band includes trombonist Dick Nash, pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ralph Humphrey.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 29 – June3

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: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Gala Opera Night.  Demetra George and Ralph Cato perform “Villains and Heroines at the Opera,” selections from Puccini, Verdi and Strauss.  Frank Fetta is music director.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Slide FX  Trombone Tentet.  Not quite enough trombones to play “76… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6