By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 10 (Tues.) Rachmaninoff and Gershwin. “Romantic Favorites.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya with piano soloist Daniil Trifonov, performs a program of richly colorful, early 20th century music. Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Sept. 11. (Wed.) George Benson Inspiration Tour. A Tribute To Nat “King” Cole.… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 10 – 15
By Don Heckman Amanda Brecker, a new face in the continually expanding jazz vocal field, made a rare Southland appearance Wednesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Arriving shortly after the release of her new CD, Blossom (Decca), she spent a substantial portion of her two set-program singing the songs of James Taylor and Carole King… Read More LIve Jazz: Amanda Brecker at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 20. (Wed.) “Three For the Show.” A trio of veteran performers celebrate the music of Broadway, cabaret and beyond: Dorothy Dale Kloss, at 89, is described as the world’s oldest, still performing show girl; Suzy Cadham was a Golddigger on the Dean Martin Show, and Ken Prescott starred… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 19 – 24
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.) Sally Kellerman. Hot Lips herself, in action. But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.) Gabriel Johnson. Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28
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 Los Angeles * * * * * * HIGHLIGHT * * * * * * The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival: Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17 The Playboy Jazz Festival umbrella seems to get bigger year by year. And this year is no exception, with a program that reaches into… Read More Picks of the Week: June 12 – 17
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 2. (Wed.) Arturo Sandoval Big Band. He plays the trumpet, the piano and the drums, and he sings, too. The musical multi-hyphenate from Cuba showcases his dynamic versatility in the second installment of the new jazz series at The Federal. (818) 980-2655, – May 2. (Wed.) Llew… Read More Picks of the Week: May 2 – 6