Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Chuck Manning-John Daversa Quartet.  Saxophonist Manning and trumpeter Daversa get together for an evening of adventurous improvisation.  They’re backed by Pat Senatore, bass and Dick Weller, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Deana Martin.  Yes, she’s Dean Martin’s daughter.  But Deana has… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25

Picks of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 31. (Wed.)  Bob Sheppard and Friends.  Halloween Party and Jam.  With Larry Koonse, guitar, Dave Robaire, bass, Charles Ruggiero, drums.  Wear a Halloween costume and get in free.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. –  Nov. 2. (Fri.)  David Grisman Sextet.  Special guest David Lindley. Mandolin virtuoso Grisman, moving easily across… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Picks of the Week: Aug. 20 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 21. (Tues.)  McGegan conducts Haydn.  Nicholas McGegan conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of Papa Haydn’s finest, including the Alleluia Symphony and the Drumroll Symphony.  Add to that an appearance by the brilliant British trumpeter Alison Balsom performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. –… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 20 – 26

Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 25. (Wed.)  Corky Hale and Freda Payne.  A Salute to Billie Holiday’s Birthday.  Lovely Freda Payne has a convincing way with the musical riches of the Holiday legacy.  And  the versatile pianist/harpist Hale, once Lady Day’s accompanist, provides the perfect setting.  Catalina Bar & Grill.   (323) 466-2210. –… Read More Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30

Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman The performances by the Christian McBride Trio and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Royce Hall Saturday night provided a fascinating prologue to Sunday’s Grammys.  A prologue that revealed some of what was largely missing the next day in the granting of the awards. Start with the fact that the McBride and Coltrane… Read More Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog.  Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com  (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Guitar Night. … Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12