By Don Heckman At first glance, Saturday night seemed to offer one of the intriguing jazz events of the season: alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa appearing with his groups Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall. Over the past decade, Mahanthappa, a second generation Indian American, has received significant recognition from… Read More Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 9. (Wed.) Ariana Savalas and Corky Hale. Yes, the name “Savalas” is familiar; Ariana is the daughter of the veteran actor Telly Savalas. But as a singer, she has an appealing style that is uniquely her own. She’s backed by the musically supportive accompaniment of pianist/harpist Hale. Vibrato… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 7 – 13
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 16. (Mon.) Clare Fischer Big Band. The multiple Grammy-winning composer/arranger/pianist (and more) has a resume reaching from Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd to Prince and Paul McCartney, with numerous stops in between. His own groups have reached from small to large, covering a brilliantly eclectic array of creative… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 16 – 22
By Don Heckman Los Angeles June 21. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky with Sketchy Black Dog. The winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, pianist Piatigorsky’s extraordinary skills reach from soundtrack composing for major films to collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks and Joe Lovano. His piano trio combines with a string quartet… Read More Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 14. (Tues.) Motley Crue. L.A.’s heavy metal stars of the eighties (and beyond) take over the vast expanse of the Bowl for a tour through the many hits that have made them rock icons. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2040. – June 15. (Wed.) Sachel Vasandani Quartet. At a… Read More Picks of the Week: June 14 – 19
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Chuck Manning and Sal Marquez Quartet. A pair of L.A.’s most solidly dependable swingers go horn to horn in an evening guaranteed to keep your jazz soul alive. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 15. (Wed.) Jules Day. Rising young jazz star Day celebrates the release of… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 15 – 20.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 3. (Tues.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel conducts a stunning program of Bernstein and Gershwin. Gabriela Montero solos in the Rhapsody In Blue. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 3. (Tues.) Wayne Bergeron’s Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron steps down from the trumpet section to lead own… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 3 – 8
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 9. (Tues.) Green Umbrella: Stockhausen and the Music of the Future. The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group performs the music of composers who began to transform the classical music scene in the ’50s and ’60s: Luciano Berio (Sequenza V); John Cage (excerpts from Sonatas and Interludes); Karlheinz… Read More Picks of the Week Dec 8-14: Shorter, Golson, Claytons, Douglas, Haynes, Tyner and more