Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Singers Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi were the headliners at Vitello’s Friday night.  And that was good news, since both are among L.A.’s most appealing jazz-oriented singers.  But the evening promised even more with a sub-headline announcing that they would be singing songs by “Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman: The Great… Read More Live Music: Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman There was a celebratory mood in the air at Vitello’s Saturday night.  And with good reason.  Cheryl Bentyne – one of the four vocal stars in the Manhattan Transfer constellation – was returning to action after successfully confronting a life threatening illness. In characteristic fashion, she did it in full out, take… Read More Live Jazz: Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler at Vitello’s

Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 22. (Tues.)  Lisa McClowry.  Eclectic singer McClowry –nominated for International Vocalist of the Year in the 2011 Wave Awards — ranges freely across pop, rock, jazz and folk boundary lines.  She’ll be backed by a group that features guitarist/singer/Grammy winning songwriter Jim Peterik. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Mar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman When saxophonist Bob Sheppard was offered a gig at Vitello’s upstairs room in Studio City Wednesday night, his first reaction was to pass on it.  “Who shows up at a jazz supper club a couple of nights before Christmas?” he thought.  But he took the gig anyhow, and was pleasantly surprised –… Read More Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: Playboy Jazz Free Concert — Diane Schuur, Ed Shaughnessy and Susie Hansen

By Devon Wendell On Sunday afternoon and evening, the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival held its third community concert, free to the public, at Warner Central Park in Woodland Hills. And the festivities began early with a short, but diverse set from the talented young jazz players of the El Camino High School Jazz Band. Among… Read More Live Jazz: Playboy Jazz Free Concert — Diane Schuur, Ed Shaughnessy and Susie Hansen