Picks of the Long Weekend in Los Angeles: October 23 – 25

By Don Heckman Friday and Saturday Oct. 23 & 24 Thelma Houston. “My Motown” Grammy-winning r&b singer Houston recalls the glories of the Motown era.  Catalina Bar o& Grill. Friday Oct. 23 Doug Webb and the Webb Allstars. Saxophonist Webb is a master of every kind of woodwind instrument.  Here he is, in action.  The… Read More Picks of the Long Weekend in Los Angeles: October 23 – 25

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: June 27 – July 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 27. (Wed.)  A Celebration of Miles Davis. Herbie Hancock hosts a trio of Davis tributes: Miles’ Electric Band, Marcus Miller leading  “Tutu Revisited” and Jimmy Cobb leading his “So What” band in  “Kind of Blue.” Hollywood Bowl.   (323) 850-2000. – June 28. (Thurs.)  Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz… Read More Picks of the Week: June 27 – July 1

Here, There & Everywhere: The Closing of Charlie O’s

By Don Heckman Charlie O’s closed Wednesday night.  It happened without anticipation, and without warning. My first awareness of the bad news came with an email from Jo-Ann Ottaviano, who has been running the club – along with her brother Mike – since the death of her husband, Charlie Ottaviano in 2008.  It arrived at… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Closing of Charlie O’s