Picks of the Week: Oct. 16 – 21

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 17. (Wed.)  Judy Carmichael Trio.  Pianist/singer and all around dynamic entertainer Carmichael can bring a room to life with her powerful stride piano and deeply interpretive vocals.  Click HERE to read a review of Carmichael in her last L.A. appearance.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 17. (Wed.)  The… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 16 – 21

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Picks of the Week: Sept. 25 – 30

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – Sept. 25. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  It’s an all-star congregation, with John Pisano celebrating the 15th anniversary of his always-entertaining Guitar Nights. Expect to see and hear a stage full of the Southland’s finest 6-stringers.  Lucy’s 51.    (818) 763-5200. – Sept. 27. (Thurs.)  The Los Angeles Philharmonic. … Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 25 – 30

Live Jazz: Sascha’s Bloc Band Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Hearing a collective of mostly Russian musicians impressively swinging their way through a program of jazz standards and Great American Songbook classics wasn’t exactly what one ordinarily expects to hear Upstairs at Vitellos.  Yet there they were Friday night – Sascha’s Bloc Band – playing everything from “C Jam Blues” to “Sunny… Read More Live Jazz: Sascha’s Bloc Band Upstairs at Vitello’s

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