Picks of the Week: July 29 – Aug. 3 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York City, London, Paris and Tokyo

By Don Heckman It’s another hot week, with a lot of venues still in the midst of their Summer hiatuses.  But there’s still some fine, selective music to hear. Los Angeles – July 29. (Tues.) Amanda McBroom and George Ball. Musical theatre and cabaret star Amanda McBroom and actor/singer George Ball present a program of… Read More Picks of the Week: July 29 – Aug. 3 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York City, London, Paris and Tokyo

Live Jazz: “To Ella With Love” at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Patti Austin

By Don Heckman The L.A. Philharmonic came up with a great celebration of the memory of Ella Fitzgerald at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night. The evening began with a stirring big band salute from the always-exciting Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – an appropriate beginning, given the long association Ella had with big bands, from her early… Read More Live Jazz: “To Ella With Love” at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Patti Austin

Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It sounded like a good idea.  Big Band Jazz night at the Hollywood Bowl.  Lacking a resident ensemble such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, L.A.’s fans of big band jazz are generally limited to hearing large ensemble sounds on occasional Monday nights at the clubs.  (And we can be grateful… Read More Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 8. (Tues.)  Dominick Farinacci.  Trumpeter Farinacci’s debut U.S. CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, announced the arrival of an impressive new young jazz artist.  He makes one of his rare Southland appearances for one night only.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.    (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman,… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13