Live Music: Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sheila E. in an Americas & Americans Performance at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The L.A. Phil’s entertaining Americas & Americans series came up with a stellar musical double-header Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Which was not surprising, given the headlining onstage presence of Sheila E. and Gilberto Santa Rosa. Both of whom are major figures in the Latin music world – and beyond. It’s… Read More Live Music: Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sheila E. in an Americas & Americans Performance at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: the 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Day #2)

Review by Devon Wendell Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood, CA.  For the most part, it’s not just the music that has made The Annual Playboy Jazz Festival a Los Angeles summer tradition, but instead, it’s the music combined with the ever present party atmosphere.  And this year was no different. Amidst the clouds of pot… Read More Live Jazz: the 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Day #2)

Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 12. (Wed.)  Julian Coryell.  He’s received an impressive guitar-playing legacy from his father, Larry Coryell.  But Julian has thoroughly developed a creative style of his own.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – June 13. (Thurs.)  Cindy Lauper.  30th Anniversary: She’s So Unusual Tour.  The inimitable Cindy Lauper celebrates the anniversary… Read More Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

The Playboy Jazz Festival: The First Ladies of the Skins

The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival, which takes place at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, features the rare presence of three world class female jazz drummers.  Writer/musician Devon Wendell describes his reaction when he first saw the Festival line up.   By Devon Wendell Growing up, I always thought of the drums as being this potent… Read More The Playboy Jazz Festival: The First Ladies of the Skins

Picks of the Week: Feb. 8 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 8. (Tues.)  The John Daversa Progressive Big Band. Trumpeter/composer/arranger  Daversa takes the big band instrumentation into fascinating new musical areas.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 8. (Tues.)  Lianne Carroll.   BBC Jazz Award winner Carroll, who accompanies her vibrant vocals with equally dynamic piano playing, makes her… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 8 – 14