By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 28. (Tues.) Alan Broadbent. Pianist/composer/arranger Broadbent was one of the Southland’s most gifted jazz artists for years. But he’s moved to New York, and his L.A. appearances are rare. Here’s one not to miss, as he performs in a duo with bassist Pat Senatore.. Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: May 28 – June 2
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 17. (Wed.) Corky Hale and special guest Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge perform selections from the Billie Holiday songbook. Pianist/harpist Hale, who accompanied Holiday in the ‘50s, is well qualified for the job. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. April 17. (Wed.) Julian Coryell. The son of fine… Read More Picks of the Week: April 17 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 27. (Wed.) Sascha’s Bloc. A gifted group of players, many from Russia and/or Eastern European backgrounds, showcasing music that crosses easily and compellingly across lines of genre and tradition. Led by the dynamic guitar playing of Alex (Sascha) Gershman, with the intimate vocalizing of Carina Coper. Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 27 – 31.
By Don Heckman Bill Holman and his big band made one of their rare but always welcome Southland appearances Friday night at Vitello’s. And, with a packed house listening avidly to every note, Holman once again displayed his remarkable mastery of the big band format. One could make a good case for big band instrumentation… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band Upstairs at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman It was big band night on Wednesday’s jazz program at the Hollywood Bowl. And one couldn’t have chosen a more iconic pair of ensembles than the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Stan Centennial Orchestra. Just to clarify that last name, it refers to Stan Kenton, whose birth centennial was actually in December,… Read More Live Jazz: The Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Stan Centennial Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 7. (Tues.) Yo Yo Ma and Gustavo Dudamel. Two of the most charismatic figures in today’s classical music world join with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform the Schumann Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s electrifying Symphony No. 4. Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 8. (Wed.) Duke Ellington Orchestra. … Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 7 – 12
By Tony Gieske Let’s talk about that undermeditated topic, lighting. The lighting at Vibrato’s voluminous listening room, for instance, is without stain and healthy, which is to say clean and well. Equally clean and well lighted, if you’ll forgive the segue, was the Steve Huffsteter big band, a precision ensemble that played the room last… Read More Live Jazz: The Steve Huffsteter Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Bill Holman – Willis to his friends – is making one of his too-rare performances with his big band tonight in the up close and personal environs of Vitello’s. For fans of big band jazz, it’ll be an opportunity to hear some music from a composer/arranger who is arguably one of the… Read More Q & A: Bill Holman — Composer, Arranger, Bandleader
By Tony Gieske From all the things I’d been hearing about the Bob Mintzer Big Band — a New York guy! — a Yellowjacket! — I thought I should bring my mind-plugs to Vibrato Tuesday to keep my head from bursting. But no! On first acquaintance, Mintzer turned out to have a gentle tenor saxophone… Read More Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato
By Don Heckman Every Tuesday morning, at an hour in which jazz is rarely heard, a remarkable event takes place in Northridge, in the upper reaches of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. At Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, the Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni play a program of hard-swinging, big band classics for an audience… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina