Live Jazz: Geoffrey Keezer at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Grammmy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer showcased his impressive solo talents at Vitello’s Friday night for an enthusiastic, overflow crowd sparkling with the presence of such stellar  music world listeners as Chris Botti, Billy Childs, Bobby Colomby, John Proulx, Mike Lang, Denise Donatelli, Mark Winkler and others. Seemingly inspired by his audience, Keezer offered… Read More Live Jazz: Geoffrey Keezer at Vitello’s

Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

By Don Heckman Pop and rock music ruled Saturday at the Opening Night of the Hollywood Bowl season with the introduction of the 2013 inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame – Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Nothing wrong with that line-up for music fans with a pop/rock orientation.  And… Read More Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Brian Arsenault Takes On: A Guitar Tour of the World, the Phony Hipness of Country Muzak, the Tastelessness of Network News and Free Music from Moscow

By Brian Arsenault Annalisa Ewald Live at the factory underground (Dionysian Media) Annalisa Ewald is a classical guitarist of significant reputation. But don’t let that stop you from her performance live at the factory underground recorded last year in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Even if you’re like me and equate great guitar with Eric Clapton and Pete… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: A Guitar Tour of the World, the Phony Hipness of Country Muzak, the Tastelessness of Network News and Free Music from Moscow

Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

BY DON HECKMAN One of the great pleasures of attending a Chick Corea performance is the anticipatory awareness that his omnivorous musical interests will always bring something new and compelling to every show. On Saturday night at the gorgeous new Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, he did it again, this time in the company… Read More Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Brazilian Music: Bebel Gilberto and Forro in the Dark at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto and the band Forro in the Dark opened CAP UCLA’s new music season at Royce Hall Friday night with a two-hour romp through the rich harmonies, soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms of Brazilian music. If you’re wondering what CAP UCLA is, and what happened to UCLA LIVE, here’s… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Bebel Gilberto and Forro in the Dark at Royce Hall

Live Jazz : The Jeff Lorber Fusion and The Washington Prep High School Jazz Ensemble in the Playboy Jazz Festival’s Free Community Concert at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall.

By Devon Wendell The Playboy Jazz Festival held its second Free Community Concert at The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall yesterday, featuring two acts dedicated to the soul of fusion-jazz. The California weather was sunny and perfect and as the show’s emcee Pat Prescott (KTWV 94.7 The Wave) put it, this was a “Perfect Memorial… Read More Live Jazz : The Jeff Lorber Fusion and The Washington Prep High School Jazz Ensemble in the Playboy Jazz Festival’s Free Community Concert at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall.