By Don Heckman It would be hard to find two better examples of some of the changes that have taken place in jazz during the new century than the presence and the playing of Anat Cohen and Eliane Elias. Tel Aviv-born Cohen and Sao Paulo-born Elias have convincingly established themselves as significant instrumentalists. And, in… Read More CD Reviews: Anat Cohen’s “Luminosa” and Eliane Elias’ “Made In Brazil”
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 23 & 24 (Mon. & Tues.) Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. The two most masterful vocal ensembles of the past few decades get together for the first time. No wonder it’s called “The Summit” as they perform at the start of a national tour. Catalina Bar & Grill… Read More Picks of the Week in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 16. (Wed.) Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, Boz Scaggs, Eliane Elias. It’s a line-up filled with masters of far-reaching jazz genres (and beyond). Expect an evening of jazz for every taste. Look for an iRoM review later this week. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. . – July 16.… Read More Picks of the Week: July 15 – July 20. (Tues. – Sun.) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, London and Paris.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles Nov. 7. (Wed.) John Proulx CD Release Party. Pianist/singer Proulx celebrates the release of his new CD, The Best Thing For You, In addition to a stellar back up band, Proulx’s guest artists include singer Sara Gazarek and pianist Bill Cunliffe. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Nov. 8.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 7 – 11
By Don Heckman The place was overflowing Tuesday night. But it wasn’t exactly the sort of music one usually hears at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. The name alone says it. Everyday musical cuisine at Herb Alpert‘s elegant jazz bistro, nestled in the high hills of Bel Air, is world class jazz, some occasional cabaret, musical theatre… Read More Live Music: Overtone at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 10 (Tues.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic. The summer classical at the Hollywood Bowl opens with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Also on the program — a trio of new works by female composers – Anna Clyne, Anne Lebaron and Cindy McTee. The… Read More Picks of the Week: July 10 – 15
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 7. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog. Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 7. (Tues.) Guitar Night. … Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12
By Faith Frenz Winter celebrations are upon us. And aren’t we all digging deeply into our saved treasures, surrounding ourselves with the holiday memories tucked away in our homes and our hearts, enriching and sharing the love and warmth we all need and crave? As always, holiday time is arriving in the darkest of days… Read More Holiday CD Reviews: Some Golden (Not So) Oldies
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 30. (Tues.) Ginger & Scott. Jackie Cain and Roy Kral? Not exactly, but Cain herself has described Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield as “a new duo who provide hope and inspiration.” Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. – Mar. 31. (Wed.) Susan Krebs Jazz Aviary. Krebs and her… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 30 – April 4
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 7. (Tues.) Saxophonist Rickey Woodard’s hard swinging, adventurous playing is the perfect opening act for this new jazz room. Bar Melody – Bar & Grill. (310) 670-1994. www.barmelodyla.com. – April 8. (Wed.) Katya and Marielle Labeque and Mayte Martin.. “De Fuego y de Agua” The elegant, pianist siblings… Read More Picks of the Week: April 7 – 12