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

Live Jazz: Tessa Souter at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Tessa Souter’s performance at Catalina Bar & Grill Wednesday night was billed as an introduction to her new CD, Obsession (Motema).  And she devoted a good portion of her program to readings of material from the album. Characteristically, each song was enhanced by new interpretive views. But Souter is too adventurous an… Read More Live Jazz: Tessa Souter at Catalina Bar & Grill

Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael

By Don Heckman Tessa Souter Obsession (Motema) There are some jazz singers who tell stories, some who become virtual instruments, some who transform songs into expressions of their own pain. Tessa Souter does all that — and more, from time to time — in her quest to inhabit a song, to give it a life… Read More Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael