Here, There and Everywhere: Halloween Jam with Bob Sheppard and Friends

By Don Heckman I can never recall trick or treating having much connection with jazz.  So when Vitello’s announced a “Halloween Costume Party and Jam” featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard with a stellar band, it sounded like the potential for an unusual and entertaining evening. As it was.  Sheppard’s band included guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Dave… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: Halloween Jam with Bob Sheppard and Friends

Live Jazz: Eddie Daniels Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Eddie Daniels’ reputation as a gifted jazz clarinetist and saxophonist is secure. Always respected for his remarkable, genre-crossing clarinet abilities, his multi-woodwind work (especially tenor saxophone and clarinet) established him, as far back as the ‘60s, as a player at ease as a sideman and a soloist, comfortably expressive in jazz, classical… Read More Live Jazz: Eddie Daniels Upstairs at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: Sascha’s Bloc Band Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Hearing a collective of mostly Russian musicians impressively swinging their way through a program of jazz standards and Great American Songbook classics wasn’t exactly what one ordinarily expects to hear Upstairs at Vitellos.  Yet there they were Friday night – Sascha’s Bloc Band – playing everything from “C Jam Blues” to “Sunny… Read More Live Jazz: Sascha’s Bloc Band Upstairs at Vitello’s