Picks of the Week: March 5 – 9

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – March 6. (Thurs.) Betty Bryant. Singer/pianist Bryant’s engaging style recalls an era of briskly swinging, warmly interpretive jazz cabaret. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – March 7. (Fri.) Savion Glover’s StePz. Tap dancer Glover has brought more jazz qualities to contemporary tap dancing than anyone since Fred Astaire. Valley… Read More Picks of the Week: March 5 – 9

Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was reasonable, I suppose, that the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s September 11 show at the Bowl Tuesday night would have some sort of patriotic aspect, acknowledging the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center. And a program of works by Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein would seem to have been… Read More Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman A Tierney Sutton performance is always a musical adventure, filled with unexpected twists and turns.  Blessed with a warm, pliable voice and a probing musical imagination, she has enhanced her creative explorations by creating a close artistic (and business) relationship with the members of her Tierney Sutton Band – pianist Christian Jacob,… Read More Live Jazz: The Tierney Sutton Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe put all his talents on display Saturday night for an early celebration of the holidays.  All of which made for a broad tapestry of musicians spread across a jam-packed stage, a full house audience and a virtually non-stop program of music. The opening set was devoted to… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s

Live Classical Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman There wasn’t any doubt about the source of the star power at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic, as always, was generating a powerful glow.  So, too, did pianist Gabriela Montero in her relatively brief appearance.  And there’s no denying the irresistibility of a program of music by George… Read More Live Classical Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band at Vitello’s

By Tony Gieske The magnificent Bill Cunliffe orchestra played an interesting encore before leaving the bandstand at Vitello’s Saturday, a classic Count Basie number that you’d think would be hard to mess up. And yet…. Not that the leader’s “One O’Clock Jump” chart wasn’t played beautifully. The five-man sax section sounded as one, and so… Read More Live Jazz: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band at Vitello’s