Live Music: “Vintage Masters of Swing” at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Music: “Vintage Masters of Swing” at Catalina Bar & Grill By James M. deFrances ORIGINAL ARTICLE Last Thursday when I walked through the door at Catalina’s Jazz Club it felt as though I had just walked through a portal to a different time. The club beamed with old Hollywood, from the bandstand on stage to […]

Here, There & Everywhere

Here, There & Everywhere: A Weekend at Vitello’s By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. An evening of well prepared Italian food, fine wine and even finer music at Vitello’s is a great way to experience world class jazz. And this past weekend offered a superb opportunity to […]

Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart

By Don Heckman Let’s start with full disclosure: I haven’t always been a fan of B-3 organ jazz.  But what I’ve realized over the years is that the problem hasn’t been the instrument, but a few of the instrument’s players. All of which was fully clarified last night at Vitello’s with the stellar performance of […]

REVIEW: Steve Ross Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Music of Fred Astaire

Steve Ross Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Music of Fred Astaire Upstairs at Vitello’s North Hollywood, CA Steve Ross is the essence of cabaret. He sings sweetly, interprets intelligently, emotes appropriately and enunciates perfectly. He performs with style, elegance, wit and simplicity and, when you combine those characteristics with songs introduced by Fred Astaire, you […]

Sinne Eeg

Live Jazz: Sinne Eeg Upstairs at Vitello’s By Don Heckman source Studio City, CA. One of the great pleasures of writing about music arises on those rare occasions when a relatively unknown artist makes an unheralded, but irresistibly appealing first appearance. As happened Friday night in the performance of Danish singer Sinne Eeg (pronounced ‘Seen-uh […]

Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra with April Williams

source Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra with April Williams at Vitello’s By Don Heckman On the way home from Disney Hall Sunday, the traffic on the 101 magically – and unexpectedly – opened up, and we suddenly realized we could reach Vitello’s just in time to catch the second set by the […]