Don Heckman

Don’s Contributions


02/12/13    Education

A Master Class With Herbie & Wayne

Don Heckman visits a mentoring session at UCLA


01/10/12    Features

The Tierney Sutton Band

Jazz's most cooperative band is reinventing timeless songs


01/09/12    Before & After

J.D. Souther Takes the Before & After Challenge

Singer, songwriter, actor, jazzer


09/05/11    Overdue Ovation

Gerald Wilson: Composer, Arranger, Choreographer

An Overdue Ovation for a West Coast legend, by Don Heckman


04/19/11    Features

Charlie Haden: Everything Man

Don Heckman profiles noted bassist and bandleader

03/21/11    Before & After

Marcus Miller: Beyond Bassics

Marcus Miller appraises fellow bassists in a listening session hosted by Don Heckman


03/09/11    Overdue Ovation

Jack Sheldon: Keeping His Chops Up

Don Heckman catches up with trumpeter, vocalist and bon vivant


10/20/10    Features

Lenny White: Jazz-Rocker

Return to Forever drummer releases Anomaly, his first solo album of original music in over a decade.

January/February 2010    Overdue Ovation

Ed Shaughnessy: One More Thing to Get Right

Despite a shift in priorities, drummer Ed Shaughnessy keeps his chops sharp


May 2009    Features

Melody Gardot’s Melodic Therapy

“I guess my karma was right.”


April 2009    Features

Jennifer Leitham: Transamerican Music

A transgendered bassist finds that talent trumps prejudice in the jazz world


03/23/09    Concerts

Corea-McLaughlin’s Five Peace Band at UCLA

Neither Return to Forever nor Mahavishnu, but something else all together


January/February 2009    News

Monk Institute Saxophone Competition

The future of sax proves secure


January/February 2009    Features

Hank Jones: I Haven’t Done My Best Yet

At 90, the last of the Jones brothers has no plans to retire.


11/05/08    Concerts

Monk Sax Competition & B.B. King Tribute

“Bipolar” was the word that came to mind during the Monk Institute’s International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Los Angeles the weekend of Oct. 25-26. Not in the clinical sense, but in the frequent mood swings—and swinging moods—that took place over the...


August 2008    Features

Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before

Last February, on an unseasonably warm winter night in Los Angeles, something special took place in a large building at the fringe area between Hollywood and Los Feliz. On the second floor, in a studio big enough to house a 60-piece orchestra, four musicians...

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About Don Heckman


Native Pennsylvanian Don Heckman has been active in the jazz world since the ’60s, playing alto sax in Manhattan’s avant-garde scene, studying music theory and musicology, and writing columns for The Village Voice and The New York Times as well as liner notes for musicians Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter and Yusef Lateef. Currently, he is the jazz critic at The Los Angeles Times.