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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