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LOVE IS HERE TO STAY!

Diana Krall and Tony Bennett’s Love is Here to Stay

LOVE IS HERE TO STAY!

  • By RICH ANDREW

Class. Excellence. Greatness. Proven by 20 Grammys. 60 studio albums. And at 92 years old, no artist in history has remained on the charts longer than Tony Bennett. In 2017, he was awarded the Gershwin Prize, so it’s only fitting that for his latest album, this crooner has paired with contralto Diana Krall to craft a sublime masterpiece that celebrates all things Gershwin.

In capturing that signature sound, Bennett reteams with the Bill Charlap Trio for the perfect recipe for jazz. Band leader Bill Charlap tickles the ivories, serving a playful piano, with Kenny Washington soft on drums and Peter Washington strumming a seductive bass that seeps into the soul.

Every song is an oldie but goodie, but this dynamic duo sells each ditty like a debut. Standards like I Got Rhythm show off the bubbly and vibrant qualities to Bennett’s voice while favorites like They Can’t Take That Away From Me let Krall’s sultry and breathy rasp wrap us up in velvet. I’ve Got A Crush On You is a particular treat since it needs no reinvention — it’s a true time warp back to the days of old glamour, and Bennett caps it with a lovable laugh, coaxing us to smile with him, assuring our Love Is Here To Stay. The whole album makes you want to get dressed to the nines, sip a dry martini from the back of a bar, and fade into jazz.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY AT 76!

Paul McCartney

PAUL MCCARTNEY AT 76!

  • By Dennis Petrone

Paul McCartney’s newest album, “Egypt Station,” was released into the number one spot last month according to Billboard, making it the eighth time the artist achieved such dizzying status. And while notably that doesn’t include his number one milestones with the Beatles, it is his first number one album in 36 years. But at 76 years old, have no doubt, this rocker is still producing as relevant and remarkable music as ever.

Egypt Station contains 16 tracks including the singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me”. While the album as a whole can be, on its surface, categorized as Rock and Pop, its heady instrumentals and larger than life, epic sounds evoke something more progressive. If you haven’t caught some of the surprising and oft shocking publicity McCartney has been doing for the album, you may want to check out pieces from both camps. His surprise performance from Grand Central Station, New York featured his classic “Birthday” song as well as some of his new ones. And his shocking reveals about how he, John Lennon and others used to unwind in their hotel suites in the Beatles’ later years. No matter what people say about Paul McCartney, beyond his iconic and undeniable talent as a musician, this rocker still knows how to weld fame and create headlines.

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WALLIS’ Music Series!

Chris Walden plays The Wallis (Photo Courtesy of The Wallis)

WALLIS’ Music Series!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts always delights and amazes with its musical offerings and this October is no different as it presents two very different performances – one classical and one contemporary.

The acclaimed Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform Orlando di Lasso’s dramatic a cappella masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter). The work – performed by twenty one singers – is a Renaissance-era 21 madrigal cycle depicting the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus Christ on the day of his arrest and prior to his crucifixion. The production is conducted by Jenny Wong, winner of two World Champion titles at the World Choir Games.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, Chris Walden’s Big Band performs at the Annenberg this month with a musical tribute to the “Rat Pack” era.  Top composer, arranger and conductor Walden, a seven-time Grammy nominee, has recruited the top studio musicians in LA to join his band.  The October 27th performance features vocalists Jane Monheit, Nita Whitaker, Billy Valentine and Patrick Tuzzolino.

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Bruno Mars LIVE!

Bruno Mars plays The Staples Center October 23, 24, 26 and 27th

Bruno Mars LIVE!

  • By Ashley Halverson

This October isn’t just for tricks and treats. For the ultimate treat get your sexy self downtown to get your groove on at the Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour Finale! Each night he’s joined by a different act so who knows you may just have to attend all four!

Bruno kicks off his Staples Center stay with the multi award winning, hit making R&B trio Boyz II Men the first night! The Boyz will take a night off from their Mirage residency for this magical evening. Then super sexy Ciara will take the stage for night two and also look for her rockin’ her killer post baby bod on the cover of the November Cosmopolitan! Ella Mai will seduce the crowd on the night three with tunes from her new self titled album that comes out this month. Last but never least, legendary former Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson rounds out the special guests for this Los Angeles leg.

Don’t miss this golden chance to dance the night away! Bruno Mars shows are always epic entertainment and did I mention he’s a master at guitar? It’s sure to be stellar no matter which night you choose. The magic never stops when Bruno is in the house. That’s. What. I. Like.

Bruno Mars plays the Staples Center October 23, 24, 26, and 27th.

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