Monday 6/29 – Paul McDonald Big Band at Typhoon
Pianist Paul McDonald leads his big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Trombonist Jon Hatamiya is at Blue Whale. The Slide FX Tentet is at Steamers with vocalist Jamie Shew. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch. Monday jam sessions include John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.
Tuesday 6/30 – Alex Machacek Group at The Baked Potato
Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ben Shepherd on bass and Eric Valentine on drums. Barbara Morrison, Stephanie Haynes, and Jackie Ryan offer selections from the Great American Songbook at Catalina. Jose Rizo’s Latin Jazz All-Stars kick off a five-week series of free summer jazz concerts at Hollywood & Highland. Bassist Martin Nevin is at Blue Whale. Jamie Findlay is John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Cantina.
Wednesday 7/1 – Joey Sellers’ Jazz Aggregation at Blue Whale
Trombonist Joey Sellers is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble has a CD release event at Catalina. Trumpeters Bijon Watson, Gilbert Castellanos and Sal Cracchiolo play the Latin music of Dizzy Gillespie at The Ranch in Laguna Beach. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax. Pianist Mark Massey is at Steamers. Pianist Richard Sears has the happy hour gig at The Lighthouse.
Thursday 7/2 – CAB at The Baked Potato
Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at The Baked Potato for the first of two nights (Thu-Fri) with Tony MacAlpine on guitar, Mitchel Forman on keys, and Tom Brechtlein on drums. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga Canyon. Cuban vocalist Candi Sosa is at Catalina. Vocalist Shayna Steele is at Blue Whale. Pianist Max Haymer is at The Tap Room at the Langham Hotel Pasadena. Skip Spiro is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. 4 Level Interchange is at Nino’s in Long Beach.
Friday 7/3 – Carl Saunders Quartet at Vibrato
Trumpeter Carl Saunders leads a quartet at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Blue Whale. Trumpeter Ron King is at Squashed Grapes. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Larry Nash & The Jazz Symphonics have the free Friday show at LACMA.
Saturday 7/4 – Baked Potato All-Stars at The Baked Potato
Guitarist Jeff Richman leads The Baked Potato All-Stars with Judd Miller on trumpet and EVI, Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Vibrato. Vocalist Dwight Trible is at The World Stage. Saxophonist Kim Richmond guests with the Mark Z. Stevens Trio at Desert Rose. Conjunto Oye! has the free Saturday evening Latin Sounds show at LACMA.
Sunday 7/5 – Billy Mitchell & Friends at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Keyboardist Billy Mitchell has the free Sunday evening jazz show at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. The Django Festival All-Stars with special guest pianist Roger Kellaway are at Vibrato. Quartetto Fantastico is at the Japanese-American Cultural Center. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Sunday brunch choices include Jesse Palter at Perch and Dori Amarillo and Gretje Angell at Firefly.
Monday 7/6 – Doug MacDonald at Jax
Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at Steamers. Vocalist Alanna Lin is at Blue Whale. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch. Monday jam sessions include John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.