About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of July 20, 2015

Donald Harrison
Donald Harrison

Monday 7/20 – Doug MacDonald at Jax

Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a duo at Jax in Glendale with bassist Mike Flick. Pianist/vocalist Areni Agbabian is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Glen Miller Arlene German Big Band is at Steamers in Fullerton. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Monday jam sessions include John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 7/21 – Bob Reynolds at Hollywood & Highland

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Hollywood & Highland for the Tuesday evening free jazz concert with Jeff Babko on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Chaun Horton on drums. Fusion trio Pet Shark is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Nicholas Maldonado is at Catalina in Hollywood for the Young Artists Jazz Series. Tim May is John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank.

Wednesday 7/22 – Kaveh Rastegar And Friends at Blue Whale

Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jeff Babko and Larry Goldings on keys and Barbara Gruska on drums. French bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Nicki Gonzalez on vocals, Dennis Hamm on keys, and Gary Novak on drums. Pianist Bill Cunliffe offers an evening of bossa nova with vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita at the Sunset Jazz Series at the Newport Beach Marriott. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips on La Brea. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino leads a quartet for the Wednesday night happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 7/23 – Carol Bach-y-Rita at Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters

Brazilian vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita is at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters with Larry Koonse on guitar, Jamieson Trotter on piano, John Leftwich on bass and Walter Rodriguez on drums. Saxophonist Chuck Manning and trumpeter Steve Huffsteter are at Vibrato in Bel Air with bassist Pat Senatore and drummer Tina Raymond. The Jass Quartet featuring Aditya Prakash is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge. The Dennis Dreith Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist David Arnay is at The Tap Room at the Hotel Langham Pasadena. Conganas is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Friday 7/24 – Michael Franks at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Vocalist Michael Franks is at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.  Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Denise Donatelli are at the Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.  Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra are at Catalina in Hollywood. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Vibrato in Bel Air. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino leads a quartet at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Percussionist Brad Dutz is at Boston Court in Pasadena. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Jay Jackson is at Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village.  L.A. 6 has the free Friday show at LACMA.

Saturday 7/25 – Johnny Mandel at Catalina

Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Johnny Mandel leads a big band at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is in downtown L.A. as part of Grand Performances. Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Katisse Buckingham on sax and flute. Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Louis Cole on drums. Trombonist Bob McChesney is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at the Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.  Vocalist Jeffrey Osbourne & saxophonist Gerald Albright are at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Guitarist Jon Dalton is at Santino’s in Santa Monica. The Mark Z. Stevens Trio with guest saxophonist Kim Richmond is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Bobby Matos has the free Latin Sounds Saturday show at LACMA.  Trombone-led Slide FX has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.  The Central Avenue Jazz Festival kicks off the first of two days (Sat-Sun) at 11:30AM with a lengthy list of performances – click here for more details and schedules.

Sunday 7/26 – Donald Harrison at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Saxophonist Donald Harrison is at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena for the Sunday evening free jazz concert. Blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Reggie Hamilton on bass and Gary Novak on drums. The Grandmothers of Invention with former Zappa/Mothers members Bunk Gardner and Don Preston are at Catalina. Saxophonist Aaron Blumenthal is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Bassist Sol Was is at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feet Warmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant is at Kings Road Park in West Hollywood for a late afternoon outdoor free concert.  Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A., and trumpeter Ron Stout at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Monday 7/27 – Braxton Cook Quartet at Blue Whale

Alto saxophonist Braxton Cook is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ruslan Sirota on piano, Joshua Crumbly on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Guitarist Bruce Lofgren is at Jax in Glendale. Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist Kim Brooks leads a trio at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Monday jam sessions include John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 7/28 – Poncho Sanchez at Hollywood & Highland

Percussionist Poncho Sanchez leads his group at the final installment of this year’s Tuesday free concert series at Hollywood & Highland. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Donald Barrett on drums, Ethan Farmer on bass, and Matt Rohde on keys. Guitarist Tim Conley leads a quintet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Jon Dalton is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Excursion is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Lowery Brothers are at H.O.M.E. In Beverly Hills. Jamie Rosenn is John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night in Beverly Hills.

Wednesday 7/29 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Kirk Covington on drums. Bassist John Snow plays a farewell to L.A. Gig at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a large ensemble. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is at the Marriott Newport Beach Sunset Jazz series. Vocalist Gregg Arthur is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Saxophonist Wes Smith is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A..

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