About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of August 10, 2015

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Monday 8/10 – Christian Euman’s Drums & Symbols at Blue Whale

Drummer Christian Euman leads a group at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jonathan Pinson on drums, Josh Johnson on sax, Ido Meshulam on trombone, Miro Sprague on piano, and Dave Robaire on bass. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at the Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Paul McDonald Big Band is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Vocalist Debi Raven is at The E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Danny Green Trio and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann with the Jason McGuire Trio split a bill 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., Ian Roller at Seven Grand in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 8/11 – Chuchito Valdes at Catalina

Pianist Chuchito Valdes begins a two-night run (Tue-Wed) at Catalina in Hollywood in celebration of a new CD release. The Danny Green Trio and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann with the Jason McGuire Trio split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Lowery Brothers are at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills. 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.. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank features guest Mitchell Long.

Wednesday 8/12 – Jaco’s World/Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl

Saxophone legend Wayne Shorter’s quartet opens an evening dedicated to the music of the late bassist Jaco Pastorius with an all-star band including Herbie Hancock and bassist Felix Pastorius. Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli is at the Sunset Jazz series at the Marriott Newport Beach. Bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr. is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with the Brothers of the Wednesday Situation. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Saxophonist Doug Webb has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 8/13 – Joshua White Trio at Blue Whale

Pianist Joshua White leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Brandon Owens on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums plus special guest Josh Johnson on sax. Guitarist Buddy Guy is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall. Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with Eric Marienthal on sax, James Harrah on guitar, John Peña on bass, & Gary Novak on drums.  Cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Saxophonist Frank Fontaine is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist John Campbell leads a trio with Mike Gurrola on bass and Jake Reed on drums at The Tap Room at the Hotel Langham Pasadena. Buzz Wizards with guitarist Toshi Yanagi and drummer Toss Panos have a late show at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Calixto Oviedo is at Mambo’s in Glendale. Guitarist Frank Potenza is at the Temecula Community Center. The Ben Rose Group with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch. Vocalist Aubrey Logan is at The E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s.

Friday 8/14 – Esperanza Spalding at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding brings her “Emily’s D+Evolution Project” to the Hyatt Regency’s summer jazz series in Newport Beach. Pianist Peter Zak and saxophonist Doug Webb lead a quartet at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Jamire Williams is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Mike Price leads a quintet at H.O.M.E. In Beverly Hills. Cecilia Noel and The New Wild Clams are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. California Feet Warmers are at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Phat Cat Swinger is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills. Trumpeter Bobby Bradford has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A..

Saturday 8/15 – Alan Pasqua Quartet at Blue Whale

Pianist Alan Pasqua is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Bob Mintzer on sax, Darek Oles on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. Vocalist Al Jarreau and pianist/vocalist Keiko Matsui split a bill at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Frank Fontaine is at The E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s with Ben Shepherd on bass and Mahesh Balasooriya on piano. Trumpeter Howie Shear is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Kait Dunton has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and plays an evening show at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Mando and Friends are at McCormick & Schmick’s in Irvine. The Mark Z. Stevens Trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with vocalist Janis Mann. Brazilian vocalist Katia Moraes has the free Saturday Latin Sounds show at LACMA in West L.A..

Sunday 8/16 – John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey at Catalina

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli finishes a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with a quartet plus vocalist Jessica Molaskey. The Trifield Quintet is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Rachel Sorsa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Violinist Nora Germain is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Trumpeter Lin Rountree has the free Sunday night show at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist bassist Nedra Wheeler at H.O.M.E., Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., guitarist Brent Canter at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A..

Monday 8/17 – Bruce Lofgren at Typhoon

Guitarist Bruce Lofgren celebrates the release of his new CD “Wind and Sand” at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Pianist Kait Dunton leads a trio at SoHo in Santa Barbara with Cooper Appelt on bass and Jake Reed on drums. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Jax in Glendale. Guitarist Scrote is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Peter Adams is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. 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 8/18 – Perry Smith Trio at Blue Whale

Guitarist Perry Smith is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Dave Robaire on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Brazilian music group Off To Farofa is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Drummer Evan Stone is at the Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  The Lowery Brothers are at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills.  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.. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank features guest Thom Rotella.

Wednesday 8/19 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble at Largo at the Coronet

Largo at the Coronet in Beverly Hills hosts Violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Ensemble with Katisse Buckingham on flute, Josh Johnson on alto sax, Mike Rocha on trumpet, Randal Fisher on tenor sax, Garrett Smith on trombone, Marcel Camargo on guitar, Sam Barsh on keys, Gabe Noel on bass, Jamire Williams on drums, and Carlos Niño on percussion. Bassist John Clayton leads a tribute to the Ray Brown Trio with pianist Larry Fuller and drummer Jeff Hamilton at the Newport Beach Marriott Sunset Jazz series. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Pat Senatore celebrates a birthday at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Guitarist John Payne fronts a quartet at La Sierra University in Riverside.  The New West Guitar Group is at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Vocalist Sally Kellerman is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Chris Turner is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Riner Scivally has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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