Monday 9/28 – Hiromi at The Broad Stage
Pianist Hiromi returns to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips – pianist Justin Kauflin opens. Drummer Matt Mayhall leads an ensemble including keyboardist Jeff Babko and trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom in music from the 1966 film “Blow-Up” at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Martini In The Morning celebrates its 9th anniversary with a show featuring Ron Jones and his Influence Jazz Orchestra along with vocalists Steve Tyrell, Deana Martin, Sara Gazarek and Rick Braun at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Alex Budman 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 9/29 – Kevin O’Neal & Patrice Quinn at Catalina
Bassist Kevin O’Neal and vocalist Patrice Quinn are at Catalina in Hollywood. The Urban Renewal Project is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Laua Dickinson finishes her September residency at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz fronting a dectet. Katalyst is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Blues guitarist Chuck Kavooras is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Steve Johnson is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. 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 features guest Riner Scivally at Viva Cantina in Burbank.
Wednesday 9/30 – Roy Hargrove at Catalina
Trumpeter Roy Hargrove opens a four-night (Wed-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Makaya McCraven is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Rachel Sorsa is at Danny’s in Venice. Bleeding Harp is at Ireland’s 32 in Van Nuys. The Jazz Collective is at The Stage in Burbank. Drummer Denny Dennis has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.
Thursday 10/1 – Bob Reynolds Group at The Baked Potato
Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, Brady Cohan on guitar, and Chaun Horton on drums, and Gary Novak on drums. The Angel City Jazz Festival presents a split bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Lucien Ban & Mat Manieri followed by the Empty Cage Quartet. Harpist Carol Robbins is at The Merc in Temecula. The young pianist Emily Bear is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Matt Politano is at the Hotel Langham Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Matt Damiani is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills. Guitarist Nils is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at The Edison in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia and bassist David Ross are at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A..
Friday 10/2 – Al Jarreau at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Vocalist Al Jarreau is at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach – vocalist Andrea Miller opens. Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Hadrien Feraud on bass, Gerry Etkins on keys, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. The Ancestral Memories Quartet including drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at The Moss Theater in Santa Monica in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast. Vocalist Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton are at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. Saxophonist Ian Roller’s GENR8R is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trombonist Andy Martin is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sabine Pothier’s Hard Bop Chicks are at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Joyce Marie Partise is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Guitarist Scott Detweiler is at Jax in Glendale. Vocalist Sylvia Brooks has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A..
Saturday 10/3 – Joey Alexander Trio at The Broad Stage Edye
11-year-old pianist Joey Alexander fronts a trio at The Edye at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Motoko Honda and composer Vanessa Vo split a bill with Jade Tongue featuring composer Jen Shyu, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and violist Mat Maneri at the Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theater in downtown L.A. as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival. Vocalist Steven Davis is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Todd Sharp is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with a trio including drummer Steve Ferrone. Vocalist Lauren White & the Quinn Johnson Trio are at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Bassist Ryan Cross and vocalist Angie Wells are at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills. Latin trumpeter Bob DeSena is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist George Silva is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Tower Of Power & Average White Band split a bill at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz.
Sunday 10/4 – Ethan Margolis Quintet at The Baked Potato
Flamenco-jazz guitarist Ethan Margolis fronts a quintet at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Deron Johnson on keys, Katisse Buckingham on saxes and flutes, John Leftwich on bass, and Diego Alvarez on percussion. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist Freddie Ravel is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Latin vocalist Anita Robles is at the Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks. Drummer Jacob Wendt hosts the weekly Long Beach Jazz Jam at BO-beau Kitchen & Roof Tap in Long Beach. Apres Un Reve with pianist Josh Nelson and vocalists Kathleen Grace and Lillian Sengpiehl play a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The Marcus L. Miller Freedom Jazz Movement plays an afternoon show at the William Grant Still Arts Center in West L.A.. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., the Mike Barone Big Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A., saxophonist Call Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.
Monday 10/5 – Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big Band at Typhoon
Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big Band is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Bassist Anthony Shadduck is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Jax in Glendale. The Riviera Palm Springs hosts the Smooth JazzFest including trumpeter Greg Adams. 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 10/6 – Jason Harnell Trio at The Baked Potato
Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Sheppard on saxophone and Benjamin Shepherd on bass. The Thelonious Monk Institute hosts its monthly Tuesday jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Young Artists Jazz Series features vocalist Gabby Friedman at Catalina in Hollywood. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank.
Wednesday 10/7 – Jane Monheit & Michael Kanan at Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Vocalist Jane Monheit and pianist Michael Kanan are at Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) in a program dedicated to works of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys, Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Donald Barrett on drums. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Peter Myers Orchestra is at Catalina in Hollywood. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Combo Llamativo is at Jax in Glendale. Vocalist Michael Morano is at Vibrato in Bel Air.