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., Jeff Elliott at SoHo in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.
Tuesday 10/6 – Zakir Hussain at Royce Hall
Tabvla master Zakir Hussain is at UCLA Royce Hall with a group including bassist Dave Holland. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Sheppard on saxophone and Benjamin Shepherd on bass. Crow Nuts celebrates a CD release at the Record Parlour in Hollywood. The Thelonious Monk Institute hosts its monthly Tuesday jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Tyra Juliette is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Squashed Grapes in Ventura holds a jazz jam session. John Pisano’s Guitar Night with guest Jamie Findlay 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. Pianist John Campbell is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Combo Llamativo is at Jax in Glendale. Drummer Al Williams has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.
Thursday 10/8 – Bob Sheppard at Vibrato
Saxophonist Bob Sheppard is at Vibrato in Bel Air, backed by a trio led by bassist Pat Senatore. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Henry Franklin is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist Dave Haskell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is at Catalina in Hollywood with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra. Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Hotel Langham Tap Room in Pasadena. The Ipanema Lounge Project is at Pips on la Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Cathy-Segal-Garcia and bassist David Ross are at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at The Mint in West L.A.. Vocalist Marian Marie is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival kicks off the first of two weekends in Avalon.
Friday 10/9 – Latin Jazz Weekend at Segerstrom Center For the Arts
Poncho Sanchez and Eddie Palmieri kick off the three-day Latin Jazz Weekend at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Cecilia Noel & The New Wild Clams are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Buddy Rich Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonists Jon Armstrong and Josh Johnson are at the Edye Broad Stage in Santa Monica as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival. Vocalist Diane Schuur is at the Palm Springs Hyatt to open the three-day (Friday-Sunday) Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Ron Stout is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Oded Tzur is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (sold out). Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull has the free Friday show at LACMA in West L.A..
Saturday 10/10 – John Beasley’s MONK’esta at Musicians Institute
Pianist John Beasley leads his MONK’estra big band at Musicians Institute in Hollywood in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast – The Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute Performance Ensemble opens. Drummer Joe La Barbera leads a quintet with Clay Jenkins on trumpet, Bob Sheppard on sax, Bill Cunliffe on piano, and Jonathan Richards on bass at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Ramsey Lewis and bandleader Sergio Mendes headline the second night of Segerstrom’s Latin Jazz Weekend in Costa Mesa. Pianist Bob James begins a two-night (sat-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with bassist Nathan East. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. Saxophonist David Sanborn is at UCLA Royce Hall. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Rob Lockart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Pianist Sabine Pothier’s Hard Bop Chicks are at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills with vocalist Aubrey Logan. Vocalist Mark Christian Miller is at the Market Broiler in Simi Valley. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio with saxophonist Kim Richmond is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.
Sunday 10/11 – Greg Osby Quartet at Blue Whale
Saxophonist Greg Osby is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Joshua White on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is at Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Drummer Alex Cline’s Flower Garden Orchestra is at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN Northridge. Bassist/vocalist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is at The Regent in downtown L.A. – Knower opens. Guitarist Andy Waddell is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for an early evening show. Latin percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Ripp Torn is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Margo Rey is at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Pianist/vocalist Patrick Tuzzolino is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Latin vocalist Anita Robles is at the Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks. Sunday brunch choices include pianist Jon Mayer at Post & Beam in South L.A., vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vibraphonist Lolly Allen is 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 10/12 – Geoff Stradling’s StradBand at Typhoon
Pianist Geoff Stradling’s StradBand big band is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Cellist Jacob Szekely leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Brandon Fields is at the Oyster House in Studio City. 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 10/13 – Navarro at The Baked Potato
Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Michael Angel Alvarado on guitar, Ronnie Gutierrez on percussion, Rene Camacho on bass, and Joey Heredia on drums. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Vibrato in Bel Air backed by a trio led by pianist Josh Nelson. Linosphere is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Calixto Oviedo is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Cat Conner and saxophonist Gene Cipriano are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocalist Dyan Kane is at TriP in Santa Monica. 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 Mike Anthony at Viva Cantina in Burbank.
Wednesday 10/14 – Le Trio at Blue Whale
Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo fronts a (Le) trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jessica Vautor on vocals and Mike Shapiro on drums. The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra celebrates a CD release with a special event at Catalina in Hollywood featuring pianist Bill Cunliffe. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at La Sierra University in Riverside. Keyboardist Haakon Graf is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Bassist Mike Gurrola has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.