About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of November 23, 2015

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Monday 11/23 – Les Hooper Big Band at Typhoon

Pianist/composer/arranger Les Hooper leads his big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. INGA with saxophonist Sam Gendel and pianist Ethan Braun split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Alex Snydman 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 11/24 – Kathleen Grace at Vibrato

Vocalist Kathleen Grace and a trio led by pianist Josh Nelson are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Roll Call Jazz is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet and Isaura String Quartet combine for an evening at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. 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 John Chiodini at Viva Cantina in Burbank. The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble performs a late afternoon show at Lyman Hall in Claremont.

Wednesday 11/25 – Alex Machacek Trio at The Baked Potato

Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Hadrien Feraud on bass and Eric Valentine on drums. The Armenian trio of percussionist and vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, pianist/keyboardist Vardan Ovsepian, and cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Max Haymer is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Gregg Arthur is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Guitarist Matt Cohen is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Haakon Graf plays a solo show at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Rachel Sorsa is at Danny’s in Venice. Guitarist Jacques Lesure has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 11/26 – Cathy Segal-Garcia at the Holiday Inn Burbank

Thanksgiving jazz this year is provided by vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia at the Holiday Inn in Burbank, courtesy of the Holiday Celebration Club. The early afternoon buffet will feature Cathy, backed by Karen Hammack on piano, Chris Conner on bass, Kendall Kay on drums and Allan Walker on tenor sax.

Friday 11/27 – Baked Potato All-Stars at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jeff Richman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon celebrates a birthday over two nights (Fri-Sat) at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Angela Carole Brown is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sabine Pothier’s Hard Bop Chicks are at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Bruce Eskovitz’s Jazz Orchestra plays the final 2014 free Friday jazz concert at LACMA in West L.A..

Saturday 11/28 – Azar Lawrence at Seabird Jazz Lounge

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach with Bill Henderson on piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Guitarist Scott Henderson is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Bevan Manson is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Dwight Trible offers a tribute to Oscar Brown, Jr. featuring daughter Maggie Brown at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast. The Tim Gill Big Band with vocalist Laura Dickinson is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A.. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vibraphonist Emil Richards is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Connie Han is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. The Jazz Legacy is at Jax in Glendale. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills. Latin trumpeter Bob DeSena is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Bassist Henry Franklin is at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trombonist Kevin Hicks has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Sunday 11/29 – Nancy Sanchez at The Baked Potato

Vocalist Nancy Sanchez is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Sam Hirsh on piano, Ryan Roberts on bass, and Peter Buck on drums. Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Vocalists Cathy-Segal-Garcia and Clifford Bell host a benefit for Autism Speaks at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. California Feet Warmers are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist Bradley Young is at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills. Pianist/vocalist Peggy Dusquenel is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Matt Gordy at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A., saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 11/30 – Steve Coleman & The Five Elements Residency at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Steve Coleman And The Five Elements begin a three-week residency that will use six nights a week at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo through December 21st. The Elliott Deutsch Big Band is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Eric Patterson is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Bob Mover is at the Oyster House in Studio City with a quartet including drummer Roy McCurdy. Combo Llamativo is at Jax in Glendale.  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 12/1 – Thelonious Monk Institute Jam Session at Blue Whale

The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its regular first Tuesday night monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Izzy Chait is at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist Bobby Matos is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Dyan Kane is at TriP in Santa Monica. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A..

Wednesday 12/2 – The Vibrometers at Cana Rum Bar

The Vibrometers are at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. with Molly Miller on guitar, Aaron Leibowitz on sax, Gabe Steiner on trumpet, Cooper Appelt on bass, and Jake Reed on drums. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Drummer Adam Clark and pianist Rachel Flowers are at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Blues guitarist Chuck Kavooras is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

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