About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of December 21, 2015

John & Gerald Clayton
John & Gerald Clayton

Monday 12/21 – John Clayton & Gerald Clayton at Bacchus’ Kitchen

Bassist John Clayton and pianist Gerald Clayton play the second of two nights (Sun-Mon) at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. The LA Jazz Unlimited Orchestra featuring guitarist Kenny Burrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vibraphonist Emil Richards leads his big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. The Count Basie Orchestra plays a holiday program at Walt Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  “Family Guy” Seth MacFarlane is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Sophisticated Lady is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist/vocalist Angela Vicente 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., trumpeter Jeff Elliott at SoHo in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 12/22 – David Otis at Blue Whale

Alto saxophonist David Otis is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Donald Lee on tenor sax, Emile Martinez on trumpet, Brandon Cordoba on keys, Joshua Crumbly on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Vocalist Laura Dickinson and her big band are at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Cuban bassist Yosmel Montejo leads a group at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Jennifer Leitham plays a holiday show at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Amy Keys is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Conganas does a holiday show at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Trombonist Steve Johnson is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. The Duck Soup Trio plays Christmas music of Vince Guaraldi at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Drummer Curt Bisquera is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 12/23 – Larry Koonse at Vibrato

Guitarist Larry Koonse is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Elliott Deutsch Big Band presents a holiday show at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Lynne Fiddmont presents a holiday show at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Matt Cohen is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Combo Llamativo is at Jax in Glendale. Vocalist Janice Anderson is at Danny’s in Venice. Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Saxophonist Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 12/24 – Cat Conner at Vibrato

Vocalist Cat Conner is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Gene Cipriano on saxes, Tom Ranier on piano, John Chiodini on guitar, Pat Senatore on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Leslie Nesbitt is at Jax in Glendale.  Trifecta is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock.

Friday 12/25 – Gregg Young & The 2nd Street Band at the Dome ArcLight Center

Guitarist Gregg Young, bassist Kirkwood Coakley, and keyboardist Ming Freeman play jazz and other musical styles at the Dome ArcLight Center in Hollywood.  Pianist Cameron Graves and friends play for a Christmas Jazz Special at 7AM on KDOC-TV Channel 56, hosted by LeRoy Downs.

Saturday 12/26 – Smith/Clayton/Wendel/Goldings at Blue Whale

Saxophonists Walter Smith III and Ben Wendel team with pianists Gerald Clayton and Larry Goldings at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach with a group including Mahesh Balasooriya on piano and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Saxophonist Brandon Fields celebrates a birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Ernie Andrews is at Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis in Palm Desert. Vocalist Ginger Berglund and vocalist/trombonist Scott Whitfield are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills. Trombonist Steve Johnson is at Jax in Glendale. Keyboardist Tracy Carter is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Saturday brunch choices include drummer Donald Dean at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist James Torme at The Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, and pianist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 12/27 – KaroliNa Naziemiec at The E Spot Lounge

Polish vocalist and violist KaroliNa Nazimiec is at The E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s in Studio City with Tom Ranier on piano, Darek Oles on bass, Larry Koonse on guitar, Alan Kaplan on trombone and Bob Sheppard on sax. Drummer Gerry Gibbs is at SoHo in Santa Barbara with Billy Childs on piano and Hamilton Price on bass. Guitarist Carl Verheyen leads The Cranktones at The Baked Potato in Studio City including drummer Chad Wackerman. Drummer Nate Wood is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz. Vocalist Joel Virgil is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The California Feet Warmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist Max Haymer is at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jay Gore is at Spaghettini Seal Beach.  Vocalist and trumpeter Johnny Britt is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Sunday brunch choices include pianist Jon Mayer at Post & Beam in South L.A., the John Stephens Big Band 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., and saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Monday 12/28 – Kirsten Edkins at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ryan Dragon on trombone, Bill Cunliffe on keyboards, Dave Robaire on bass, Mark Ferber on drums, and guest saxophonist Bob Sheppard. The Late Nite Jazz Orchestra is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Sax/flutist Katisse Buckingham is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Trombonist Mariel Bildstein is at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Austin Gatus is at Spaghettini Beverly Hills. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa leads his Rock Candy Funk Party band for the first of three nights (Mon-Wed) at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Monday jam sessions include Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 12/29 – Rachelle Ferrell at Catalina

Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell begins a three-night (Tue-Thu) run at Catalina in Hollywood.  Drummer and percussionist Chris Wabich celebrates a birthday at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a solo performance. Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Drummer Gerry Gibbs is at the Oyster House in Studio City. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Trombonist Steve Johnson is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Wed 12/30 – Billy Childs & Friends at Blue Whale

Pianist Billy Childs is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Moira Smily on vocals, Bob Sheppard on tenor sax and flute, Carol Robbins on harp, Peter Sprague on guitar, Maksim Velichkin on cello, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Christian Euman on drums, plus The Eclipse String Quartet. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Jax in Glendale. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lisa Casalino is at Spaghettini Seal Beach. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Mark Lewis has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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