About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of February 22, 2016

John Scofield & Joe Lovano
John Scofield & Joe Lovano

Monday 2/22 – Brasilsense & Fabiano do Nascimento Duo at Blue Whale

The Brasilsense duo with guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini and flutist/vocalist Rebecca Kleinmann splits a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big Band is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Bob Sheppard leads a trio at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. with drummer Jake Reed and keyboardist Billy Childs. Guitarist Bruce Lofgren is at Jax in Glendale. Drummer Ed Aguiar is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Sweet Baby J’ai is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Pianist Llew Matthews is at The Tee Room in Newport Beach with vocalists Andrea Miller and Jack Wood. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Brent Canter is at Harlowe in West Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include Bob DeSena’s Celebrity Jazz Jam at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, 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 2/23 – Ralph Alessi at Blue Whale

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed) with David Virelles on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Percussionist Luis Conte is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Guitarist Adrian Galysh celebrates a birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. The Big Butter Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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..

Wednesday 2/24 – Webb All-Stars at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Danny Carey on drums, Jimmy Earl on bass, Mitchel Forman on keys, and John Ziegler on guitar. Trumpeter Ralph Alessi is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Ira Hill is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are at Catalina in Hollywood with guest vocalists Renee Olstead & Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.. Vocalist Joanne Tatham is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trombonist Steve Johnson is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Guitarist Matt Cohen is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 2/25 – Bill Frisell at Skirball Center

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at the Skirball Center in Bel Air with Eyvind Kang on viola, Thomas Morgan on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, and singer Petra Haden. Guitarist Matt Yeakley is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Walter Smith II on sax, Dennis Hamm on keys, and Gene Coye on drums. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Conganas is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist/pianist Peter Smith is at the Hotel Langham Tap Room in Pasadena. Bassist David Ross is at the L.A. Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. Keyboardist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Galactic Booty Company is at Bogies in Westlake Village. Vocalist Maria Elena Infantino is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Vince Tividad is at Jax in Glendale. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills. Guitarist Ross Hammond and saxophonist Vinny Golia are at Baltic Crossroads in Silver Lake.

Friday 2/26 – John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano are at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in West Los Angeles, joined by bassist Ben Street and drummer Louis Nash. Violinist Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist Bill Cunliffe plays a program dedicated to Oliver Nelson at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Josh Johnson and pianist Vardan Ovsepian appear with vocalist Joon Lee at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Ron Stout is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalists Ashley Maher, Catina DeLuna & Fish To Birds are at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Niki Howard begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Tyra Juliette is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

Saturday 2/27 – Jeff Lorber at Blue Whale

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Eric Marienthal on sax, Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Keyboardist Cameron Graves is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Tyler Blanton is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Rob Lockhart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Jackie Ryan is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Sandra Booker is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Teka is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Vocalist Niki Howard is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Pianist Connie Han is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Leslie Bee is at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Nils is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Oui’ 3 plays an early afternoon show at Rosenthal Winery in Malibu. The CJS Quintet has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Sunday 2/28 – Scott Wilkie at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Dave Hill on guitar, Nathan Brown on bass, Greg Holmes on keys, and David Anderson on drums. Vocalist/guitarist Sheila Govindarajan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. California Feet Warmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Jax in Glendale. Pianist Mark Etheridge is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist/vocalist Peggy Dusquenel and drummer/vocalist Tony Jones are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for a late afternoon concert. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Cat Conner and David Angel at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, pianist Connie Han at Post & Beam in South L.A., vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A., vocalist Mari Nobre at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Monday 2/29 – Matt Politano & Nick Mancini at Blue Whale

Pianist Matt Politano and vibraphonist Nick Mancini split a bill at Blue Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Lenny Stack leads a big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Trumpeter Will Artope is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. The Santa Barbara City College Jazz Band is at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Leslie Nesbitt is at Jax in Glendale. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Brent Canter is at Harlowe in West Hollywood. 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 3/1 – Les Hooper Big Band at Typhoon

Pianist/composer/arranger Les Hooper leads a big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Thelonious Monk Institute hosts its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Linda Purl is at Catalina in Hollywood. 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..

Wednesday 3/2 – Julian Shore at Blue Whale

Pianist Julian Shore celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Dave Robaire on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Steve Fister is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Drummer Adam Clark is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Blues guitarist Chuck Kavooras is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

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