About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of March 21, 2016

Azar Lawrence
Azar Lawrence

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Monday 3/21 – The Necks at Blue Whale

Australian trio The Necks are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Snarky Puppy pianist Bill Laurance is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Trombonist Jacques Voyemant leads a big band at Typhoon in Santa Monica.  The Don Kubis Big Band with guest drummer Chad Wackerman is at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach.  Guitarist Bruce Lofgren is at Jax in Glendale. Bassist Rufus Philpot is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Brent Canter is at Harlowe in West Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include the Celebrity Jazz Jam at Desert Willow 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., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 3/22 – Dayna Stephens at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Josh Nelson on piano, Larry Koonse on guitar, Dave Robaire on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. Vocal group Accent is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Peter Myers Orchestra is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Alexis Gershwin is at Catalina in Hollywood. Wonk is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Guitarist Rob Garland is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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.. John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank is Brad Rabuchin.

Wednesday 3/23 – Sunnie Paxson at The E Spot Lounge

Pianist Sunnie Paxson fronts an all-female ensemble at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City with Suzanne Morisette on drums, Robin Bramlett on bass, Linda Taylor on guitar, Nikki Campell on percussion, Sarah Bauza on trumpet, and Cynthia Calhoun on vocals. The Greek duo of Jimmy Mahlis on guitar/oud and drummer Toss Panos is at The Baked Potato in Studio City, joined by Dan Lutz on bass. Guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Jens Lindeman and pianist Tommy Banks are at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Guitarist/vocalist Frank Stallone is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Combo Llamativo is at Jax in Glendale. Saxophonist Javier Vergara has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 3/24 – BBB Big Band at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill

Drummer Bernie Dresel leads his BBB Big Band at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian leads a chamber ensemble at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Sigmund Fudge is at Curved Line Space in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale.   Organist Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. English vocalist Richard Shelton is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Jon Mayer is at The Merc in Temecula. Latin percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Bella Porter is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Hotel Langham Tap Room in Pasadena. Guitarist Gregory Lawrence is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Friday 3/25 – Coye/Parsons/Crawford at Alvas Showroom

Drummer Gene Coye leads a trio at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Anthony Crawford on bass and Brockett Parsons on piano. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Sock Belt with keyboardist Jeff Babko and drummer Zach Danziger is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Snarky Puppy organist Cory Henry is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Vocalist Barbara Morrison begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Tom Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at H.O.M.E. In Beverly Hills. Nutty is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Guitarist George Silva is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Saxophonist Dee Lucas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. The Urban Renewal Project is at Sassafras Saloon on Hollywood.

Saturday 3/26 – Azar Lawrence at Seabird Jazz Lounge

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads a quartet at Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach with Bill Henderson on piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Peter Erskine fronts a trio at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Josh Johnson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianists Don Preston and Vicki Ray duet at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guest saxophonist John Altman. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalists Cathy Segal-Garcia and Mon David launch a new project called The Human Connection at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Gregg Arthur is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Drummer Rayford Griffin is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Julia Vari is at Ikabsa in Hollywood. Guitarist Jesse Bradley is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. The Jimmy McConnell Big Band is at Maverick’s Flat. Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg has an afternoon show at Contrapuntal Hall in Brentwood. Saxophonist Joe Santa Maria has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, keyboardist Todd Hunter is at the Perch brunch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 3/27 – Michelle Coltrane at H.O.M.E.

Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills. Saxophonists Frank Silva and Joe Santa Maria split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. El Trio with bassist/vocalist Marco Mendoza is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Sunday brunch choices include 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 3/28 – Josh Nelson & Carmen Staaf at Blue Whale

Pianists Josh Nelson and Carmen Staaf each offer a set at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Bill Cunliffe Big Band is at Typhoon in Santa Monica with vocalist Denise Donatelli. Saxophonist Bruce Babad plays the music of Paul Desmond at The Tee Room in Newport Beach. 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., Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 3/29 – Doug Webb at Catalina

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Catalina in Hollywood with Mitchel Forman on keys, Danny Carey on drums, Jimmy Earl on bass, and John Ziegler on guitar. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Mario Castro is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Incendio is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. 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.. John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank is Pat Kelley.

Wednesday 3/30 – Sinne Eeg at Blue Whale

Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Larry Koonse on guitar and Darek Oles on bass. Vocalist Freda Payne is backed by the Bill Cunliffe Big Band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Bijon Watson and saxophonist Rickey Woodard play the music of Freddie Hubbard at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Toshi Yanagi’s Buzz Wizards are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Kirk Andres Wilson is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Austin Byrd has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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