About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of May 2, 2016

Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter

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Monday 5/2 – Ron King at Catalina

Trumpeter Ron King celebrates the release of a new CD at Catalina in Hollywood with a group including Andy Langham on piano, Brian Ward on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Knower is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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, Ian Roller at Seven Grand in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 5/3 – Avishai Cohen at Blue Whale

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Shai Maestro on piano, Tal Mashiach on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. Guitarist Julian Coryell fronts a trio at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra is at the Musco Center For The Arts at Chapman University in Orange. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.  Pianist Connie Han leads a trio at Lock And Key in Koreatown.  Guitarist Thom Rotella 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.. Vocalist Ana Robles is at Tequila in Van Nuys.

Wednesday 5/4 – 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. Bassist Ben Shepherd is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Frank Vardaros leads a tribute to the late Maynard Ferguson with a big band at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Daria is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Saxophonist Michael Lington is at Vibrato in Bel Air to celebrate a CD release. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Drummer Alex Snydman has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 5/5 – Walfredo Reyes, Jr. at Bogie’s

Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. plays a Cinco de Mayo show at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist Greg Reitan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Angela Carole Brown is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   Pianist Bill Cunliffe’s Imaginacion band is at Cook’s Chapel in Anaheim.  Vocalist Daria is at The Merc in Temecula.  Pianist Jon Mayer is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Gregory Lawrence is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Paris Chansons are at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Homero Chavez is at the Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 5/6 – Bill Charlap Trio at Catalina

Pianist Bill Charlap plays the first of three nights (Fri-Sun) at Catalina in Hollywood with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Trumpet/EVI wiz John Daversa’s Small band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on woodwinds, Tommy King on keys, Jerry Watts on bass, Zane Carney on guitar, and Chris Wabich on drums. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a group including violinist Karen Briggs. Canadian pianist Chantale Gagne is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Drummer Alex Snydman is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Saxophonist David Wise celebrates a CD release at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.  Saxophonist Reinhold Schwarzwald is at Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village.  Vocalist Slim Man is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Diane Hubka is at the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City. Pianist Eric Reed has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A..

Saturday 5/7 – Bob Mintzer Big Band at The E Spot Lounge

Yellowjackets saxophonist Bob Mintzer’s big band is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. The Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa offers an evening of blues featuring John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bettye LaVette. Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Virgil Donati on drums, Alex Machacek on guitar, and Nick Smith on keyboards. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom leads Burning Ghosts in a CD release event at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Pianist Bill Charlap is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Tom Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Blake Aaron is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Brazilian vocalist Zuza Gonçalves is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Vocalist Jay Jackson is at the Market Broiler in Simi Valley. The Jimmy McConnell Big Band is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at McCormick & Schmick’s in Irvine. 4 Level Interchange is at Di Piazza’s in Long Beach. Trombonist Kevin Hicks has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, keyboardist Todd Hunter is at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 5/8 – Gregory Porter/Dr. Lonnie Smith/Lisa Fischer at Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Vocalists Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith each offer performances beginning in the afternoon at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Pianist Billy Mitchell is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Drummer Jason Harnell leads a trio at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo and vocalist Anna Beatriz are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Bill Charlap is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Janice Anderson is at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.  Bassist Max Bennett’s Private Reserve plays an afternoon show at The Point in Dana Point.  Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Barbara Morrison at Catalina in Hollywood, pianist Jon Mayer at Post & Beam in South L.A., guitarist Thom Rotella 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 5/9 – McKinley-Martin-Sydnor Trio at Blue Whale

Keyboardist Myron McKinley, bassist Ian Martin, and drummer Stacey Lamont Sydnor are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Mike Price leads a big band at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Vocalist Liz Callaway celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. 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 5/10 – Lia Branly at Catalina

Vocalist Lia Branly celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood with Jimmy Branly on drums, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Ramon Stagnaro on guitar, JP Mourao on guitar, Otmaro Ruiz on piano, Rene Camacho on bass, and Diego Alvarez on percussion. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Daniela Spagnola is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. PhunkYard is at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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.. Vocalist Donny Most is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Blues guitarist Chuck Kavooras is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Wednesday 5/11 – Mahlis-Panos Project at The Baked Potato

The Baked Potato in Studio City features Jimmy Mahlis on guitar and oud, Toss Panos on drums, and Dan Lutz on bass. Pianist George Kahn leads a quintet at Catalina in Hollywood with Robert Kyle on sax, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and M.B. Gordy on drums. Juice Box is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Jimmy Spencer and pianist Karen Hernandez are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Drummer Donald Dean has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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