About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of May 9, 2016

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Cécile McLorin Salvant

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.. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in 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. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank features Barry Zweig.

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. Organist Carey Frank is at the Culver Hotel in Culver City. Drummer Donald Dean has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 5/12 – Tammy McCann at Catalina

Chicago vocalist Tammy McCann is Catalina in Hollywood with Peter Smith on piano, Clayton Cameron on drums, and Trevor Ware on bass.  Saxophonist George Young is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.  Guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento and vocalist Aditya Prakash split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Guitarist Steve Fister is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Gina Saputo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Connie Han is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalists Dave Damiani & Renee Olstead are at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Drummer Al Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux is at the Tustin Community Center. Vocalist Lorraina Marro will be at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. 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. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at the Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 5/13 – Mike Keneally at Alvas Showroom

Former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally beings a three-night/day (Fri/Sat Night & Sun afternoon) live recording project at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Doug Lunn on bass and Greg Bendian on percussion. Keyboardist Larry Goldings is at Blue Whale with David Piltch on bass and Jay Bellerose on drums. Organist Scott Healy leads Herb’s Organic Quintet at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Brian Bromberg is at Catalina in Hollywood.   Trumpeter Chris Botti is at Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat).  Saxophonist Brandon Fields is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at the Edye Second Space in Santa Monica. The Too Marvelous Trio plays Nat King Cole at Boston Court in Pasadena. Guitarist Adam Hawley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Vocalist Jasmine Tommaso is at Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village. Vocalist Dyan Kane is at The World Stage in Lemiert Park in South L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Bassist Pat Senatore has the free Friday show at LACMA in West L.A.

Saturday 5/14 – Brian Bromberg at Catalina

Bassist Brian Bromberg is at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Doug Webb on sax, Mitch Forman on piano, and Joel Taylor on drums. Hiroshima is at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Organist Ronnie Foster is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Larry Goldings’ comedic alter-ego Hans Groiner is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.    Trumpeter Chris Botti is at Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa.  Vocalist Sherry Williams is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Al Williams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Saxophonist Justo Almario is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Pianist Connie Han is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Bevan Manson is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. The Palmer Jazz Project is at Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. The Jimmy McConnell Big Band is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Vocalist Dyan Kane is at The World Stage in Lemiert Park in South L.A. Vocalist Janis Mann has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, keyboardist Todd Hunter is at Perch in downtown L.A.. The all-day San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival at the Mission San Luis Obispo includes the Rebirth Brass Band, Pete Escovedo, and Airto Moreira.

Sunday 5/15 – Grégoire Maret & Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Irvine Barclay Theare

Harmonica player Grégoire Maret & vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant are at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Flutist Tim Weisberg is at the Diamond Valley Arts center in Hemet for a benefit concert. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Shai Golan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Lauren White is at Catalina in Hollwood to celebrate a CD release.  Vocalist Eloise Laws is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park.   Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Richard Glaser is at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for a late afternoon show. Sunday brunch choices include pianist Jon Mayer at Post & Beam in South L.A., the Mike Barone Big Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Mon David at SOhO in Santa Barbara. vocalist Sharon Marie Cline at The Little Easy in downtown L.A., Mari Nobre at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Monday 5/16 – Peter Brötzmann Quartet at the Echoplex

Free jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann plays his first SoCal show in more than forty years with John Edwards on double bass, Steve Noble on drums, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes at the Echoplex in Hollywood. Saxophonist Charles Owens leads his big band at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Vocalist Jackie Gage and the group Joomanji split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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 5/17 – Alfredo Rodriguez at Blue Whale

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ganavya on vocals, Peter Slavov on bass, and Henry Cole on drums. Vibraphonist Emil Richards leads his big band at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Vocalist Frenchie Davis is at Catalina in Hollywood. Excursion is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The White Blinds are at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank features Bruce Forman.

Wednesday 5/18 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

“Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Joe Bagg on organ, Ray Brinker on drums, and Thom Rotella on guitar. Pianist Gerald Clayton begins a two-night (Tue-Wed) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with vocalist Sachal Vasandani. Percussionist/vocalist Bobby Matos is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Delta Wright is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Mark Hix Big Band is at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Bassist Jeff Littleton has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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