About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of July 11, 2016

Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove

Monday 7/11 – Martin Diller at Blue Whale

Drummer Martin Diller is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ty Bailie on organ and Chris Lawrence on trumpet. 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., Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 7/12 – Dave Mackay Trio at The E Spot Lounge

Pianist Dave Mackay leads a trio at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City with Richard Simon on bass and Paul Kreibich on drums. Latin percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Pianist Ted Case is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Heliotrope is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.   Latin guitarist Mark Towns is at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist Ellis Hall is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Greg Manning is the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Sandra Booker and guitarist John Goux are at Delmonico’s in Encino. The White Blinds are at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Dyan Kane 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 Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Thom Rotella.

Wednesday 7/13 – Ernie Andrews at Marriott Newport Beach

Vocalist Ernie Andrews is at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center with Rickey Woodard on sax, Tateng Katindig on piano, Richard Simon on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Curtis Taylor is at La Sierra University in Riverside. Guitarist Toshi Yanagi’s Buzz Wizards are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Saxophonist/singer/songwriter Levon Henry is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Annette Warren celebrates her 94th birthday with a concert at Catalina in Hollywood. Trombonist Steve Johnson has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 7/14 – Roy Hargrove Quintet at Catalina

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove begins a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Evan Stone’s Translucent Ham Sandwich Band is at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts in North Hollywood. Vocalist Mark Winkler is at The Merc in Temecula. Skip Spiro’s Little Big Band is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Chris Standring is at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. Pianist Stephan Oberhoff’s Heartbeat Brazil is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  Pianist Max Haymer is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena.  Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the SmokeHouse in Burbank. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. The Supa Lowery Brothers are at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Friday 7/15 – Ben Williams Group at Blue Whale

Bassist Ben Williams is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Walter Smith III on sax, Kris Bowers on keys, Joel Whitley on guitar, and Jamire Williams on drums. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Carl Saunders is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Latin percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at the Brand Library in Glendale. Pieces Of A Dream and guitarist Nick Colionne are at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Pianist David Arnay is at The Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Bassist Ryan Cross has the free Friday jazz evening at LACMA in West L.A. with vocalist Spanky Wilson.

Saturday 7/16 – Al Jarreau at Thornton Winery

Vocalist Al Jarreau is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Alto saxophonist Will Vinson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Organist Scott Healy leads a quintet at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Josh Nelson’s Discovery Project is at Boston Court in Pasadena. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Bassist Ralph Guzman leads a Latin jazz group at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Kendra Shank and pianist Geoffrey Keezer celebrate a CD release at Dizzy’s in San Diego. The Jeff Benedict/Dave Askren Quartet is at the Canyon Crest Winery in Riverside.  Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz.   Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Drummer Alex Snydman is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Al Garcia and Phunkyard split a bill at D’Argenzio Wines in Burbank. Vocalist Jacnique Nina is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. Cuban percussionist Melena has the free Saturday evening Latin Sounds show at LACMA in West L.A.. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Charles Owens at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter is at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 7/17 – Jay Smith at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Jay Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Patrick Contreras on violin, James Russell on sax, Fernando Montoya on bass, and Cesareo Garasa on drums. Pianist Max Haymer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist George Kahn is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Vocalist Katharine McPhee is at Vibrato in Bel Air backed by a band including bassist Don Was. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Guitarist Adam Hawley is at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Mark Carter is at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in Alhambra. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big Band plays a late afternoon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Teenage drummer Cole Marcus leads a trio at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.   Sunday brunch choices include pianist Jon Mayer at Post & Beam in South L.A., vocalist Janis Mann 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 7/18 – Keelan Dimick Trio at Blue Whale

Pianist Keelan Dimick leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jonathan Richards on bass and Alex Snydman on drums. Pianist Chris Fishman is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. 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 7/19 – Michael Ragonese at Blue Whale

Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Andrés Salazar on drums, Andy McCauley on bass, Shai Golan on sax, Michael Mayo on vocals, and Walter Smith III on saxophone. Drummer Jimmy Branly and pianist Otmaro Ruiz are at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Julia Vari is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Drummer Alex Snydman is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Pianist Stephan Oberhoff’s Heartbeat Brazil is at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rick Abernathy is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Maria Conchita Alonso is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Swing band Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are at the Hollywood & Highland Center. 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 Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Sid Jacobs. Oui’ 3 is at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills.

Wednesday 7/20 – James Morrison at Marriott Newport Center

Australian trumpeter James Morrison will headline at the Sunset Jazz at Newport Wednesday series at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Bassist Martin Nevin is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Graham Dechter is at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Victoria Noyes is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Sam Webster has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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