About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of September 19, 2016

Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer

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Monday 9/19 – University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band and Dafnis Prieto at Blue Whale

The University of Miami’s Frost Concert Jazz Band led by trumpeter John Daversa and the Dafnis Prieto Artist Ensemble split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Peter Myers Orchestra is at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. The Glen Miller Orchestra is at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch. Vocalist Howie Levine is at Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge. 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 9/20 – The Webb All-Stars at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jimmy Earl on bass, John Ziegler on guitar, and Danny Carey on drums. Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at USC Bovard Auditorium in South L.A. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Josh Nelson on piano and Christian Euman on drums. Guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento and Guello on pandeiro are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Drummer Peter Buck is at Hoson House in Tustin. Jack’s Cats are at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. 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.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Cary Dinigris. Vocalist Donna Butler is at the West Lounge in Brentwood.

Wednesday 9/21 – Zhenya Strigalev Trio at Blue Whale

Alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Tim Lefebvre on bass and Gene Coye on drums. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Creative Arts Ensemble offers a tribute to John Coltrane at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Jazz Express is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Saxophonist Doug Webb has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 9/22 – Laura Dickinson at Vibrato

Vocalist Laura Dickinson debuts material from her second CD backed by a 17-piece band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian leads a chamber ensemble at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Dave Marotta is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with Carl Verheyen on guitar, Jim Cox on keys, and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on drums. Organist John Novello is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Oscar Hernandez is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Bassist Henry Franklin is at The Merc in Temecula. Keyboardist Haakon Graf is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Chris Dawson is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Cosmosquad is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. Vocalist Danny Freyer’s big band is at McCormick & Schick’s in Irvine. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood.

Friday 9/23 – Peter Erskine at LACMA

Drummer Peter Erskine has the free Friday show at LACMA in west L.A. with John Beasley on keyboards, Bob Sheppard on sax, and Benjamin Shepherd on bass. The Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo kicks off its annual 3-day (Fri-Sun) jazz festival with the Brazilian Trio De Paz with vocalist Maucha Adnet. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vibraphonist Joe Locke duet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trombonist Bob McChesney is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at The World Stage in South L.A.. The Rodgarband is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Teryn Re is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Kiki Ebsen offers a tribute to Joni Mitchell at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Trumpeter Willie Bradley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park.  Pianist David Arnay is at The Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

Saturday 9/24 – Trio De Paz with Claudio Roditi at Soka Performing Arts Center

Brazilian Trio De Paz appears at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo for afternoon and evening shows – the evening program includes trumpeter Claudio Roditi. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Organist Ronnie Foster is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Keiko Matsui is at Thornton Winery in Temecula with vocalist Kenny Lattimore and saxophonist Michael Lington. Bassist Anna Butterss leads a quartet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Alphonse Mouzon is at Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. Vocalists Candi Sosa and Cristina Rebull are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vibraphonist Emil Richards is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Al Williams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Guitarist Pet Kelley is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Guitarist Yu Ooka is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Percussionist Homero Chavez & Una Noche are at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Temecula Wine & Music Festival has a late afternoon start at Galway Downs in Temecula. Saturday brunch choices include keyboardist Todd Hunter is at Perch in downtown L.A. and drummer Al Williams at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Sunday 9/25 – Geoffrey Keezer & Friends at Soka Performing Arts Center

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is at Soka Performing Arts Center for an evening concert featuring vocalists Gillian Margot and Denise Donatelli. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Haakon Graf’s Grafitti is at Catalina in Hollywood. Joomanji is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Gregg Arthur is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Polly Gibbons at Catalina in Hollywood, drummer Matt Gordy 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., bassist Rufus Philpot at The Springs in downtown L.A., vocalist Mari Nobre at Colmbo’s in Eagle Rock, saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 9/26 – Richard Sears + Cathlene Pineda at Blue Whale

Pianists Richard Sears and Cathlene Pineda split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trombonist Jacques Voyemant leads his 22-piece Watermark Jazz Orchestra at Typhoon in Santa Monica. The Santa Barbara City College Jazz Band is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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 09/27 – Bill Cunliffe Big Band with Denise Donatelli at Vibrato

Pianist Bill Cunliffe leads his BACHanalia big band at Vibrato in Bel Air with guest vocalist Denise Donatelli. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Late Night Jazz Orchestra is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Conganas is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Alison Lewis is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. 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.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Barry Zweig.

Wednesday 9/28 – Ron Stout Quartet at the Lighthouse Cafe

Trumpeter Ron Stout leads a quartet for the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Knower is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Raffia is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Sean Riddle is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Guitarist/vocalist Frank Stallone is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock.

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