About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of November 14, 2016

Roy McCurdy
Roy McCurdy

Monday 11/14 – Zephyr Avalon Quintet at Blue Whale

Bassist Zephyr Avalon leads a quintet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Mike LeBrun on sax, Jonah Levine on trombone, Jacob Mann on piano, and Gene Coye on drums. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 188 Degrees in Tarzana. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include Jacques Lesure at Lavender Blue in South L.A., John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., the Eastside Jazz Jam at The Hi-Hat in Highland Park, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 11/15 – Tammy McCann at Catalina

Chicago vocalist Tammy McCann is at Catalina in Hollywood backed by a group featuring bassist John Clayton, pianist Tamir Hendleman, and drummer Clayton Cameron. Vocalist Natalie Crenshaw and guitarist Mike Bono are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at General Lee’s in Chinatown. Vocal group The Summit is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lola Haag 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.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest violinist Charlie Bisharat.

Wednesday 11/16 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

“Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Grant Geissman on guitar, Ric Fierabracci on bass, Andy Langham on piano, and Andy Sanesi on drums. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Colin Bailey is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Connie Han is at The Public House in Fullerton. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez hosts a Wednesday night jam session at Monty’s in Woodland Hills. Drummer Sam Webster has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 11/17 – Mike Gurrola Trio at Blue Whale

Bassist Mike Gurrola is at Blue Whale with Larry Fuller on piano and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Pianist Christian Sands is at The Loft at UCSD La Jolla. Vocalist Steve Tyrell opens a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Kim Richmond and trumpeter Clay Jenkins are at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Keith Droste is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Sunny Blue Jazz is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Vocalist Carolyn Martinez is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Blues harmonica player Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Pete Anderson is at the Blue Guitar in South Pasadena.

Friday 11/18 – Tribute To Roy McCurdy at Soka Performing Arts Center

Drummer Roy McCurdy is celebrated with a performance at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, joined by Larry Fuller on piano, Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, Rickey Woodard and Isaiah Collier on tenor sax, Mike Gurrola on bass, and vocalist Janis Mann. Saxophonist Brandon Fields is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Jack Jones is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Pianist Billy McCoy is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux is at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in West L.A.. Guitarist Tim Thompson and mandolinist Myles Thompson are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Aaron Akins is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Wendy Smith-Brune has the free Friday jazz gig at LACMA in West L.A.. Jack’s Cats are at The Sky Room in Long Beach.

Saturday 11/19 – LA Jazz Society Tribute To Quincy Jones at the Montalban Theatre

The LA Jazz Society hosts a tribute to Quincy Jones at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, whith performances from pianists Justin Kauflin and Alredo Rodriguez, Patti Austin, John Clayton and more. Guitarist Larry Koonse is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Mike Garson and drummer Denny Seiwell are at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. James Taylor backing vocalist Arnold McCuller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Tom Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Al Williams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Larry Fuller is at McCormick & Schmick’s in Irvine. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Sidney Jacobs is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Carlos Fischer is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at the Market Broiler in Simi Valley. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guest saxophonist Kim Richmond. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. The Jimmy McConnell Big Band is at Maverick’s Flat in South L.A.. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Dave Sills at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 11/20 – Brad Rabuchin at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with saxophonist Andy Suzuki, Steve Billman on bass, and Ralph Humphrey on drums. Organist Jake Silverman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Bob Mintzer on sax and Peter Erskine on drums. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in South L.A.. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Spencer Day is Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Nori Tani Group plays an afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The GO Jazz Big Band plays an afternoon show at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch. Sunday brunch choices include pianist Larry Fuller at SOhO in Santa Barbara, saxophonist Lanny Morgan 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., saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood, vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, Looking For Number 7 at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 11/21 – Samantha Sidley at Blue Whale

Vocalist Samantha Sidley is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 188 Degrees in Tarzana. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include Jacques Lesure at Lavender Blue in South L.A., John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., the Eastside Jazz Jam at The Hi-Hat in Highland Park, Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 11/22 – Kirk Covington at The Baked Potato

Drummer Kirk Covington is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute. Pianist Josef Leimberg celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Norman Connors and keyboardist Bobby Lyle are at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). Vocalist Sony Holland is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Axion 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 Anthony Wilson. The Pomona College Jazz Ensemble plays an afternoon concert of Duke Ellington music at Lyman Hall in Pomona.

Wednesday 11/23 – Noman Connors & Bobby Lyle at Catalina

Drummer/vocalist Norman Connors and keyboardist Bobby Lyle are at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Adrián Terrazas-González is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist/vocalist Darryl F. Walker is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez hosts a Wednesday night jam session at Monty’s in Woodland Hills. Saxophonist Jeremy Lappit has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Ventura Jazz Collective is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.

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