About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of December 12, 2016

Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine

Monday 12/12 – Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band at Catalina

Multiple-Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin brings his Big Phat Band to Catalina in Hollywood to premiere songs from a new holiday album. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their early December residency 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 12/13 – Steve Coleman & Five Elements at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with vocalist Andrea Miller, Gene Coye on drums, JV Collier on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, Chris Tedesco on trumpet, Dan Boissy on sax, and Howard Scott Stein on guitar. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot duet at San Diego City College Saville Theater. Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. English vocalist Richard Shelton is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Craig Cammell debuts a big band at the Envy Lounge in Newport Beach. 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 guests Bob Bain and Jim Fox. Vocalist Rogelio Douglas, Jr. is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Wednesday 12/14 – Galactic Booty Company at The Baked Potato

Galactic Booty Company is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Deron Johnson on keys, Jimmy Earl on bass, and the drum trio of Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, and Curt Bisquera. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at Catalina in Hollywood with Rich Eames on piano and Randy Drake on drums for a holiday show. Vocalist Nancy Sanchez is at the Public House in Fullerton. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Gary Herbig and drummer Bill Spoke have the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 12/15 – Mike Stern at Catalina

Guitarist Mike Stern begins a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Dave Weckl on drums, Bob Franceschini on sax,and Tom Kennedy on bass. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the final night of their December residency. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. The White Blinds are at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Trumpeter Mark Hatch & Group 5 are at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The Urban Renewal Project is at The Edison in downtown L.A.. 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. Guitarist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Hugh Sheridan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Cannonball-Coltrane Project is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.  Pianist/vocalist Jennifer Hart is at The Merc in Temecula.

Friday 12/16 – Peter Erskine at Blue Whale

Drummer Peter Erskine presents music from his Grammy-nominated “Dr.Um” album (Fri-Sat) at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Bob Sheppard on sax, John Beasley on piano, and Benjamin Shepherd on bass. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Theo Saunders’ Jassemblage is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Guitarist Mike Stern is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Reverend Shawn Amos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Dave Koz plays a holiday show for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) at the Cerritos Center For The Arts.

Saturday 12/17 – Allen Hinds at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Allen Hinds celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys, Travis Carlton on bass, and Donald Barrett on drums. Drummer Peter Erskine is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Mike Stern is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guest saxophonist John Altman. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. Charged Particles are at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Mark Copeland is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Hiroshima plays a holiday show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist George Kahn plays a holiday show at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist David Benoit plays a holiday show at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Saxophonist Dave Koz plays a holiday show at the Cerritos Center For The Arts. Saturday brunch choices include Jacques Lesure at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 12/18 – Bill Cunliffe BACHanalia Big Band with Denise Donatelli at The E Spot Lounge

Pianist Bill Cunliffe leads his BACHanalia Big Band at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City with guest vocalist Denise Donatelli. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak. Saxophonist Matt Otto is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big Band is at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Mike Stern is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Bassist Katie Thiroux is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A..  Pianist Corky Hale plays a holiday show at The Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. 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 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Alex Snydman 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 12/19 – Duane Eubanks 5Tet at Blue Whale

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a band including Jacques Lesure on guitar and Eric Revis on bass. Billy Vera leads a big band at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.  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 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 12/20 – Nan Schwartz at Vibrato

Composer Nan Schwartz leads an orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air including guest vocalist Tierney Sutton and trumpeter Till Bronner. Serotonin featuring vocalist Michael Mayo is 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.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest John Chiodini.

Wednesday 12/21 – Hamilton Price Quartet at Blue Whale

Bassist Hamilton Price returns to Los Angeles with a quartet including Larry Koonse on guitar, Billy Childs on piano, and Gary Novak on drums. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Donny Most plays a benefit for Parkinson’s Disease at Catalina in Hollywood.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. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Jake Simpson is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

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