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

Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III

Monday 12/19 – Duane Eubanks 5Tet at Blue Whale

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jacques Lesure on guitar, Aaron Provisor on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. 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. Vocalist Mike Costley is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. 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. Drummer Colin Bailey is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Donny Most plays a benefit for Parkinson’s Disease at Catalina in Hollywood. 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. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Jake Simpson is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Thursday 12/22 – Christian Euman Group at Blue Whale

Drummer Christian Euman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Josh Johnson on alto sax, Michael Mayo on vocals, Josh Nelson on piano, and Alex Boneham on bass.  Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval leads a big band in an evening of holiday music at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  Drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Bruce Lett leads a quartet at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist David Wise is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The Lounge Trio is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Janice Anderson is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. 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 Indian Wells. Vocalist Johnny Britt is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Gregg Marx is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Conganas is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Trombonist Ryan Dragonn is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 12/23 – Walter Smith III at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Walter Smith III is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with pianist Gerald Clayton – the evening’s second set adds bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Christian Euman. Saxophonist Rob Lockhart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Glenn Casman is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Cat Conner is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. The Duck Soup Trio plays the music of Vince Guaraldi at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Ventura Jazz Collective is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.   Vocalist Jay Jackson is at Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village.

Saturday 12/24 – Steve Huffsteter at Vibrato

Trumpeter Steve Huffsteter leads a quartet at Vibrato in Bel Air with Tom Ranier on piano, Pat Senatore on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Keyboardist Carey Frank is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells for a late afternoon set. The JazzAntiqua Music and Dance Ensemble is at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown L.A. for an afternoon performance. Keyboardist Todd Hunter has the Saturday brunch at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 12/25 – Holiday Jazz All-Stars at Days Inn Glendale Pioneer Cafe

Vocalist Martha Taylor LaCroix hosts her annual Christmas Day show at the Pionner Cafe at the Days Inn in Glendale with Rick Hills on piano, Tony Dumas on bass, Quentin Dennard on drums, and Nolan Shaheed on trumpet.

Monday 12/26 – Ernie Andrews at Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis

Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis in Palm Desert hosts veteran vocalist Ernie Andrews, backed by Rickey Woodard on sax, Lanny Hartley on piano, Richard Simon on bass, and Fritz Wise on drums. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 188 Degrees in Tarzana. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Vocalist Mike Costley is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. foe a holiday brunch.

Tuesday 12/27 – TrioKAIT at Blue Whale

Pianist Kait Dunton celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Cooper Appelt on bass and Jake Reed on drums. Pianist Rique Pantoja is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Wendy Smith-Brune is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Mariel Bildstein is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.  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 Tim May.

Wednesday 12/28 – Anthony Wilson at Blue Whale

Guitarist Anthony Wilson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Blake Mills on guitar/voice, Levon Henry on guitar/voice, Larry Goldings on keys/voice, Kaveh Rastegar on bass/voice, and Barbara Gruska on drums/voice. Vocalist Kiki Ebsen presents a tribute to her father Buddy at Catalina in Hollywood. Singer/guitarist Frank Stallone is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Guitarist Tomas Janzon has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Blues harmonica player Chef Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

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