About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of January 2, 2017

Harold Mabern
Harold Mabern

Monday 1/2 – Molly Miller at Perch

Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. with Jennifer Condos on bass, Steve Hass on drums, and Kenton Chen on vocals. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana with Dave Moscoe on piano. 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 1/3 – Michael Mayo & Josh Nelson at Blue Whale

Vocalist Michael Mayo and pianist Josh Nelson are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Alex Boneham on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Los Angeles Jazz Collective is at Vibrato in Bel Air featuring saxophonist Josh Johnson.  Trumpeter Elliott Caine leads a quartet at 51 Tavern in Highland Park.  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 Dan Sawyer. Drummer Gerry Gibbs is at the Oyster House in Studio City.

Wednesday 1/4 – Carol Welsman at Vibrato

Pianist/vocalist Carol Welsman is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Andrew Synowiec on guitar and Trey Henry on bass. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. 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. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Mark Smith has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 1/5 – Harold Mabern Trio at Blue Whale

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Mike Gurrola on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Drummer Alex Acuna is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Jon Mayer is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Saxophonist Mark Smith is at The Merc in Temecula.  Percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez is at Mabo’s Cafe in Glendale.  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. Pianist David Arnay is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Glen Roberts Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank.   Blues guitarist Guitar Shorty is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Friday 1/6 – Michael Landau/Kirk Fletcher Band at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guitarist Kirk Fletcher, bassist Andy Hess, and drummer Gary Novak for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders begins a three-night run (Fri-Sun) at Catalina in Hollywood with pianist Harold Mabern. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Scott Martin is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lola Haag is at Tavern 1 in Malibu.  Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Saturday 1/7 – Azar Lawrence at Seabird Jazz Lounge

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence plays a tribute to the recently deceased drummer Alphonse Mouzon at Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach, joined by Theo Sanders on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Vocalist Jane Monheit offers a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Drummer Joe La Barbera leads a quintet at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Catalina in Hollywood with pianist Harold Mabern. Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guitarist Kirk Fletcher. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at The Wine Cave in Montrose.  Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Charlotte Crossley is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Mayita is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Volto! is at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. 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.   Saturday brunch choices include drummer Donald Dean at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 1/8 – Pharoah Sanders with Harold Mabern at Catalina Jazz Club

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders finishes a three-day run (Fri-Sun) at Catalina in Hollywood with Harold Mabern on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Drummer Jeff Hamilton’s trio plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro including Christoph Luty on bass and Tamir Hendleman on piano. The Elliott Deutsch Big Band celebrates a birthday at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Yonatan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Dee Dee McNeil is at Baci Italian Restaurant in Huntington Beach.  Saxophonist Jeanette Harris is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in South L.A.. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Hazey Jane is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with vocalist Karen Landau.  Violinist/vocalist Leah Zeger is at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.  Sunday brunch choices include the Peter Myers Orchestra 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, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 1/9 – Chris Dawson Trio at Blue Whale

Pianist Chris Dawson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Sinclair Lott. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 1/10 – Kenton Chen at Blue Whale

Vocalist Kenton Chen is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ty Bailie on keys, Jonathan Richards on bass, and Martin Diller on drums. Vocalist Daniela Spagnolo is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with John Chiodini on guitar, Scott Healy on accordion, and John Belzaguy on bass.  Paris Chansons is at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. 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 Denigris.  Vikram Devasthali is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Wednesday 1/11 – Brent Fischer at The E Spot Lounge

Brent Fischer leads the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Katalyst and Knomadmik split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  The Meridian Trio is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Catalina in Hollywood. 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.

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