About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of January 9, 2017

Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour

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 drummer Kevin Crabb at Pickwick’s Pub in Woodland Hills, Jacques Lesure at Lavender Blue in Inglewood, 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/pianist 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. Saxophonist Jonathan Rowden is at the Envy Lounge in Newport Beach.

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 Knomadik split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snizter Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. The Meridian Trio is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato. 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. Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 1/12 – John Pizzarelli at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Jamesjazz is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Ethio Cali is at the Wallis Annenberg Center Sorting Room in Beverly Hills. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Tap dancer Sarah Reich is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Lenore Raphael is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist Joe Bagg is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Pianist Amy Rowe is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Janis Mann 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 Palm Desert. Vocalist Tamara Gabriel is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Victoria Noyes is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Friday 1/13 – Dean Brown at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Gerry Etkins on keys, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist Lee Ritenour is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Jonathan Pinson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Brazilian vocalist Thalma de Freitas is at the Union Station Ticketing Hall in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Aubrey Logan fronts a big band at the Los Angeles College Of Music in Pasadena. Drummer Adam Clark is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canyon Bistro. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lorraina Marro is at the Sunland Vintage Winery in Woodland Hills.

Saturday 1/14 – Jeff Parker at Blue Whale

Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Speed on sax, Paul Bryan on bass, and Jamire Williams on drums. Guitarist Lee Ritenour is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Pianist Bruce Baker is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Paul McCallum is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Nutty is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Janice Anderson is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Cosmosquad is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. Keyboardist Gail Jhonson is at the Xen Lounge in Studio City. Saturday brunch choices include pianist Sam Hirsh at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 1/15 – Lee Ritenour at Catalina

Guitarist Lee Ritenour finishes a three-night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with John Beasley on keyboards, Hadrien Feraud on bass, and Wesley Ritenour on drums. Trumpet/EVI wiz John Daversa’s 17-piece big band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Bad Plus are at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Bobby Bradford is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Latin percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Organist Brian Auger is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Guitarist Lee Ritenour 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 Hugh Sheridan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Soul Sauce tribute to Cal Tjader is at Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. Sunday brunch choices include the Dave Slonaker Big Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, the Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra at SOhO in Santa Barbara, 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 1/16 – Kevin Kanner Jazz Jam at The Mint

Drummer Kevin Kanner re-starts his twice-monthly (second and fourth) jam session at The Mint in West L.A. featuring a regular house band including Josh Nelson on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, Danny Janklow on sax, and Graham Dechter on guitar.   Second Generation reunites at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with John Daversa on trumpet, Justin Morrell on guitar, Mike Elizondo on bass, and Trevor Lawrence on drums. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include Jacques Lesure at Lavender Blue in Inglewood, 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 1/17 – Virgil Donati at The Baked Potato

Drummer Virgil Donati is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Braguinha on bass, Andre Nieri on guitar, and Isamu McGregor on keys. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Jonathan Rowden is at the Envy Lounge in Newport Beach. The Thelonious Monk Institute’s monthly jam session 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 Graham Dechter. Vocalist Annie Reiner is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Roxy Coss is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Jazz Express is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura.

Wednesday 1/18 – Band of Other Brothers at Blue Whale

The Band of Other Brothers is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jeff Babko on keys, Jeff Coffin on sax, Keith Carlock on drums, Nir Felder on guitar, and Will Lee on bass. Guitarist Frank Gambale is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Bill Cunliffe’s Latin “Imaginacion” is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. OHM is at The Baked Potato 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. Guitarist Riner Scivally has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Carly Robyn Green is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Harmonica player PT Gazell & guitarist Tim May duet at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.

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