About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of February 6, 2017

Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling
Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling

Monday 2/6 – Emmet Cohen at Blue Whale

Pianist Emmet Cohen leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Russell Hall on bass and Kyle Poole on drums. Vocalist Steve March Torme is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. 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., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 2/7 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on sax and flute, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gergo Borlai on drums. The San Gabriel Seven are at Catalina in Hollywood with guest vocalist Ingrid James. Pianist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth leads a trio at Church Chords in Highland Park with bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Gary Novak. Spaghettini in Seal Beach hosts young jazz artists through the Grammy Camp program led by saxophonist Dave Liebman. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  The Peter Myers Orchestra is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Electronic music composer Carl Stone 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. The Route 66 Jazz Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Barry Zweig.

Wednesday 2/8 – Navarro at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Michael Angel Alvarado on guitar, Joey De Leon on percussion, Jerry Watts, Jr. on bass, and Joey Heredia on drums. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Blue Whale in Little Tokyo hosts young jazz artists through the Grammy Camp program with guest pianist Joey Alexander.  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 Andy Langham the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 2/9 – Judy Wexler at Vibrato

Vocalist Judy Wexler is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Jeff Colella on piano, Scott Whitfield on trombone, Gabe Davis on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. Pianist Mike Garson and saxophonist Dave Liebman are at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Merc in Temecula.  Trombonist Joey Sellers is at The Envy Lounge in Newport Beach.  Percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Polychrome is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Guitarist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Paris Chansons is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Dave Paterson 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.

Friday 2/10 – The Jazz Bakery Goes To The Grammys

The Jazz Bakery hosts a fundraiser for its performance fund at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica headlined by pianist Joey Alexander, drummer Peter Erskine, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, vocalist Carmen Lundy, and pianist Patrice Rushen. The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Larry Koonse on guitar, Chuck Manning on sax, Darek Oles on bass, and Jason Harnell on drums. Keyboardist John Novello is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Steve Tyrell begins a multi-week run (Fri-Sun) at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Connie Han is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City.  Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.

Saturday 2/11 – David Baker Tribute at Blue Whale

Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Jeff Hamilton and more will perform alongside current Indiana University Jacobs School of Music jazz faculty members Tom Walsh and Walter Smith III in a unique show dedicated to the late IU professor David Baker. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall with vocalist Kurt Elling. Kneebody is at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Ernie Watts is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Vocalist Dolores Scozzesi is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Karla Harris is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Guitarist Alex Skolnick is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Saxophonist Flavia Bullet is at 94th Aero Squadron in Van Nuys. 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. The Ventura Jazz Collective is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Saturday brunch choices include the Slide FX Trombone Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 2/12 – Keiko Matsui at The Rose

Pianist/vocalist Keiko Matsui at The Rose in Pasadena with opening sets from vocalist Carly Robyn Greene and pianist/vocalist Angela Parrish. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Maksim Velichkin plays a solo concert at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibrato in Bel Air hosts a program dedicated to the music of trumpeter Herb Alpert. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Selina Albright is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.   Vocalist Susan Krebs’ Chamber Ensemble plays an afternoon house concert and Cardiology benefit in Van Nuys.  Lookout Station plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Paul Kreibich 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 2/13 – Theo Bleckmann at The Broad Stage

Vocalist Theo Bleckmann is at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, backed by Shai Maestro on piano, Ben Monder on guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass, and John Hollenbeck on drums. The VDE Big Band is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Mary Bogue is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include the Kevin Kanner jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A., John Ziegler and Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 2/14 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

“Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Andy Sanesi on drums, and John Leftwich on bass. Vocalist Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with guest vocalist Melissa Morgan. Calamari is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is backed by the Ladd McIntosh Big Band at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Postmodern Jukebox is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Monica. The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Julie Newsome is at Bistro 101 in Agoura Hills. 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. The Route 66 Jazz Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Ron Eschete.

Wednesday 2/15 – Azar Lawrence at La Sierra University

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Troesh Conference Center at La Sierra University in Riverside with Theo Saunders on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and Ramon Banda on drums. Work in Progress with guest vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Chris Bullock is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Spider Saloff is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. 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 Daryl Strodes the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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