About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of March 13, 2017

Diane Reeves

Monday 3/13 – Satoko Fujii & Hakidame ni Tsuru at Blue Whale

Pianist Satoko Fujii leads an evening of music and dance at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with dancer Mizuki, Kappa Maki on trumpet, Yasuhiro Usui on guitar, and Takaaki Masuko on percussion. Trumpeter Stephanie Richards + Phantom Station are at The Loft at UCSD La Jolla. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. The SBCC Jazz Band is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Monday jam sessions include Kevin Kanner 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. The Los Alamitos Jazz Bands hold a fundraiser at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 3/14 – Michael Mayo/Josh Nelson at Blue Whale

Vocalist Michael Mayo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Mark Hix Big Band with vocalist Meloney Collins is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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 Frank Potenza. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Vocalist Jeanne Tatum is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 3/15 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

“Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Langham on piano, Andy Sanesi on drums, and Kevin Axt on bass. Matterhorn and the Brendan Eder Ensemble split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at General Lee’s Cocktail House in Chinatown. Guitarist Matthew Stevens is at The Loft at USCD La Jolla. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Saxophonist Jeff Clayton and trumpeter Bijon Watson are at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Carey Frank is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. 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 Frank Quintero is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocal group The Black Market Trust is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Alex Boneham has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 3/16 – Cameron Graves at The Troubadour

West Coast Get Down pianist Cameron Graves hosts an album release show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood with trombonist Ryan Porter, drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr., saxophonist Kamasi Washington, guitarist Matt Haze, and bassist Carlitos Del Puerto with special guests Miles Mosley and Stanley Clarke on bass and Tony Austin on drums. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with a group including drummer Gregg Bissonette. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Ethio Cali is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Trombonist Joey Sellers is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Guitarist Riner Scivally and saxophonist Rob Kyle lead a quartet at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. 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. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Pianist Jacquelyn Schreiber is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist Scott Martin is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Saxophonist Sam Riney is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  Vocalist Jack Wood is at The Merc in Temecula.

Friday 3/17 – Diane Reeves at the Musco Center

Vocalist Diane Reeves is at Chapman University’s Musco Center in Orange. Organist Joey DeFrancesco celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Matthew Stevens is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Connie Han is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  Vocalist Jeffrey Gimble is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Stuart Elster is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Vocalist Matt Mauser & The Sinatra Big Band are at the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts. Vocalist Samantha Sidley is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood.

Saturday 3/18 – Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Barclay Theatre

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Vocalists Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux are at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. in downtown Los Angeles. Pianist Joshua White is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Violinist Karen Briggs is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation open a two-weekend run at the The Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. for a musical theater production entitled “Great Awakening” (also Sunday). Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre are at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Organist Ronnie Foster is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Bill Cunliffe’s Latin “Imaginacion” Ensemble is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Jennifer Leigh Warren is at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura (also Sunday afternoon). Organist Joey DeFrancesco & The People are at Catalina in Hollywood.  Vocalist Diane Hubka is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A..  Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guest saxophonist Chuck Manning. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Mark Copeland is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Frank Stallone is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Trumpeter/vocalist Rick Braun is at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. Pianist Anne Farnsworth is at the Paradise Bar in Long Beach. Saturday brunch choices include baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 3/19 – Billy Childs at the Doheny Mansion

Pianist Billy Childs plays a pair of afternoon trio sets at the Pompeian Room at the Doheny Mansion in downtown L.A.. Pianist Tateng Katendig is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Hefti Plays Hefti with vocalist Devyn Rush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Giorgi Mikadze is at the Edye Second Space in Santa Monica with a group including guitarist Dave Fiuczynski. Percussionist Manu Delago is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Chuck Johnson is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Bonepocket, violist Eyvind Kang, and pianist Josh Nelson spilt a bill at the Bootleg Theater in downtown L.A.. Work in Progress with vocalist Kara Grainger is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Sandra Booker is at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Bassist Adam Cohen is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Flamenco guitarist Kai Narezo is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Alley Cat Quartet is at The Alley Lounge in Culver City. The LA Jazz Society sponsors its annual Mentorship Program brunch at Catalina in Hollywood. Other Sunday brunch choices include bassist Mike Gurrola is 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 3/20 – Sigmund Fudge at Blue Whale

Drummer Jason Harnell, bassist Ryan McGillicuddy, pianist Joe Bagg, and guitarist Jamie Rosenn celebrate a CD release for Sigmund Fudge at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  The Clayton Brothers Quintet is at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.  Vocal group Come Fly With Me is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. The Santa Barbara City College jazz bands are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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 3/21 – Armen Nalbandian at Blue Whale

Pianist Armen Nalbandian leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. Drummer Al Williams is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Frank Vardaros’ Jazz Orchestra is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. 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 violinist Charlie Bisharat. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica.

Wednesday 3/22 – Groove Legacy at The Baked Potato

Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andrew Lippmann on trombone, Paulie Cerra on sax, Billy Steinway on keys, Travis Carlton on bass, Lemar Carter on drums, and Sam Meek and Kirk Fletcher on guitars. Saxophonist Phil Norman’s Tentet is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are at Catalina in Hollywood. Australian vocalist Kristin Berardi is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. 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. Drummer Al Williams has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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