About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week of May 1, 2017

Poncho Sanchez

Monday 5/1 – Kyle Nasser at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Kyle Nasser is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with pianist Yago Vazguez, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren. 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. The Saddleback College Jazz Combos are at the McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo. The Santa Barbara City College Jazz Combos are at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Tuesday 5/2 – Frank Silva at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Frank Silva is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Anna Butteress on bass, Richard Sears on piano, and Joe La Barbera on drums. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Dr. MINT is at ETA 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. The Route 66 Jazz Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Bruce Forman.

Wednesday 5/3 – Frank Vardaros Big Band at Catalina

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros’ Big Band offers a tribute to Maynard Ferguson at Catalina in Hollywood. The Grammy Museum offers a program dedicated to a new Ella Fitzgerald exhibit with music from vocalist Patti Austin and bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux. Guitarist Dave Hill is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sony Holland celebrates a CD release at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Susan Sinner is at La Traviata Restaurant in Long Beach with pianist Josh Nelson. Violinist Nora Germain is at Pour Vous in Hollywood. Vocalist Linda Clifford is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. 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 Carey Frank is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Trumpeter Jose Perez is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A..  California Feet Warmers play a happy hour set at Seven Grand in downtown L.A..  Pianist Sabine Pothier has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 5/4 – David Garfield at Catalina

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Catalina in Hollywood with Eric Marienthal on sax, Rickey Minor on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. The Robinson/Wind Quartet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The CJS Quintet is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Bassist Bruce Lett is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Julia Vari is at The Loft at UCSD La Jolla. 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. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Alanna Vicente is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A. B.C.V. is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Blues vocalist Reverend Shawn Amos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 5/5 – Poncho Sanchez at The E Spot Lounge

Latin percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez celebrates Cinco De Mayo at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Diane Schuur is at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs. Drummer Christian Euman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Haakon Graf’s Grafitti is at Catalina in Hollywood. Zime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Jon Mayer is at the Edye Second Space in Santa Monica. The Fullerton Jazz Orchestra is at Meng Concert Hall at Call State Fullerton.   Pianist/vocalist Joey Dosik is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Zach Provost is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Laura Mace is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Latin vocalist Anita Robles has a happy hour show at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Pianist Christian Jacob has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A..

Saturday 5/6 – Thom Rotella 4Tet with Ernie Watts at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Thom Rotella is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest saxophonist Ernie Watts plus Mitchel Forman on keys, Trey Henry on bass, and Steve Hass on drums. Cuban violinist Dayren Santamaria is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Anat Cohen is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Mark Christian Miller is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A..   Nutty is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City.  Pianist Christian Jacob is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown in downtown Los Angeles. Trumpeter/vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Incendio is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ leads a quintet at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with special guests Clay Jenkins on trumpet and Kim Richmond on saxophone. Heartbeat Brazil is at The Canoe House in South Pasadena. Vocalist Jesse Palter is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi plays the final night of jazz at redwhite+bluezz in Pasadena. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist Anne Farnsworth is at the Paradise Bar in Long Beach. Keyboardist Connie Han plays an early set at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Saturday brunch choices include drummer Al Williams at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..   Pianist Scott Healy leads an Ellington study group with special guest Brent Fischer in a morning session at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City.

Sunday 5/7 – Symphonic Jazz Orchestra at Carpenter Peforming Arts Center

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a concert featuring saxophonist Eric Marienthal and a program dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald with vocalist Jane Monheit. Pianists Bill Charlap, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Renee Rosnes play the music of Steven Sondheim and West Side Story at Walt Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Joshua White and drummer Alex Cline are at The York in Highland Park. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Kevin O’Neal is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Debbie Gifford is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Delta Nove is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Connie Han is at La Cuevita in Highland Park. Saxophonist Mike Lebrun is at ETA in Highland Park. Sunday brunch choices include the Glen Garrett Big Band 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 5/8 – Les Hooper Big Band w/Carol Welsman at The E Spot Lounge

Pianist/composer/arranger Les Hooper’s Big Band is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City with guest vocalist Carol Welsman. Vocalists Clinton Patterson and Sheela Bringi are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. 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.

Tuesday 5/9 – Gerald Clayton at Blue Whale

Pianist Gerald Clayton begins a two-night (Tue-Wed) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo to celebrate the release of a new CD with Joe Sanders on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes are at the Scripps Research Institute Auditorium in San Diego. Drummer Bob Holz is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Denny Seiwell is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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 John Storie. Keyboardist Armen Nalbandian is at ETA in Highland Park. Percussionist Joey DeLeon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A..

Wednesday 5/10 – Katja Rieckermann at Vibrato

Saxophonist Katja Rieckermann is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Randy Cooke on drums, Andreas Geck on bass, Hans Zermuehlen on piano, Ron DeJesus on guitar, Luis Eric Gonzales on trumpet, Humberto Ruiz on trombone, and Dale Edward on percussion. Pianist Gerald Clayton is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Michael Henderson is at Catalina in Hollywood. Homenaje is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Pianist Joshua White is at the Rancho Bernardo Library in San Diego. 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 Lincoln Cleary is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

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