About & Out – What’s Hot – The Week Of May 8, 2017

Gerald Clayton

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. 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. Pianist Lincoln Cleary is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.  Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 5/11 – Steve Weisberg Orchestra at Vibrato

Arranger Steve Weisberg’s Orchestra is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Joshua White is at The Merc in Temecula. Trumpeter Mark Hatch is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The Urban Jazz Collective is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. The Translucent Ham Sandwich Band is at The Mint in West L.A.. The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Kirk Andrés Wilson is at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist Joey DeLeon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A.. The Vibrometers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Argentinian guitarist Max V. is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. 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 Joe Bagg is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Alanna Vicente is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A. Blues harmonica player Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Fabus Four are at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A.. The Swingsations are at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 5/12 – Peter Erskine at the Moss Theatre

Drummer Peter Erskine marks the second CD from his Dr. Um group with Bob Sheppard on sax, John Beasley on piano, and Ben Shepherd on bass. Guitarist Jeff Richman leads the Baked Potato All-Stars at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Oz Noy is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Brazilian vocalist Eliana Estevao is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. with special guest Dionne Warwick. Pianist David Benoit is at El Camino College in Torrance. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Vocalist Richard Shelton is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at the Westlake Hotel in San Diego. 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 Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Laura Mace is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Charles Owens has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A.. Bassist Teddy Bang is at Industry Cafe in Culver City.

Saturday 5/13 – Oz Noy at Catalina

Guitarist Oz Noy is at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Dave Weckl on drums. Pianist Alan Pasqua is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Baker Brothers Big Band is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The Banda Brothers are at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Drummer Gergo Borlai is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. The annual Palm Springs Jazz Festival will be at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa with headliner Barbara Morrison. Vocalist Vivian Sessoms is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Cle Thompson is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ leads a trio at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with special guest vocalist Corliss Dale. Vocalist Jesse Palter is at the Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist Anne Farnsworth is at the Paradise Bar in Long Beach. Vocalist Andy Cowan is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran does an afternoon show at the Pan American Fiesta at Mayfair Park in Lakewood. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Charles Owens at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 5/14 – John Pizzarelli at Walt Disney Hall

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. with a program dedicated to the music of Paul McCartney and The Beatles. Just Fudge is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Crowtet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Niki Harris is at Catalina in Hollywood. 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. Critical Brass is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Similar Fashion is at ETA in Highland Park. The Hi-Fi Honeydrops are at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.. Pianist Teddy Bang is at the Alley Lounge in Culver City. Headless Household plays an afternoon show at SOhO in Santa Barbara including saxophonist David Binney.  Violinist Nora Germain plays an afternoon show at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.  Mother’s Day Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Barbara Morrison at Catalina in Hollywood, vocalist High Sheridan at Vibrato in Bel Air, the Mambo All-Star Orchestra at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, pianist Sabine Pothier at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, 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 5/15 – Brazilian Violin Trio at Blue Whale

The Brazilian Violin Trio is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with violinists Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill and guitarist Nando Duarte. 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 Los Alamitos High School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 5/16 – Simon Moullier at Blue Whale

Vibraphonist Simon Moullier is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Amber Navaran on flute and vocals, Jacob Mann on keys, and Jungkuk Kim on drums. Percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at General Lee’s Cocktail House in downtown L.A.’s Chinatown. Pianist Connie Han is at Lock & Key in Koreatown in downtown L.A.. 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 Chiodini. Guitarist Mike Baggetta is at ETA in Highland Park.

Wednesday 5/17 – Jon Mayer Quartet at the Lighthouse

Pianist John Mayer has the happy hour gig at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach with a quartet including saxophonist Rickey Woodard, bassist Chris Conner, and drummer Roy McCurdy. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Russian vocalist Oleg Frish is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Paul Bryan’s quartet and the Meridian Trio split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Nichole Preuss is at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A.. Pianist Greg Spaulding is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. 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/vocalist Peter Smith is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

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