About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of July 31, 2017

Alex Acuna

Monday 7/31 – Adam Ratner at Blue Whale

Guitarist Adam Ratner is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Darek Oles on bass and Matt Mayhall on drums. Vocalist Jamie Shew has the early show at The Mint in West L.A., followed by drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam session. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at the 1221 Lounge in Burbank. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Other Monday jam sessions include 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 Jazz Angels play a fundraiser at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 8/1 – Josh Johnson at Hollywood & Highland

Saxophonist Josh Johnson is at Hollywood & Highland with Josh Nelson on piano, Anna Butterss on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Vocalist Natasha Agrama is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist Jeremy Siskind is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Matt Barber is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Chris Speed is at ETA in Highland Park.

Wednesday 8/2 – Alex Acuna at Catalina

Drummer Alex Acuna is at Catalina in Hollywood with Ramon Stagnaro on guitar, Aníbal Seminario on sax, Joe Rotondi on piano, Eddie Resto on bass, and Walter Rodríguez on drums and percussion. Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Bassist Ben Williams is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at the Birds & Bees in downtown L.A.. Bassist Bruce Lett is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. The Four Freshmen are at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Parlor Social is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Leslie Lewis is at the Rose Garden of the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A.. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Katharine McPhee is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Doug Webb has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 8/3 – Blanco Diablo at Blue Whale

Blanco Diablo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute, Andy Sanesi on drums, Matt Rohde and David Goodwin on keys, Greg Erba on guitar, and Joey De Leon on percussion.   Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Josh Nelson is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist Mark Dresser is at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood.  Pianist Jon Mayer is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Cuban group Vocal Vidas is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. The Ben Rose Band with vocalist Laura Mace is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Pianist Jacquelyn Schrieber is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Alanna Vicente is at The Boardroom in downtown L.A..  Vocalist Nicola Son is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Violinist Nora Germain is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge with saxophonist John Altman. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

Friday 8/4 – Nedra Wheeler at The World Stage

Bassist Nedra Wheeler is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Pianist Danny Green is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Jonathan Butler are at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Vocalist Jack Jones begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist Aaron Akins is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Tia Brazda is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Catte Adams is at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. The Altadena Quartet is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. 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. Pianist Todd Hunter is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa. Trombonist Jacques Voyemant has the free Friday show at LACMA in West L.A.. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Charged Particles are at Copa Cubana in Ventura.

Saturday 8/5 – John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

Trumpeter John Daversa’s big band will be at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Clayton Cameron will be at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Cybill Shepherd will be at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Harold Land, Jr. will be at The World Stage in South L.A.. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Saxophonists Gerald Albright and Jeanette Harris will be at the Palmdale Amphitheatre. Vocalist Jack Jones is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Drummer Mark Z. Stevens leads a trio at Desert Rose in Los Feliz.   Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Keyboardist Connie Han has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Pianist Bill Cunliffe’s BACHanaila Big Band with vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita has the free Latin Sounds series show at LACMA in West L.A.. Saturday brunch choices include baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 8/6 – A Tribute to Buddy Collette at Catalina

Saxophonist Buddy Collette is celebrated with a show including vocalist Barbara Morrison and a big band at Catalina in Hollywood. The late drummer Jeff Porcaro is celebrated at The Baked Potato in Studio City with a group including vocalist Tata Vega. Trumpeter Ed Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trombonist Jacques Voyemant is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Vocalist Destini Wolf is Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Double G’s Jazz Knights are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Chase Huna is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Keyboardist Joey Kantor is at ETA in Highland Park. Drummer Tony Inzalaco is at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Todd Simon leads a big band performance of music from Peter & The Wolf at Grand Performances in downtown L.A..  Vibraphonist Norm Freeman leads a late afternoon Jazz Vespers service at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods.  Sunday brunch choices include guitarist Frank Potenza 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 8/7 – Sy Smith & Leonardo Amuedo at Blue Whale

Vocalist Sy Smith and guitarist Leonardo Amuedo duet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. Vocalist Peggie Perkins is at GlowZone in Huntington Beach. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at the 1221 Lounge in Burbank. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., trumpeter Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 8/8 – Bria Skonberg at Hollywood & Highland

Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg closes the Summer Jazz Nights series at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. Drummer Matt Mayhall and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Cuban group Vocal Vidas is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lola Haag 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. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica – vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens. 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. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Chuck Kavooras leads a blues jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Ceiling Dweller is at ETA in Highland Park. Vocalist Linda Zulaica is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Frisson is at The Mint in West L.A..

Wednesday 8/9 – Jackie Ryan & Rickey Woodard at the Marriott Hotel Newport Center

Vocalist Jackie Ryan is backed by a group led by saxophonist Rickey Woodard at the Sunset Jazz Series at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Drummer Tina Raymond is at Birds and Bees in downtown L.A.. Arco Iris is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist/vocalist Michael Henderson is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Stuart Elster is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Chris Williams is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocal group The Summit is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

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