About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 11, 2017

Ron Carter

Monday 9/11 – Anthony Fung Trio + Kevin Kanner Jazz Jam at The Mint

Drummer Anthony Fung’s trio with Isaac Wilson on piano and Frank Ojeda on bass opens an evening of jazz at The Mint in West L.A., followed by drummer Kevin Kanner’s bi-weekly jam session. Carioca is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento. Hedgehog Swing is at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 9/12 – Blanco Diablo at The Baked Potato

Blanco Diablo is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Greg Erba on guitar, Frank Fontaine on sax, Matt Rohde on keys, Joey De Leon on percussion, David Goodwin on bass, and Andy Sanesi on drums.   Guitarist Oz Noy is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at the Music Box in San Diego. Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Julie Newsome 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. 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 with guest Bruce Forman.

Wednesday 9/13 – David Garfield at Catalina

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Catalina in Hollywood with Leslie Smith on vocals, Brandon Fields on sax, Carlitos Del Puerto on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Drummer Jeff Hamilton leads a trio at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Alex Frank and guitarist Graham Dechter is at Birds & Bees in downtown L.A.. Drummer Dave King’s Trucking Company is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Ariana Savalas is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A.. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Club. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Pianist Connie Han has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 9/14 – Natasha Agrama at Blue Whale

Vocalist Natasha Agrama celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo, backed by Ian Roller on sax, Dave Sampson on guitar, Zephyr Avalon on bass, Stephen Thurston on keys, and Tony Austin on drums. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Ron Carter begins a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. The SWC Trio is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Pianist George Kahn is at Vibiana in downtown L.A.. Pianist Kait Dunton is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Andria Litto is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A.. Pianist Max Haymer is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Pianist Chris Dawson is at The Merc in Temecula. 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. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A.. Pianist Joe Bagg is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at Senor Fish in downtown L.A.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Cellist Matthew Keating is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Drummer Denny Dennis is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Donna Deussen and guitarist Paul Weitz are at the Thai Fusion Bistro in West Hills.

Friday 9/15 – CAB at The Baked Potato

Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Julian Coryell on guitar, and Virgil Donati on drums. Trumpeter Avishai Cohen begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Ron Carter is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. Guitarist Al Di Meola is at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Edye Second Space in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Peter Brotzmann is at Zebulon in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Rickey Woodard is at The World Stage in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Mark Winkler is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Mike Garson is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Pianist Zach Provost is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Brazilian vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The West Coast Jam is at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Josef Leimberg’s Astral Progressions are at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. Guitarist/vocalist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Justo Almario has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A.. The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa.

Saturday 9/16 – Kenny Barron Trio at Zipper Hall

Pianist Kenny Barron is at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. Guitarist Al Di Meola is at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.  Open Hands are at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A..  GoGo Penguin is at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A.. Organist Ronnie Foster is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Ron Carter is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Avishai Cohen is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.   Drummer Anthony Fung is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   Vocalist Sandra Booker plays an afternoon show at the downtown Art Share L.A.. Down To The Bone is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The West Coast Jam is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Tumbledown House is at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance. Vocalist Janet Orsi is at the Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.  Keyboardist Mahesh Balasooriya has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. The Bastards Of Belleville are at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Ditty Fantastico plays an early evening show at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Mark Isbell at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 9/17 – Ron Carter at Catalina

Bassist Ron Carter finishes a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Donald Vega on piano and Russell Malone on guitar. Saxophonist Tim Berne’s Snake Oil is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Oscar Noriega on clarinet, Matt Michell on piano, and Ches Smith on piano/vibes/percussion. Guitarist Al Di Meola is at The Rose in Pasadena. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Chris Speed and pianist Cathlene Pineda are at the Bootleg Theater in downtown L.A.. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Margo Rey is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Bassist Ryan Cross leads a jazz night at Delilah in West Hollywood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Los 440’s are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A..  Bassist Lyman Medeiros leads a late afternoon trio at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena.  Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux does an afternoon performance at the Contrapuntal Performance Hall in Brentwood. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonist Lanny Morgan 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 9/18 – Mike LeBrun + Zephyr Avalon at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Mike LeBrun and bassist Zephyr Avalon celebrate CD releases at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with LeBrun backed by Josh Johnson on sax, Nick Mancini on vibes, Daniel Szabo on piano, Anna Butterss on bass, Kevin Van Den Elzen on drums, while Avalon features Jonah Levine on trombone, Jacob Mann on keys, Efa Etomoma Jr. on drums.  Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31. The Santa Barbara City College Band is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Tuesday 9/19 – Sammy Miller & The Congregation at Largo At The Coronet

Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at Largo At The Coronet in West Hollywood.   Keyboardist John Novello’s Jazz All-Stars are at Catalina in Hollywood with Brandon Fields on sax, Chris Standring on guitar, Tim Landers on bass, and Eric Valentine on drums.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel in West L.A..  Guitarist Adam Rogers is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Pat Senatore is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Aaron Serfaty is at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Bassist Kevin Brandon is at the Tallyrand Restaurant in Burbank. 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. Pianist Loston Harris 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 with guests Pat Kelley and Frank Potenza. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Pianist Shawn Trent Morgan is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Wednesday 9/20 – Adam Rogers DICE at Blue Whale

Guitarist Adam Rogers finishes a two-night (Tue-Wed) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Fima Ephron on bass and Nate Smith on drums. The Vivino Brothers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  The Tom Kubis Big Band with vocalist Andrea Miller closes the summer Sunset Jazz series at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A.. Drummer Kevin Van Der Elzen’s LAHO Group is at The E Spot Lounge in Studio City. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at Birds & Bees in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Pianist Karen Hernandez and vocalist Jimmy Spencer are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Saxophonist Danny Janklow has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Robby Fontana is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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