About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of October 2, 2017

Ramsey Lewis

Monday 10/2 – Red Oak Duo at Blue Whale

The duo of pianist Adam Benjamin and guitarist Storm Nilsson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Buddy Rich Band with drummer Gregg Potter is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at the Saddleback College McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Other 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, the San Pedro Jam session at Crimsin in San Pedro, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 10/3 – Ross Garren & Brady Cohan at Blue Whale

Guitarist Brady Cohan and harmonica player Ross Garren are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Tim Lefebvre on bass, Artyom Manukyan on cello, and Gavin Salmon on drums. Blues guitarist Lucky Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air for the first of two nights. Trumpeter Jose Perez is at Las Perlas 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. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Vibrometers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar’s trio is at The San Fernando in Glendale, followed by a jazz jam session. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Tim May. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans and saxophonist John Bolivar are at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Guitarist Chuck Kavooras leads the monthly first Tuesday blues jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Wednesday 10/4 – Armen Nalbandian at Blue Whale

Pianist Armen Nalbandian plays a solo show at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Snarky Puppy organist Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles are at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Fred Horn’s Steady Fready offers a tribute to Maceo Parker at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dave Damiani and trumpeter Bijon Watson are at Montage in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Pico Rivera Golf Club.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.  Blues guitarist Lucky Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Comedian/vocalist Wayne Brady is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Jacques Lesure has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Nichole Preuss is at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A..

Thursday 10/5 – Gary Meek at Catalina

Saxophonist Gary Meek celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood with Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Brian Bromberg on bass, Mitchel Forman on keys, Bruce Forman on guitar, and Walt Fowler on trumpet/flugelhorn. Saxophonist Dayna Stephens is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Amanda McBroom and pianist/vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway begin a three-night run at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Pianists Alan Pasqua and Bill Cunliffe duet at Meng Concert Hall at Cal State Fullerton. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Bassist Henry Franklin is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist Jacques Lesure celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trombonist Joey Sellers is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Vocalist Sandra Booker is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Organist Red Young is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.  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 with vocalist Barbara Morrison. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at Senor Fish in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Keschia Potter is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Bassist David Ambrosio is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Blues vocalist Reverend Shawn Amos is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Friday 10/6 – Mark Guiliana at Blue Whale

Drummer Mark Guiliana is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with bassist Chris Morrissey, saxophonist Jason Rigby, and pianist Fabian Almazan. Saxophonist Bennie Maupin is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Vocalist Amanda McBroom and pianist/vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway are at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet with vocalist Irma Thomas is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Trumpeter Bobby Bradford is at Battery Books & Music in Pasadena.  Guitarist Michael Thompson is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Phil Denny is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Marilu Henner begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Jeffrey Osbourne and saxophonist Mindi Abair are at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Guitarist/vocalist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jeff Parker has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A..

Saturday 10/7 – Ramsey Lewis at Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Pianist Ramsey Lewis is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Composer Lalo Schiffrin is celebrated at the Alex Theater in Glendale with music from an all-star big band and flutist Sara Andon. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gary Novak on drums, Reggie Hamilton on bass, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, and Eric Marienthal on sax. Bassist Victor Wooten is at The Music Box in San Diego with a trio including drummer Dennis Chambers. The all-day Jazz At Charles Drew University Festival in South L.A. features headliners including saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s West Coast Get Down and percussionist Sheila E.  Percussionist Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures and the GO Organic Orchestra are at REDCAT in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Amanda McBroom and pianist/vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway are at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart is at The World Stage in South L.A..  Pianist George Kahn is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Brad Dutz is at Bar Fedora in downtown Los Angeles. Vocalist/trombonist Aubrey Logan is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Guiliana is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Danilo Perez is at the Scripps Auditorium in San Diego. Vocalist Jeffrey Osbourne and saxophonist Mindi Abair are at Thornton Winery in Temecula. Saxophonist Jeff Benedict and guitarist Dave Asken are at the Canyon Crest Winery in Riverside. Vocalist Thelma Jones is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Vocalist Marilu Henner is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Rose Mallet is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman is at at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Henry Franklin at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and keyboardist Todd Hunter at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 10/8 – Ritenour/Ruiz/Feraud Band at The Baked Potato

Drummer Wesley Ritenour, keyboardist Otmaro Ruiz, and bassist Hadrien Feraud are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest saxophonist Ernie Watts. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Bassist Mark Dresser and trombonist Jonah Levine share a bill at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Vocalist Mandy Kemp is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Cuban vocalist Candi Sosa is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Critical Brass is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A..  Trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.. Sunday brunch choices include the Mike Barone 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 10/9 – Tierney Sutton & Alan Bergman w/Hubert Laws at Moss Theatre

Vocalist Tierney Sutton and singer/lyricist Alan Bergman celebrate the music of Marilyn & Alan Bergman with flutist Hubert Laws at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Pianist Danilo Perez fronts his Panamonk trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ben Street on bass and Adam Cruz on drums. Bassist David Ambrosio is at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Vocalist Carole J. Bufford is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Blue Rhythm Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Suzi Oliver is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Nicole Lvoff is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.  Organist Carey Frank is at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Monday jam sessions include drummer Kevin Kanner at The Mint in West L.A., 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, the San Pedro Jam session at Crimsin in San Pedro, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 10/10 – Monk Birthday Concert at Blue Whale

The Angel City Jazz Festival presents two sets dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with groups including  keyboardist Florian Weber’s Criss Cross with saxophonist Donny McCaslin and a duo led by guitarist Marco Cappelli. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Joshua White is at Bread & Salt in San Diego. Guitarist Albare & Urbanity are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Ryan DeHues is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Jeff Benedict and guitarist Dave Askren are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar’s trio is at The San Fernando in Glendale, followed by a jazz jam session. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans and saxophonist John Bolivar are at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Ron Eschete.

Wednesday 10/11 – David Tranchina Group at Blue Whale

Bassist David Tranchina celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Argenta Walther on vocals, Gary Fukushima on piano, and Trevor Anderies on drums. Vocal group The Summit is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Cary Denegris is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Francis Coche has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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