About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of October 16, 2017

Randy Weston

Monday 10/16 – Raya Yarbrough at Blue Whale

Vocalist Raya Yarbrough celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo backed by Jessica Rotter & Sara Mann on vocals, Pete Griffin on bass, Jeff Hoeppner on piano, Takeshi Akimoto on guitar, and Tony Austin on drums. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. 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 10/17 – Billy Childs at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Sheppard on sax, Reggie Hamilton on bass, and Michael Baker on drums. Trombonist Alan Ferber’s Big Band is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Vibrometers are at Seven Grand 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. 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. Saxophonist John Bolivar is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Cantina in Burbank with guest Jim Fox.

Wednesday 10/18 – Alan Ferber Big Band at Blue Whale

Trombonist Alan Ferber’s band celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed). Vocalist Julia Fordham is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Tony MacAlpine is at Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Vocalist Sandra Booker is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Vivino Brothers Band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.  Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato in Bel Air. La Verdad is at The Edison in downtown L.A.. 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. Saxophonist Joseph Santa Maria has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 10/19 – Maceo Parker To Ray With Love at Valley Performing Arts Center

Saxophonist/vocalist Maceo Parker offers a tribute to Ray Charles, the Ray Charles Orchestra, and the Raelettes at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. B3PO with organist Greg Mathieson, guitarist Jay Graydon, bassist Jerry Watts and drummer Ralph Humphrey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Union Station in downtown L.A.. Pianist Myron McKinley celebrates a CD release at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Patrice Quinn is at The Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Frank Cano is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Frances Livings is at Modo Mio in Sherman Oaks. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist Andy Langham is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. 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.. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at Senor Fish in downtown L.A.. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch 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. Pianist Hank Mehren is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The Glen Roberts Big Band is at Viva Cantina in Burbank. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 10/20 – Randy Weston at Moss Theatre

Pianist Randy Weston plays a solo concert at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Herb’s Organic Quintet is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at Boston Court in Pasadena. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Paul Cohen is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Anna Danes and pianist Ruslan Sirota are at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Pianist Josh Nelson celebrates the release of a new CD at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Percussionist Carlos Nino is at The World Stage in South L.A.. Vocalist Kira Morrison is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Vocalist Janice Anderson is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Bassist Paul Gormley is at Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Bassist Teddy Bang is at Industry Cafe in Culver City. Guitarist/vocalist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Bassist John B. Williams has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A.. JazzCraft is at The Lumberyard in Laguna Beach. The College Of The Canyons jazz bands present an evening of swing music at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. The Woody James Big Band plays an afternoon show at Viva Cantina in Burbank.

Saturday 10/21 – Josh Nelson at Blue Whale

Pianist Josh Nelson celebrates the release of a new CD at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Jeff Parker on guitar, Josh Johnson on alto sax/flute, Chris Lawrence on trumpet/flugelhorn, Brian Walsh on clarinet, Alex Boneham on bass, Dan Schnelle on drums, Kathleen Grace and Lillian Sengpiehl on vocals, and Aaron Serfaty on percussion. Guitarists Robben Ford and Stanley Jordan are at The Rose in Pasadena. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A..   Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Barbara Dane is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. The Bolivar Brothers are at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. The Vibrato All-Stars are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Chris Pierce is at The Boardroom in downtown L.A.. Guitarist Duane Allen is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa. Roman Street is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Euge Groove and keyboardist Brian Simpson are at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. 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. Pianist Kait Dunton has the happy hour show at at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.. Jack’s Cats are at The Sky Room in Long Beach. Saturday brunch choices include drummer Alex Snydman at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A..

Sunday 10/22 – Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Smothers Theatre

Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall play an afternoon concert at the Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre in Malibu. Guitarist Gabi Martinez is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Michael Cain’s Sola is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Dr. MiNT is at The York in Highland Park.  Pianist Connie Han plays an afternoon house concert for the A Frame Jazz Series in Hollywood.  Vocalist Lauren White is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at Catalina in Hollywood. Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lindsey Webster is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Work In Progress is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Organist Carey Frank is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.. 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.  Pianist Sabine Pothier plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.  Guitarist Frank Potenza and saxophonist Doug Webb play an afternoon show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.  Sunday brunch choices include saxophonist Justo Almario 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., vocalist Anita Robles at El Patron in Tarzana, bassist Rufus Philpot at The Springs in downtown L.A., the Harvard-Westlake Jazz Band at Catalina in Hollywood, 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 10/23 – Nick Mancini Unit B & Kevin Kanner Jazz Jam at The Mint

Vibraphonist Nick Mancini has the early set at The Mint in West L.A. with Jake Silverman on organ and Ian Hubbell on drums, followed by drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam session. Pianist Paul Cornish is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.    The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City.   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 10/24 – Dylan Ryan at Blue Whale

Drummer Dylan Ryan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jeff Parker on guitar, Billy Mohler on bass, Patrick Shiroishi on sax, and Ben Boye on piano. Altered is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.. Vocalist Lindsey Webster is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocalist Jacnique Nina is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Makers are at Seven Grand 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. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. 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.  Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans and saxophonist John Bolivar are at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs.

Wednesday 10/25 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Scott Robinson on sax, Danny Carey on drums, Jimmy Earl on bass, Mitchel Forman on keys, and Jamie Kime on guitar. The New West Guitar Group is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Curtis Taylor is at the Troesh Conference Center at La Sierra University in Riverside. Vocalist Raya Yarbrough is at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. The Banda Brothers are at the Pico Rivera Golf Club in Pico Rivera. English vocalist Rumer begins a two-night run 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. Brazilian vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Los Angeles College Of Music presents a clinic with drummer Carl Allen at The Garage in Pasadena. Jazz Express is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.

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