About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of December 4, 2017

Jimmy Herring & John McLaughlin

Monday 12/4 – Steve Coleman & Five Elements at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass, and Sean Rickman on drums.  Pianist Bill Cunliffe leads a trio at The Rec Room in Huntington Beach.  The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31. The Pepperdine University Jazz Ensemble plays a Christmas Concert at the Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

Tuesday 12/5 – Ruslan Sirota at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist/vocalist Ruslan Sirota is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gary Novak on drums, Brian Ward on bass, Mitchel Long on guitars, and Peter Korpela on percussion. Guitarist Mike Miller is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocal group Black Market Trust is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for guitarist Julian Coryell at TRiP in Santa Monica. Vibrometers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Jose Perez is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Oui 3 is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Eric Ekstrand is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. 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 12/6 – Marilyn Scott at The Baked Potato

Vocalist Marilyn Scott is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Michael Landau on guitar, Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Bassist Bruce Lett is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Guitarist Jesse Bradley is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds offers a clinic and performance with the LACM Big Band at The Garage in Pasadena.

Thursday 12/7 – Bernie Dresel’s BBB at Joe’s Great American

Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Frank Potenza will be at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena.  Vocalist Karina Corradini is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Flutist Lori Bell is at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Saxophonist Reginald Paul is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Vocalist Annie Reiner is at Catalina in Hollywood.

Friday 12/8 – Trinity at The Baked Potato

Trinity is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Stuart Hamm on bass, Dean Brown on guitar, and Gergo Borlai on drums. Vocalist/trombonist Aubrey Logan is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Vocalist Gayle Larone is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Vocalist Michael Feinstein presents a holiday concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.  Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Bassist Paul Gormley is at Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro. Guitarist/vocalist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Marsha Bartinetti is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Saddleback College Jazz Combos are at the McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo.

Saturday 12/9 – John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at CAP UCLA Royce Hall

Guitarists John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring are at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood with the Fourth Dimension band including Ranjit Barot on drums, Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, and Etienne M’Bappé on bass. Take 6 is at Catalina in Hollywood for a holiday show with guests Manhattan Transfer and Nnenna Freelon. Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Pianist Josh Nelson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Gerald Clayton begins a two-night (Sat-Sun) run at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Tom Scott is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Jessy J is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Connie Han is at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. The Peter Myers Orchestra is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Bar Angeles in Hollywood. Bassist Lyman Medeiros has the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Albert Lee is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Saddleback College Big Band presents a holiday concert at the McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Pianist Don Preston and saxophonist Bunk Gardner play an afternoon show at the Torrance Public Library. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A.

Sunday 12/10 – Carlos Vega Memorial Concert at Alvas Showroom

Keyboardist David Garfield’s Karizma leads the late afternoon 20th annual Carlos Vega Memorial Concert at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Mike Miller and Frank Gambale on guitars, Larry Klimas on sax, Dean Cortez on bass, Jimmy Branly and Gary Novak on drums, and Joey De Leon on percussion. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Misha Segal celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Gerald Clayton is at Sam First in West L.A. The Cranktones are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.  Pianist George Kahn is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Nutty is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Matt Gordy 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 12/11 – Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band at Catalina

Composer/arranger/saxophonist and pianist Gorgon Goodwin leads his Big Phat Band at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31, and the monthly Pro blues jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 12/12 – Brenna Whitaker at Vibrato

Vocalist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Violinist Nora Germain celebrates a CD release at Pour Vous in Hollywood. Thelonious Monkey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. 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. 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 12/13 – Brad Rabuchin at The Baked Potato

Guitarist and electric sitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ian Roller, Jesse McGinty & Alex Budman on saxes, Steve Billman on bass, and Chris Blondal on drums.   Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements continue their December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Pianist Andy Langham is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Vocalist Amber Navran is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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