About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 1, 2018

Mike Miller

Monday 1/1 – Carey Frank at Perch

Organist Carey Frank leads a jazz brunch at Perch in downtown Los Angeles with Curtis Parry on vocals and guitar and Rick Montalbano on drums.

Tuesday 1/2 – GF3 at Vibrato

Pianist Gary Fukushima is at Vibrato in Bel Air with JP Maramba on bass and Miles Senzaki on drums. The Thelonious Monk Institute hosts a jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Jose Perez is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Drummer Gerry Gibbs is at the Oyster House in Studio City. The Atomic Roots Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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 1/3 – Shai Golan at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Shai Golan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Victor San Pedro and Colin Cook on guitars, Andy McCauley on bass, and Jacob Richards on drums. Trumpeter Nate Birkey is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Saxophonist Mark Lewis has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Barbara Morrison hosts a jazz vocal workshop at Catalina in Hollywood.

Thursday 1/4 – Marshall Allen & Friends at Zebulon

Sun Ra Arkestra leader and multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen begins a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at Zebulon in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Arianna Neikrug is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Lappit-Rocha Group is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Saxophonist Mark Lewis is at The Merc in Temecula. 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 Reginald Paul is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood.

Friday 1/5 – Mitchel Forman at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Kevin Axt on bass, Eric Marienthal on sax, Lenny Castro on percussion, and Steve Hass on drums. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen is at the Zebulon in downtown L.A. Percussionist Andy Garcia & The Cineson All-Stars are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. The Urban Renewal Project is at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

Saturday 1/6 – Mike Miller at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Mike Miller is at The Baked Potato with Gary Novak on drums, Jimmy Earl on bass, Walt Fowler on trumpet, and Brandon Fields on sax. Pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Lorca Hart lead a quartet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Sam First in West L.A.  Trombonist Bob McChesney is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.
Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The Cannonball-Coltrane Project is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Percussionist Andy Garcia & The Cineson All-Stars are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Costa Mesa. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guests Theo Saunders on piano and Chuck Manning on sax.  Saxophonist Ghasem Batamuntu is at The World Stage in South L.A.  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. The Rumproller Trio has the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Jack’s Cats are at the Sky Room in Long Beach. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Chuck Johnson at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A.

Sunday 1/7 – Miro Sprague at Blue Whale

Pianist Miro Sprague is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo Josh Johnson on alto sax, Daniel Rotem on tenor sax, Dave Robaire on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Cuban violinist Dayren Santamaria is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Guitarist Marcel Camargo and vocalist Jessica Vautor are at Sam First in West L.A.  Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Lorca Hart lead a trio for an afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The Stig Quintet plays an afternoon house concert for Jazz At The A Frame in Hollywood. Vocalist Teira Church is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Double G’s Jazz Knights are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Paris Chansons are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Janis Mann 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 1/8 – Levon Henry at Blue Whale

Saxophonist/vocalist Levon Henry is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Bruce on guitar, Julian Cubillos on bass, Barbara Gruska and Jay Rudolph on drums, and Evan Vidar on piano.  Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A.  The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato, guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., trumpeter Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31.

Tuesday 1/9 – Mike Gurrola at Blue Whale

Bassist Mike Gurrola leads a quintet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Gerald Clayton on piano, Graham Dechter on guitar, Danny Janklow on sax, and Kevin Kanner on drums. Pianist Joshua White is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Calabria Foti and trombonist Bob McChesney are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at The Mixx in Pasadena features guest Pat Kelley. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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 1/10 – Navarro at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on sax, Rene Camacho on bass, Joey De Leon on percussion, and Joey Heredia on drums. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Adam Levy is at ETA in Highland Park. Vocalist Donny Most is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Pianist Connie Han has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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