About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 8, 2018

Roy Hargrove

Monday 1/8 – Levon Henry at Blue Whale

Saxophonist/guitarist/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.  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. 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 Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. 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. Pianist Carey Frank is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

Thursday 1/11 – Roy Hargrove at Catalina

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of four nights (Thu-Sun). Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Jonathan Richards is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Lenore Raphael is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Samantha Sidley is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Nutty is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Hank Mehren is at Blue Guitar in South 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 Reginald Paul is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parry is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Jacquelyn Schrieber is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Bassist Bruce Lett is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 1/12 – John Daversa Small Band at Blue Whale

Trumpeter John Daversa debuts music from a new CD at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Bob Mintzer on sax, Andrew Synowiec on guitar, Joe Bagg on keys, Jerry Watts on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Vocalists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjöll is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Pianist Connie Han is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Keyboardist Patrick Bradley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. Pianist Zach Provost is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

Saturday 1/13 – Jeff Lorber Fusion at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber closes a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Pianist Josh Nelson is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter Nolan Shaheed is at The World Stage in South L.A.  Brothers Nels (guitar) and Alex (drums) Cline are at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. Trumpeter John Daversa’s Small Band is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Composer/arranger Brent Fischer is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Drummer Connor Malloy is at the Rhythm Room in downtown L.A.  Violinist Nora Germain is at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Baker Brothers Big Band with vocalist Liz Holmes is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at The Mixx in Pasadena. 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. TrioKait has the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Adam Michaelson is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Saturday brunch choices include saxophonist Mark Isbell at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A.

Sunday 1/14 – Monty Alexander at the Moss Theater

Pianist Monty Alexander leads a trio at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dwight Trible is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov leads a big band at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Lenore Raphael is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Cody Dear is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Roll Call Quartet is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Dan Weinstein is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia does an early evening jazz vespers performance at Mount Olive Church in Santa Monica. Sunday brunch choices include guitarist Frank Potenza 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, guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, and the Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Monday 1/15 – The Jazz Marlonious Quartet at Blue Whale

Bassist Marlon Martinez is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jacob Scesney on sax, Isaac Wilson on piano, and Cam Johnson on drums. Pianist Joshua White has the early set at The Mint in West L.A. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Dyan Kane is at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Monday jam sessions include drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz session at The Mint in West L.A., 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 blues jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 1/16 – Armen Nalbandian 3 at Blue Whale

Pianist Armen Nalbandian is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Steve Lehman on reeds and Guillermo E. Brown on drums. Drummer Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Erik Findling is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Strange Jazz Universe is at the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  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 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 1/17 – Ruslan Sirota at Blue Whale

Pianist Ruslan Sirota celebrates the release of a new CD at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Gary Novak on drums, Brian Ward on bass, Michell Long on guitar, and Pete Korpela on percussion. Drummer Bernie Dresel brings his 16-piece BBB big band at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Pianist Vijay Iyer gives a solo performance at the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands in Redlands. Guitarist Mark Towns is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach with vocalist Diana Purim. The Vivino Brothers Band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Native Vibe is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Pianist Adam Michaelson is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

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