About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 29, 2018

Gordon Goodwin

Monday 1/29 – Gerald Clayton + Marcel Camargo Group at Blue Whale

Pianist Gerald Clayton plays an opening solo set at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo, then joins guitarist Marcel Camargo with a group also featuring Jessica Vautor on vocals, Luis Mascaro on violin, Artyom Manukyan on cello, and Leonardo Costa on percussion. The Buddy Rich Big Band with drummer Gregg Potter is at Catalina in Hollywood. Ghost-Note is at the Zebulon Cafe in downtown L.A. Organist Akiko Tsuruga is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. The Saddleback College Jazz Faculty plays a concert at the McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Rec Room in Huntington Beach. 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 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 Orange County School for the Arts holds a fundraiser at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 1/30 – Danny Janklow at Vibrato

Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Guitarist Mordy Ferber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Will Brahm is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. John Pisano’s Guitar Night features guest Ron Eschete at The Mixx in Pasadena, Vocalist Mandy Harvey is at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Makers are at Seven Grand 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. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Eric Hirschorn is at the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica. The Flight 584 Jazz Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Wednesday 1/31 – Brian Charette at The Baked Potato

Organist Brian Charette is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Doug Webb on sax, David Sampson on guitar, and Danny Carey and Andy Sanesi on drums. Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Rickey Woodard is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rachel Kaplan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Adam Levy is at ETA in Highland Park. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Bassist Igor Kogan has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Pianist Adam Michaelson is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Keyboardist/vocalist Robby Fontana is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Thursday 2/1 – DeLuna, Marder & Kronstadt at Vitello’s

Vocalists Catina DeLuna, Susan Marder, and Gina Kronstadt share a bill at Vitello’s in Studio City, backed by Rich Ruttenberg on piano, Tom Luer on saxophone, Brian Swartz on trumpet, Edwin Livingston on bass, Joel Taylor on drums plus a string quartet. Vocalist Joanna Walfisch celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist Craig Cammell leads a big band at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party begins a five-night (Thu-Mon) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Kim Waters begins a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocal Group The Fresh Rhythm are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Alexander Anderson leads a jam session at Industry Cafe in Culver City. Guitarist Adam Miller 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. Pianist Eric Dries is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 2/2 – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Saxophonist/pianist/composer Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine.  Pianist Jon Mayer celebrates a CD release at The World Stage in South L.A., joined by John B. Williams on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums.  Holophonor celebrates an album release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Kim Waters is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Jonathan Karrant is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist/keyboardist Joel Gaines is at the Nakano Theatre in Torrance. 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. Jack’s Cats are the Sky Room in Long Beach.

Saturday 2/3 – Dan Schnelle at Blue Whale

Drummer Dan Schnelle is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jeff Babko on keys, Marcel Camargo on guitar, Josh Johnson on sax, and Dave Robaire on bass. Keyboardist Rique Pantoja is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia and vibraphonist Nick Mancini are at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A.  Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.  Saxophonist Dr. Bruce Eskovitz celebrates a birthday at Industry Cafe in Culver City. Bassist James Leary is at The World Stage in South L.A. Vibraphonist Diego Urbano is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Kim Waters is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Nils is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Ray Fuller is at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel. Trumpeter/vocalist Rick Braun is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Pianist Connie Han has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.  Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with guests Theo Saunders on piano and Chuck Manning on sax. 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. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A.

Sunday 2/4 – Ruslan Sirota at Alvas Showroom

Pianist Ruslan Sirota is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for a late afternoon show with Gary Novak on drums, Brian Ward on bass, Mitchell Long on guitars, and Pete Korpela on percussion. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Linda Lavin is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Sunday brunch choices include 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 2/5 – Simon Phillips & Protocol IV at Catalina

Drummer Simon Phillips is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Greg Howe on guitar. Pianist Danny Fox is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Kairos is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Joe Bonomassa’s Rock Candy Funk Party is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. 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 trumpeter Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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.

Tuesday 2/6 – Jerry Vivino at Bogie’s

Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with Andy Langham on piano, John Leftwich on bass, Bernie Dresel on drums, and guest vocalists The Vivino Sisters. Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with vocalist Andrea Miller, Howard Scott Stein on guitar, Scott Kinsey on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, Chris Tedesco on trumpet, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Andy Sanesi on drums.  Vocalist Shoshana Bush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Simon Phillips & Protocol are at Catalina in Hollywood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Thelonious Monk Institute hosts a jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Makers are at Seven Grand 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. The Orange County School for the Arts hosts a fundraiser at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Wednesday 2/7 – Isamu McGregor at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Isamu McGregor is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Aaron Mclendon on drums, Dean Anbar on guitar, and Anthony Crawford on bass. Keyboardist Michael Ragonese is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Luca Alemanno on bass, Bob Reynolds and Shai Golan on sax, Anthony Fung on drums, and Erin Bentlage on vocals. Vocalist Crissy Collins is at Catalina in Hollywood. Oui’ 3 is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills.

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