About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of March 5, 2018

Billy Childs & Paquito D’Rivera

Monday 3/5 – Donny McCaslin Quartet at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin leads the group that backed the late David Bowie’s final recording “Blackstar” at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jason Lindner on keys, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums. Guitarist John Chiodini and tuba player Jim Self celebrate a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Thornton Jazz Orchestra hosts guest pianist Geoffrey Keezer at Carson Hall on the USC campus in downtown L.A. 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 include guitarist Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato in Studio City, 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. The Saddleback College Jazz Lab plays a concert at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. The UCLA Jazz Combos are at Schoenberg Hall in Westwood.

Tuesday 3/6 – Terry Wollman & Melanie Taylor at Nerano

Guitarist Terry Wollman and vocalist Melanie Taylor host a new weekly residency at Nerano in Beverly Hills. The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Jose Perez is at Las Perlas 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. Groovy Tuesday is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. 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 UCLA Latin Jazz Big Band is at Schoenberg Hall in Westwood. Jack’s Cats are at General Lee’s Cocktail House in Chinatown.

Wednesday 3/7 – Christian Sands at Blue Whale

Pianist Christian Sands leads a trio at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums. Pianist Tom Ranier is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Pianist Herbie Hancock is at the Balboa Theater in San Diego. Guitarist Blake Aaron is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Catatonic is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. Barbara Brighton’s Young Artists Jazz Series presents the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Band at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Riner Scially has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 3/8 – Jane Monheit at Catalina

Vocalist Jane Monheit opens a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Andy Langham on piano, Dave Robaire on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums.  Bassist Eric Revis is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Galactic Booty Company is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at The Merc in Temecula. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Percussionist Joey DeLeon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Negroni’s Trio is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Tony Palkovic is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Tim Gill is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. 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 Adam Michaelson is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Guitarist Duane Allen is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 3/9 – Paquito D’Rivera & Billy Childs at Soka Performing Arts Center

Saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and pianist Billy Childs team for a first-ever evening together at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, joined by cellist Mark Summer. Pianist John Beasley’s MONKestra big band is at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. on a bill shared with the late pianist Geri Allen’s Errol Garner Project led by pianists Gerald Clayton, Christian Sands, and Helen Sung. Manhattan Transfer is at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Drummer Joe La Barbera is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Josh Nelson’s Discovery Project is at LA Union Station in downtown L.A. Pianist Billy McCoy is at The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Connie Han is at the Music Hall at Santa Monica College. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joe Rozum is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalists Claude Hall and Mary Bogue are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. 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 Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. The Saddleback College Big Band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Saturday 3/10 – Arturo Sandoval at the Barclay Theatre

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval leads a sextet at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Eric Marienthal on sax, Kevin Axt on bass, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, and Steve Hass on drums. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe is at The World Stage in South L.A. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Joe La Barbera is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Thelma Jones is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Saxophonist Will Donato is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Sabine Pothier has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown 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. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Pianist Adam Bravo is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist Ken Weiner is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran plays an afternoon concert at the Pico Union Branch Library in downtown L.A. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A. and drummer Alex Snydman at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Sunday 3/11 – Alredo Rodriguez at UCLA Faculty Hall

Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez plays an afternoon trio concert at UCLA Faculty Hall in Westwood with Sao Hossn on bass and Michael Olivera Garcia on drums.  Lancaster is at the Bootleg Theater in downtown L.A. with Jeff Parker on guitar, Eric Revis on bass, Joshua White on piano, and Guillermo Brown on drums. Saxophonist Dick Oatts is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Kait Dunton is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Del Casher is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Hedgehog Swing is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Diana Gameros is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Pianist Daniel Szabo plays a late afternoon concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. The Tex Beneke Orchestra headlines an afternoon concert tribute to Glenn Miller at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. 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, guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, and the Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Monday 3/12 – Simon Moullier & Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint

French vibraphonist Simon Moullier is at The Mint in West L.A. with Gerald Clayton on piano, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Kevin Kanner on drums, followed by Kanner’s Monday jazz jam session. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at the Saddleback College McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. Vocalist Samantha Sidley is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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 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, Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31, and the monthly Blues Power jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Wilson High School Jazz Band holds a fundraiser at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 3/13 – Brent Canter at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brent Canter is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Max Haymer on piano, Dan Lutz on bass, and Charles Ruggerio on drums. Cellist/pianist Maksim Velichkin plays an evening of duets with pianist Billy Childs.  Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Multi-instrumentalist David Amram is at Zebulon in downtown L.A. The Blue Rhythm Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Peter Myers Orchestra is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Julian Coryell 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. 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. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran does an early evening performance at the Ascot Branch Library in South L.A.

Wednesday 3/14 – Dave Damiani & Renee Olstead at Catalina

Vocalists Dave Damiani & Renee Olstead are at Catalina in Hollywood with an evening they call “Bending The Standard” with the 17-piece No Vacancy Orchestra. Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Tom Luer’s Project Popular is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach.  Guitarist Dave Hill is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Buddy Guy is at The Musco Center For The Arts in Orange. Saxophonist Doug Webb has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at Blue Table in Agoura Hills. The Bombshells are at Vitello’s in Studio City.

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