About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of March 26, 2018

Joey DeFrancesco

Monday 3/26 – Logan Cane Flotation Band at Blue Whale

Bassist Logan Cane is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with David Binney on saxophone, Jon Hatamiya on trombone, Paul Cornish on piano, and Conor Malloy on drums. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Dave Richards Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. The New West Guitar Group opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Other Monday jam sessions include 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 3/27 – Miro Sprague at Blue Whale

Pianist Miro Sprague is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jonathan Richards on bass and Alex Snydman on drums. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman & vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Nerano in Beverly Hills. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini 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. 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. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.  Saxophonist Nzinga Kalilah plays a late set at The Mint in West L.A.

Wednesday 3/28 – Oscar Hernandez & Friends at Catalina

Pianist Oscar Hernandez celebrates a birthday at Catalina in Hollywood with Bob Mintzer on sax and flute, Jimmy Branly on drums, Rene Camacho on bass, and Christian Moraga on percussion, with guests including Dayren Santamaria on violin, Margo Rey on vocals, Francisco Torres on trombone, and Eddie Resto on bass. Drummer Charles Ruggerio and vocalist Laura Mace lead a group at The Baked Potato with Larry Goldings on organ, Bob Reynolds on sax, and Andrew Synowiec on guitar. Drummers Christian Euman and Jeremy Cunningham split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The New West Guitar Group is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Amber Navran is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  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. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.  Drummer Al Williams has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 3/29 – Joey DeFrancesco at Catalina

Organist Joey DeFrancesco kicks off a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Jason Brown on drums, Dan Wilson on guitar, and Troy Roberts on saxophone. Pianist Josh Nelson and vibraphonist Nick Mancini lead a quartet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Pianist Michael Le Van is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist Mark Goldenberg is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Greg Adams & Easy Bay Soul are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles.  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 Bravo is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 3/30 – Jeff Parker at Blue Whale

Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Josh Johnson on sax and keyboards, Paul Bryan on bass and keyboards, and Jamire Williams on drums. Pianist Billy Childs’ Prophecy is at The World Stage in South L.A. for the first of two nights. Organist Joey DeFrancesco is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Don Randi begins a two-night run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Icelandic vocalist Geir Olafsson. Flutist Kathryn Kuby is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.  Pianist Sabine Pothier is at The Mixx in Pasadena.  Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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. Pianist Lenny Stack is at Henri’s Back Room in Canoga Park. Vocalist Karina Corradini is at the Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Trumpeter Jun Ilda is at the Rhythm Room in downtown L.A. Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City.

Saturday 3/31 – Anthony Wilson at the Moss Theater

Guitarist Anthony Wilson is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with Gerald Clayton on piano, Joshua Crumbly on bass, Jay Bellerose on drums, and Patrick Warren on keyboards. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge in Long Beach.  Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  The Raw Sugar Jazz Quintet is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Pianist Billy Childs’ Prophecy is at The World Stage in South L.A. Pianist Miro Sprague is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Tamir Hendelman is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Organist Joey DeFrancesco is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens’ trio at Desert Rose in Los Feliz adds saxophonist Chuck Manning. Keyboardist Don Randi is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Icelandic vocalist Geir Olafsson. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Elena Gilliam is at the Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Vocalist Pamela Clay is at Barone’s in Valley Glen.  Saxophonist Bill Ungerman 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. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A. ,  guitarist Tomas Janzon at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and Homenaje at The Federal Bar in Long Beach.

Sunday 4/1 – Jeremy Cunningham at Sam First

Drummer Jeremy Cunningham is at Sam First in West L.A. with Josh Johnson on sax, Jeff Parker on guitar, and Paul Bryan on bass.  Drummer Alex Snydman is at Vibrato in Bel Air with keyboardist Larry Goldings.  Guitarist Toshi Yanagi’s Buzz Wizards are at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Russian vocalist Oleg Frish is at Catalina in Hollywood with guest Peter Marshall. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Trumpeter Dan Weinstein is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.  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 4/2 – Simon Plibrow & The Brent Fischer Orchestra at Vitello’s

Australian pianist Simon Pilbrow celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City, backed by the Brent Fischer Orchestra with guest pianist Mike Lang and drummer Ray Brinker. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Matt Politano 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 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 Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.  Vocalist Gretje Angell begins a new weekly Monday series at The Famous in Glendale.

Tuesday 4/3 – Bernie Dresel’s BBB at Joe’s Great American

Drummer Bernie Dresel brings his BBB big band to Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist Jim Fox kicks off a new series of John Pisano’s Guitar Nights at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Fred Dinkins celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood.  Bassist Mike Gurrola is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica opening for Blanco Diablo.  The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman & vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Nerano in Beverly Hills. 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. Vocalist Linda Zulaica is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Wednesday 4/4 – Etienne Charles & Creole Soul at The Scripps Research Institute Auditorium

Trumpeter Etienne Charles is at The Scripps Research Institute Auditorium in San Diego with Danny Janklow on saxophone, Tony Tixier on piano, Samir Moulay on guitar, Dean Hullett on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Goat Yoga is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Steve Holmes on drums, Jeff Miley on guitar, Benjamin Shepherd on bass, and Frank Fontaine on sax. Guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.

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