About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 16, 2018

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Monday 4/16 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Earl on bass, Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute/vocals, and Cyril Atef on drums/vocals. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for an evening including saxophonist Bob Mintzer, pianist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Roy McCurdy. Vocalist Leslie Lembo is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. The McAuliffe Middle School Jazz Band is at Spaghetti in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 4/17 – MAST at Blue Whale

MAST is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Tim Conley on guitar/keys, Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet, Gavin Templeton on sax, Jonah Levine on trombone, Nigel Sifantus on drums, and Jeff Parker on guitar. Pianist Myron McKinley is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Jamie Shew is at Vibrato in Bel Air. John Pisano’s Guitar night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Bruce Forman. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman & vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Nerano in Beverly Hills. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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 Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Oui’ 3 is at The Cinema Bar in Culver City. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 4/18 – Cecile McLorian Salvant at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center.

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) to kick off a new series of onstage jazz performances with Aaron Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on bass, and Lawrence Leathers on drums. Pianist Richard Sears is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Charles Owens has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Guitarist Dave Asken and saxophonist Jeff Benedict are 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. Vocalist Carly Robyn Green is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Coda is at Squashed Grapes in Ventura.

Thursday 4/19 – Roberta Gambarini at Catalina

Vocalist Roberta Gambarini begins a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Eric Gunnison on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Guitarist Greg Poree is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Trumpeter Mark Pender is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at The Gardenia in Hollywood. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. 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. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 4/20 – Baked Potato All-Stars at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jeff Richman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jimmy Haslip on bass, and Chad Wackerman on drums. Trumpeter Theo Croker is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Keyboardist Patrice Rushen is at The World Stage in South L.A. The Dennis Dreith Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City with vocalist Sandra Booker. Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Trombonist George Bohannon is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Vocalist Erin McDougald is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Vocalist Roberta Gambarini is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Adryon De León is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lynn Cardona is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Donavan/Muradian Quartet is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Saxophonist Mark Isbell is at the Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport 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/vocalist Marina Pacowski is at the Artisan Wine & Cheese Gallery in Studio City. Atomic Ape is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Saturday 4/21 – Willie Jones III at the Moss Theater

Drummer Willie Jones III is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with Eric Reed on piano, Ralph Moore on sax, Mike Olmos on trumpet, and Mike Gurrola on bass. Trumpeter Theo Croker is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Larry Koonse and pianist David Roitstein are at Sam First in West L.A. The Dixie Dregs are at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Roberta Gambarini is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vibraphonist Lolly Allen is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Brazilian Strings Trio is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with saxophonist Chuck Manning and pianist Quinn Johnson. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocal group m-pact is at Caltech Beckman Hall in Pasadena. Vocalist Thelma Jones is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Vocalist Sweet Baby J’ai is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Trifecta is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Trumpeter Serafin Aguliar is at the Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Adam Michaelson is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Bassists James Leary and Richard Simon offer an early evening tribute to Ray Brown at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 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. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Singer/flautist Libbie Jo Snyder plays an afternoon show at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., Slide FX at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, saxophonist Tom Kubis’ big band at the Public House in Huntington Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 4/22 – Jane Monheit at Sam First

Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Sam First in West L.A. with Larry Goldings on piano, Dave Robaire on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums. Vocalist Sandra Booker offers a tribute to Sarah Vaughan at Vibrato in Bel Air with Andy Langham on piano, Edwin Livingston on bass, Tony Puluzzi on guitar, and Thomas White on drums. Trombonist Nick Finzer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Los 440’s are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Vocalist Carla Rigolin Hassett is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist Houston Person plays an afternoon A Frame Jazz house concert in Hollywood.  Vocalists Barbara Morrison and Betty Bryant are featured at the 35th Annual Dolo Coker Scholarship Awards at the African American Museum Of Art in South L.A.  The CSUN Jazz Faculty plays a concert at the Cypress Recital Hall in Northridge. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank, Drummer Peter Buck is at the California Jazz & Blues Museum in South L.A. Sunday brunch choices include the guitarist Bruce Lofgren’s Big Band 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 drummer Kevin Crabb at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Monday 4/23 – San Miguel at The Baked Potato

Cuban guitarist San Miguel is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Luis Conte and Daniel Rodriguez on percussion, Jimmy Branly on drums, Yosmel Montejo on bass, Natanael Molina on keys, Fabio Santana on trombone, and Cecilia Noël on vocals. The Lauren Elizabeth Baba Orchestra and guitarist Alexander Noice split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Saxophonist Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial and pianist/vocalist Kari Kirkland open for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam session at The Mint in West L.A.  Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City.  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. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. The Saddleback College Jazz Lab band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Tuesday 4/24 – John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina

After a brief absence John Pisano’s long-running Guitar Night has returned to Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank, this week with guest Grant Geissman, joined by Trey Henry on bass and Ray Brinker on drums.  Dave Palmer & drummer Jay Bellerose are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Grant Geissman. The Mark Hix Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman & vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Nerano in Beverly Hills. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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 Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Harmonica player Dave Rozier leads an evening of blues at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Chapman University jazz bands play a show at the Musco Center in Orange.

Wednesday 4/25 – Trevor Anderies at Blue Whale

Drummer Trevor Anderies is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Nick Mancini on vibes, Gavin Templeton on sax, and Ben Shepherd on bass. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Percussionist Richie Gajate-Garcia is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Catatonic is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. 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. Pianist/vocalist Robby Fontana is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Mater Dei High School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

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