About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 23, 2018

Tierney Sutton Band

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.   Pianist Dave Palmer & drummer Jay Bellerose are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. 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. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. 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. Vocalist Jimmy Spencer and pianist Karen Hernandez are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Pianist/vocalist Robby Fontana is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Mater Dei High School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Thursday 4/26 – Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble is at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal is at The Muck in Fullerton. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Cuban Jazz Train is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Teryn Re’ is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Craig Cochrane is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Pianist Adam Bravo 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.  Bassist Ryan Cross is at Preux And Proper in downtown L.A.  The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 4/27 – Crosscurrents + Vijay Iyer Sextet at Walt Disney Hall

Crosscurrents is at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. including Zakir Hussain on percussion, Dave Holland on bass, Chris Potter on sax, and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan – pianist Vijay Iyer’s sextet opens. Vocalist Tierney Sutton is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights with Christian Jacob on piano, Trey Henry and Kevin Axt on basses, and Ray Brinker on drums. Pianist Joey Alexander is at the Musco Center in Orange.  Drummer Kevin Kanner is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Rayford Griffin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Yu Ooka is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (BMPAC) in South L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Guitarist Jeff Parker is at The World Stage in south L.A. with saxophonist Vinny Golia and drummer Alex Cline. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber kicks off the free Friday Jazz Series for 2018 at LACMA in West L.A. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist Flavia Bullet is at The Stage in Burbank. Vocalist Janet Orsi is at the Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Brazilian vocalist Karrina Corradini is at The Parks Bistro in Fullerton. 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. The Saddleback College Big Band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Saturday 4/28 – Bill Charlap at Samueli Theater

Pianist Bill Charlap plays music of Leonard Bernstein’s at the Segerstrom Center Samueli Theater with a trio including Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Tierney Sutton is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Dafnis Prieto, Jr. is at The Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Pianist Daniel Szabo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Guitarist Will Brahm is at Sound Roads Music in Santa Monica.  Bassist Mark Dresser is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist/pianist Frank Unzueta is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Yu Ooka is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (BMPAC) in South L.A. Drummer Alex Snydman is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist/violinist Calabria Foti is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist George Kahn is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Parks Bistro in Fullerton. Vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert.  Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz.  Guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach.   Vocalist Laura Pursell is at the Oyster House in Studio City. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. The Rumproller Trio 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. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., pianist Sam Hirsh at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 4/29 – Chase Baird at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Chaise Baird is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Will Brahm on guitar, Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and Steve Lyman on drums. Vocalist Jane Monheit entertains for an Ovarian Cancer Benefit at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Eric Revis is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Joey Alexander is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Guitarist Mike Miller is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Guitarist Yu Ooka is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Hefti Plays Hefti with vocalist Devyn Rush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Dan Zimmerman is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist David Benoit does an early evening show at the Sky Room in Long Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. California Feet Warmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Drummer Kevin Winard is at The Mixx in Pasadena with vocalist Mandy Kemp. Blues vocalist Reverend Shawn Amos is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Paul McDonald Big Band with vocalist Hope Diamond is at Mario’s Place in Riverside for an afternoon show. Along For The Ride is at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach for an early evening show. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonists Greg Fishman & Doug Webb 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, saxophonist Tom Kubis at the Public House in Fullerton, and the UCSB Jazz Ensemble at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Monday 4/30 – Matt Mayhall at Blue Whale

Drummer Matt Mayhall is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Speed on sax and David Piltch on bass. Pianist Larry Goldings’ comedic alter-ego Hans Groiner is at Sam First 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. 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. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Saddleback College Jazz Combos are at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. The Lakewood Christian School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 5/1 – Will Kennedy at Blue Whale

Drummer Will Kennedy is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Dane Alderson on bass and Ruslan Sirota on piano. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective is at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. Pianist Will Kjeer is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Excursion is at The Mixx in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman & vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Nerano in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Alison Lewis 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. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 5/2 – Terence Blanchard E-Collective at Valley Performing Arts Center

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective is at The Soraya – Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed) with Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on keyboards, David Ginyard on bass, and Oscar Seaton on drums. Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Jens Kuross is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist/flutist Daniel Bennett is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Vocalist Jimmy Spencer and pianist Karen Hernandez are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. The Rumproller Organ Trio is at Oscar’s Cafe & Bar in Palm Springs.

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