About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of May 14, 2018

John Beasley

 

Monday 5/14 – John Raymond & Reel Feels at Blue Whale

Trumpeter/flugelhornist John Raymond celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan. California Feet Warmers are 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. Monday jam sessions include 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 Blues Power Jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale.

Tuesday 5/15 – Perry Smith at Blue Whale

Guitarist Perry Smith is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Daniel Rotem on sax, Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Jamie Findlay. Bassist Max Schwartz is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Drummer Sash Aghamyan is at Tavern On Brand in Glendale.  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 Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Barbara Brighton’s Young Artists Jazz Series presents jazz groups from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). The Millikan High School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Wednesday 5/16 – Brad Rabuchin at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Suzuki on sax, Steve Billman on bass, and Ralph Humphrey on drums. Pianist Nikos Syropoulos’ Rozalia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Blood, Sweat & Tears is at The Coach House in Santa Monica. Vibraphonist Sasha Berliner is at Battery Books & Music 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 Jimmy Spencer and pianist Karen Hernandez are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Phil Crosby is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 5/17 – Arturo O’Farill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at UCSB Campbell Hall

Pianist Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara.  Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Kait Dunton celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at The Muck in Fullerton. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Guitarist Peter Sprague is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Guitarist Frank Potenza is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Lauren Kinhan is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim.  Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Preux & Proper in downtown L.A. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. 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 Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 5/18 – Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz at The World Stage

Percussionist Munyungo Jackson is at The World Stage in South L.A. with Euro Zambrano on drums, Errol Cooney on guitar, Deron Johnson on keys, and Oskar Cartaya on bass. Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Alex Machacek on guitar, Virgil Donati on drums, Kaylene Peoples on flute/vocals, and Nick Smith on keys. Clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peplowski and guitarist Diego Figueiredo are at Vitello’s in Studio City for an evening of Bossa Nova music. Guitarists Larry Koonse and Peter Sprague duet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Matt Mayhall is at Battery Books & Music in Pasadena with saxophonist Vinny Golia and trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom. Blood, Sweat & Tears are at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. The G2 Project and TrioKAIT are at the 4 Cats in San Luis Obispo. Along For The Ride is at Casa Arjona in Long 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. Vocalist Lynn Cardona is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Violinist Lesa Perry leads a concert of women in jazz for the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A.

Saturday 5/19 – John Beasley at Sam First

Pianist John Beasley is at Sam First in West L.A. with bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Ramses Rodriguez. Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles are at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A. Bassist Kaveh Rastegar, drummer Matt Chamberlain, and saxophonist David Binney are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Joey Heredia is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank with keyboardist Steve Weingart and bassist Ben Shepherd. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dwight Trible is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. Diana Purim & Eyedentity are at The Virgil in Hollywood. Guitarist Larry Koonse is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   Pianist Sunny Na is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock with vocalist Cheryl Conley. Blood, Sweat & Tears is at The Saban in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Kate Campbell is at The Purple Room in Palm Springs. Guitarist Blake Aaron is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with saxophonist Chuck Manning and pianist Theo Saunders. 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. Saxophonist Wes Smith has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Average White Band begins a two-night (Sat-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Wayne Spencer is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Trifecta is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., bassist Ollie Elder at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 5/20 – Alex Machacek at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Alex Machacek is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Anthony Crawford on bass and Gergo Borlai on drums. Saxophonist Anton Schwartz is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at Sam First in West L.A. Blood, Sweat & Tears are at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Mitchel Forman is at the Ojai Art Center. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. The Average White Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Kevin Yokota is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Los 440’s are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Wahid is at the Clockshop in downtown L.A. for an early evening show. Pianist Bill Cunliffe plays an early afternoon show of Latin jazz at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist Ron Kobayashi and vocalist Andrea Miller play an early evening show at Congregational Church of Fullerton. The Brazil Jazz All-Stars are at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in Alhambra. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonist Charles Owens’ Big Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch 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 5/21 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute/rap, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gergo Borlai on drums. Bassist Tim Lefebvre is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with keyboardists Jeff Babko and Troy Ziegler with Matt Chamberlain on drums. Pianist Michael Ragonese opens for Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint in West L.A.  Vocalist Seth MacFarlane is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   The Grand Slam Sextet 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. 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 El Camino College Studio Jazz Band is at the Haag Recital Hall in Torrance.

Tuesday 5/22 – Dave Tull at Catalina

Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood with Doug Webb on sax, Larry Koonse on guitar, Kevin Axt on bass, Andy Langham on piano, and Lia Booth on vocals. Vocalists Catina DeLuna, Susan Marder and Gina Kronstadt are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Trumpeter Ron King’s Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Percussionist Airto Moreira appears with daughter Diana Purim & Eyedentity for a CD release at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux is at The Rose in Pasadena. Drummer Javo Barrera is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Singer/songwriter Paul Simon is at The Hollywood Bowl for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank is Tim May.   The Angel Town Combo with vocalist Liela Soder is at Vibrato.  Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Millikan High School Jazz Band is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Wednesday 5/23 – Walter Smith III at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Saxophonist Walter Smith III kicks off a series of Wednesday summer concerts at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Alex Boneham on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums, and Josh Nelson on piano. The LA Jazz Institute kicks off its five-day/night “Woodchoppers Ball” celebration of the music of clarinetist Woody Herman at the Four Points By Sheraton LAX in West Los Angeles. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarists Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore open a two-night (Wed-Thu) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Harpist/vocalist Cormac De Barra is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Singer/songwriter Paul Simon is at The Hollywood Bowl. Pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Bassist Ryan Cross is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  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 Jimmy Spencer and pianist Karen Hernandez are at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. The Flight 584 Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Saxophonist Glenn Garrett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The El Camino College Concert Jazz Band is at the Campus Theatre in Torrance.

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