About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 11, 2018

Azar Lawrence

Monday 6/11 – Adam Hersh at Blue Whale

Pianist Adam Hersh is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ido Meshulam on trombone, Mike Lebrun on saxophone, Max Kraus on bass, and Kevin Van Den Elzen on drums. The Afronauts are at The World Stage in South L.A. Trumpeter John Reynolds is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist/bassist Billy Mohler is at ETA in Highland Park.  RetroFunk is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  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. Guitarist Chuck Kavooras leads the monthly blues jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 6/12 – Broken Shadows at Blue Whale

Broken Shadows is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed, Reid Anderson on bass, and Dave King on drums. Keyboardist David Garfield celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood with Eric Marienthal on sax, John Peña on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, and Leslie Smith on vocals. Guitarist Robben Ford is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Cuban drummer Calixto Oviedo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Holly Palmer and trumpeter Cuong Vu are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Matt Mayhall is at ETA in Highland Park. Percussionist Jose Perez is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Guitarist Todd Oliver is at The County Club in Costa Mesa. Trumpeter Jun Iida is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest John Storie. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Guitarist Mark Leggett opens for Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank leading their weekly jam session.  The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocal group The Fresh Rhythm 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. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran plays a late afternoon set at the Baldwin Hills Branch Library in South L.A.

Wednesday 6/13 – Ron Stout at Blue Whale

Trumpeter Ron Stout is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jerry Pinter on sax, Katie Thiroux on bass, Matt Witek on drums, and Joe Bagg on piano. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with a group including saxophonist Walter Smith III.  “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drumer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist/vocalist Teka & The New Bossa Quartet are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Cat Conner is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Trevor Ware is at the LA Third Church for Spiritual Living in South L.A with vocalist Meloney Collins. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall are at the San Diego Fair. 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. Pianist Richard Glaser has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trumpeter Skip Spiro is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Vocalist/bassist Casey Abrams is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Thursday 6/14 – Doug Webb at Catalina

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at Catalina in Hollywood with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Kevin Axt on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Vocalist Michael Mayo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Cellist Artyon Manukyan and saxophonist Vinny Golia split a bill at the MorYork Gallery in Highland Park. Saxophonist Ernie Watts is at The Muck in Fullerton. Pianist Joshua White is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist David Arnay is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. The Sax Offenders are at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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. Guitarist Matt Cohen is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. The Glen Roberts Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Donna Deussen and guitarist Paul Weitz are at the Thai Fusion Bistro in Woodland Hills. Guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parry is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Fabus Four are at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Blues harmonica player Chef Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Percussionist/vocalist Loue Cruz Beltran is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 6/15 – Daniel Rosenboom at Sam First

Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at Sam First in West L.A. with Joshua White on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. Saxophonist Vincent Herring is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at the Grand Annex in San Pedro with the New West Guitar Group. Drummer Darryl Moore’s Whispering Giants are at the World Stage in South L.A. Tuck & Patti begin a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Jeff Kollman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Occidental Gypsy is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Cary DeNigris is at the Artisan Wine & Cheese Gallery in Studio City. Vocalist Casey Abrams is at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Vocalist Jasmine Tommaso is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. 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. The Big Butter Jazz Band is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Trumpeter Bobby Bradford has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. The Orange County School for the Arts Jazz Orchestra has the free Friday outdoor show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa.

Saturday 6/16 – Azar Lawrence at Corazon Performing Arts Center

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at the Corazon Performing Arts Center in Topanga with Masumi Yamamoto on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Brian Swartz on trumpet. Saxophonist Walter Smith III is at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Vincent Herring is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Aaron Parks & Little Big are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Tuck & Patti are at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Sabine Pothier has the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento is at Zebulon in downtown L.A.  Groove Sauce is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Trumpeter Bob DeSena 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 Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts have the free Saturday Latin show at LACMA in West L.A. Guitarist Nils is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., trombone group Slide FX at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 6/17 – Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot at Sam First

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot are at Sam First in West L.A. for a CD release concert and live video recording with Ben Shepherd on bass and Christian Euman on drums. MND FLO is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. Accordionist Cory Pesaturo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Julia Vari is at Vitello’s in Studio City.   Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Organist Carey Frank is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Los 440’s are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Blues guitarist Chuck Kavooras is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia plays an afternoon concert with bassist Jennifer Leitham at her studio in Northridge. Sunday brunch choices include the Glenn Garrett 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., guitarist Doug McDonald at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City, vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 6/18 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Tim Lefebvre on bass, Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute/rap, and Gary Novak on drums. Drummer Dan Weiss’ Starebaby is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Mon-Tue). MND FLO opens 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.

Tuesday 6/19 – John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Thom Rotella & Peter Erskine

John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guitarist Thom Rotella, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Peter Erskine. Drummer Dan Weiss’ Starebaby is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Tim May is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocalist Adryon De Leon & The Stone Cutters are at The County Club in Costa Mesa. Oui’ 3 is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Corcovado opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank leading their weekly jam session.  The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocal group The Fresh Rhythm 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. Brazilian vocalist Katia Moraes is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.

Wednesday 6/20 – Eric Revis at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Bassist Eric Revis is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Orrin Evans on piano, Dana Murray on drums, and Jacques Lesure on guitar. Drummer Virgil Donati is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Samuel Blaser and guitarist Marc Ducret are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist James Torme’ is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Ron Bishop is at the LA Third Church for Spiritual Living in South L.A. 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 Benn Clatworthy has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

2 thoughts on “About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 11, 2018”

    1. Did you know that Ndugu Chancellor died this past week? Was anything written about him as a memorial on this site? Barbara Samuels

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