About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 18, 2018

Diane Reeves

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. 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. 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. 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. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Flutist Rumi Inoue is at La Sierra University in Riverside. 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.

Thursday 6/21 – Kamasi Washington at The World Stage

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington celebrates a CD release at The World Stage in South L.A.  Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Andrew Synowiec on guitar, and Gergo Borlai on drums. Vocalist Erin Bentlage is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Carl Saunders is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Drummer Thomas Strønen is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena.  Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist/vocalist Paulie Cerra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Meloney Collins fronts a big band at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Trumpeter Elliott Caine plays an outdoor show at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel. Pianist/vocalist Rob Rio and vocalist Freda Payne are at The Muck in Fullerton. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Nancy Sanchez is at The Edison in downtown L.A. Vocalist Cassia DeMayo is at Barcito in downtown L.A. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara. Bassist David Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Preux & Proper in downtown L.A. 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 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. Mestizo Beat is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Organist Carey Frank is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 6/22 – Monty Alexander at Catalina

Pianist Monty Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with JJ Shakur on bass and Jason Brown on drums. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Sam First in West L.A. The Rodgarband is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of three nights (Fri-Sun). Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.  Keyboardist Nick Smith is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Tina Phillips is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  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 Randi Cee is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Bassist Jeff Littleton has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Danilo Lozano & Cuba LA have the free Friday outdoor show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Trumpeter Nathan Serot is at the Artisan Wine & Cheese Gallery in Studio City. The Sax Offenders are at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.

Saturday 6/23 – Diane Reeves at Walt Disney Hall

Vocalist Diane Reeves is at Walt Disney Hall along with the KJAZZ All-Stars with Joe LaBarbera on drums, Justo Almario on sax, Eric Reed on piano, and Mike Gurrola on bass for the KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert.  Bassist Nedra Wheeler is at The World Stage in South L.A. with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola, Jamael Dean on piano, Dale Fielder on saxophone, and Thomas White on drums. Drummer Ignacio Berroa is at Sam First in West L.A.   Acoustic Alchemy and pianist/vocalist Keiko Matsui split a bill at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Keyboardist Ron Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Monty Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Ben Rosenblum is at Bar Fedora in downtown L.A. The Glenn Miller and Harry James Orchestras play an afternoon and evening show at the Norris Theatre in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Swing Dames with guest vocalist Phil Crosby, Jr. are at The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Along For The Ride is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Tom Zink is at Vibrato. Pianist Dan Reckard has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Thelma Jones is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Drummer Joey Heredia is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz.  Trumpeter Bob DeSena is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.  Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Cuban violinist Dayren Santamaria has the free Saturday Latin show at LACMA in West L.A. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Danny Freyer at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 6/24 – Paul Peress at The Baked Potato

Drummer Paul Peress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Mitchel Forman on keys, and Ric Fierrabracci on bass. Hefti Plays Hefti is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Stephen Fiefke is at Sam First in West L.A. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at the Ojai Art Center. Guitarist Laurence Juber is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. 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 25th annual LA Jazz Society Vibe Summit is at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park for an afternoon concert. Pianist Danny Mixon plays an afternoon house concert at the A Frame in Hollywood. The Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras play an afternoon show at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio for an afternoon show. The Pete Escovedo Latin Orchestra leads an afternoon/evening of Latin jazz at the A Mi Hacienda de Pico Rivera Nightclub in Pico Rivera.
Sunday brunch choices include the guitarist Frank Potenza 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 6/25 – YAYennings Quartet at Vitello’s

The YAYennings Quartet is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Jay Jennings on trumpet, Bob Reynolds on sax, Ross Schodek on bass, and Jose Perez on drums. Vocalist Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are at Catalina in Hollywood with a roster of guest vocalists including Tierney Sutton, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, and Jonny Blu for a birthday bash for Martini In The Morning.   Drummer Gary Novak is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with keyboardist Scott Kinsey and bassist Hadrien Feraud.   Saxophonist Daniel Weidlein celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Nicole Lvoff is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. 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 Candy Jacket Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Tuesday 6/26 – Jamie Kime’s Manx at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jamie Kime’s Manx offers an evening of the music of Frank Zappa at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys, Ben Thomas on vocals, Gergo Borlai on drums, and Pete Griffin on bass. Drummer Kevin Yokota is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Vibrato in Bel Air. John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank is violinist Charlie Bisharat. Vocalist Anita Robles is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank leading their weekly jam session.  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 Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 6/27 – Terreon Gully at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Drummer Terreon Gully is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Benjamin Shepherd on bass, Bob Reynolds on sax, Curtis Taylor on trumpet, and Kris Bowers on piano.   Pianist Danny Green is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Bijon Watson’s Latin Jazz Syndicate is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Pianist Stephen Feifke leads a big band at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood with guitarist Shea Welsh.   Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Soul Passengers and Little Faith 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 Louis Van Taylor has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

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