About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of July 9, 2018

Joe La Barbera

Monday 7/9 – David Tranchina at Blue Whale

Bassist David Tranchina is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Gary Fukushima on piano and Trevor Anderies on drums. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Violinist Benny Brydern is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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 7/10 – Brent Canter at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brent Canter is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on saxophone, Julian Pollack on keys, Dan Lutz on bass, and Charles Ruggiero on drums. Pianist Ruslan Sirota is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band kicks off the Tuesday night outdoor concert season at Hollywood & Highland. Bassist Logan Kane and drummer Adrian Cota lead a group at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Bruce Lofgren is at Vitello’s in Studio City. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Jim Fox. Drummer Peter Buck is at the California Jazz & Blues Museum in South L.A. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Todd Oliver is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Julie Newsome is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Percussionist Jose Perez is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. The Groove Merchants open for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank leading their weekly jam session. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar’s trio is at The San Fernando in Glendale, followed by a jazz jam session. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans and saxophonist John Bolivar are at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Vocalist Jessica Vautor is at Apotheke in downtown L.A. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 7/11 – Jazz Cruise All-Stars at Marriott Hotel & Spa Newport

The Jazz Cruise All-Stars kick off the Sunset Jazz At Newport summer series with Shelley Berg on piano, Christoph Luty on bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Rickey Woodard on sax, Ken Peplowski on clarinet, and Chuck Redd on vibraphone at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Drummer Bob Holz is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Drummer Martin Diller is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Eric Johnson is at The Rose in Pasadena. Vocalist Jamie Shew is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena with guitarist Bruce Forman. Guitarist Frank Potenza is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. LAHO is at Oscar’s Cafe in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Tres Divas are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Steve Fister is at The Baked Potao in Studio City. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Brian Swartz 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. Vocalist Joel Fleisher is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Guitarist Riner Scivally has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Swingsations begin the alternate Wednesdays summer jazz series at Casino San Clemente.

Thursday 7/12 – Armand Sabal-Lecco at The Baked Potato

Bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Hadrien Feraud on bass, George Whitty on keys, and Chad Wackerman on drums. Pianist Greg Reitan is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalists Mon David and Becca Godinez are at Catalina in Hollywood with saxophonist Ner de Leon. Nutty is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Charles Owens is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist Hank Mehren is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The Lounge Trio is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Sidewinders are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Brian Simpson is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach.  Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A.  Saxophonist Reginald Paul is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. 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. 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. Vocalist Cassia DeMayo is at Barcito in downtown L.A. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. Forbits is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 7/13 – Walter Smith III at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Walter Smith III is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Miro Sprague on piano, Gregory Uhlman on guitar, Anna Butterss on bass, and Christian Euman on drums.  Drummer Wesley Ritenour is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Hadrien Feraud on bass, Alex Sill on guitar, Giorgi Mikadze on keys, and guest Lee Ritenour on guitar.  Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at Sam First in West L.A.  Vocalist Kendra Shank is at The Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons open the summer concert series at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Vocalist Barbara Morrison begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Parlor Social is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Ben Boye and trumpeter Steph Richards split a bill at MorYork in Highland Park.  Jazz poet Kamau Daaood celebrates a birthday at The World Stage in South L.A. Keyboardist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Greg Poree is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Dorian Holley is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna 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. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Yolanda Johnson has the free Friday outdoor show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Catherine McClenahan is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Ryan Dart is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa.

Saturday 7/14 – Joe La Barbera at Sam First

Drummer Joe La Barbera is at Sam First in West L.A. with Clay Jenkins on trumpet, Bob Sheppard on sax, Bill Cunliffe on Piano, and Jonathan Richards on bass. Saxophonist Dale Fielder records a live CD at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Janis Mann is at the Sen Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana. Keyboardist Rique Pantoja is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Mike Keneally’s Beer For Dolphins is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Kait Dunton is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Keyboardist Lao Tizer and Incendio split a bill at the Palmdale Amphitheater in Palmdale. Pink Martini is at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Sidewalk Chalk is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Bruce Forman’s Junkyard Duo has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. As Iz is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Saxophonist Mindi Abair plays an early afternoon show at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach, followed by guitarist Terry Wollman.  Saxophonist David Leech 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.  The Echo Park Project has the free Saturday Latin show at LACMA in West L.A.  Got That Swing is at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. Saxophonist Bruce Eskovitz is at Puffers in Pismo Beach. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., saxophonist Mark Isbell at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 7/15 – Michael Ragonese at Sam First

Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Sam First in West L.A. with Walter Smith III on sax, Anna Butterss on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ethan Sultry is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Calixto Oviedo is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Shoshana Bush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Roll Call Quartet is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Teodross Avery leads an afternoon program devoted to John Coltrane at the Mayme Clayton Library in Culver City. Keyboardist Marcus Johnson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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. Kira and the Major 3 are at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Guitarist Adam Hawley has an early afternoon show at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Satin Brass plays an afternoon concert at El Camino College in Torrance. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Matt Gordy at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., Raw Silk at SOhO in Santa Barbara, bassist Rufus Philpot at The Springs in downtown L.A., vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 7/16 – All In at Vitello’s

All In is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Sal Lozano on sax, Andrew Synowiec on guitar, Ray Brinker on drums, Trey Henry on bass, Alex Iles on trombone, and Dave Witham on piano.  Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Guitarist Ethan Sherman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Bassist Logan Kane opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A.  Drummer Evan Stone is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist  Rich Hinman is at Perch in downtown L.A.  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 7/17 – Vinny Golia at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a lineup including pianist Cathlene Pineda, bassist Miller Wrenn, trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, saxophonist Gavin Templeton, and guitarist Alexander Noice. Saxophonist David Binney is at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Mike Anthony. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Vocalist Darryl Walker is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. Guitarist David Marcus is at Il Piccolo Verde in Brentwood. Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank leading their weekly jam session. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar’s trio is at The San Fernando in Glendale, followed by a jazz jam session. 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 7/18 – Seal at The Hollywood Bowl

Vocalist Seal fronts a big band at the Hollywood Bowl – vocalist Corrine Bailey Rae opens. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Organist Akiko Tsuruga is at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center with guitarist Graham Dechter and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Guitarist Brandon Bae is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Cecilia Noel is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Elaine Gibbs is at the LA Third Church for Spiritual Living in South L.A. Pianist Sam Hirsh has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Catatonic is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist/vocalist Teka is at the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Adrian Galysh celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles. 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 Joel Fleisher is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Guitarist Riner Scivally has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Midnight Blues Revue is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Christine Gordon is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A.

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