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

Gretchen Parlato

Monday 7/23 – San Miguel at The Baked Potato

Guitarist San Miguel is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Branly on drums, Daniel Rodríguez on percussion, Yosmel Montejo on bass, Natanael Molina on keys, Fabio Santana on trombone, and Cecilia Noël on vocals. Guitarists Jim Campilongo and Nels Cline are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Nate Birkey is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. The Groovy Project is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Rich Hinman is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Alex Brandenburg is at Vitello’s in Studio City. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina 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.

Tuesday 7/24 – Kathleen Grace at Blue Whale

Vocalist Kathleen Grace, pedal steel guitarist Rich Hinman, and pianist Matt Politano are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a performance dedicated to pianist Keith Jarrett. Cuban violinist Dayren Santamaria is at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. Vocalist Teryn Re’ is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank is Barry Zweig. Trumpeter Evan Abounassar is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens 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. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Jazzy Ash is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. Vocalist Cassia DeMayo is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Wednesday 7/25 – Meshell Ndegeocello & Jeff Parker at Blue Whale

Bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello and guitarist Jeff Parker duet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Dwight Trible is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. FMF is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. 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. Drummer Bill Spoke has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 7/26 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Saxophonist David Binney at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel. Vocalist Claude Hall leads an evening of vocalists and jazz jam session at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club with vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. The White Blinds are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Drummer Jaz Sawyer is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena, Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Spencer Day is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Teryn Re’ is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. 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. Guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parry is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. Violinist Aaron Weinstein is at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. Bassist Bruce Lett is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 7/27 – Karen Briggs at The World Stage

Violinist Karen Briggs is at The World Stage in South L.A. with Nick Smith on keys, Ric Fierabracci on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Percussionist Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Josh Johnson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalists Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams are at Vitello’s in Studio City with guests Clairdee and Sara Gazarek. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with vocalist Maxayn Lewis. Guitarist Marcel Camargo and drummer Dan Schnelle are at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Drummer Joey Heredia is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Pianist Stephan Oberhoff & Heartbeat Brazil are at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at the Farmer’s Market in West L.A. Saxophonist Vincent Ingala and vocalist Lindsey Webster are at the Hyatt Regency in Newport 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 Peter Smith is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Pianist Billy Mitchell and vocalist Bili Redd have the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Tierney Sutton has the free Friday outdoor show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Elijah Rock is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Saturday 7/28 – Central Avenue Jazz Festival at the Dunbar Hotel

Day One of the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival features acts including Harvey Mason, Pete Escovedo, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Betty Bryant at or near the Dunbar Hotel in South L.A. Trumpeter John Daversa’s Small Band is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Pianist Miro Sprague is at Sam First in West L.A. Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and vocalist Candi Sosa are at Grand Performances in downtown L.A. Vocalist Andy James is at Vitello’s in Studio City backed by an octet lead by pianist Bill Cunliffe. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Windy Barnes Farrell is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Jesse Sharps is at The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Peter Sprague is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Ozomatli is at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. The Paul McDonald Big Band is at Reed Park in Santa Monica. TrioKAIT has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Phil Denny is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. 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. SitaraSon has the free Saturday Latin show at LACMA in West L.A. Jazz Moves is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Jack’s Cats are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Joe Hackney plays an afternoon show at Jack’s Place at Gable House Bowl in Torrance. 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 7/29 – Central Avenue Jazz Festival at the Dunbar Hotel

Central Avenue Jazz Festival Day Two features groups including Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, Myron McKinley, Francisco Torres and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at and near the Dunbar Hotel in South L.A. Vocalists Gina Eckstine, Sandra Booker and Donny Most team for a cancer benefit at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Andrew Synowiec is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Chris Fishman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez plays an afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Violinist Aaron Weinstein is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter/vocalist Andrea Motis is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Drew Simpson 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. Pianist Danny Green is at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Hedgehog Swing is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Sunday brunch choices include vocalist Janis Mann 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., vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 7/30 – Garrett Wingfield’s Octopod at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Garrett Wingfield’s Octopod is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Shai Golan and Tom Alvie Wilson on saxes, Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet, Zekkeraya El-megharbel on trombone, Adam Hersh on piano, Miller Wrenn on bass, and Clint Dodson on drums. The Dennis Dreith Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Keyboardist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Bob Parins Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist Rich Hinman is at Perch in downtown L.A. Monday jam sessions include drummer Kevin Kanner at The Mint in West L.A., 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 7/31 – Cat Conner & Gene Cipriano at Bogie’s

Vocalist Cat Conner and saxophonist Gene Cipriano are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with John Chiodini on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Ray Brinker on drums. Vocalists Sara Leib and Erin Bentlage are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at Hollywood & Highland. Catatonic is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Serge Merlaud. The Funky Blue Quartet is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa.  Vocalist Ann Kelly is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Big Butter Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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 8/1 – Ken Peplowski & The Katie Thiroux Trio at Marriott Newport Center

Clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Peoplwski and bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux are at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center with pianist Justin Kauflin and drummer Matt Witek. Bassist Zephyr Avalon is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Lawrence on trumpet, Mike Lebrun on sax/EWI, Jonah Levine on trombone, Isamu McGregor on keys, Elyadeen Anbar on guitar, and Efa Etoroma Jr. on drums. The Coffee Shop Trio featuring drummer Steve Ferrone is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Freda Payne is at the LA Third Church For Spiritual Living in South L.A. Vocalist Rose Colella is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Toshi Yanagi’s Buzz Wizards are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Dave Askren and saxophonist Jeff Benedict are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Oscar’s Cafe in Palm Springs. 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.

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