About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 6, 2018

Brian Bromberg

Monday 8/6 – Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jame Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Chris Roy on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, Danny Carey on drums, and Toshi Yanagi on guitars. Pianist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth and keyboardist Sam Barsh split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Evan Stone is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach with vibraphonist Nick Mancini. Guitarist Rich Hinman is at Perch in downtown L.A. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., trumpeter Jeff Elliott at SOhO in Santa Barbara, 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 8/7 – Poncho Sanchez at Hollywood & Highland

Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez closes the free summer jazz series at Hollywood & Highland. Bassist Marlon Martinez leads an orchestra at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with vocalist Bernard Fowler. Vocalist Anne Walsh and pianist Tom Zink are at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Evil Genius is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Douye’ is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with vocalist Tita Hutchinson. Vocalist Rose Colella is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Todd Oliver is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree 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. 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 8/8 – Nathan East at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Bassist Nathan East is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Noah East on piano and Steve Ferrone on drums. Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Galactic Booty is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Alec Shulman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Brian Bromberg is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Four Freshmen are at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Guitarist Teka & The New Bossa Trio are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Sunny Na is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BERN is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Meloney Collins is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Trombonist Kevin Nicks has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Saxophonist Rastine Calhoun & bassist Del Atkins are at the LA Third Church For Spiritual Living in South L.A. Guitarist Troy Dexter is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Victor Murillo is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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.

Thursday 8/9 – Brian Bromberg at Catalina

Bassist Brian Bromberg’s 10-piece band celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Gary Meek, Doug Webb and Alex Budman on sax, Michael Stever & Jon Bradley on trumpets, Nick Lane on trombone, Ray Fuller on guitar, Tom Zink on keys, and Tony Moore on drums. Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb is at Vitello’s in Studio City with vocalist Mark Christian Miller. Guitarist Jamey Arent is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Composer Lauren Elizabeth Baba’s Orchestra is at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Black Market Reverie is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Acoustic Asylum is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Rose Colella is at The Merc in Temecula. German vocalist Leona Berlin is at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Jimmy Reid 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. 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. Forbits is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The 8-Bit Jazz Trio is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 8/10 – Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express at The Baked Potato

Organist Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express is at The Baked Potato for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with special guest Frank Gambale on guitar plus Lilliana Reyes on vocals, Karma Auger on drums, and Les King on bass. Vocalist Mary Stallings is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Christian Euman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist David Ornette Cherry is at The World Stage in South L.A. Drummer Louis Cole hosts an album release concert at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall are at the Music Box in San Diego. Vocalist Melissa Morgan at Sam First in West L.A. Brazilian vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Buddy Guy is at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Charlie Hunter is at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at the Farmers Market in West L.A. Vocalist Melanie Taylor is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. The Angel Town Combo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Saxophonist Keschia Potter has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Bassist Brian Bromberg closes the free summer outdoor jazz series at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Entertainer Ben Vereen is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Saturday 8/11 – Bob Sheppard at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Bob Sheppard is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a quartet including Russell Ferrante, Darek Oles on bass and Charles Ruggerio on drums. Pianist Josh Nelson is at Sam First in West L.A.  Pianist Joshua White is at The World Stage in South L.A. Day One Of Jazz In The Pines in Idyllwild features groups including percussionist Pete Escovedo and guitarist Graham Dechter. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Organist Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express is at The Baked Potato with special guest Frank Gambale on guitar. The Billy Vera Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Diana Purim & Eyedentity are at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Pianist Bruce Baker is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at the Curtis Theater in Brea. Guitarist Buddy Guy is at The Rose in Pasadena. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Brazilian artists Hamilton de Holanda & Roberta Sá play an evening of music at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Entertainer Ben Vereen is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Lyman Medeiros has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Drummer Tony Jones is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Chloe Perrier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Greg Poree is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Down To The Bone plays an early afternoon show at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach, followed by Quattrosound. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Mongorama has the free Saturday Latin show at LACMA in West L.A. 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., saxophonist Glenn Cashman at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 8/12 – Pan-Afrikan People’s Arkestra at Zebulon

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Arkestra is at Zebulon in downtown L.A. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Martin Nevin is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Nadav Peled is at Sam First in West L.A. Headliners for Day Two of Jazz In The Pines in Idyllwild include saxophonists Azar Lawrence and Richie Cole. Guitarist Buddy Guy is at The Canyon in Santa Clarita.   Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Little Brazil is at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.   Guitarist Jon Dalton is at Burgers & Brews in Santa Monica.  Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Jose Perez is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Pianist Jon Mayer plays an early evening set at the United Methodist Church in Northridge. Vocalist Josie James is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Violinist Susie Hansen’s Latin Jazz Band plays an afternoon show at Wilson Park in Torrance. Sunday brunch choices include the Peter Myers 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., vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 8/13 – Sean Harrison & Kevin Kanner at The Mint

Saxophonist Sean Harrison opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A. Saxophonists Hailey Niswanger and Lito Hernandez split a bill at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Tabla player Sameer Gupta is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Echoes is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach.  California Feet Warmers are at Joe’s Great American 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. The monthly Blues Power jam is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 8/14 – John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina

John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Brad Rabuchin with Bruce Lett on bass and Rod Harbour on drums. Vocalist Kenton Chen is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Vocalist Richard Brandon at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Mestizo Beat is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa.  Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Percussionist Jose Perez is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. The Close Quarters Jazz Quartet is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Jimmy McConnell Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Mark Leggett opens for 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. 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 8/15 – Gregory Porter at The Hollywood Bowl

Vocalist Gregory Porter is at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a program dedicated to Nat King Cole. Trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Al Williams is at the LA Third Church For Spiritual Living in South L.A. with vocalist Barbara Morrison. Pianist Emmet Cohen is at the Newport Center Marriott Hotel & Spa with trumpeter Tony Guerrero. Drummer Denny Seiwell is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Stephanie Spruill is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Matt Barber is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Slim Man is at the Festival Of Arts 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. Saxophonist Charles Owens has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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