About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 20, 2018

John Pizzarelli

 

Monday 8/20 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Tim Lefebvre on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute/rap. Pianist Justin Kauflin is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena, Saxophonist Sean Harrison is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Anne Walsh and pianist Tom Zink are at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. The Rolling Figs Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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., 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 8/21 – Chad Wackerman at The Baked Potato

Drummer Chad Wackerman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mike Miller on guitar and Jimmy Johnson on bass. The Lappit-Rocha Sextet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Connie Han is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Bruce Forman. Guitarist Jesse Bradley is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Chris Standring 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. Corcovado 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. Vocalist Jay Jackson hosts a jam and vocal showcase at The Mixx in Pasadena.

Wednesday 8/22 – John Pizzarelli at Marriott Newport Center

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Drummer Louie Palmer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Luis Conte on percussion. Pianist Gerald Clayton is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pianist Josh Nelson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Ernie Watts is at the LA Third Church For Spiritual Living in South L.A. The Bearstronauts are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Chuck Manning is at the La Sierra University Troesh Conference Center in Riverside. Drummer Kendall Kay has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Lineage Trio is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Gina Saputo is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Saxophonist Sean Harrison at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Trombonist Kevin Hicks is at Oeno Vino Wine Bar in Atwater Village. 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 8/23 – Jeff Lorber at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber opens a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Steve Hass on drums. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli opens a four-night (Thu-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Jon Mayer is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena, Trumpeter Ron Stout is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist/vocalist Aaron Akins is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia.  The LA Collective is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. The Lounge Trio is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Kiki Ebsen is at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel. Bassist Ryan Cross is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. The Organ Donors are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood.Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A. 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. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 8/24 – Eric Revis at The World Stage

Bassist Eric Revis is at The World Stage in South L.A. with Joshua White on piano, Jeff Parker on guitar, and Guillermo Brown on drums. Saxophonist Bob Mintzer and pianist Russell Ferrante lead a group for the free Friday jazz evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in West L.A. with David Hughes on bass and Steve Schaeffer on drums. Pianist/organist Larry Goldings is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Cathlene Pineda is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Max Haymer is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. The Happiness Band is at Edwin Mills 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 Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Saturday 8/25 – Gabriel Johnson at Alvas Showroom

Trumpeter Gabriel Johnson is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with John Beasley on piano, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and Aaron McLendon on drums. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist/vocalist George Benson is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Guitarist Travis Larson is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Arianna Neikrug celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Mike Miller is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Oskar Cartaya is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Dave Victorino is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena, Vocalist Thelma Jones is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Saxophonist Justin Young is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Swing Dames with guest vocalist Reggie Lee are at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. The Black Nile Trio has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester. Los Jaraneros 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., pianist Sam Hirsh at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 8/26 – Joshua White at Sam First

Pianist Joshua White is at Sam First in West L.A. with Dean Hulett on bass and Tyler Krutel on drums. Bassist Darek Oles is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Denise Donatelli is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. Hefti Plays Hefti with vocalist Devyn Rush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Ojai Art Center. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Bassist Michael Haggins closes the summer jazz series at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. California Feetwarmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Bassist Darryl Williams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Sunday brunch choices include guitarist Riner Scivally 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 8/27 – Punk Jazz at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Steve Weingart, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Joey Heredia are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest vocalist Aude Ostrini. Keyboardist Adam Bravo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Jazz Butchers open for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Monday night jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A. Trumpeter John Reynolds is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Saddleback College Jazz Faculty led by trombonist Joey Sellers is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. 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., guitarist Kimberly Ford 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 8/28 – John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina

John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Frank Potenza, along with bassist Chris Conner. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Guinga is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Teryn Re’ fronts a big band at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for Blanco Diablo at TRiP in Santa Monica. Percussionist Joey De Leon 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 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 8/29 – George Benson at the Hollywood Bowl

Guitarist/vocalist George Benson headlines an evening at the Hollywood Bowl that also features vocalists Ledisi and Jose James. Trumpeter Byron Stripling and pianist Bobby Floyd are at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Dennis Dreith Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Guillermo Brown is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena, Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom will be at Battery Books & Music in Pasadena. Vocalist Roberta Donnay is at Vibrato in Bel Air.   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. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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