About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 27, 2018

George Benson

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. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia kicks off a new Monday night jazz series at the Arcwood Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tarzana. 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. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles features saxophonist Alex Budman at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. 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 with guest vocalist Sandra Booker. 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.

Thursday 8/30 – Jeremy Siskind at Blue Whale

Pianist Jeremy Siskind is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with vocalist Nancy Harms, Lucas Pino on sax and clarinet, and Christian Euman on drums. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan is at Vibrato in Bel Air. M-Pact will be at Vitello’s in Studio City with guest vocalist Erin Bentlage. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalists Jennifer Hart and Peggy Dusquenel are at The Merc in Temecula. Drummer T-Challa King is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Maria Howell. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Brack Shop Tavern 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.  The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.   The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 8/31 – John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

Trumpeter John Daversa opens a three-night (Fri-Sun) run for his big band at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Bennie Maupin is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Vocalist Sara Gazarek has the free Friday evening jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. The LAHO Group is at Sam First in West L.A.   Saxophonist Aaron Shaw & Black Nile are at The World Stage in South L.A.   Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Brazilian vocalist Katia Moraes closes out the Friday night summer concert series at the Farmers Market in west L.A. The Fresh Rhythm is at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feetwarmers play a happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Lynn Cardona is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Ryan Dart is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa. 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.  Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Saturday 9/1 – Bennie Maupin at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Bennie Maupin is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat). Brazilian guitarist/bassist/vocalist Munir Hossn is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter John Daversa leads his big band at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca close out the Saturday summer Latin music series at LACMA in West L.A. Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Eddie Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Down To The Bone is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Billy Valentine closes the summer concert series at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. The first Inland Empire Jazz & Wine Festival happens at the Mountain View Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at the Tompkins Square Bar & Grill in Westchester.   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., and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 9/2 – Maksim Velichkin & Vardan Ovsepian at Blue Whale

Pianist/cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Vardan Ovsepian play an evening of duets at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter John Daversa leads his big band at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez 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. Trumpeter Bruce Friedman is at Harold’s Place in San Pedro. Sunday brunch choices include guitarist Adam Levy and organist Carey Frank at Idle Hour in North Hollywood, 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 9/3 – Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Matt Rohde on keys, Chris Roy on bass, and Chad Wackerman on drums. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Arcwood Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tarzana. 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 9/4 – Trevor Anderies at Blue Whale

Drummer Trevor Anderies is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Speed on saxophone, Josh Nelson on piano, and Emilio Terranova on bass. Vocalist Lynne Fiddmont celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Blues guitarist Lucky Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). 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 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 9/5 – Jacqui Naylor at Catalina

Vocalist Jacqui Naylor is at Catalina in Hollywood with Art Khu on piano/guitar, Ahmet Turkmenoglu on bass, and Steve Hass on drums. Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell is at Zebulon in downtown L.A.  Drummer Rayford Griffin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Pianist Tony Suggs is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Billy Mitchell is at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center with a group including vocalist Bili Redd. Jazz poet Kamau Daaood is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Trumpeter Bijon Watson closes the summer music series at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Vibraphonist/trumpeter Bob DeSena is at Oscar’s Cafe in Palm Springs. Blues guitarist Lucky Peterson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Groove Lexicon is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Elizabeth Lamers is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. 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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