About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 10, 2018

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Monday 9/10 – Francisco Torres & Kevin Kanner at The Mint

Trombonist Francisco Torres opens for Kevin Kanner’s Monday night jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A. Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for a CD release event with Shane Savala on guitar, Nick Ornelas on bass, and Natalie Mendoza on vocals. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood to lead an induction ceremony and fundraiser for the California Jazz & Blues Museum. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Arcwood Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tarzana. Guitarist Rich Hinman is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Other Monday jam sessions include guitarist Kimberly Ford at SOhO in Santa Barbara, guitarist Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31, and the monthly Blues Power Jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.

Tuesday 9/11 – New Jazz Quartet at Vitello’s

The New Jazz Quartet is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Justo Almario on sax, Olegario Diaz on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Jimmy Branly on drums. Guitarist Mordy Ferber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Ted Mayer. The Idiomatiques are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at Studio 770 in Brea for an open mic and recording evening. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 9/12 – Louie Shelton at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Louie Shelton is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Randy Waldman on keys, Bruce Kerr on bass, and Ralph Humphrey on drums. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Barbara Morrison and saxophonist Rickey Woodard are at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Drummer Corey Coverstone is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Maria Schaefer and trumpeter Brad Black are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. 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. Bassist Henry Franklin has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Thursday 9/13 – Brandon Coleman at the Lodge Room

Keyboardist Brandon Coleman celebrates a CD release at the Lodge Room in Highland Park with a 10-piece band. Pianist Billy Childs’ Prophecy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Marcel Camargo and pianist Gerald Clayton are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Herlin Riley’s NOLA Jam Session is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Deborah Shulman is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Paul Kreibich is at The Mixx in Pasadena with vocalist Andrea Miller. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at the Ebell of Los Angeles in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Annie Reiner is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Rumproller Trio is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Kim Richmond is at The Merc in Temecula with guitarists Kimberly Ford and Will Brahm. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Elaine Woodard. 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. Drummer Homero Chavez & Una Noche are at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. The Ken Bauer Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Saxophonist Jimmy Reid is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Vocalist Lauren Koval is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Friday 9/14 – Helen Sung at Blue Whale

Pianist Helen Sung celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with John Ellis on sax, Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet, Ben Williams on bass, Terreon Gully on drums, Christie Dashiell and Sara Gazarek on vocals with Dana Giola (spoken word). Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant opens a three-night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Raya Yarbrough celebrates a CD release at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Guitarist Anthony Wilson is at Sam First in West L.A. Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at The World Stage in South L.A. Trumpeter Theo Croker has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Saxophonist Dave Koz is at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Keyboardist Patrick Bradley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Americana At Brand in Glendale. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feetwarmers have a happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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 9/15 – Anthony Wilson at Sam First

Guitarist Anthony Wilson is at Sam First in West L.A for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Gerald Clayton on piano, Patrick Warren on keys, Anna Butterss on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Sat-Sun). Guitarist Alex Skolnick celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Mark Dresser is at the Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. Vocalist Janis Mann is at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana. Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist George Kahn is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Dave Koz is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula for the first of two nights (Sat-Sun). Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with saxophonist Chuck Manning and keyboardist Theo Saunders. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood. Guitarist Shame Savala is at Americana At Brand in Glendale with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. 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. Percussionist Louie Cruz Beltran does a late afternoon solo show at the Vermont Square Branch Library in South L.A. Saturday brunch choices include bassist Ryan Roberts at Perch in downtown L.A., pianist Mitchel Forman at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 9/16 – Cecile McLorin Salvant at Catalina

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at Catalina in Hollywood with pianist Sullivan Fortner for the last of three nights (Fri-Sun).   Pianist Sam Barsh is at Sam First in West L.A.  Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  2+ 1 opens the fall Jazz ‘N Paz series at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena with Jamie Perez on vocals, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and Nolan Shaheed on trumpet. Pianist Nori Tani and flutist Masakazu Sekine are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The Lineage Trio is at American At Brand in Glendale. Guitarist Nicolas Meier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Kiki Ebsen is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist/vocalist Darryl Walker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Amanda Gari is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Sway Collective is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Dave Koz is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita does a later afternoon outdoor show at Kings Road Park in West Hollywood. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Brandon Bae is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Los 440’s are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Glenn Miller & Harry James Orchestras play an afternoon concert at the Festival Theater in Solvang. Sunday brunch choices include trombonist Paul Young 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 9/17 – R+R = NOW at the Fonda Theatre

Keyboardist Robert Glasper’s R+R = NOW project is at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood with Derrick Hodge on bass, Terrace Martin on sax and keyboards,  Christian Scott on trumpet, Justin Tyson on drums, and Taylor McFerrin on keyboards. Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute/rap, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Arcwood Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tarzana. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. 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. 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 9/18 – GE Stinson at Blue Whale

Shadowfax guitarist GE Stinson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Steuart Liebig on bass and Jim Black on drums. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Grant Geissman. Vocalist Maria De La Vega & The Wayward Five are at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. 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 Gin Lang Jazz Project and jam session is at General Lee’s in Chinatown. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 9/19 – Donny McCaslin & Kneebody at the Regent Theatre

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin is at The Regent Theatre in downtown L.A. with Jason Lindner on keys, Tim Lefebvre on bass, Zach Danziger on drums, and Jeff Taylor on vocals – Kneebody opens. Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Flutist Nicole Mitchell is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Chico Boro Boro and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra are at Catalina in Hollywood. “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The summer Sunset Jazz at Newport series closes with the Tom Kubis Big Band at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center. Vocalist Carolyn Richardson is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter/vocalist Tim Gill 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. Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

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