About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 24, 2018

 

Norah Jones

Monday 9/24 – Meshell Ndegeocello at Blue Whale

Bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Cuban guitarist San Miguel is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Flutist Jamie Baum is at the McKinney Theater at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Arcwood Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tarzana. The Grand Slam Sextet is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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. Monday jam sessions include drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam 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 9/25 – Julian Lage at the Lodge Room

Guitarist Julian Lage is at The Lodge Room in Highland Park Flutist Jamie Baum leads a quintet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads an evening of jazz at Hangar 18 at the Marriott LAX with a lineup including saxophonist Rickey Woodard and drummer Roy McCurdy. Guitarist Ricky Z is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sal Valentinetti is at Catalina in Hollywood with Dave Damiani’s No Vacancy Orchestra. Vocalist Ellis Hall is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Laurence Juber is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Barry Zweig. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. The Funky Blue Quartet is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. The Boyd Cannon and CSUN big bands are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for Blanco Diablo 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. 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 9/26 – Norah Jones at The Theatre At Ace Hotel

Pianist/vocalist Norah Jones is at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in downtown L.A.  Pianist Armen Nalbandian is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.  Bassist Sekou Bunch’s Mu Mu is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Isamu McGregor is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Ed Vodicka is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.  Vocalist Debbie Joyce 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. Drummer Bill Spoke has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Cassia DeMayo is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A.

Thursday 9/27 – The Gerald Wilson Centennial at Catalina

Guitarist Anthony Wilson conducts his late father’s Orchestra on the centennial of his birthday at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Trumpeter/vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocal group M-Pact is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Latin percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Percussionist Joey DeLeon is at Cana Run Bar in downtown L.A. Guitarist Peter Kavanaugh is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Drummer Al Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. 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.  The Angel Town Combo is at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. Guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parry is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.  Trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.   Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood.  The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 9/28 – Tierney Sutton & Alan Bergman at Vitello’s

Vocalists Tierney Sutton and Alan Bergman are featured as the latest edition of the monthly Vocal Mania Series hosted by Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams at Vitello’s in Studio City, backed by Nat Adderley Jr. on piano, Larry Koonse on guitar, Trevor Ware on bass, and Cameron Clayton on drums. Guitarist Al Di Meola is at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Vocalist Nicolas Bearde is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Percussionist Luis Conte is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Oleta Adams opens a three-night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bennie Maupin is at The World Stage in South L.A. Farofa is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Joey Heredia is at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Oui’ 3 is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Vocalist Janis Mann has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. The Sax Pack with guest vocalist Selina Albright is at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Americana At Brand in Glendale. 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 9/29 – Bennie Maupin at The World Stage

Saxophonist Bennie Maupin is at The World Stage in South L.A. for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist Dave Grusin plays a solo concert with a documentary film on his life in music at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Pianist Jason Moran and the Bandwagon offers an evening of music combined with skateboarding at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest saxophonist Ernie Watts. The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Gene Coye is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Day One of The Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park features the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Boogaloo Assassins, and Mongorama. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is with the Jimmy McConnell Big Band at The Mixx in Pasadena. Black Market Reverie is at Americana At Brand in Glendale. Guitarist Steve Fister is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Oleta Adams is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist JJ Sansaverino celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Blake Aaron is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens is at Desert Rose in Los Feliz with saxophonist Chuck Manning and pianist Theo Saunders.  Saxophonist Wes Smith plays the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. 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., Sunny Blue at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 9/30 – Paul Peress at The Baked Potato

Drummer Paul Peress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Deron Johnson on keys, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Drummer Kevin Kanner is at Sam First in West L.A. Chord Four is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Paulette Dozier is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Rova Orkestrova kicks off the 2018 Angel City Jazz Festival with a performance at Zebulon in downtown L.A. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Day Two of The Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park features an all-female-led line-up including Dayren Santamaria, Susie Hansen, and Katia Moraes. The Little Brazil Trio plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Trumpeter Willie Bradley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Beverly Hills Jazz Sextet is at the St. Supery Wine Tasting Room in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Oleta Adams is at Catalina in Hollywood. California Feet Warmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist John Storie is at Americana At Brand in Glendale. 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.  The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.  Sunday brunch choices include the Mike Barone 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, guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, and vocalist Sylvia Rodriguez at Babouch Moroccan Restaurant in San Pedro.

Monday 10/1 – 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 Joe Travers on drums. Guitarist Ethan Sherman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Maggie Gould is at Vitello’s in Studio City. California Feetwarmers are at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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., 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 10/2 – Gina Kronstadt at Vitello’s

Vocalist Gina Kronstadt celebrates a birthday at Vitello’s in Studio City, backed by Deron Johnson on piano, Ben Shepherd on bass, Michael Stever on trumpet, Tom Luer on sax, and Joel Taylor on drums, plus a string quartet. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra will be at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Teryn Re’ fronts a big band at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. The Thelonious Monk Institute holds its monthly jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Kevin O’Neal and vocalist Michole White are at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Kevin van den Elzen is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Atsushi Kumagai is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Sid Jacobs.  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 vocalist Dyan Kane 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. Pianist Eric Ekstrand is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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 10/3 – Alex Hahn at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Chris Vallejo on guitar, Michael Ragonese on piano, Brian Ward on bass, and Ray Nelson on drums. Drummer Jaz Sawyer plays the music of Billy Higgins at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalists Donny Most & Elijah Rock are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Leslie Page is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Angel City Jazz Festival Young Artists finals judging will be held at the MLK Branch Library auditorium in downtown L.A. 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.

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