About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 26, 2018

Luciana Souza

Monday 11/26 – Javo Barrera at The Baked Potato

Drummer Javo Barrera is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys, Andrew Gouche and Yosmel Montejo on bass, and Donald Hays on sax/flute. Pianist Josh Nelson and vibraphonist Nick Mancini are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Jonokuchi/VDE Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.  The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach.   Jazz musical The Downbeat is at Vitello’s in Studio City. 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 Molly Miller 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. The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Tuesday 11/27 – Roy McCurdy at The Write-Off Room

Drummer Roy McCurdy is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Rickey Woodard on sax, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez on trumpet, Masumi Masamoto on piano, and Mike Gurrola on bass. Drummer Louie Palmer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Janek Gwizdala on bass, Mitchel Forman on keys, and Luis Conte on percussion. Drummer Trevor Anderies is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Teryn Re’ opens for vibraphonist Nick Mancini at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Blue Jazz Trio is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. 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. Trombonist Steve Johnson plays a happy hour set at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 11/28 – Teodross Avery at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Saxophonist Teodross Avery plays the music of John Coltrane at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Theo Saunders on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Pianist Connie Han celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi’s Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Dave Askren and saxophonist Jeff Benedict are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Michael Paulo celebrates a CD release at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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. 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 Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Sante Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Shelley Yoelin is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs.

Thursday 11/29 – Peter Erskine at The Baked Potato

Drummer Peter Erskine begins a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ben Shepherd on bass, John Beasley on keys, and Bob Sheppard on sax. Drummer Ari Hoenig is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Jon Mayer is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Pianist Gary Fukushima is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter/vocalist Chris Norton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mark Pender is at Joe’s Great American in Pasadena. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Le Musique Jazz Band is at The Mixx in Pasadena. The Strange Jazz Universe Jazz Jam is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Bassist Dave Ross is at the LA Athletic Club in downtown L.A. with vocalist Elaine Woodard. 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. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Vocalist Cassia DeMayo is at Barcito in downtown L.A. Trombonist Steve Johnson plays a happy hour set at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. 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. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa.

Friday 11/30 – Ari Hoenig at Blue Whale

Drummer Ari Hoenig plays the second of a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Nitai Hershkovitz on piano and Or Bareket on bass. Pianist Bob James is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Peter Erskine is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Blue Morning Quintet is at The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Nicole Henry offers a holiday show at the Pepperdine Smothers Theatre in Malibu. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Paris Escovedo is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vaud & The Villains are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club 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. Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The El Camino College Studio Jazz Band is at the Marsee Auditorium in Torrance.

Saturday 12/1 – Luciana Souza at CAP UCLA Royce Hall

Vocalist Luciana Souza is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood with Chico Pinheiro on guitar and Scott Colley on bass. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements begin their 13-night December residency at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Bob James is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Colin Stranahan is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Adriana McPhee is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Black Nile is at The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Dweezil Zappa is at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Guitarist Frank Unzueta plays a holiday program at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Chad Edwards is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Mark Masters Ensemble is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Darren Rahn is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Albert Lee is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips on La Brea in West Hollywood.  Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A.  Bassist Lyman Medeiros has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Rose Mallett has the happy hour show at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. 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 12/2 – Bob James at Catalina

Pianist Bob James plays the third of three nights (Fri-Sun) at Catalina in Hollywood with Billy Kilson on drums and Michael Palazzolo on bass. Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Pianist Pascal Le Boeuf is at Sam First in West L.A.  Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Luciana Souza is at The Scripps Research Institute Auditorium in San Diego. Trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez plays a holiday show at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Drummer Bobby Breton plays a holiday show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Pianist Richard Glaser is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A.  Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Sunday brunch choices include bassist Katie Thiroux’s trio plus vocalist Mark Christian Miller at Catalina in Hollywood, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch 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 the UCSB Jazz Ensemble at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Monday 12/3 – Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Danny Carey on drums, Lance Morrison on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, Toshi Yanagi on guitar, and Ben Thomas on vocals. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint in West L.A. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Dweezil Zappa is at Belly Up in Solana Beach. 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 Molly Miller 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. The Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble is at the Smothers Theatre in Malibu. Vocalist Greer Gustavson is at Vitello’s in Studio City.

Tuesday 12/4 – Janis Mann at The Write-Off Room

Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Andy Langham on piano, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  John Storie is John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.  Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Parker Room in Hollywood. 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. Trombonist Steve Johnson plays a happy hour set at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Wednesday 12/5 – Josef Leimberg at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Trumpeter Josef Leimberg is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Matt Little on keys, Anand Bennett on guitar, Will Logan on drums, Bubby Lewis on bass, Tracy Wannomae on reeds, and Carlos Nino on percussion. The Jazz Animals are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. 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 Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Sante Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Shelley Yoelin is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Vocalist Marsha Bartinetti does a holiday program at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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