About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 7, 2019

Dean Brown

Monday 1/7 – Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Chris Roy on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, Danny Carey on drums, and Ben Thomas on vocals. The OCoast Ensemble celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Monday jam sessions include guitarist Kimberly Ford at SOhO in Santa Barbara, The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Riviera 31 in Beverly Hills.

Tuesday 1/8 – Joe La Barbera Quintet at The Write-Off Room

Drummer Joe La Barbera is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Clay Jenkins on trumpet, Bob Sheppard on sax, Bill Cunliffe on keys, and Jonathan Richards on bass. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Denny Seiwell is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. The newly-named Herbie Hancock Institute Of Jazz Performance Ensemble hosts a jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Andy Brown. Drummer Kevin Van Den Elzen is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Guitarist Mark Leggett 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. 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. Vocalist Ed Romero is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Wednesday 1/9 – Brenna Whitaker at Vibrato

Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air with her little big band. Vocalist Somi is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at No Name in Hollywood. Vocalist Carolyn Martinez is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter/vocalist Chris Norton is at Sam First in West L.A. Brazilian guitarist Pedro Martins is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Drummer Calixto Oviedo is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs with vocalist Lily Hernandez. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Molly Miller is at The Love Song Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Pianist Lenore Raphael is at the Rancho Mirage Library. Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa 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 Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Shelley Yoelin is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs.

Thursday 1/10 – Bernie Dresel BBB at Joe’s Great American

Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Pianist Jordan Siegel is at Sam First in West L.A.  Bassist Will Lee & The Messengers are at Molly Malone’s in West Hollywood.  Pianist Jacob Mann is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalists Lorraina Marro and Jackie Gibson are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Freda Payne is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Down To The Bone is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Teryn Re is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Pianist Lenore Raphael is at The Merc in Temecula.  Guitarist/vocalist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Strange Jazz Universe jazz jam is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Bassist David Ross is at the downtown L.A. Athletic Club with vocalist Andrea Miller. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Rumproller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West Hollywood. Coda is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. 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.

Friday 1/11 – Daniel Rotem at Sam First

Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Dan Rosenboom on trumpet, Shai Golan on alto saxophone, Ido Meshulam on trombone, Alex Boneham on bass, Christian Euman on drums, John Beasley on piano, and Erin Bentlage on vocals. Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Molly Miller at Sam First in West L.A. Keyboardist/vocalist Jon Batiste is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Miki Howard begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Lia Booth. Vocalist Renee Olstead is at The Purple Room in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. Bassist/vocalist Marco Mendoza is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Pianist Lenore Raphael and guitarist Doug MacDonald play a set at SoCal Pianos in Palm Desert. 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.

Saturday 1/12 – Dean Brown at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Gerry Etkins on keys, Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, and Hadrien Feraud on bass. Trio Eclectic is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist/vocalist Carol Welsman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Ernie Watts is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert.  Saxophonist Christopher Hollyday is at Dizzy’s in San Diego.  Tap dancer Sarah Reich is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Dean Mucetti celebrates a birthday at The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Miki Howard is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Pianist Sabine Pothier is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank.  Saxophonist Danny Janklow plays an early evening concert at the West Hollywood Library. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A.  Vocalist Rose Mallett has the happy hour show at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist is at the Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro for an early afternoon show. Saturday brunch choices include trombone group Slide FX at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood.

Sunday 1/13 – Melissa Morgan at Sam First

Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Sam First in West L.A. with Sam Hirsh on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums, and Dan Kaneyuki on sax. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Pianist Matt Politano is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. The Medicine Men and The Afronauts split a bill at Zebulon in Silver Lake. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Lenore Raphael is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Bill A. Jones. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull does an early evening set at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. 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. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonists Dan Kaneyuki and Jimmy Emerzian at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Janis Mann at SOhO in Santa Barbara, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch 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 1/14 – Zephyr Avalon at Blue Whale

Bassist Zephyr Avalon is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jacob Mann on keyboards, Elyadeen Anbar on guitar, and Efa Etoroma Jr. on drums.  Drummer Andy Sanesi’s Blanco Diablo opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint in West 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. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. Other Monday jam sessions include the monthly Blues Power Jamm at The Baked Potato in Studio City, the Monday jazz jam 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 1/15 – The Edge of Jazz at Walt Disney Hall

Curator Herbie Hancock presents an evening of new music with the LA Phil New Music Group at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. featuring works including pianist Billy Childs, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, and pianist Vijay Iyer among others.  Catatonic is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Michael Celenza on drums, Ben Armentano on keyboards, Jeff Snow on reeds, Chris Coulter on bass, and Rob Garland on guitar. John Pisano’s guest for Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank is Brad Rabuchin. Guitarist Tim May is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Saxophonist Ian Roller is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Russian saxophonist Igor Butman begins a two-night (Tue-Wed) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Vocalist Annie Trousaint is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Tabari Lake hosts a new weekly jazz session at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. 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. 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 1/16 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Langham on piano, Bernie Dresel on drums, and John Leftwich on bass. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble begins a monthly residency at Sam First in West L.A. Black Nile is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at the Rhythm Room in downtown L.A. Russian saxophonist Igor Butman is at Catalina in Hollywood. Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is at Vitello’s in Studio City for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Guitarist Dave Askren and saxophonist Jeff Benedict are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Nopanda is at the Oeno 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. Guitarist Mike Scott has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. 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 Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist Shelley Yoelin is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs.

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