About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 21, 2019

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Special Note: It’s the music trade’s NAMM Show week in Southern California, so expect local live music venues to be busy – advance tickets/reservations wherever possible are strongly suggested.

Monday 1/21 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Vibraphonist Jason Taylor is at Catalina in Hollywood. Organist Brian Charette is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Sean Harrison is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Clint Holmes is at Vitello’s in Studio City. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Monday jam sessions include 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. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale.

Tuesday 1/22 – Bill Frisell at Pepperdine Smothers Theatre

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu with vocalist Petra Haden, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. Guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Stu Hamm lead a group at The Baked Potato in Studio City including drummer Joel Taylor and cellist Tina Guo. Cellist Artyom Manukyan and pianist Vardan Ovsepian are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest John Chiodini. Drummer Joey Heredia hosts a jam session at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Bassist Mark Dresser is at The Loft at UCSD in La Jolla. Accordionist Cory Pesaturo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Tabari Lake is 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. The LMT Connection is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. 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.

Wednesday 1/23 – Jeff Babko at Blue Whale

Keyboardist Jeff Babko is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Kaveh Rastegar on bass and Abe Rounds on drums. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Mordy Ferber is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Composer/arranger Nan Schwartz leads an orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Mark Dresser is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Brazilian pianist/composer Sergio Mendes is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Drummer Jerome Bryerton is at Battery Books & Music in Pasadena. Pianist Sunny Na is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Bassist Brandon Fasher is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Guitarist Vahagni is at The Stage in Burbank. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Jeanie Brandes is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Tyrone Perkins is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Elena Gilliam is at Les Amis in Fullerton. Bassist Zephyr Avalon 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. Blues vocalist Rosa Lee Brooks is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.

Thursday 1/24 – Gary Willis at The Baked Potato

Bassist Gary Willis plays a rare U.S. show at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Eddie Brown on keys, Gergo Borlai on drums, and Anthony Crawford on bass. Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Miro Sprague is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Sheila Jordan is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Guitarist Diego Figueiredo is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is at The Soraya at CSUN in Northridge. Guitarist Bill Frisell is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim as part of the annual NAMM Bass Bash Night One.  Vocalist James Torme is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. The White Blinds are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Kristina Koller hosts a NAMM Jam at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Guitarist Peter Kavanaugh is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vocalist Tom Francini is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Woody Mankowski is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Percussionist Homero Chavez & Una Noche are at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Guitarists Wayne Wilkinson and Howard Paul are at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Donna Deussen and guitarist Tom Rizzo are at the Thai Fusion Bistro in West Hills. TrioKait is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Marina Pacowski and guitarist Steve Cotter are at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Ken Bauer Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Bassist David Ross is at the downtown L.A. Athletic Club with vocalist Elaine Woodard. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at Senor Fish in downtown L.A. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A. 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 1/25 – Branford Marsalis at Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa with Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums. Guitarist Scott Henderson is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Gilad Hekselman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Pat & Tap are at Sam First in West L.A. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Vibrato in Bel Air for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat).  Bassist Gary Willis is at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim as part of the annual NAMM Bass Bash Night Two.  Drummer Darryl Moore’s Electric Trees are at The World Stage in South L.A.   Vocalist Keith Borden is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Leslie Smith is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Greta Matassa is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. Holy Crow has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Bassist Paul Gormley is at Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Guitarist/vocalist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West L.A. 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.

Saturday 1/26 – Simon Phillips’ Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club

Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol is at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Greg Howe on guitar, and Ernest Tibbs on bass.  Guitarist Gilad Hekselman is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Matt Wilson is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Measure is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Organist Brian Charette is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Drummer Rayford Griffin is at The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Charlie Hunter is at The Mint in West L.A. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at The Wiltern in West L.A. Vocalist Greta Matassa is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Ozomatli is at Zebulon in Silver Lake. Brazilian vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford are at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert.  Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Barone’s in Valley Glen.  Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. The Sax Offenders are at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Bassist Joe Hubbard is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens leads a trio at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A. Bassist Teddy Bang 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. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist is at the Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro for an early afternoon show. Saturday brunch choices include pianist Sam Hirsh at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 1/27 – Black Art Jazz Collective at the Moss Theater

The Black Art Jazz Collective is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, Johnathan Blake and drums, James Burton on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, and Corcoran Holt on bass. Pianist Justin Kauflin is at Sam First in West L.A. Percussionist Pete Escovedo leads a Latin Jazz group at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Scott Henderson plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. El Trio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Innervison NAMM Jam is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos plays an afternoon set at the Quartyard in San Diego. California Feetwarmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. Keyboardist Alexander Anderson is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonist Doug Webb at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., vocalist Bri Sarikcioglu at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Bel Air, saxophonist Cal Bennett at Pips On La Brea in West L.A., and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach. Vocalist Greta Matassa does an afternoon set at the 12th Floor Lounge at the Fantasy Springs Hotel in Indio.

Monday 1/28 – Lee Ritenour at Catalina

Guitarist Lee Ritenour is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Adam Levy is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Saddleback College Jazz Faculty present a concert at the McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo. The Jazz Butchers open for 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 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 1/29 – Wallace Roney at Vibrato

Trumpeter Wallace Roney is at Vibrato in Bel Air for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). Vocalist Amber Navran and pianist Danae Greenfield are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Vocalist Cathy Rich fronts the Buddy Rich Big Band at Catalina in Hollywood. The Levin Brothers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sandra Booker opens for vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at TRiP in Santa Monica. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest John Stowell.  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, followed by an even show from drummer Bobby Barron’s Swing Thing Band. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 1/30 – The Levin Brothers at The Baked Potato

The Levin Brothers (Pete (bass) and Tony (keys)) are at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed) with drummer Jeff Siegel. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Drummer Peter Erskine is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Pianist Josh Nelson and saxophonist Alex Terrier are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Catalina in Hollywood with a group including pianist Roger Kellaway. Guitarist Tim May is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Organ Donors are at Perch in downtown L.A. The Happiness Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Marine Jazz Orchestra is at the CSUN Plaza Del Sol Auditorium in Northridge. M’Phaka is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. 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 Riner Scivally 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. The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are at the Rhythm Room in downtown L.A.

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