About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 4, 2019

Gregory Porter

Monday 2/4 – Doug MacDonald at Vitello’s

Guitarist Doug MacDonald celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City with Bob Sheppard on sax, Carey Frank on organ, and Ben Scholz on drums. A tribute to Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal is offered at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Trumpeter Joel Schnaper is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Monday jam sessions include 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 Riviera 31 in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.

Tuesday 2/5 – David Garfield & The Cats at Bogie’s

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with James Harrah on guitar, Larry Klimas on sax, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble leads a jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Chazzy Green is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Bassist Tabari Lake is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with vocalist Sandra Booker. Vocalist Kevin Maxwell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and pianist Joshua White are at the Julian Branch Library in Julian. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. The Makers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Jose Perez is at Las Perlas 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. True Sole is at Vitello’s in Studio City.

Wednesday 2/6 – Miro Sprague at Blue Whale

Pianist Miro Sprague is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Roni Eytan on harmonica, Daniel Rotem on sax, Anna Butterss on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Drummer Ralph Humphrey, guitarist Adam Levy, and organist Carey Frank are at the LACM Garage in Pasadena. Guitarist Mordy Ferber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Josh Nelson is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with guest vocalist Kathleen Grace. Drummer Paul Kreibich is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Groove Lexicon is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Joshua White is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Organist Dennis Hamm is at ETA in Highland Park. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Sunny Blue has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Saxophonist Katja Rieckerman is at Le Petit Four in West Hollywood. Pianist Will Kjeer is at 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. 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 2/7 – Bernie Dresel BBB at Vibrato

Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Oytun Ersan is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Mitchel Forman on keys, Mike Miller on guitar, and Louie Palmer on drums. Drummer Martin Diller is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist/vocalist Brandon Coleman is at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A. Vocalist Steve Tyrell begins a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Bassist Mike Peak is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine with vocalist Barbara Morrison. Twin Talk is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Mark Goldenberg is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vocalist Andy James is at Catalina in Hollywood.  All In is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim.  The Organ Donors are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer David Sierra is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalists Dolores Scozzesi and Jeffrey Gimble host an open mic night at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. 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. 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. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Jack’s Cats are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Van Nuys Children’s Community School offers a Jazz Symposium benefit at Vitello’s in Studio City.

Friday 2/8 – Tierney Sutton and Sara Gazarek at Vitello’s

Vocalists Tierney Sutton and Sara Gazarek are featured in the latest edition of the Vocal Mania series, with guest vocalist Kate McGarry. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe celebrates an album release for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Gregory Porter is at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center – guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Euge Groove open. Drummer Willie Jones III is at The World Stage in south L.A. Bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Edward Simon is at Sam First in West L.A.  Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Vocalists Jack Jones and Jane Monheit are at the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Tuck & Patti begin a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Ed Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. The Jazz Zone is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vocalist Natalie Jacob is at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. Keyboardist Robert Glasper is at The Mint in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura.  Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Mantra Coffee Company in Azuza. 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 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. Jack’s Cats are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at Burgers ‘N Brews in Santa Monica.

Saturday 2/9 – Edward Simon at Sam First

Pianist Edward Simon finishes a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Sam First in West L.A. with Dave Robaire on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Bassist Juini Booth is at The World Stage in South L.A. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ron Eschete is at the Orange County Musicians Union in Santa Ana. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Tuck & Patti are at Catalina in Hollywood. Flamenco guitarist José Antonio Rodríguez is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Nutty is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Ingrid James and pianist Otmaro Ruiz perform a house concert in Granada Hills for Cathy Segal-Garcia. Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Brazilian vocalist Ana Gazzola celebrates a CD release at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. The Tonic Trio is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Guitarist Bruce Forman has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Jonathan Karrant is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. 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. JazzZone is at Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. 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 drummer Kevin Kanner at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 2/10 – Jason Harnell at The Baked Potato

Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Larry Koonse on guitar and Alex Boneham on bass. Israeli trumpeter Itamar Borochov is at Sam First in West L.A. Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at The York in Highland Park. Bassonist Sara Schoenbeck and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz duet at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Steve Huffsteter is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Organist Carey Frank is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Vocalist Jamelle Adisa is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. Keyboardist Alexander Anderson hosts a jam session at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The Jazzaholics are at the Tabula Rasa Bar in Hollywood. Jack’s Cats are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Sunday brunch choices include trombonist Paul Young with vocalist Gina Saputo 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.

Monday 2/11 – Kei Akagi at the McKinney Theatre

Pianist Kei Akagi leads a trio at the Saddleback College McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo. Trio Eclectic celebrates the release of a new CD at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Wilson is at Nichols Canyon Music house concert series in Hollywood.  Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at Vitello’s in Studio City with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. 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.  Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.  Other Monday jam sessions include the Monday jazz jam at the Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., the monthly Blues Power jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City, 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 2/12 – Tabari Lake at The Write-Off Room

Bassist Tabari Lake is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Arnetta Johnson on trumpet, Michael Ragonese on piano, and Ramses Rodrigues on drums. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Brazilian composer and vocalist Pretinho da Serrinha is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West 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. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica.

Wednesday 2/13 – Benjamin Shepherd at Sam First

Bassist Benjamin Shepherd is at Sam First in West L.A. with Ruslan Sirota on piano, Nick Mancini on vibes, and Channing Holmes on drums. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Steve Tyrell begins a five-night (Wed-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood. The Bad Plus are at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Saxophonist Rickey Woodard is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach with vocalist Melissa Morgan. Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Vocalist Mandy Kemp is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Percussionist Carlos Nino is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Tio Chorinho and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Lindsey Webster is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Adrian Galysh is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert is at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Daryl Strodes is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West 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. 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. A Galentine’s Day all-female jazz group holds a benefit at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.

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