About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 11, 2019

Gary Bartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 2/11 – Kei Akagi at the McKinney Theatre

Pianist Kei Akagi leads a trio at the Saddleback College McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. Trio Eclectic is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Wilson is at Nichols Canyon Music house concert series in Hollywood. 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.  Vocalist Shoshana Bean is at The Standard in West Hollywood.  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.  A Galentine’s Day all-female jazz group holds a benefit at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  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.

Thursday 2/14 – The Bad Plus at Blue Whale

The Bad Plus start a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Reid Anderson on bass, Orrin Evans on piano, and Dave King on drums. The four-day Newport Beach Jazz Party kicks off at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Mark Hatch & Group 5 are at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood.   Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Saladang Garden in Pasadena.  Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at Westlake Brewing Company in Westlake Village.  Guitarist Molly Miller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is at World Records in Bakersfield. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Talya Ferro is at The Merc in Temecula. 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.

Friday 2/15 – John Beasley’s MONK’estra at Soka Performing Arts Center

Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Doug Carn is at The World Stage in South L.A. Bassist Tim Lefebvre is at Sam First in West L.A. The Bad Plus are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. The Newport Beach Jazz Party continues at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Mary Bogue and Larry Davis are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Saxophonist Kenny G plays the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Michael Feinstein begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. 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 Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feetwarmers have the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Bassist Michael Haggins is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vocalist Janet Orsi is at the Laguna Beach Brewery in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at the Parker Room in Hollywood.

Saturday 2/16 – The Soul Rebels with Big Freedia and Macy Gray at The Theatre At Ace Hotel

New Orleans-based group The Soul Rebels are at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. with Big Freedia and Macy Gray. Saxophonist Don Braden is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Sam First in West L.A. The Blue Whale in Little Tokyo holds its annual all-star fundraiser. The Newport Beach Jazz Party continues at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Pete Christlieb is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. The South Pasadena Library hosts a screening of the John Coltrane film “Chasing Trane” along with a performance by Mark Hatch & Group 5. Guitarist Carl Verheyhen is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at The Saban in Beverly Hills. Composer/conductor Alan Chan is at Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Kenny G is at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Michael Feinstein is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Plotz is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Lia Booth. Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. with the Fabus Four. Vocalist Ada Bird Wolfe is at Artisan Cheese & Wine in Studio City. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman plays a happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood.  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 saxophonist Benn Clatworthy at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 2/17 – Gary Bartz at The Lodge Room

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Lodge Room in Highland Park – trumpeter Theo Crocker opens. The Alan Chan Orchestra is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Kei Akagi is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist Andy Farber is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. The Newport Beach Jazz Party finishes at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Brandon Bae is at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at Catalina in Hollywood. 4 Level Interchange plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Cougar Estrada is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Matt Barber is at the Alhambra Performing Arts Center. 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. 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 pianist Emmett Cohen at SOhO in Santa Barbara, the Peter Myers Big Band 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. Guitarist Riner Scivally does a house concert at Salon on Buffalo in Valley Glen.

Monday 2/18 – 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. Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Sy Smith is at Vitello’s. I’m Sorry and Norwegian Legal Team split a bill 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 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. Violinist Benny Brydern is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at the 17th Street Grill in Tustin.

Tuesday 2/19 – Janis Mann at The Write-Off Room

Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Andy Langham on piano, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Tabari Lake on bass. Vocalist Mark Christian Miller is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Pianist Issac Wilson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Aaron Diehl is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Guitarist Nels Cline is at the The Loft UCSD in La Jolla. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Jim Fox. Vocalists Annette Warren and Bob Remstein are at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Dos Bros are 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 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.

Wednesday 2/20 – Robby Marshall at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Robby Marshall celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Adam Ratner on guitar, Greg Swiller on bass, and Kevin Yokota on drums. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. The Brothers Of The Situation are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Adam Levy is at Sam First in West L.A.  Saxophonist Houston Person is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert.  Pianist/vocalist Diane Marino is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Anne Walsh is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at Oeno Wine bar in Atwater Village. Vocalists including Cathy Segal-Garcia, Mon David and more play a water benefit at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Mark Letteri is at the Mayfair Hotel in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Nels Cline is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park.  Bassist/vocalist Munir Hossn is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura.  Bassist/vocalist Tal Wilkenfeld is at the Moroccan Lounge in downtown L.A.  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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