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

Chris Potter

Monday 3/4 – Maksim Velichkin & Bevan Manson w/Karolina Naziemiec at Blue Whale

Pianist/cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Bevan Manson are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with vocalist Karolina Naziemeic. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Jon Hatamiya is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. 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., guitarist Kimberly Ford at SOhO in Santa Monica, 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 3/5 – David Garfield & The Cats at Bogie’s

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with Eric Marienthal on sax, Rick Braun on trumpet, John Peña on bass, and Simon Phillips on drums. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Drummer Chris Blondal is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena with guitarist Brad Rabuchin and bassist Steve Billman. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Battery and Button Masher split a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Tabari Lake is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. The VDE Big Band is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Saxophonists Theresa Grayson and Wake Campbell are at Catalina in Hollywood. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Ron Eschete. The Mudbug Brass Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Strange Jazz Universe is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. 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. 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 3/6 – Eric Reed at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Pianist Eric Reed is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Mike Gurrola on bass and Anthony Fung on drums. Trumpeter Keyon Harrold and saxophonist Marcus Strickland are at the Lodge Room in Highland Park with the Yayennings Quartet. Saxophonist Joel Frahm is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trombonist Michael Dessen is at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Phil Norman’s Tentet is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at UCSD’s The Loft in La Jolla. Saxophonist Charles Owens has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Drummer Fred Dinkins is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Joanna Wallfisch is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Guitarist/vocalist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. 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 3/7 – Bob Reynolds at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Chaun Horton on drums. Pianist Larry Goldings is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Teryn Re’ fronts a big band at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. The VDE Big Band is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Organist Carey Frank and pianist Kait Dunton are at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Tom Culver is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Alanna Vicente is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Guitarist Chris Fossek is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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 Barbara Morrison. 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. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 3/8 – Billy Childs at The World Stage

Pianist Billy Childs celebrates a birthday at The World Stage in South L.A. with Josh Johnson on sax, Joshua Crumbly on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Saxophonist Chris Potter begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with James Francis on keyboards and Eric Harland on drums. Saxophonist Joe Lovano is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat).  Vocalist Susan Krebs is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Keyboardist Marcus Johnson is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Angel Town Combo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. As Iz is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Bassist Paul Gormley is at Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro. JazzZone is at Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. 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. Vocalist Kevin Ahart is at the Parker Room in Hollywood. California Feetwarmers have the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Lauren Koval is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. The Saddleback College Big Band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Saturday 3/9 – Jane Monheit at Catalina

Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Andy Langham on piano, Dave Robaire on bass, Rick Montalbano on drums, and saxophonist Joel Frahm. Guitarist/vocalist George Benson is at the Cerritos Center For Performing Arts. Saxophonist Chris Potter is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Russell Malone is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Bruce Baker is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist John Kapelos begins a two-night run at Vitello’s in Studio City, backed by pianist Geoff Stradling’s big band. Bassist Tabari lake is at The World Stage in South L.A. Drummer Kevin Crabb is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Drumnmer Jacob Richards hosts a music and jam night at General Lee’s Cocktail House in Chinatown. Pianist Lou Forestieri and vocalist Corliss Dale are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. JazzZone is at Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge in Long Beach. 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 Charles Johnson at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, pianist Sunny Na and vocalist Cheryl Conley at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Sunday 3/10 – Sinne Eeg at Blue Whale

Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with guitarist Larry Koonse. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band plays a late afternoon show at the Musco Center in Orange. Guitarist Marcel Camargo and pianist Gerald Clayton are at Sam First in West L.A. Joe-Less Shoe is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist John Kapelos is at Vitello’s in Studio City with the Geoff Stradling big band. The Axon Orchestra is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Brazilian vocalist Katia Moraes does a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Drummer Peter Buck is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. The Old Town Temecula Theatre hosts an afternoon/evening jazz festival in Temecula. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at the 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. Keyboardist Marcus Johnson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Paul Kreibich 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 3/11 – Jason Fabus at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Shane Savala on guitar, Alex Flavell on piano, Nick Ornelas on bass, and Gareth Price on drums. Blanco Diablo opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint in West L.A. Vocalist Lara Solnicki is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. 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., pianist Eric Ekstrand at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, the monthly Blues Power jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale.

Tuesday 3/12 – Isamu McGregor at Blue Whale

Pianist Isamu McGregor is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Benjamin Shepherd on bass and Steve Hass on drums.  Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez are at The Loft at UCSD La Jolla. Vocalist Renee Olstead is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Jamie Findlay. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. The Peter Myers Jazz Orchestra is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist/vocalist Gary Stockdale and vocalist Alison Lewis are at Vitello’s in Studio City. 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.

Wednesday 3/13 – Antonio Sanchez’s Bad Hombre & Migration at The Soraya

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at The Soraya at CSUN Northridge for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Chase Baird on sax, John Escreet on piano, Matt Brewer on bass, and Thana Alexa on vocals. Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Sun Of Goldfinger is at Zebulon in Silver Lake with David Torn on guitar, Tim Berne on saxophone, and Ches Smith on drums. Trombonist Jonah Levine is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Trombonist Nick Finzer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at the La Sierra University Troesh Conference Center in Riverside. Guitarist Dave Hill is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Adi Meyerson is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Jose Perez is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Daryl Strodes has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Drummer David Sierra is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Off Cell is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Eagle Rock. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. 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.

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