About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 1, 2019

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

Monday 4/1 – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vibrato

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist Daniela Spagnolo is at Vitello’s in Studio City with John Chiodini on guitar, Rick Shaw on bass, and guest pianist Bill Cunliffe. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Monday jam sessions include the Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble at The World Stage in South L.A., 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. The Santa Barbara City College Jazz Band is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Tuesday 4/2 – Matthew Gordy at The Write-Off Room

Drummer Matthew Gordy is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Ron Stout on trumpet, Rob Lockart on sax, Ido Meshulam on trombone, Sam Hirsh on keys, and Chris Colangelo on bass. Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Annie Trousseau is at Vibrato in Bel Air. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Thom Rotella. Oui’ 3 is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Molly Miller is at The Love Song in downtown L.A. Bassist Tim Fenton is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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. Strange Jazz Universe is at Industry Cafe in Culver City. 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 4/3 – Dave Slonaker Big Band at Vitello’s

The Dave Slonaker Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Brian Scanlon, Kevin Garren, Rob Lockart, Tom Luer, Tim McKay on saxophones; Wayne Bergeron, Rob Schaer, Kye Palmer, Michael Stever on trumpets; Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Erik Hughes, Bill Reichenbach on trombones; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Peter Erskine, drums; and Ed Czach, piano. The Brothers Of The Situation are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Theo Croker is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Drummer Martin Diller is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Marilyn Scott is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Natasha Agrama is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vibraphonist Joel Ross begins a two-night (Wed-Thu) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Trumpeter/vibraphonist Bob DeSena is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Vocalist Nicole Phyllis Hyman is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist/vocalist Paulie Cerra is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. 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 4/4 – Elliot Deutsch Big Band at Catalina

The Elliot Deutsch Big Band celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. Vibraphonist Joel Ross is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Adam Hersh is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Mark Towns is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist Charles Owens is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Cecilia Noel & The Wild Clams are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Nutty is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Craig Cammell Big Band is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Strange Jazz Universe is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. 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 Pacific Standard Time vocal ensemble is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Friday 4/5 – Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour + SF Jazz Collective at Walt Disney Hall

The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour ensemble featuring vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and the SF Jazz Collective are at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Pianist John Beasley is at The World Stage with saxophonist Bennie Maupin. Guitarist Jeff Richman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Jonathan Pinson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Alex Hahn is at Sam First in West L.A. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles. Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Vocalists Von Lewis and Dave Damiani are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Amy Keys is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Pat Sligh is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at the Edye Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Keyboardist Patrick Bradley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Ugly Beauty is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The Gumbo Brothers have the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 Club in Pasadena. Bassist Paul Gormley is at Whale & Ale Pub in San Pedro. Vocalist Jeff Robinson is at Pips on La Brea in West L.A. Pianist David Arnay is at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Guitarist James Cornelison is at Perch in downtown L.A. The Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Pianist/vocalist Joel Gaines is at the Nakano Theatre in Torrance.

Saturday 4/6 – Daniel Rotem at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Daniel Rotem dedicates an evening to the music of John Coltrane at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Billy Childs on piano, Darek Oles on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Jazz Tracks At Union Station features four ensembles including trumpeter Christian Scott and vocalist Sara Gazarek in a late afternoon/evening performance in downtown L.A. Pianist Gerald Clayton is at the LACMA Bing Theatre in West L.A. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Laura Dickinson fronts a big band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Oscar Hernandez is at Sam First in West L.A. The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra with saxophonist Jesse Sharps is at The World Stage in South L.A. Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is at the Soka Performing Arts Center. Vocalists Anne Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway are at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The Mark Masters Ensemble is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Pianist/vocalist Corky Hale offers a tribute to Billie Holiday at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Jaman Laws is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.  Saxophonist Robert Kyle is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Along For The Ride is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Bruce Forman has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly is at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. Vocalist Chloe Perrier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Flutist Althea Rene is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens leads a trio at Desert Rose in Los Felix. 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 Mallet 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/vocalist Dave Tull at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Jack’s Cats are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Christopher Astroquillca plays an afternoon show at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. The Tex Beneke Orchestra plays an afternoon tribute to Glenn Miller at the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Pianist/vocalist Joel Gaines is at the Nakano Theatre in Torrance.

Sunday 4/7 – Alex Machacek at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Alex Machacek is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Anthony Crawford on bass and Gergo Borlai on drums. Brazilian vocalist Caetano Moreno is at CAP UCLA Theatre At The Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Tom Luer’s Project Popular is at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Gary Meek is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Buck’s Vibe is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Dale Fielder celebrates a CD release with an afternoon concert at the Newport Beach Public Library. Saxophonist/flutist Nori Tani and pianists Masakazu and Hiroe Sekine are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for a late afternoon concert. Vocalist Susan Krebs fronts her chamber ensemble in a late afternoon show at Salon On Buffalo in Valley Glen. 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. The Vignes Rooftop Revival plays a happy hour show at Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A. Sunday brunch choices include the Bruce Lofgren 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.

Monday 4/8 – Patrick Sheng at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Patrick Sheng is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with a program featuring music from Miles Davis’ Birth Of The Cool.  Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz Jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Vocalist Dr. Janicey Brar offers a tribute to Carmen McRae at Catalina in Hollywood. The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Seth MacFarlane is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Barbara Morrison offers a tribute to Dinah Washington at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A.  Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park. 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. The Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble is at the Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

Tuesday 4/9 – Bernie Dresel’s BBB at Bogie’s

Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalists Rose Kingsley and Barry Minnefield are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Bassist Igor Kogan is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Guitarist Paul Lakatos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Bruce Forman. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Drummer Kevin Van Den Elzen is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. Guitarist Jonathan Stout is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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. Strange Jazz Universe is at Industry Cafe in Culver City. 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. The University of Miami’s Frost Stamps Jazz Quintet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.

Wednesday 4/10 – David Weiss Sextet at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Trumpeter David Weiss is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Dave Binney and J.D Allen on saxes, Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Boneham on bass, and E.J. Strickland on drums. Saxophonists Louis Van Taylor and Katja Rieckermann are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Miles Okazaki is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull and pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. Pianist Danny Green is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Trumpeter/vocalist Johnny Britt is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Donna Deussen and guitarist Paul Weitz are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Eddie Pimentel is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Trombonist Kevin Hicks has the happy hour show at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. 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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