About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 8, 2019

Peter Erskine

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’ album 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. Vocalist 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. Pianist Kait Dunton is at The York in Highland Park. 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. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Miles Okazaki is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. 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. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. 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.

Thursday 4/11 – Miles Okazaki’s Trickster at Blue Whale

Guitarist Miles Okazaki is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the second of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Matt Mitchell on piano, Sean Rickman on drums, and Anthony Tidd on bass. Drummer Bryan Carter is at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Chuck Johnson is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Margo Rey is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Flutist Lori Bell is at The Merc in Temecula. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Dante Chambers is at BMPAC in south L.A. AltaMusica is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Estani Frizzell is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Saxophonist David Patterson 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 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. Blues harmonica player Chef Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The North Hollywood High School Jazz Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City.

Friday 4/12 – Will Brahm at Blue Whale

Guitarist Will Brahm celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Wabich on drums, Diego Alvarez on percussion, Ahmet Türkmenoğlu on bass, and Katisse Buckingham on flute. Pianist Russell Ferrante is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Jane Monheit begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber opens a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist George Kahn is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at Bon Vivant Market & Cafe in Atwater Village. Vocalist James Arnold is at BMPAC in south L.A. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. 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. The Vignes Rooftop Revival has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Jim Hagen is at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Vocalist Irene Cathaway is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Vocalist Lola Haag is at the Ojai Underground Exchange in Ojai.

Saturday 4/13 – Peter Erskine & Daniel Szabo at the Moss Theater

Drummer Peter Erskine and pianist Daniel Szabo are at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Anthony Fung is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Sat-Sun). Drummer Makaya McCraven is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Drummer Don Littleton is at The World Stage in South L.A. The LA Jazz Quartet is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Trumpeter/Guitarist/Vocalist Denise Reis is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. The Singers In Law are at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vaud and the Villains are at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A. Vocalist Matt Mauser & The Sinatra Big Band at at the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Saxophonist Jaman Laws is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in South L.A. 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 Al Williams at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Wiseguys big band is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. The afternoon Cal Tech Jazz Festival on the Gates Annex Patio in Pasadena features drummer Jimmy Branly.

Sunday 4/14 – Los Angeles Jazz Quartet at The Baked Potato

The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Larry Koonse on guitar, Darek Oles on bass, Chuck Manning on saxophone, and Jason Harnell on drums. Trumpeter Ron Stout is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica for a late afternoon concert. Bassist Logan Kane is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Lauren White celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Jonathan Karrant is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Rumproller is at The York in Highland Park. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist James Torme is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant does an early evening Jazz Vespers performance at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. 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. Vocalist Susan Krebs is at Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena for an afternoon concert. Sunday brunch choices include drummer Alex Smith and guitarist Tim Fischer at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, pianist Sunny Na and vocalist Cheryl Conley at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, Vocalist Donna Green at SOhO in Santa Barbara, 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 4/15 – Brad Rabuchin at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jerry Watts on bass and Chris Wabich on drums. Drummer Jaz Sawyer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist/vocalist Aimee Nolte is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist 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. This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Monday jam sessions include the ChiArts Jazz Sextet 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 SBCC Monday Madness Jazz Band is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.  Trumpeter Richard Freedman’s Cool Blue with vocalist Howie Levine is at Las Hadas in Northridge.

Tuesday 4/16 – Judy Wexler at Bogie’s

Vocalist Judy Wexler celebrates a birthday at Bogie’s in Westlake Village with Jeff Colella on keys, Chuck Manning on sax, Gabe Davis on bass, and Charles Ruggerio on drums. Drummer Denny Seiwell leads a trio at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with John Chiodini on guitar and Joe Bagg on organ.  Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.   John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Grant Geissman. Vocalist Cécile Nordegg is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Michael Eason is at BMPAC in South L.A. Vocalist Marina Pacowski 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 4/17 – Richard Sears at Blue Whale

Pianist Richard Sears is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Eric Revis on bass and Mark Ferber on drums.  Pianist Andy Milne & Unison are at Mr. Muschead Gallery in West Hollywood.  Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Gloria Hendry is backed by a big band singing songs from James Bond films at Catalina in Hollywood. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Tiffany Bailey celebrates a CD release at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Mandy Kemp is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Mahogany Soul at BMPAC in South L.A. Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour show at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Drummer Martin Diller is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Iridas is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. Saxophonist David Patterson 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’s Rear Stage in Burbank, with the ChiArts Jazz Septet on the Front Stage. 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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