About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 15, 2019

Joey Alexander

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. Musichead 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. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.  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.  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.

Thursday 4/18 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson at Blue Whale

Violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Devin Daniels and Daniel Rotem on saxes, Liza Wallace on harp, Josh Nelson on keys, Gabe Noel on bass, Gene Coye on drums, and Carlos Niño on percussion. Vocalist Raya Yarbrough is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Teodross Avery is at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. Pianist Gary Fukushima is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Roy McCurdy is at The Merc in Temecula. Pianist Joey Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Billy Mohler is at ETA in Highland Park. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Saxophonist/vocalist Paulie Cerra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Marina Pacowski is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Vocalist John Papadakis is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Dante Chambers is at BMPAC in South L.A. Guitarist Matt Cohen 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 Maria Howell. 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. Saxophonist Bill James is at The Mixx in Pasadena. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 4/19 – Joey Alexander at Catalina

Teen pianist Joey Alexander leads a group for the second of three nights (Thu-Sat) at Catalina in Hollywood with Kris Funn on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums, and Patrick Bartley on saxophone. Sitar master Anoushka Shankar is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood. Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Bassist Kaveh Rastegar is at Sam First in West L.A. Organist Carey Frank is at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feetwarmers have the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Phyllis Causey is at BMPAC in South L.A. Soul Sauce is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Barone’s in Valley Glen.  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 Jive Aces are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Tonic Trio is at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale.

Saturday 4/20 – Azar Lawrence Experience at The Mint

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is at The Mint in West L.A. with Brian Swartz on trumpet, Theo Saunders on piano, Yayo Morales on drums, Gerald Brown on bass, James Saez on guitar, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, and Windy Barnes Farrell on vocals. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Pianist Ruslan Sirota is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe celebrates a CD release at the Aratani Theater in downtown L.A. Pianist Joey Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  The Composer’s Quartet is at Sam First in West L.A.  Vocalist Jackie Ryan is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Murray Middleman is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock with guest pianist Sunny Na. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Le Musique is at The Mixx 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 guitarist Mike Scott in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood.

Sunday 4/21 – Smiles at Sam First

Trombonist Jon Hatamiya’s Smiles is at Sam First in West L.A. with Xavier Del Castillo on sax, Kyle Athayde on piano/vibes/trumpet, Logan Kane on bass, and Luke Woodle on drums. Guitarist Toshi Yanagi’s Buzz Wizards are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Elaine Gibbs is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocal group SCat! Is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park. Saxophonist Wake Campbell is at BMPAC in South L.A. 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 drummer Kevin Kanner 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 4/22 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Tim Lefebvre on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Cyril Atef on drums/percussion/vocals. Saxophonist Ian Roller is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Jazz Butchers open for drummer Kevin Kanner’s Jazz Jam at The Mint in West. L.A. Hedgehog Swing is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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, and Jazz Eclectic at the Sofitel Beverly Hills Riviera 31. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. The Saddleback College Jazz Lab Ensemble is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Tuesday 4/23 – Roy McCurdy at The Write-Off Room

Drummer Roy McCurdy is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Chuck Manning on saxophone, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Richard Sears on piano.   John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Cary Denigris. Katalyst is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Dos Bros are at TRiP in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. 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 Colburn School Jazz Workshop is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Chapman University Big Band & Jazz Combo is at the Musco Center in Orange with guest saxophonist Rickey Woodard.

Wednesday 4/24 – John Proulx at Vitello’s

Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vitello’s in Studio City with Chuck Berghofer on bass and Joe La Barbera on drums. Flutist James Newton is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Wayne Spencer is at BMPAC in South L.A. Bassist Tim Fenton is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Drummer Bill Spoke 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. Vocalist Tim Gill is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente.

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