About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 22, 2019

Spring Quartet

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 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. Pianist Derrik Lewis is at The Tropicale in Palm Springs. 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. Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at The Love Song Bar in downtown 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. Vocalist Tim Gill is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. The DE Quartet is at the Oyster Bar in Studio City.

Thursday 4/25 – Benjamin Shepherd at The Baked Potato

Bassist Benjamin Shepherd is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Nick Mancini on vibes, and Channing C. Holmes on drums. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz and guitarist Bruno Mangueira duet at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Dean Mucetti is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The VDE Big Band is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Mon David is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at Westlake Brewing Company in Westlake Village. Pianist Jean-Michel Bernard plays the music of composer Lalo Schifrin at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Logan Johnson is at BMPAC in South L.A. Vocalist VR Smith is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Vocalist Linda Purl is at The Muck in Fullerton. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at the Hong Kong Inn in Ventura. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. The Sax Offenders are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist/vocalist Woody Mankowski is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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 Cathy Segal-Garcia. 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. Pianist Derrik Lewis is at The Tropicale in Palm Springs. The Jazz Holiday Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 4/26 – Christian McBride Big Band at The Soraya

Bassist Christian McBride leads a big band at The Soraya at CSUN in Northridge. Saxophonist Doug Webb celebrates a birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Sam Barsh is at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Trevor Lawrence is at The World Stage in South L.A. The Bill Holman Big Band opens the summer season of free Friday evening jazz concerts at LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Angie Gamble offers a tribute to Shirley Horn at BMPAC in South L.A. Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway is at The Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Miki Howard is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Vocalist Staci Griesbach offers a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Vitello’s in Studio City. Bassist Gary Wicks and pianist Josh Nelson duet at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Pianists Eric Lewis and Yuko Mabuchi split a bill at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Guitarist Alex Sill celebrates a CD release at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer Chris Dave & The Drumhedz are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Saxophonist Jason Fabus and vocalist Natalie Mendoza are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Marina Pacowski is at Artisan Cheese & Wine in Studio City. Pianist Joshua White is at the La Jolla Community Center. Guitarist Brian Nova is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. 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. Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The Saddleback College Big Band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Saturday 4/27 – Spring Quartet at The Ford Amphitheatre

The Spring Quartet is at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood with Joe Lovano on sax, Esperanza Spalding on bass/vocals, Leo Genovese on piano, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Guitarist Anthony Wilson is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  The Christian McBride Big Band is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Pianist Bill O’Connell is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Vocalist Luciana Souza and pianist Otmaro Ruiz perform an early evening set at South Pasadena Public Library.   Pianist Tom Ranier is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Vocalist Renee Olstead is at The Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Miki Howard is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Ann Kelly is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Keyboardist Sabine Pothier is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. for the happy hour show. Drummer Chris Dave & The Drumhedz are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Chester Whitmore’s Central Avenue Revue is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Donovan/Muradian Quartet plays the happy hour show at The Mixx in Pasadena. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Brian Nova is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Blue Bossa is at Casa Arjona in Long Beach. 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 saxophonist Mark Isbell at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. The Happiness Jazz Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Sunday 4/28 – Tierney Sutton at the Moss Theater

Vocalist Tierney Sutton performs a late afternoon show at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with a trio including Terry Trotter on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Ray Brinker on drums. Guitarist Pedro Martins celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Isamu McGregor is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Anthony Davis and bassist Mark Dresser duet at Sam First in West L.A. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini closes the Spring Jazz ‘N Paz series in Pasadena with vocalist Jamie Perez. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist/vocalist Keiko Matsui is at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. California Feetwarmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Crystal Black Creek Carlisle is at BMPAC in South L.A. Vocalist Laura Pursell is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Guitarist Brian Nova fronts a big band for an afternoon show at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio. The afternoon Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Concert & Awards are at The Museum Of African American Art in South L.A. The Big Band All-Stars with vocalist Troy Clarke present an afternoon concert at the Old Town Theater in Temecula. 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 guitarist Riner Scivally at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, pianist Sunny Na and vocalist Cheryl Conley at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, 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. The Grand Arts High School Jazz Bands are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.

Monday 4/29 – Kyle Nasser at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Kyle Nasser is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jeff Miles on guitar, Dov Manski on piano, Nik Jost on bass, and Alex Mednard on drums. Vocalist Tierney Sutton is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. 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 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 Saddleback College Jazz Combos are at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

Tuesday 4/30 – The Odd Dogs at The Baked Potato

The Odd Dogs are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Suzuki on woodwinds and keys, Jeff Miley on guitar, Steve Billman on bass, Billy Hulting on percussion, and Ralph Humphrey on drums. Pianist Max Haymer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter/vocalist Matthew Von Roderick is at Catalina in Hollywood. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Karina Corradini celebrates a CD release at BMPAC in South L.A. Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with saxophonist Ernie Watts. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Vibrato in Bel Air with guests pianist Roger Kellaway and vocalist Sandra Booker. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at TRiP in Santa Monica. John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank features guest Sid Jacobs. Bassist Brandon Fansher is at Kulak’s Woodshed in North 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. Strange Jazz Universe is at Industry Cafe in Culver City. Trombonist Steve Johnson plays a happy hour set at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Pianist Derrik Lewis is at The Tropicale in Palm Springs. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. The SBCC Jazz Combos are at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Wednesday 5/1 – Andrew Synowiec at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Andew Synowiec celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Tim Pierce on guitar, Fred Kron on keys, Sean Hurley on bass, and Jake Reed and Blair Sinta on drums. Vocalist Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra are at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Sal Valentinetti. Vocalist Jens Kuross is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Janet Klein & The Parlor Boys are at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs.  Saxophonist Eric Letta is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood.  Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club 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. The DE Quartet is at the Oyster House in Studio City. 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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