About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 29, 2019

Monty Alexander

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. Trombonist Michael Dessen is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. 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.

Thursday 5/2 – 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 Daniel Szabo is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Ben Winkelman is at Sam First in West L.A. Polyrhythmics is at the Bootleg Theater in downtown L.A. Organist Carey Frank is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Pianist Bradley Young is at The Merc in Temecula. Trombonist Joey Sellers leads a big band at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Percussionist Brad Dutz is at Sunspace in Sunland. Keyboardist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mark Pender is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Guitarist Steve Oliver is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Alanna & These Fine Gentlemen are at Calufield’s in Beverly Hills. Guitarist Duane Allen is at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. Strange Jazz Universe leads a jam 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. 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. Jazz:||:Symposium is at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood.

Friday 5/3 – Monty Alexander at Catalina

Pianist Monty Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with a trio including Hassan Shakur on bass and Jason Brown on drums. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Tyler Blanton is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bobby Pierce is at The World Stage in South L.A. Gabrielito is at the Edye Second Stage in Santa Monica. Vocalist Sweet Baby J’ai has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Holy Crow has a happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.  Flutist Wilfrido Terrazas is at The Battery Books & Music in Pasadena. 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.

Saturday 5/4 – Kendrick Scott’s Oracle at Blue Whale

Drummer Kendrick Scott’s Oracle is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Mike Moreno on guitar, John Ellis on reeds, Taylor Eigsti on piano, and Derrick Hodge on bass. Pianist Monty Alexander is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joshua White is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Josh Nelson presents a performance of his “Sky Remains” project in an afternoon show at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Don Randi is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist George Kahn is at The World Stage in South L.A. Latin vocalist Anita Robles celebrates a birthday at the Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks. Rumproller has the happy hour show at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Matthew Von Roderick is at Larsen’s in Valencia. 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. 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 trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank and the El Camino College Big Band at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. The Johnny Holiday Orchestra is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The West Coast Classical Jazz Combo is at the Palmdale Playhouse in Palmdale. Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys are at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.

Sunday 5/5 – Peter Bernstein & Larry Goldings at Blue Whale

Guitarist Peter Bernstein and keyboardist Larry Goldings are at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Pianist Randy Ingram and bassist Drew Gess are at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Pedro Martins has a late show at The Mint in West L.A. Bassist Kevin O’Neal is at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. California Feetwarmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Angelo Metz is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City.  Vocalist Teira Church is at the Grand Central Market in downtown 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 trombonist Paul Young at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., the V-Tones at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, 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 5/6 – Kira Kira at Blue Whale

Kira Kira is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Satoko Fujii on piano, Kappa Maki on trumpet, Al Martin on keys, and Alex Cline on drums. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Blanco Diablo opens for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A. Violinist Benny Bryden is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. 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. Other Monday jam sessions include guitarist Kimberly Ford at SOhO in Santa Barbara, 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.

Tuesday 5/7 – Frank Vardaros Big Band at Catalina

Trumpeter Frank Vardaros leads a big band in tribute to Maynard Ferguson at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Matthew Gordy is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Bassist Miller Wrenn is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Guitarists Robin Noland and Howard Alden are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Dan Sawyer. 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.

Wednesday 5/8 – Kait Dunton & John D’Earth at The Baked Potato

Pianist Kait Dunton and trumpeter John D’Earth celebrate a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Dane Alderson on bass, Jake Reed on drums, and guest saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Drummer Kevin Kanner is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Gene Coye is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian’s Chamber Ensemble is at the MiMoDa Studio in West L.A. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at Vitello’s in Studio City.  Blood & Chocolat is at Resident DTLA in downtown L.A.  Vocalist James Torme is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Sharing Skies is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo.  Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A.  Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Meloney Collins is at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Pianist Bevan Manson and vocalist Marina Pacowski are at The Gardenia in West Hollywood.  Bassist Zephyr Avalon has the happy hour gig 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. The DE Quartet is at the Oyster Bar in Studio City. Vocalist Sydney Kovacs is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

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