About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of May 13, 2019

Hubert Laws

Monday 5/13 – Sam Harris at Blue Whale

Pianist Sam Harris is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Martin Nevin on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums. Vocalist Jean-Paul Mignon is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park. Monday jam sessions include the Falls Lounge in downtown L.A., the monthly blues power jam at The Baked Potato in Studio City, 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. Holy Crow is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank.

Tuesday 5/14 – Sam Hirsh at The Write-Off Room

Pianist Sam Hirsh leads a quartet at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills with Ralph Moore on sax, Alex Boneham on bass, and Kevin Kanner on drums. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble hosts a jam session at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist David Garfield & The Cats are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is at the UCLA Fowler Museum in Westwood. Organist Carey Frank is at The York in Highland Park. The Jazz Butchers celebrate a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker hosts a birthday celebration for Eden Alpert at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Big Butter Jazz Band is at Joe’s Great American In Burbank. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Mitchell Long. 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. Vocalist Cassandra G is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica.

Wednesday 5/15 – Terrell Stafford at Sam First

Trumpeter Terrell Stafford is at Sam First in West L.A. with Bill Cunliffe on piano, Chris Lewis on sax, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Joanna Wallfisch celebrates a CD release at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer leads a sextet at the Herb Alpert Music Center at Los Angeles City College in downtown L.A. Catatonic is at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Isaiah Collier is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Chico Boro Boro is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A.  Bassist Zephyr Avalon is at 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. Sunny Blue has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Happiness Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Thursday 5/16 – Eric Reed at The Muck

Pianist Eric Reed is at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton with Mike Gurrola on bass and Anthony Fung on drums. Drummer Dan Schnelle is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Drummer Kevin Van Den Elzen is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Joey Heredia’s Punk Jazz is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Denny Seiwell is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocalist Lauren Koval is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Organ Donors are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Adam Miller will be at the South Pasadena Theatre Workshop. Guitarist Matt Cohen is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Pianist Markus Burger is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Jamie Shew is at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim. Bassist David Ross is at the downtown L.A. Athletic Club with vocalist Barbara Morrison. Vocalist Maryanne Reall is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at Senor Fish in downtown L.A. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. 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. Strange Jazz Universe leads a jazz jam at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Swingsations are at Barley Forge in Costa Mesa. The Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 5/17 – Dan Rosenboom at Blue Whale

Trumpeter/cornetist Dan Rosenboom is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Gavin Templeton and David Binney on sax, Jeff Babko on keys, Jerry Watts, Jr. and Tim Lefebvre on bass, Gary Novak and Zach Danziger on drums, and Alexander Noice and Tim Conley on guitars. Pianist Daniel Szabo is at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Jason Lee Bruns is at Catalina in Hollywood with vocalist Kevin Bache.
Guitarist Michael Landau leads a trio at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Winston Raval and vocalist Charmaine Clamor host an evening of Filipino jazz at the Bootleg Theater in downtown L.A. Drummer Dick Weller is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Vocalist Sherwood Sledge is at The World Stage in South L.A. The Cannonball/Coltrane Project has the free Friday evening show at LACMA in West L.A. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Chess Park Tavern in Glendale. The Fresh Rhythm Big Band is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Nutty is at the Purple Room 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. The Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Happiness Band is at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. The CalTech Jazz Band is at the Ramo Auditorium in Pasadena.

Saturday 5/18 – Hubert Laws at the Moss Theater

Flutist Hubert Laws is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with Mitchel Forman on piano, John Leftwich on bass, and Joey Heredia on drums. Guitarist Michael Landau’s Liquid Quartet is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Percussionist Pete Escovedo is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Jon Mayer is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Kait Dunton is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. for a happy hour gig. Vocalist Amanda McBroom is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Drummer Mark Z. Stevens leads a trio at Desert Rose in Los Feliz. 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 pianist Sam Hirsh at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at Baltaire in Brentwood. NuJazz is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Bill James is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Sunday 5/19 – Jon Mayer at Sam First

Pianist Jon Mayer is at Sam First in West L.A. for the second of two nights (Sat-Sun) with Will Lyle on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums. Jeff Goldblum is at Catalina in Hollwood for a WeSpark Cancer Benefit show with vocalists Patti Austin and Cybill Shepherd. Tritone Asylum is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ethan Sherman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park. Guitarist Elyadeen Anbar is at 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. Guitarist Angelo Metz is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. The Vignes Rooftop Revival plays a happy hour show at Brack Shop Tavern in downtown L.A. Sunday brunch choices include drummer/vocalist Dave Tull at SOhO in Santa Barbara, guitarist Frank Potenza 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. The Harvard-Westlake high school jazz bands are at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Monday 5/20 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gary Novak on drums, Bob Reynolds on sax, and Jimmy Earl on bass. Pianist Larry Fuller is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Bassist Timothy Fenton 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. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. California Feetwarmers are 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. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. 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.

Tuesday 5/21 – Brent Canter at Blue Whale

Guitarist Brent Canter is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Max Haymer and Julian Pollock on keys, Katisse Buckingham on reeds, Jerry Watts on bass, and Charles Ruggerio on drums. Drummer Roy McCurdy is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi’s big band is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Melissa Morgan. Vocalist Patrick Barnitt celebrates a CD release backed by the Paul McDonald Big Band at Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Matt Mayhall is at The York in Highland Park. Blanco Diablo is at TRiP in Santa Monica. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest John Storie. Vocalist Bonnie Bowden is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. 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 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) jazz bands are at Catalina in Hollywood.

Wednesday 5/22 – John Beasley at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Pianist John Beasley is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Ralph Moore on sax, Eric Revis on bass, and Adonis Rose on drums. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Amy Bormet and drummer Ana Barreiro celebrate a CD release at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Andy James is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Fister is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Jason Obermann is at Vitello’s in Studio City. The Colibri Quartet is at Oeno Wine bar in Atwarter Village. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor 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. The Swingsations are at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente.

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