About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of May 20, 2019

Simon Phillips & Protocol

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. Vocalist Howie Levine is at the Las Hadas Restaurant in Northridge.

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 at Feinstein’s 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.  Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Guitarist/vocalist Steve Fister is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Jason Obermann is at at Feinstein’s 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. The El Camino College Concert Jazz Band is at the Marsee Auditorium in Torrance.

Thursday 5/23 – Kathleen Grace at Blue Whale

Vocalist Kathleen Grace is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Patrice Rushen on piano, Anna Butterss on bass, and Greg Uhlmann on guitar. Organist Brian Charette is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Bryn Roberts is at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Claude Hall is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Vocalist Andy James is at The Muck in Fullerton. Vocalist Ashley Pezzotti celebrates a CD release at at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Vocalist John Papadakis is at Catalina in Hollywood. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Work In Progress is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Pianist Bevan Manson and guitarist Tom Rizzo are at Sunspace in Sunland. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy is at The Merc in Temecula. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. 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. 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.

Friday 5/24 – Simon Phillips & Protocol at Catalina

Drummer Simon Phillips & Protocol open a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Alex Sill on guitar, Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Jacob Scesney on sax. Pianist Alan Pasqua is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Vocalist Patti Austin is at Nordhoff Hall at CSUN Northridge for a benefit for the Teenage Drama Workshop. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at Sam First in West L.A. The Los Angeles Jazz Institute kicks off its three-day (Fri-Sun) big band festival at the Westin LAX. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz has the free Friday evening show at LACMA in West L.A. Pianist Cameron Graves is at the Townhouse in Venice. El Trio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Violinist/vocalist Leah Zeger is at the Pasadena Conservatory Of Music. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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 El Camino College Studio Jazz Band is at the Haag Recital Hall in Torrance.

Saturday 5/25 – Joe La Barbera at Blue Whale

Drummer Joe La Barbera is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Bob Sheppard on sax, Clay Jenkins on trumpet, Bill Cunliffe on piano, and Jonathan Richards on bass. Pianist John Beasley leads a septet version of his MONK’estra project at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Trumpeter John Daversa’s Big Band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Simon Phillips & Protocol are at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Theo Saunders and vocalist Dwight Trible lead Trane Stories at The World Stage in South L.A. The Los Angeles Jazz Institute continues its three-day (Fri-Sun) big band festival at the Westin LAX. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Sam First in West L.A.  Vocalist Stephanie Spruill is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Bassist Tim Fenton is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Fabus Four with vocalist Natalie Mendoza are at Clifton’s Republic in downtown L.A. 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. Bassist Teddy Bang has the happy hour gig at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.

Sunday 5/26 – John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

Trumpeter John Daversa’s Big Band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Sat-Sun). Bassist Benjamin Shepherd is at Sam First in West L.A. with Billy Childs on piano and Joe La Barbera on drums. Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at Zebulon in Silver Lake. The Los Angeles Jazz Institute concludes its three-day (Fri-Sun) big band festival at the Westin LAX. Keyboardist David Garfield plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Geoff Stradling is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Candi Sosa is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Guitarist Suren Arustamyan at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at The York in Highland Park. Conjunto Oye! Kicks off the free Saturday Latin music evening series for 2019 at LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Keri Kelsey is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. The Perri Sisters are at Vibrato in Bel Air.  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., followed by an evening gig at the Grand Central Market.  Sunday brunch choices include guitarist Frank Potenza at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, vocalist Jesse Palter at Perch in downtown L.A., pianist Sunny Na and vocalist Cheryl Conley 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. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia hosts a morning vocal workshop at her studio in Granada Hills with guitarist Jamie Findlay. Vocalist Billy Valentine plays an afternoon show at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio.

Monday 5/27 – Randal Fisher at Blue Whale

Saxophonist Randal Fisher is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Nadav Peled on guitar, Mahesh Balasooriya on piano, Michael Alvidrez on bass, and Will Logan on drums. Bassist Pete Griffin is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jamie Kime and Lee Wertman on guitars, Ty Bailie on keys, and Andy Sanesi on drums. 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.  The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Eat Drink Americano in downtown L.A.  Trumpeter Lin Rountree plays an afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach.

Tuesday 5/28 – Bob Holz at Catalina

Drummer Bob Holz is at Catalina in Hollywood with Mike Miller on guitar, Brandon Fields on sax, Benjamin Shepherd on bass, and Billy Steinway on keys. Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Brazilian vocalist Kenia is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. The Blue Rhythm Orchestra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at The Country Club in Costa Mesa. John Pisano’s Guitar Night is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank with guest Brad Rabuchin. 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 El Camino College Guitar and Vocal Jazz Ensembles are at the Haag Recital Hall in Torrance. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 5/29 – Steve Weingart at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Steve Weingart is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mike Miller on guitar, Renee Jones on vocals, Benjamin Shepherd on bass, and Joel Taylor on drums. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher and Socrates’ Trial are backed by a 25-piece orchestra at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc plays a solo piano performance at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Guitarist Larry Koonse and pianist David Roitstein are at Sam First in West L.A. Saxophonist Doug Webb has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Saxophonist/vocalist Paulie Cerra is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Pete Chinelli offers a Frank Sinatra tribute at Catalina in Hollywood backed by the Big Band Swing Express. Drummer Dave Dumonde 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. Vocalist Ed Romero is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Jack’s Cats are at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s