About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 13, 2020

Simon Phillips & Protocol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  This is the week of the annual NAMM show for music professionals in Anaheim, the busiest week of the year for jazz clubs across Southern California – plan accordingly and make reservations early whenever possible.

Monday 1/13 – Brandon Fansher at Blue Whale

Bassist Brandon Fansher is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Jun Iida on trumpet, Jordan Leicht on sax, Will Kjeer on piano, Masami Kuroki on guitar, and Alex Snydman on drums. The Jazz Butchers open for drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with vocalist Felice Hernandez. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. Other 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 Riviera 31 in Beverly Hills. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Eat Drink Americano in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Richie Freedman’s Cool Blue at Las Hadas in Northridge. The monthly Blues Power Jamm is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 1/14 – Will Brahm at Blue Whale

Guitarist Will Brahm is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Chris Lewis on sax, Kevin Van Den Elzen on drums, and Logan Kane on bass. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Sam First in West L.A. The Skol Hamm Asylum is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Kirk Whalum is at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. Dos Bros opens for guitarist Mark Leggett at TRIP in Santa Monica. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Walter Lakota is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West 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. Vocalists Jay Jackson and Lisa Wall-Urgero are at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Strange Jazz Universe is at Industry Cafe in Culver City. Pianist Derrik Lewis is at The Tropicale in Palm Springs. The DE Quartet is at the Oyster Bar in Studio City. Marigold is at Mama Lion in downtown L.A. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Drummer Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni play a morning show at Las Hadas in Northridge.

Wednesday 1/15 – Virgil Donati at The Baked Potato

Drummer Virgil Donati is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Chris Clark on keys, Andre Nieri on guitar, and Junior Braguinha on bass. Vocalist Erin Bentlage is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist David Binney and pianist John Escreet are at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Drummer Dexter Story is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Strunz & Farah are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Wang’s in the Desert in Palm Springs. Bassist Bruce Lett has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Drummer Trevor Anderies is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Bassist Zephy Avalon 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. Trombonist Steve Johnson has a happy hour gig at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank, followed by The Flight 584 Big Band. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. The Top Hat Big Band is at Las Hadas in Northridge. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Pianist Karen Hernandez is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock with vocalist James Arnold. Vocalist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.

Thursday 1/16 – Baked Potato Super All-Stars at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Mike Miller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Johnson on bass, Chad Wackerman on drums, Walt Fowler on trumpet/flugelhorn, and Brandon Fields on sax. Drummer Gene Coye is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Saxophonist David Binney and pianist John Escreet are at Sam First in West L.A. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Vocalist Maria Puga Lareo and saxophonist Bob Sheppard are art Blue Guitar in South Pasadena.  Drummer Simon Phillips & Protocol are at Catalina in Hollywood.  Saxophonist/vocalist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Pianist/vocalist Aaron Akins is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Lanie Kazan at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarists Wayne Wilkinson and Howard Paul are at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at The Mixx in Pasadena. The Lineage Trio is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Bassist David Ross is at the downtown LA Athletic Club. Drummer Ben Rose is at Perch in downtown L.A. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Pianist Linda Peterson is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. 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 Baldy Mountain Jazz Band is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Vocalist Slim Man celebrates a CD release at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano.

Friday 1/17 – Simon Phillips & Protocol at Catalina

Drummer Simon Phillips is at Catalina in Hollywood for the second of three nights (Thu-Sat) with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Alex Sill on guitar, Jacob Scesney on sax, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Guitarist Scott Henderson is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Russell Malone is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Vocalist Luciana Souza is at the Soraya in Northridge for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist John Escreet is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Rodriguez Brothers Quartet is at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). The Garden District Band is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist Bobby West is at The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Eric Johnson is at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Pianist Justin Kauflin is at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lillias White is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Jazz Zone is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Drummer Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena. Guitarist Mitchell Long is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room 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. Vocalist Cynthia Thomas is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. The Woody James Big Band plays an early afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank.

Saturday 1/18 – Stanley Clarke at The Broad Stage

Bassist Stanley Clarke is at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica with Shariq Tucker on drums, Cameron Graves and Beka Gochiashvili on keys, Salar Nader on tabla, and Evan Garr on violin. Pianist Benny Green is at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica with Mike Gurrola on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums. Vocalist Luciana Souza is at the Soraya in Northridge. Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Sat-Sun). Drummers Nate Wood, Zach Danziger and Louis Cole share a bill at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Rodriguez Brothers Quartet is at Sam First in West L.A. Guitarist Scott Henderson is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Lea Delaria is at the Theatre at The Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. Keyboardists DOMi and Brandon Coleman split a bill at the Morrocan Lounge in downtown L.A. Guitarist Peter Sprague is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert with vocalist Sinne Eeg. Violinist Karen Briggs is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist/vocalist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Kate Baldwin is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Bassist Blair Bryant plays an afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. Trumpeter Skip Spiro’s Little Big Band plays an afternoon show at The Winery in Ventura. The Northeast L.A. Jazz Group is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock.  Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saturday brunch choices include trombonist Steve Johnson at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank and guitarist Riner Scivally at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Jack’s Cats are at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

Sunday 1/19 – Bass Extremes at Catalina

Bass Extremes is at Catalina in Hollywood with bassists Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey with drummer Gregg Bissonette. Harriet Tubman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the first of two nights (Sun-Mon). Guitarist Tim Miller plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park. Australian vocalist Michelle Nicolle is at The G Spot house concert series in Highland Park. Bassist Brian Bromberg is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalists Phil Crosby, Jr. and Nicole Chesterman are at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Violinist Fabrice You is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Sandra Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Adam Wolff plays a late afternoon show at the Handlery Hotel in San Diego. 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. Drummer Dean Rohan is at Fellow in Westwood. Sunday brunch choices include saxophonist Doug Webb 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, and guitarist Mark Fitchett at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach.

Monday 1/20 – Zappa at The Baked Potato

Zappa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of three nights (Mon-Wed) with Ray White on guitar/vocals, Robert Martin on keys/sax/vocals, Mike Keneally on guitar/vocals, Scott Thunes on bass, and Joe Travers on drums/vocals. The Buddy Rich Big Band featuring drummer Gregg Potter is at Catalina in Hollywood. Ghost-Note is at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A. Harriet Tubman is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Samantha Sidley is at Zebulon in Silverlake. Pianist Ron Kobayashi and vocalist Debbi Ebert are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at The Famous in Glendale. 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 Riviera 31 in Beverly Hills. The Vignes Rooftop Revival is at Eat Drink Americano in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Richie Freedman’s Cool Blue is at Las Hadas in Northridge.

Tuesday 1/21 – Sinne Eeg at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s

Vocalist Sinne Eeg is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s with Josh Nelson on piano and Larry Koonse on guitar. Bassist Billy Mohler is at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed) with David Binney on saxophone and Joe La Barbera on drums. Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Zappa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Got Monk? is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Mike McKenna is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Ted Howe is at The Sherman Attic in Sherman Oaks. Trumpeter Brian Swartz is at Perch in downtown L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West 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 is at Woody’s Palm House in Palm Springs. Pianist Derrik Lewis is at The Tropicale in Palm Springs. The DE Quartet is at the Oyster Bar in Studio City. Marigold is at Mama Lion in downtown L.A. The Magnolia Street Jazz Band plays a noon show at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Drummer Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni play a morning show at Las Hadas in Northridge.

Wednesday 1/22 – Biréli Lagrène at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Guitarist Biréli Lagrène in at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in West L.A. with saxophonist Frank Wolf and bassist William Branard. Zappa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Billy Mohler is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Tony Tixier is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Charles Owens has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Sofia Rei is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalists Elaine Dame and Rose Colella are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Organist Brian Charette is at The Winery in Ventura. The Mark Hix Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Axon Orchestra is at the Corazon Performing Arts Center in Topanga. Vocalist Douye is at Wang’s in the Desert in Palm Springs. Gypsy guitarist John Jorgenson is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Adam Ratner 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. Trombonist Steve Johnson plays a late afternoon show at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank, followed by the Flight 584 Big Band. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. The Top Hat Big Band is at Las Hadas in Northridge. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Pianist Karen Hernandez is at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock with vocalist Marvin Robinson. Vocalist Ed Romero is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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