About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 24, 2020

Stacey Kent

Monday 2/24 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Alex Sill on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Saxophonist Andrew Conrad is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at The World Stage in South L.A. For a jam session. Other Monday jam sessions include drummer Kevin Kanner’s jazz jam at The Mint in West L.A., 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. Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Monday Madness Jazz Orchestra is at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Tuesday 2/25 – Isamu McGregor at Sam First

Pianist Isamu McGregor is at Sam First in West L.A. with Benjamin Shepherd on bass and Christian Euman on drums. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at TRiP in Santa Monica – guitarist Shea Welsh opens. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Pianist Bradley Young 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. 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. The Boyd Cannon Big Band is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village.

Wednesday 2/26 – Gerald Clayton & Marcel Camargo at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Marcel Camargo are at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pianist Max Haymer is at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Greg Reitian is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Darrell Leonard’s Line-Up is at The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills. Black Market Reverie is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Organist Carey Frank is at Wang’s in the Desert in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Dan Kaneyuki has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with vocalist Meloney Collins. TrioKAIT 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 Marvin Robinson.

Thursday 2/27 – Tom Scott & The LA Express at the Barclay Theatre

Saxophonist Tom Scott is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine with Andrew Synowiec on guitar, Deron Johnson on keys, Chris Colangelo on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne are at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Sara Gazarek and saxophonist Daniel Rotem lead säje at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of three nights (Thu-Sat). Bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall are at the Musco Center in Orange. Saxophonist David Binney is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist David Arnay is at Blue Guitar in South Pasadena. Drummer/vocalist Jamison Ross is at UCSD The Loft in La Jolla. Saxophonist Christopher Hollyday is at The Studio Door in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist/vocalist Woody Mankowski is at Joe’s Great American in Burbank. Bassist Michael Alvidrez is at Sunspace in Sunland. Combo Llamativo is at Viva Rancho Cantina in Burbank. Pianist Chris Barron is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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.  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. Sapphire Swing is at The Press Restaurant in Claremont.

Friday 2/28 – Sara Gazarek & Daniel Rotem/säje at Sam First

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and saxophonist Daniel Rotem lead säje at Sam First in West L.A. for the second of three nights (Thu-Sat) with Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick and Erin Bentlage on vocals, Dawn Clement on piano, Anna Butterss on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. The Aquas Trio is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood. Pianist/vocalist Michael Feinstein is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Dayna Stephens begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The 7 Grand Jazz Band is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Tonic Trio is at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Pianist Quinn Johnson is at 1881 in Pasadena. Guitarist Mitchell Long is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. 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. Bassist Teddy Bang is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City.

Saturday 2/29 – Dean Brown at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gerry Etkins on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalists Patti Austin and Kurt Elling lead a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Vocalist Jackie Ryan is at Pete Carlson’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Dayna Stephens is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Vocalist Sara Gazarek and saxophonist Daniel Rotem lead säje at Sam First in West L.A. Flutist/vocalist Kaylene Peoples is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Bassist James Leary is at The World Stage in South L.A. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Ana Gazzola is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Patrick Barnitt is at Barone’s in Valley Glen. Saxophonist Jessy J is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. She Sings She Swings is at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Drummer Martin Diller is at Perch in downtown L.A. 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 Mike Scott at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Jack’s Cats are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A.

Sunday 3/1 – Stacey Kent at Catalina

Vocalist Stacey Kent is at Catalina in Hollywood with Jim Tomlinson on woodwinds, Graham Harvey on piano, Jeremy Brown on bass, and Josh Morrison on drums. Saxophonist Miguel Zenón is at Bread & Salt in San Diego. Pianist David Garfield plays a late afternoon show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Bassist Francisco Ojeda is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. The Yorkan Trio is at The York in Highland Park. Keyboardist Gary Fukushima leads the monthly College Jazz Jam night at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A.  Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist David P. Stephens plays an afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Victor Baker is at the Handlery Hotel in San Diego for a late afternoon show. Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Angie G is at the W Hotel Living Room in Hollywood. 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 drummer Clayton Cameron 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 3/2 – Matt Gordy at Blue Whale

Drummer Matt Gordy is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo with Ron Stout on trumpet, Rob Lockart on sax, Ido Meshulam on trombone, Sam Hirsh on piano, and Chris Colangelo on bass. Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Ryan DeWeese is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. 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., guitarist Kimberly Ford at SOhO in Santa Barbara, 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. Pianist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.

Tuesday 3/3 – Lee Ritenour & John Pisano at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Lee Ritenour leads a celebration of John Pisano’s Guitar Night, followed by a session featuring guitarists Thom Rotella, Mitch Holder, and Tim May. Pianist Roberto Fonseca is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Pianist Sam Hirsh celebrates a CD release at Sam First in West L.A. Pianist Justin Kauflin is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Thundercat is at the John Van Duzer Theatre in Arcata. Curtis Parry & The Jazz Cartel are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist Setsuko is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Guitarist Dean Grech 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. 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 3/4 – Roberto Fonseca at Blue Whale

Pianist Roberto Fonseca is at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed) with Yandy Martinez on bass and Ruly Herrera on drums. Drummer Anthony Fung is at Sam First in West L.A. for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). The Brothers Of The Situation are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Bruce Forman is at the Hook & Spear Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach. Guitarist Mark Letteri is at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. Vocalists Erin Boheme and Dave Damiani are at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pink Martini opens a five-night (Wed-Sun) run at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Vocalist Debbie Joyce is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Christopher Turner is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy has the happy hour gig at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Organist Jeff Young is at Molly Malone’s in West Hollywood. Violinist Benny Brydern is at Wang’s in the Desert in Palm Springs. 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. 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.

NOTE:  For a list of jazz shows by Date, Time, Artist, Venue and City – please visit the  Quick Calendar updated every day on the Home page at LAjazz.com.

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