About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 12, 2021

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, LAjazz.com will continue to do its best to update you as to the status of live jazz events across Southern California.

Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the ban on outdoor dining throughout the state as of January 25th, 2021. Some venues that have previously offered outdoor dining and music have begun doing so again, and more can be expected to come online shortly. Indoor dining restrictions are also being partially lifted with capacity restrictions in place. Bars in Los Angeles have been given permission to reopen with specific limits on seating capacities and times as of April 5, 2021. The LA Phil has announced they will begin offering concerts at the Hollywood bowl beginning in July 2021. Most larger entertainment and concert venues have canceled their performance schedules for the first half of 2021.

Most restaurants have also implemented an advance reservations policy to help comply with seating and social distancing needs. Please check with any venue listed below for exact times and information regarding music and reservations before heading out. Some venues and musicians are also offering livestream events – please visit your favorite club and artist websites for more information about livestream events – LAjazz.com has a limited schedule of livestream events available with showtimes and event weblinks when available.

LAjazz.com highly recommends wearing a mask whenever possible in music venues (and generally in public) out of respect for musicians, staff, and your fellow patrons. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.

Be smart and help your local musicians, venues, and neighbors during this period – LAjazz.com will do its part to keep you up to date and informed throughout the week. Stay safe out there, and remember what a gift live music is to all of us.

Please see the Quick Calendar at LAjazz.com and the online version of About & Out for the latest updates – both are updated on a regular basis throughout the week.

NOTE: The LAjazz.com Quick Calendar contains showtimes and links (whenever possible) to livestream events.

Monday 4/12 – Eric Reed & John Clayton at The Athenaeum Library

Pianist Eric Reed and bassist John Clayton play a livestream concert at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Suzanne Pittson.

 

Tuesday 4/13 – Tom Scott & Benny Benack at Bayside Restaurant

Saxophonist Tom Scott and trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack are at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen discuss composer/pianist Clare Fischer with his son Brent Fischer in a late afternoon Facebook hang. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist Danny Green.

 

Wednesday 4/14 – Lia Booth at The Drake

Vocalist Lia Booth leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City.  Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features drummer Jimmy Branly.

 

Thursday 4/15 – Groove Legacy at The Baked Potato

Groove Legacy plays the first live show at Studio City’s The Baked Potato in many months – the club is offering limited indoor and outdoor seating – including Paulie Cerra on sax, Kevin Hicks on trombone, Sam Meek on guitar, Travis Carlton on bass, Gary Novak on drums and Billy Steinway on keys. Vocalist Melissa Morgan plays a livestream show at Sam First in West L.A. Flutist Lori Bell is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Maqui Trio is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Catina DeLuna.

 

Friday 4/16 – Allen Hinds at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys, Travis Carlton on bass, Gene Coye on drums, and Maxayn Lewis on vocals. Guitarist Greg Poree plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Gina Eckstine.

 

Saturday 4/17 – Don Randi & Quest at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Don Randi leads his long-running Quest band at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bernie Dresel on drums, Jerry Watts on bass, John DePatie on guitar, and Pete Korpela on percussion. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Saxophonist Bob Sheppard plays a livestream concert for the Musicians At Play Foundation.   Drummer Mark San Filippo plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Violinist Ted Falcon offers an evening of Brazilian music at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist Elena Gilliam is at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin plays a livestream show from Musicians Local Union 47 in Burbank. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a solo jazz piano set livestream from home.

 

Sunday 4/18 – Brad Rabuchin at Michael’s On Riverside

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group in a new weekly Sunday outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Guitarist Zach Caplinger and vocalist Teryn Re are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Nick & G’s in Rancho Santa Fe with a trio including Tommy Gannon on piano, Joe Amato on drums, and Will Lyle on bass. Drummer Jeff Hamilton leads a trio including pianist Tamir Hendelman in an afternoon livestream of viewer requested songs. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Bassist Dene Davidson leads a late afternoon jazz Vespers from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Paris Chansons is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features composer Nan Schwartz.

 

Monday 4/19 – Mark Lebrun at The Drake

Pianist Mark Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Laila Biali.

 

Tuesday 4/20 – Charlie Arbelaez at Queen Bee

Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Live at Zero BPM hosts a Jazz Roundtable on Facebook live with composer Ron Jones. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features booker Rio Sakairi.

 

Wednesday 4/21 – Meloney Collins at The Drake

Vocalist Meloney Collins is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Producer Debra Graff’s latest online Zoom concert for The Innocence Project features jazz vocalists including Rachel Sorsa. Cathy’s Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features organist Brian Charette.

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