About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 19, 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 4/19 – 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. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Producer Debra Graff’s latest online Zoom concert for The Innocence Project features jazz vocalists including Rachel Sorsa. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features organist Brian Charette.

Thursday 4/22 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

Former “Conan” saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Langham on keys, John Leftwich on bass, and Bernie Dresel on drums. Pianist Bill Cunliffe plays a solo livestream show at Sam First in West L.A. Vocalist Leslie Page is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Joe Gaeta is at the Wrigley Tavern in Long Beach with Bill Markus on bass and Elliott Caine on trumpet. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. The Live At Zero BPM streaming concert series features guitarist Jeff Miley, bassist Tim Landers, and drummer Herman Matthews. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vibraphonist Nick Mancini.

Friday 4/23 – Mike Miller at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Mike Miller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Walt Fowler on trumpet, Brandon Fields on sax, Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Chad Wackerman on drums. Pianist Jon Mayer leads a group at Queen Bee’s in San Diego with Will Lyle on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Charlie Arbelaez on sax that will also be available as a livestream. Saxophonist Angelo Moore plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. East Bay Soul with trumpeter Greg Adams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist Russell Ferrante.

Saturday 4/24 – Dean Brown at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Dean Brown is The Baked Potato in Studio City with Brandon Fields on sax, Gerry Etkins on keys, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Keyboardist David Garfield plays an afternoon home livestream with vocalist Alex Ligertwood, Steve Ferrone on drums, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Tony Pulizzi on guitar. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia leads a jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Drummer Mark San Filippo plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. East Bay Soul with trumpeter Greg Adams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a solo jazz piano set livestream from home dedicated to the music of Sarah Vaughan. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Peter Eldridge.

Sunday 4/25 – Brad Rabuchin at Michael’s On Riverside

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Pianist Paul Cornish plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. sponsored by the 18th Street Arts Center. Blues guitarist/vocalist Artur Menezes is at The Baked Potato. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Nick & G’s in Rancho Santa Fe. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Bassist Dene Davidson leads a late afternoon jazz Vespers from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick plays a late afternoon livestream concert. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features singer Kiki Wow.

Monday 4/26 – Eric Marienthal & Aubrey Logan at Spaghettini

Saxophonist Eric Marirenthal and trombonist/vocalist Aubrey Logan are 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 Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features jazz educator Stacey Hoffman.

Tuesday 4/27 – Ken Peplowski at Bayside Restaurant

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with trombonist Dan Barrett. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features drummer Jason Harnell.

Wednesday 4/28 – 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. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features bassist/vocalist Nancy Reed.

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