SoCal jazz highlights this week include Mitchel Forman, Scott Kinsey, the LA Jazz Quartet, Ken Peplowski, Jane Monheit, Andrew Synowiec, Eric Marienthal & Aubrey Logan, Brad Rabuchin, and the Alan Chan Orchestra.
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 4/26 – 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. Composer Alan Chan’s Orchestra presents a livestream performance including vocalist Laura Dickinson. 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.
Thursday 4/29 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato
Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Tim Lefebvre on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Cyril Atef on percussion and vocals. Cellist Arytom Manukyan leads a trio livestream show via Sam First in West L.A. The LA Jazz Society presents an online concert with vocalist Jane Monheit and pianist Max Haymer. Vocalist Amanda Castro 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. The Live At Zero BPM streaming concert series features guitarist Michael O’Neill. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Marc Jordan.
Friday 4/30 – Mitchel Forman at The Baked Potato
Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Janek Gwizdala on bass, Chad Wackerman on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion. Guitarist Jacques Lesure plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Zane Carney debuts a new album with a livestream performance recorded earlier this week at Catalina Jazz Club featuring Katisse Buckingham on sax/flute, Jerry Watts on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Janis Siegel.
Saturday 5/1 – Andrew Synowiec at The Baked Potato
Guitarist Andrew Synowiec is The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jeff Babko on keys, Sean Hurley on bass, and Jake Reed on drums. Drummer Mark San Filippo plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia leads a jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist leads a trio at Pietris Bakery in Long Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianists Jon Mayer and Oscar Hernandez.
Sunday 5/2 – LA Jazz Quartet at The Baked Potato
The LA Jazz Quartet is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Larry Koonse on guitar, Chuck Manning on sax, Darek Oles on bass, and Jason Harnell on drums. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Guitarist Josh Mellicker leads a group at Strada in downtown Los Angeles. Pianist Mark LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Bassist Dene Davidson leads a late afternoon jazz Vespers from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features organist Carey Frank.
Monday 5/3 – Gregg Karukas at Spaghettini
Keyboardist Gregg Karukas plays an outdoor patio show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with Keith McKelly on sax, Pay Kelley on guitar, and Joel Taylor on drums. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Bob Stoloff.
Tuesday 5/4 – Ana Robles at Garden Cafe
Latin vocalist Ana Robles celebrates a birthday with a performance at Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks, backed by Dori Amarillo on guitar and Richie “Gajate” Garcia on percussion. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Vocalist Rebecca Jade 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 guitarists Pat Kelley, Joe Robinson, & Vinny Raniolo. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features bassist/vocalist Kristen Korb.
Wednesday 5/5 – Ron Kobayashi at The Drake
Pianist Ron Kobayashi 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. The Innocence Project offers another livestream featuring jazz vocalists including Peggie Perkins and Beth Rohde. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features drummer Tom Brechtlein.