SoCal jazz highlights this week include Bob Reynolds, Jeff Lorber, Charles Ruggerio with Jane Monheit, Tierney Sutton, Artyom Manukyan, Don Littleton, Teka, Dan Schnelle, Paul Peress, Bruce Forman, and Katisse Buckingham.
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 in late January. 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.
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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 5/10 – Ray Fuller at Spaghettini
Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Dominick Eade.
Tuesday 5/11 – Teka New Bossa Quartet at Bayside Restaurant
Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with saxophonist Doug Webb. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Second Home Hollywood in an outdoor + livestream performance with pianist Vardan Ovsepian and drummer Arman Jalalyan. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Vocalist Lia Booth 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 pianist Mike Greensill.
Wednesday 5/12 – Doug MacDonald at AJ’s On The Green
Guitarist Doug MacDonald fronts a trio at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Elena Gilliam and guitarist George Gilliam play a livestream from Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist David Diggs.
Thursday 5/13 – Dan Schnelle at Sam First
Drummer Dan Schnelle is at Sam First for a livestream featuring Josh Nelson on piano, Anthony Wilson on guitar, and Karl McComas-Reichl on bass. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Drummer Paul Peress does a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Guitarist Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop is at The Muck in Fullerton. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The MaQui Trio is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton.
Friday 5/14 – Tierney Sutton at The Wallis
Vocalist Tierney Sutton celebrates 25 years with her group including Christopher Jacob on piano, Kevin Axt and Trey Henry on basses, and Ray Brinker on drums via a livestream from The Sorting Room at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Keyboardist David Garfield plays an afternoon livestream concert featuring vocalist Liliana de los Reyes. Drummer Don Littleton’s Elephants In The Park play a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Drummer Clayton Cameron plays a livestream via the California Jazz Foundation featuring guest vocalist Sophia James. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features trumpeter Tony Guerrero.
Saturday 5/15 – Jeff Lorber at The Baked Potato
Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia hosts a jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist/trumpeter Chris Norton is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist leads a trio at Pietris Bakery in Long Beach. Wahid with Jimmy Mahlis on guitar/oud and Chris Wabich on percussion play an outdoor show at MiM Gallery in West L.A. Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features guitarist Jeff Richman.
Sunday 5/16 – Charles Ruggerio w/Jane Monheit at The Baked Potato
Drummer Charles Ruggerio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest vocalist Jane Monheit and a band including Larry Goldings on keys, Bob Reynolds on sax, and Eric Revis on bass. Guitarist Josh Mellicker leads a group at Strada in downtown Los Angeles featuring flutist/saxophonist Katisse Buckingham with Mike Gurrola on bass and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. on drums. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Vocalist Meloney Collins is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a livestream solo concert dedicated to the late Tommy Flanagan. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. 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 vocalist Kenny Washington.
Monday 5/17 – Charles McPherson at the Athenaeum Library
Saxophonist Charles McPherson plays a livestream concert from the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla, joined by pianist Randy Porter. Vocalist/pianist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist Barnaby Finch.
Tuesday 5/18 – Dan Rosenboom at Second Home Hollywood
Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom’s quartet is outdoors at Second Home in Hollywood, sponsored by Sam First (livestream also). Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Alex Frank play a livestream show dedicated to the music of Frank Sinatra. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Pianist Mark LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Live at Zero BPM hosts a Jazz Roundtable on Facebook live with original Wrecking Crew members Dan Randi and Don Peake. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features guitarist Dean Parks.
Wednesday 5/19 – Doug MacDonald at AJ’s On The Green
Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a trio at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Keyboardist Adam Bravo plays a livestream from Laguna Beach. The latest livestream concert for The Innocence Project features vocalists including Flora Purim, Meredith d’Ambrosio, and Anita Robles. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features Dutch vocalist Fay Claassen.