About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 7, 2021

Chad Wackerman

SoCal jazz highlights this week include Chad Wackerman, Bob Reynolds, Champian Fulton, Vardan Ovsepian, Alex Machacek, Eric Marienthal, Scott Kinsey, Ryan Porter, Billy Mohler, Holophonor, and Gunhild Carling.

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. California is scheduled to reopen without restrictions on June 15, 2021, and it can be expected most entertainment venues will reopen shortly thereafter.

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 6/7 – Bianca Love Jam Session at Sugar Bank

Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love hosts a jam session in Central L.A. with Mike Gurrola on bass, Paul Cornish on keys, and Aaron Walker on drums. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts her weekly Monday Serenade Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features trumpeter John Daversa and guitarist Justin Morell.

 

Tuesday 6/8 – Charlie Arbalez Jazz Botankia Jam session at Queen Bee’s

Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and guitarist Larry Koonse play a livestream show. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features cellist Akua Dixon.

 

Wednesday 6/9 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at the Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Bassist Billy Mohler is at Sam First near LAX with Chris Speed on sax, John Escreet on piano, and Tony Austin on drums.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a trio at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City.  Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On la Brea in West L.A.  Pianist Peggy Dusquenel plays a livestream from Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features saxophonist and bandleader Tom Kubis.

 

Thursday 6/10 – Bob Reynolds at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Drummer Anthony Fung is at Sam First near LAX.  Holophonor is at The Muck in Fullerton for an outdoor show.  Trombonist Gunhild Carling begins a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at Oscar’s in Palm Springs.  Vocalist Tony Jones plays a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Drummer Davey Miller is at Grapes & Hops in Ventura.  Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.  Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A.  Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features jazz curator Terence Love.

 

Friday 6/11– Chad Wackerman at The Baked Potato

Drummer Chad Wackerman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jim Cox on keys, Mike Miller on guitar, and Jimmy Johnson on bass. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Galaxy plays a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Trombonist Ryan Porter is featured in a livestream performance from LACMA in West L.A. Keyboardist Jeff Babko is at Johnny’s Pastrami on West Adams in West L.A. Trombonist Gunhild Carling is at Oscar’s in Palm Springs. Vocalist Richard Shelton does a livestream performance from Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree plays an outdoor set at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features arranger/vocalist HB Barnum.

 

Saturday 6/12 – Vardan Ovsepian at Sam First

Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Sam First near LAX for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Eric Sittner on bass and Christian Euman on drums. Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. The Summer Swing Nights Series begins at El Camino College in Torrance (also available via livestream). Drummer Joel Taylor is at the 1881 bar in Pasadena. Trombonist Gunhild Carling is at Oscar’s in Palm Springs. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a livestream tribute to John Coltrane. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist leads a trio at Pietris Bakery in Long Beach. 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. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist and contractor Sally Stevens.

 

Sunday 6/13 – Alex Machacek at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Alex Machacek is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Anthony Crawford on bass and Donald Barrett on drums.  Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a quartet in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Guitarist Josh Mellicker leads a group at Strada in downtown Los Angeles. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Saxophonist Anthony Ortega is at Mr. Peabody’s in San Diego. 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 keyboardist Gregg Karukas.

 

Monday 6/14 – Jeff Kashiwa at Spaghettini

Hiroshima saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love hosts a jam session at Sugar Bank in Central L.A. with a group including Mike Gurrola on bass, Robert Rodriguez on keys, and Reggie Quinerly on drums. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts her weekly Monday Serenade Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Christine Guter.

 

Tuesday 6/15 – Larry Goldings at Second Home Hollywood

Sam First presents keyboardist Larry Goldings at Second Home Hollywood with Anthony Wilson on guitar and Jay Bellerose on drums. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Joel Taylor leads the Brig Band at The Brig in Venice. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux play a livestream show. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen present an afternoon Facebook livestream discussion with vocalist Sue Raney. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features duo Mike and Lynn Palter.

 

Wednesday 6/16 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb celebrates the full reopening of The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed) with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jimmy Earl on bass, Jamie Kime on guitar, and Danny Carey on drums. Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a trio at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Trombonist Kevin Hicks plays a livestream from Laguna Beach. The latest livestream concert for The Innocence Project features vocalists including Cheryl Barnes, Gina Eckstine, and Jody Jaress. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features drummer/label owner John Bishop.

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