About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 21, 2021

Peter Erskine – Alan Pasqua – Darek Oles

Note: About & Out has a new online home – lajazzpicks.com !

June winds down with a SoCal jazz week including Alan Pasqua, Gerald Clayton, Poncho Sanchez, Wesley Ritenour, Sam Barsh, Steve Tyrell, Otmaro Ruiz, Laura Dickinson, Matthew Yeakley, Special EFX, Brian Hargrove, Will Brahm & Marina Pacowski, Gina Kronstadt with John Beasley, and Ron Kobayashi.

Tuesday, June 15th marks the end of most California restrictions on live music venues including bars, restaurants, and indoor/outdoor performance venues. Some venues will immediately begin offering full seating for live music, and numerous others are expected to re-open in the coming weeks.

Please check with venues in regards to policies on advance reservations, masks and social distancing. Some venues and musicians are continuing to offer livestream events – please visit your favorite club and artist websites for more information about livestream events – the LAjazz.com Quick Calendar has a limited schedule of livestream events available with showtimes and event weblinks when available.

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

Monday 6/21 – Matthew Yeakley Jam Session at The Falls Lounge

Guitarist Matthew Yeakley reopens his long-running Monday night jam session at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love hosts a jam session in Central L.A. at Sugar Bank with a band including Mike Gurrola on bass. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Bassist Ryan Cross’ Jazz Eclectic is at Riviera 31 at the Beverly Hills Sofitel Hotel. Pianist Mark Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts her weekly Monday Serenade Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Rachel Caswell.

 

Tuesday 6/22 – TRiP Benefit w/Gina Kronstadt, John Beasley & More at TRiP

TRiP in Santa Monica hosts a pandemic-relief all-star benefit concert including performances by Gina Kronstadt with pianist John Beasley, Dennis Mitcheltree, Corcovado and more. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Holy Crow is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Kate Richards Geller.

 

Wednesday 6/23 – Gerald Clayton at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Pianist Gerald Clayton is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pianist Robert Rodriguez is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato backed by Michael Landau on guitar, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist Brian Clancy plays a livestream from Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features guitarist Spencer Reed.

 

Thursday 6/24 – Sam Barsh at Sam First

Pianist Sam Barsh is at Sam First near LAX with Gabe Noel on bass and Gene Coye on drums. Guitarist/vocalist Rafael Moreira is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocal & guitar duo Elena & George Gilliam are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. 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. Guitarist Will Brahm and vocalist Marina Pacowski perform a livestream show for the Philosophical Research Society. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. California Feetwarmers are at the Original Farmers Market in West L.A. Blues harmonica player Ilya Portnov does a livestream show for LiveAtZeroBPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features guitarist Pat Kelley.

 

Friday 6/25 – Wesley Ritenour at The Baked Potato

Drummer Wesley Ritenour is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Colin Cook on guitar, Otmaro Ruiz on keys, and Nick Campbell on bass. Pianist Alan Pasqua is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz plays a livestream show from LACMA in West L.A. Pianist Brian Hargrove plays a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Keyboardist Jeff Babko is at Johnny’s Pastrami on West Adams in West L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Drummer Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist Mitchel Forman.

 

Saturday 6/26 – Pasqua/Oles/Erskine at Sam First

Pianist Alan Pasqua is at Sam First near LAX for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Darek Oles on bass and Peter Erskine on drums. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Special EFX is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Along For The Ride is at Valleydale Park in Azuza. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Post & Beam in South L.A. 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. Guitarist Albert Lee is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features guitarist Tim Weston.

 

Sunday 6/27 – Poncho Sanchez at Campus Jax

Latin percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Laura Dickinson does an online Sunday late afternoon tea for Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood with pianist Charle Ferguson. Guitarist/vocalist Artur Menezes is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a quartet followed by a jam session 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. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with vocalist Jamie Van Der Sluys. Bassist Zephyr Avalon is at The San Fernando in Glendale. 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 Encinitas. Like Minds is at the Wilmore Wine Bar in Long 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 vocalist Pinky Winters and pianist Christian Jacob.

 

Monday 6/28 – Eric Marienthal & Michael Lington at Spaghettini

Saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Michael Lington are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley hosts a Monday night jam session at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love hosts a jam session in Central L.A. at Sugar Bank with a band including Mike Gurrola on bass. Bassist Ryan Cross’ Jazz Eclectic is at Riviera 31 at the Beverly Hills Sofitel Hotel. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts her weekly Monday Serenade Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features trombonist Joey Sellers.

 

Tuesday 6/29 – Melissa Morgan at Second Home Hollywood

Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Second Home Hollywood sponsored by Sam First. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Drummer Jeff Hamilton plays an online trio performance with pianist Tamir Hendelman. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Josh Nelson and Kevin van den Elzen offer an afternoon tribute on Facebook Live to percussionist Larry Bunker. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist George Cables.

 

Wednesday 6/30 – Rachel Eckroth at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth is at The Baked Potato with Travis Carlton on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist/vocalist Carol Welsman.

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