About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 28, 2021

John Beasley

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

June ends and July opens with a SoCal jazz week including John Beasley, Gerald Clayton, Max Haymer, Melissa Morgan, Groove Legacy, Blanco Diablo, Rachel Eckroth, Don Randi, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Jacques Lesure, Tom Kubis, Louis Van Taylor, and Casey Abrams.

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 6/28 – Eric Marienthal & Michael Lington at Spaghettini

Saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Michael Lington are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure opens a new straight-ahead jazz jam session at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long 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. 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. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and vocalist Sacha Boutros are at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts her weekly Monday Serenade Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube 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 with Ross Margitza on piano, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Kevin Kanner on drums. 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. Vocalist Lynn Cardona fronts a duo at 10e Restaurant in downtown 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. Live At Zero BPM hosts a Jazz Roundtable with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist George Cables.

 

Wednesday 6/30 – Gerald Clayton at Sam First

Pianist Gerald Clayton fronts a trio at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Alan Hampton on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. Keyboardist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth is at The Baked Potato with Travis Carlton on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Hot Sardines play an outdoor show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa. 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. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project features vocalists Carol Welsman, Lauren Koval, Jamie Shew, and guitarist Laurence Juber. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Kendall Kay.

 

Thursday 7/1 – Groove Legacy at The Baked Potato

Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Paulie Cerra on sax, Chris Johnson on trombone, Sam Meek on guitar, Travis Carlton on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Billy Steinway on keys. Pianist Gerald Clayton is at Sam First near LAX. Blanco Diablo is at Jameson’s Pub in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Parlor Social is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Lizzy & The Triggermen kick off the summer Thursday Palm Springs Jazzville series at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The Angel Town Combo is at The Original Farmers Market in West L.A. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez does an online performance for Grand Performances in downtown L.A. 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. Saxophonist Javier Vergara plays a happy hour show at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. Guitarist Peter Sprague does a livestream show from his home base in Encinitas. Saxophonist Nick Gomez plays a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalists Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter.

 

Friday 7/2 – Max Haymer at Sam First

Pianist Max Haymer celebrates a CD release for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) at Sam First near LAX with Karl McComas-Reichl on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums. Trumpeter Brian Swartz plays a livestream show from LACMA in West L.A. Pianist Don Preston plays a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. 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. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Howie Levine is at the Sorriso Ristorante & Bar in Pasadena. Vocalist Luca Ellis is at The Original Farmer’s Market in West L.A. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Roy McCurdy.

 

Saturday 7/3 – John Beasley’s Monkestra Septet at Musicians At Play Foundation

Pianist John Beasley’s Monkestra Septet with drummer Peter Erskine play a benefit for the Musicians At Play Foundation in Studio City including Francisco Torres on trombone, Bob Sheppard and Tom Luer on saxes, James Ford on trumpet, and Ben Shepherd on bass. Keyboardist Ron Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bernie Dresel on drums, Jerry Watts on bass, John DePatie on guitar, and Pete Korpela on percussion. Pianist Max Haymer celebrates a CD release at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia hosts a performance and jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Trumpeter Rick Braun is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Dean Mora Orchestra is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Along For The Ride is at Allen J. Martin Park in La Puente. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Laurie Antoniolli.

 

Sunday 7/4 – Brad Rabuchin at Michael’s On Riverside

Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a quartet followed by a jam session in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake featuring pianist Karen Hammack, bassist Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu and drummer Chris Blondal.  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. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Frank Potenza.

 

Monday 7/5 – Jacques Lesure Jam Session at The Lighthouse Cafe

Guitarist Jacques Lesure reprises his straight-ahead Monday jazz jam session at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley fronts 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. 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.   Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Gary Smulyan.

 

Tuesday 7/6 – Lynn Cardona at 10e Restaurant

Vocalist Lynn Cardona fronts a duo at 10e Restaurant in downtown L.A. with guitarist Mitchell Long. 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. 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 YouTube Hang features pianist Mike Wofford.

 

Wednesday 7/7 – Michael Ragonese at Sam First

Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Sam First near LAX with Luca Alemanno on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Guitarist Dave Hill is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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 YouTube Hang features bassist Jerry Watts.

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