About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of July 5, 2021

Eric Reed

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Live jazz continues to rebound across Southern California with shows from Eric Reed, Billy Childs, Gordon Goodwin, Cannonball-Coltrane Project,
Eric Marienthal, Catina DeLuna & Otmaro Ruiz, Bob Reynolds, Keiko Matsui, Rachel Flowers, Lorraina Marro, Paul Jost, Alec Schulman, Dale Fielder, and the weekend’s Meta Jax Jazz Festival in Newport Beach.

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 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. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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. The Jazz Botanika Big Band is at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Trumpeter Dan Weinstein is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Aileen Quinn & The Leapin’ Lizards are at Hangar 24 in Irvine. 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. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. Vocalist/pianist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Irving Flores is at il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Jerry Watts.

 

Thursday 7/8 – Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band at Vibrato

Vibrato in Bel Air hosts Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band featuring Mike Rocha and Casey Rice on trumpets, Eric Marienthal and Brian Scanlon on saxes, Francisco Torres and Ryan Dragon on trombones, Will Brahm on guitar, Kevin Axt on bass, Ray Brinker on drums, Joey De Leon on percussion, and Vangie Gunn on vocals. 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 Alec Schulman leads a quintet at Sam First near LAX. Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City reopens with a live show featuring vocalist Paul Jost. The Swing Kittens are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Larry O. Williams is at The Original Farmer’s Market in West L.A. Guitarist Kleber Jorge is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Lia Booth is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. 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. 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 Dave Hill plays a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Brazilian vocalist Katia Moraes.

 

Friday 7/9 – Billy Childs at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Billy Childs brings his electric band to The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Josh Johnson on sax, Ben Williams on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Pianist Eric Reed is at Sam First near LAX. Feinstein’s at Vitello’s hosts vocalist Lorraina Marro for a CD release event. Saxophonist Dale Fielder does a livestream show for The World Stage in South L.A. The three-day Meta Jax Jazz Festival at Campus Jax in Newport Beach opens with vocalists Carol Bach-y-Rita and Paul Jost. Pianist/vocalist Keiko Matsui is at the Canyon in Montclair. Pianist Robert Rodriguez Ropside is featured in a livestream performance from LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Luke Carlsen fronts a big band at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Guitarist Terry Wollman and vocalist Melanie Taylor are at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Ethio Cali does an online concert for Grand Performances in downtown L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Chris Norton is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Pianist/vocalist Adam Michaelson is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Sunny Blue is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Gregg Poree.

 

Saturday 7/10 – Eric Reed at Sam First

Pianist Eric Reed leads a trio for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) at Sam First near LAX with Luca Alemanno on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. Bassist Luther Hughes leads the Cannonball-Coltrane Project in a free afternoon performance from the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. The Meta Jax Jazz Festival at Campus Jax in Newport Beach features vocalist Tawanda and pianists Mike Garson and Tateng Katendig. Pianist Rachel Flowers leads a trio at Namba in Ventura. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Gold Diggers in Hollywood. Saxophonist Dale Fielder plays an outdoor show at Athens Park in Willowbrook South Los Angeles. Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 are at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City for an early afternoon brunch show. Vocalist Luke Carlsen fronts a big band at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Ron Eschete is at Les Amis in Fullerton.  Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Saxophonist Grace Kelly plays an early afternoon show at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Jonathan Karrant and pianist Joshua White debut a new CD at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Bassist John Snow leads a group at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. Along For The Ride is at Saybrook Park in East L.A. 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. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Ralph Humphrey.

 

Sunday 7/11 – Meta Jax Jazz Festival at Campus Jax

The three-day (Fri-Sun) Meta Jax Jazz Festival concludes with performances by violinist Chris Howes and vocalist Annie Sellick. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and trumpeter Rick Braun play a head injury benefit concert at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Vocalist Catina DeLuna and pianist Otmaro Ruiz play a brunch at Vibrato in Bel Air. M-Squad is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Lagune Beach. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a quartet followed by a jam session in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. 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. Vocalist Damon Reel is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Holy Crow is at the Solvang Festival for a late afternoon show. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Jennifer Leitham.

 

Monday 7/12 – Scotty Barnhart & Jamie Davis at Bistango

Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Jamie Davis kick off a new Sunset Jazz series at Bistango in Irvine. Ariana Savalas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead jazz jam session at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa 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. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.

 

Tuesday 7/13 – Jeff Parker at Second Home Hollywood

Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Second Home Hollywood with Miro Sprague on keys, Anna Butterss on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. Guitarist Jamie Kime leads a group at The Baked Potato on Studio City featuring Jamie Kime on guitar, Matt Rohde on keys, Chris Roy on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. 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 jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Daniel Richardson is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram.

 

Wednesday 7/14 – 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 Ronald Bruner, Jr. on drums.  Bassist Ben Williams is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood.  The Jazz Cartel is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Marguaret Love is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Pianist Irving Flores is at il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.

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