About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week of August 2, 2021

Russell Ferrante

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August opens with a SoCal jazz week including Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Dean Brown, Jane Monheit, Champian Fulton & Carl Saunders, Dave Koz, Doug Webb & David Binney, Tony Guerrero, Vardan Ovsepian & Maksim Velichkin, Elliott Deutsch, and Javo Barrera.

Tuesday, June 15th marked 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 8/2 – Champian Fulton & Carl Saunders at Bistango

Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton is joined by trumpet veteran Carl Saunders at Bistango in Irvine, backed by Mike Gurrola on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums. Drummer Kevin Kanner bids farewell to his long-running Monday Night Jam at West L.A’s The Mint – he’ll be moving shows to Sundays every week later in August – The Jazz Butchers open. Guitarist Jacques Lesure leads a 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. 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 guitarist Stan Ayeroff.

 

Tuesday 8/3 – Javo Barrera at The Baked Potato

Drummer Javo Barrera is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Matt Rohde on keys and Anthony Crawford on bass. Vocalist Lynn Cardona fronts a duo at 10e Restaurant in downtown L.A. 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. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Jane Restaurant in Goleta. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. She Sings She Swings is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Mark Lebrun celebrates a birthday at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features writer Jonathan Widran.

 

Wednesday 8/4 – Pandemonium Big Band at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s

Composer Elliott Deutsch debuts his new Pandemonium Big Band including Scott Healy on piano, Mitch Cooper on trumpet, and Will Brahm on guitar. Bassist Logan Kane is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Mahesh Balasooriya leads a trio at Grapes & Hops in Ventura. The Angel Town Combo with vocalist Liela Avila is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Keyboardist Christina Galisatus is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. 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. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Las Perlas WeHo in West Hollywood. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Chef Dave Rozier plays an evening of blues at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Henry Robinett.

 

Thursday 8/5 –Tony Guerrero & Friends at Campus Jax

Trumpeter Tony Guerrero leads a group at Campus Jax in Newport Beach including Francisco Torres on trombone, Jeff Driskill on sax, Matt Politano on piano, David Miller on bass, and John Ferraro on drums. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian and cellist Maksim Velichkin play an evening of duos at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Brian Simpson is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach.  Trumpeter/vocalist Johnny Britt is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Angel Town Combo with vocalist Liela Avila is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Pianist Keith Droste is at The Merc in Temecula. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna 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. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Jennifer Hart is at The Muck in Fullerton. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. Guitarist David Becker plays a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer/vocalist Dave Tull.

 

Friday 8/6 – Dean Brown at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gerry Etkins on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Pianist Billy Childs does a live free show at LACMA in West Hollywood (RSVP Required) with Daniel Rotem on sax, Ben Williams on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Russell Ferrante is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Kleber Jorge is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Ethio Cali is at the Original Farmers Market in West L.A. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor does a livestream show for The World Stage in South L.A. Phat Cat Swinger is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. 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. Drummer Davey Miller is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Vocalist Slim Man is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist John Beasley.

 

Saturday 8/7 – Russell Ferrante at Sam First

Pianist Russell Ferrante leads a trio at Sam First near LAX for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Michael Valerio on bass and Steve Schaeffer on drums. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Michael Kanan on piano, Dave Robaire on bass, and Rick Montalbano on drums. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Nutty is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Eric Martienthal plays an early afternoon show at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach, followed by a later show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia hosts a group and jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist Jennifer Keith is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Drummer Jeff Hamilton leads a trio at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. 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. Drummer Davey Miller is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Vocalist Douglas Roegiers offers a tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Robert Kyle.

 

Sunday 8/8 – Doug Webb & David Binney at The Baked Potato

Saxophonists Doug Webb and Dave Binney are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Logan Kane on bass, Abe Lagrimas on drums, and Mitchel Forman on keys. Saxophonist Dave Koz and Tower Of Power are at the Hollywood Bowl. Guitarist Terry Wollman and vocalist Melanie Taylor are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Gypsy guitarist Lucas Pino is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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 Marcus Collins is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Irene Cathaway does an afternoon show a the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Yve Evans.

 

Monday 8/9 – Jeff Hamilton at Catalina

Drummer Jeff Hamilton leads a trio at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood with Tamuir Hendelman on piano and Jon Hamar on bass. The Four Freshmen open a two-night (Mon-Tue) run at Bistango in Irvine. Guitarist Darryl Williams 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. 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. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is vocalist Gina Eckstine.

 

Tuesday 8/10 – Weather Forecast at Second Home Hollywood

Weather Report tribute group Weather Forecast is at Second Home Hollywood with Phillip Whack on sax, Steve Weingart on keys, Benjamin J. Shepherd on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Four Freshmen are at Bistango in Irvine. Corcovado with vocalist Natalie Jacob is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  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. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Jane Restaurant in Goleta. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Meredith D’Ambrosio.

 

Wednesday 8/11 – 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. Vocalist Teryn Re leads a big band at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Producer Debra Graff’s benefit for The Innocence Project features a livestream featuring multiple jazz vocalists including Lorraina Marro, Lynn Cardona, Claude Hall, and Jody Jaress. 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. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas WeHo in West Hollywood. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Jim Ridl.

 

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