About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week of August 16, 2021

Gordon Goodwin

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Jazz highlights this week across SoCal include Gordon Goodwin, Edward Simon, Mitchel Forman, Jay Jennings, Charles Ruggerio, Carol Bach-y-Rita, Ben Williams, Andrea Miller, Phil Ranelin, Dolores Scozzesi & Mark Winkler, Esthesis, Taylor Eigsti, and Bob Sheppard.

Tuesday, June 15th marked the end of most California restrictions on live music venues including bars, restaurants, and indoor/outdoor performance venues. Some venues have begun offering full seating for live music, while others are operating at reduced capacity.

Most restaurant and bar venues around Los Angeles can be expected to require masks except when eating or drinking, based on the latest recommendations from public health officials, and many will soon require proof of COVID vaccination or recent negative COVID tests for admission. Please check with individual venues for specific requirements including 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 8/16 – Anne Walsh at The Drake

Vocalist Anne Walsh is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Bob Anderson and pianist Tom Ranier are at Bistango in Irvine. 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. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Eddie V’s in San Diego.

 

Tuesday 8/17 – Carol Bach-y-Rita at La Crescenta Public Library

Vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita plays a free evening show of Brazilian jazz at the La Crescenta Public Library with Larry Koonse on guitar, Trey Henry on bass, Gene Coye on drums, and Gibi Dos Santos on percussion (RSVP Required). Excursion is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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 Brig 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. Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Patty Peterson.

 

Wednesday 8/18 – Charles Ruggerio at The Baked Potato

Drummer Charles Ruggerio leads a quartet at The Baked Potato in Studio City in music of Thelonious Monk including Nir Felder on guitar, Bob Reynolds on sax, and Eric Revis on bass. Pianist Taylor Eigsti is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Alan Hampton on bass and Domo Branch on drums. Pianist Joshua White is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Elijah Rock celebrates an album release at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. 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. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Laguna Community Jazz Band is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features percussionist Luis Conte.

 

Thursday 8/19 – YAYennigs Quartet at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s

Snarky Puppy trumpeter Jay Jennings’ YAYennings Quartet is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on saxophone, Ross Schodek on bass, and Jose Perez on drums. Esthesis is at Sam First near LAX with Tina Raymond on drums, Elsa Nilsson on flute, Dawn Clement on piano, and Emma Dayhuff on bass. Vocalist Amber Weekes is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joshua White is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Guitarist Chris Standring is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Conganas is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs.  Pianist Josh Nelson leads a trio in a livestream show for the Los Angeles Jazz Society.  Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at The Merc in Temecula. Saxophonist Wes Smith is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at the Festival Of Arts 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. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. The Cookies are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Clayton Cameron.

 

Friday 8/20 – Mitchel Forman at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Janek Gwizdala on bass, Chad Wackerman on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion. Pianist Edward Simon is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at LACMA (RSVP Required). Vocalists Dolores Scozzesi and Mark Winkler are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Bob Sheppard does a livestream concert for The World Stage in South L.A. The Marlonious Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Josie James is at  the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Pianist John Beasley plays a livestream show for the City Of West Hollywood’s WeHo Sounds series. Vocalist Dave Damiani is at Catalina in Hollywood with guest vocalist Haley Reinhart. Drummer David Whitman is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. 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. Pianist Adam Hersh is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Bassist Karim Yengsep is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Jazz DJ Abe Perlstein.

 

Saturday 8/21 – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Catalina Jazz Club

Composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin leads his Big Phat Band at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Edward Simon is at Sam First near LAX. Bassist Ben Williams is at The Alexandria at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Lizzy & The Triggermen are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Vocalist Gary Brumburgh does an afternoon show at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Saxophonist Julian Roel is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Incendio is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Ian Roller plays a brunch at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. 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. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Pianist/vocalist Adam Michaelson is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Roseanna Vitro.

 

Sunday 8/22 – Wesley Ritenour at Vibrato

Drummer Wesley Ritenour is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Nick Campbell on bass, Otmaro Ruiz on keys, and guest Lee Ritenour on guitar. Vocalist Andrea Miller and the San Gabriel Seven celebrate an album release at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Teen pianist Justin-Lee Schultz is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Lisa Donahey is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal 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.  The LA Jazz Connection is at Strada in downtown L.A.  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. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Catalina in Hollywood. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist/vocalist Dena DeRose.

 

Monday 8/23 – Tom Kubis Big Band at Gaslamp

Tom Kuibis leads his big band at Gaslamp in Long Beach.  Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with guest vocalist Crystal Lewis. 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 Mikan Zlatkovich is at Eddie V’s in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is trumpeter Brian Swartz.

 

Tuesday 8/24 – John Pizzarelli at Bistango

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli leads a trio at Bistango in Irvine for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). The Odd Dogs are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Dean Grech 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 flutist Michael Mason.

 

Wednesday 8/25 – David Garfield at Catalina Jazz Club

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Catalina in Hollywood with Eric Marienthal on sax, John Pena on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Quattrosound is at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Bistango in Irvine. Vocalist Erin Stevenson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist/vocalist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Hot Club of Los Angeles is at the Festival Of Arts 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. The HBQtet is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Producer Debra Graff’s latest online concert to benefit the Innocence Project features vocalists including Ada Bird Wolfe and Robert Bannon.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Nich Anderson.

 

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