About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week of August 23, 2021

John Pizzarelli

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August winds down with a SoCal Jazz week including John Pizzarelli, Daniel Rosenboom, Gretchen Parlato, Oz Noy, the West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band, Ben Williams, Dave Tull, David Garfield, Tom Kubis, Rachel Eckroth, and Saturday’s Leimert Park Jazz Festival.

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. Larger venues in California will soon require masks and proof of vaccination/negative COVID test, per state requirements. 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 8/23 – Tom Kubis Big Band at Gaslamp

Tom Kubis leads his big band at Gaslamp in Long Beach. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with guest vocalist Crystal Lewis. Bassist Paul Bryan is at ETA in Highland Park. 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 – The Odd Dogs at The Baked Potato

The Odd Dogs are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Suzuki on sax, Jeff Miley on guitar, Steve Billman on bass, Joel Taylor on drums, and Billy Hulting on percussion. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli leads a trio at Bistango in Irvine for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at Sam First near LAX. 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. Trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom is at Sam First near LAX. 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.  Saxophonist Justin Chart 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.

 

Thursday 8/26 – Daniel Rosenboom at Sam First

Daniel Rosenboom is at Sam First for the second of two nights (Wed-Thu) with John Escreet on piano, Richard Giddens on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. The West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band led by pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Melissa Morgan. Saxophonist Charles Owens is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Aaron Akins is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Peggy Dusquenel is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Nutty is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  MaQui is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Nick Gomez plays a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. 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 is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.  Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Le Grand Restaurant in downtown L.A.  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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Kim Richmond.

 

Friday 8/27 – John Pizzarelli at Catalina Jazz Club

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli fronts a trio for the second of four nights (Thu-Sun) at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Guitarist Oz Noy is at the Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Keith Carlock on drums. Bassist Ben Williams is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Dave Askren and saxophonist Jeff Bendict lead a group at the Canyon Crest Winery in Riverside. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Dave Koz & Friends are at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Waberi Jordan does a livestream show for The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Leslie Bee is at LACMA in West L.A. (RSVP Required). 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. Bassist Karim Yengsep is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features producer Corey Allen.

 

Saturday 8/28 – Leimert Park Jazz Festival at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

The Leimert Park Jazz Festival features artists including Azar Lawrence, Mongorama, Dwight Trible, and Albert “Tootie” Heath at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South L.A. Vocalist Gretchen Parlato is at the Alexandria at Torrey Pines in La Jolla for an outdoor show. Guitarist Oz Noy is at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Ben Williams is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Saxophonist Robert Kyle is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Down To The Bone is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Euge Groove are at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. 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. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Pianist/vocalist Aimee Nolte is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. The Delgado Brothers are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Douglas Roegiers offers a tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Pianist Tamir Hendelman offers an online solo show dedicated to the music of Charles Mingus. Vocalist Gayle LaRone is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank for an afternoon show. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalists Kate McGarry, Shana Tucker, and Leona Helms.

 

Sunday 8/29 – Sam Hirsh & The VDE Big Band At The Mint

A new Sunday jazz series at The Mint begins with pianist Sam Hirsh opening, followed this week by the VDE Big Band led by drummer Kevin van den Elzen. Keyboardist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Yellowjackets are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at Bogie’s in Westlake Village. Vocalist Crystal Lewis is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Violinist Dan Weinstein is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 play the music of Nat King Cole for a brunch at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist/pianist Christopher Linman is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Sandy Cummings is at SoHo in Santa Barbara for a lunchtime show. 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. 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 Rebecca Kilgore & bassist Tom Wakeling.

 

Monday 8/30 – Yellowjackets at Vibrato

Yellowjackets are at Vibrato in Bel Air for the second of two nights (Sun-Mon) with Bob Mintzer on sax, Russell Ferrante on keys, Dane Alderson on bass, and Will Kennedy on drums. Trombonist Joey Sellers leads a group of Saddleback College Faculty members at the Fine Arts Plaza at Saddleback in Mission Viejo. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Jeremy Siskind.

 

Tuesday 8/31 – Byron Stripling & Bobby Floyd at Bistango

Trumpeter Byron Stripling and pianist Bobby Floyd play at Bistango in Irvine for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed) with Bruce Forman on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett opens a new Tuesday night residency at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West 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 bassist John Leftwich.

 

Wednesday 9/1 – Max Gerl at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Bassist Max Gerl is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Paul Cornish on piano and Gene Coye on drums.  Drummer Kevin Kanner is at Sam First near LAX.  Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Byron Stripling and pianist Bobby Floyd play at Bistango in Irvine.  Vocalist Teryn Re 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Mark Christian Miller.

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