About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 30, 2021

John Daversa

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September kicks off with a SoCal jazz week including John Daversa, Tierney Sutton, Yellowjackets, Larry Goldings, Byron Stripling & Bobby Floyd, Larry Nash, Barbara Morrison, Max Gerl, Jessica Vautor & Vardan Ovsepian, Sam Hirsh, and Joey Sellers.

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 8/30 – 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. Bassist Billy Mohler is at ETA in Highland Park. 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. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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.

 

Thursday 9/2 – Barbara Morrison at Catalina

Vocalist Barbara Morrison celebrates a birthday at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen lead a quintet at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Trumpeter John Daversa returns to L.A. for a four-night run (Thu-Sun) with his big band at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Jessica Vautor duets with pianist Vardan Ovsepian at Sam First near LAX. Keyboardist Scott Wilkie is at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. Drummer Don Littleton is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. Pianist Quinn Johnson does a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Harry Allen.

 

Friday 9/3 – Larry Goldings Trio at Sam First

Pianist Larry Goldings is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Dave Robaire on bass and Christian Euman on drums (Joe La Barbera on drums Saturday). Trumpeter John Daversa’s Big Band is at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Larry Nash & The Jazz Symphonics are at LACMA (RSVP Required). Keyboardist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Catalina in Holltywood.
Vocalist Natalie Hanna Mendoza is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pink Martini is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. The Alpha Rhythm Kings are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A.  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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Paul Kreibich.

 

Saturday 9/4 – Tierney Sutton at Catalina Jazz Club

Vocalist Tierney Sutton opens a two-night (Sat-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Christian Jacob on piano, Ray Brinker on drums, and Trey Henry and Kevin Axt on basses. Pianist Larry Goldings is at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter John Daversa’s Big Band is at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Pink Martini is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Friends with vocalist Amy Keys are at Vibrato in Bel Air.   Vocalist Howie Levine sings his “JazzNatra” (vocal jazz in the Sinatra tradition) show at Sorriso Restaurant & Bar in Pasadena.  Ginger & The Hoosier Daddys are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Spaghettini in Seal 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. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Sharon Clark.

 

Sunday 9/5 – John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

Trumpeter John Daversa’s Big Band is at the Baked Potato in Studio City for the last of four nights (Thu-Sun). Vocalist Tierney Sutton is at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at The Mint in West L.A. with the Jazz Butchers. Drummer Tom Dante is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Guitarist Chris Standring is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald’s trio stars a new Sunday residency at The Roguelike Tavern in Burbank. 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 trumpeter Mark Isham.

 

Monday 9/6 – Jacques Lesure Jam Session at the Lighthouse

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. Vocalist Sandy Cummings leads a jazz jam sessionat SoHo in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is bassist Jerry Watts.

 

Tuesday 9/7 – Steve Lehman at Second Home Hollywood

Saxophonist Steve Lehman fronts a trio at Second Home Hollywood with Eric Revis on bass and Damion Reid on drums. Drummer Paul Peress is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Catatonic is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. The Jazz Botanika Big Band is at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Jane Restaurant in Goleta. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. 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 pianist Wayne Peet.

 

Wednesday 9/8 – 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. Pianist John Escreet is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood.  Pianist Sam Hirsh leads a quartet at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Bistango in Irvine.    Vocalist Sandra Booker is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Saxophonist Chazzy Green celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joe Rozum is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. 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. Producer Debra Graff’s latest online benefit for The Innocence Project includes vocalists Amber Weekes, Yve Evans, and Kathryn Hopkins. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Lori Mechem.

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