About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 20, 2021

Cecile McLorin Salvant

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Touring acts return to SoCal in force this week with shows from Cecile McLorin Salvant, Herbie Hancock with Esperanza Spalding, George Benson, Michael Buble, Julian Lage, and Blood Sweat & Tears, plus Bernie Dresel, Catina DeLuna & Otmaro Ruiz, Calabria Foti, Jane Monheit, and Kaylene Peoples.

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 9/20 – Calabria Foti & Christian Jacob at Bistango

Vocalist/violinist Calabria Foti is at Bistango in Irvine, backed by a trio led by pianist Christian Jacob.  Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini Seal Beach with guest Richard Elliot. Bassist Paul Bryan is at ETA in Highland Park. The SBCC Monday Madness Jazz Band is at SoHo in Santa Barbara. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is Brazilian guitarist Jovino Santos.

 

Tuesday 9/21 – Jonathan Pinson at Second Home Hollywood

Drummer Jonathan Pinson is at Second Home Hollywood with Mario Castro on sax, Taber Gable on keys, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, and Jonathan Richards on bass. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Kristina Aglinz is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Jane Restaurant in Goleta. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Frankie’s in Palm Springs. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. 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 guitarist Wayne Brasel.

 

Wednesday 9/22 – Anibal Seminario at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s

Peruvian saxophonist Anibal Seminario is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Logan Richardson is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Chuck Johnson is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Pianist Paul Cornish is at ETA in Highland Park.  Catalan guitarist/vocalist Lau Noah plays a solo show at Sam First near LAX. The Sonic Colossus Jazz Orchestra is at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Blues vocalist Marguaret Love is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Phillip De Leon is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood.  Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood.   Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Le Grand Restaurant in downtown 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 Andrea Miller, Meloney Collins, Natalie Mendoza, and Dyan Kane. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Cle Thompson.

 

Thursday 9/23 – George Benson at the Saban Theatre

Guitarist/vocalist George Benson is at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The BBB big band featuring drummer Bernie Dresel is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Max Haymer is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at Sam First near LAX. Bassist Ben Williams is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Robert Turner is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Robert Kyle is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Campus Jax in Costa Mesa.   Blood, Sweat & Tears is at the Montclair Canyon. Drummer Al Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. MaQui is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restuarant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park.  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 percussionist Victor Orlando.

 

Friday 9/24 – Catina DeLuna & Otmaro Ruiz at Vibrato

Vocalist Catina De Luna and pianist Otmaro Ruiz are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at The Purple Room in Palm Springs for the first of two nights. Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest guitarist Kirk Fletcher and Carl Burnett. Guitarist/vocalist George Benson is at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Bobby Bradford plays a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Erine Watts is at LACMA in West L.A. (RSVP Required). Blood, Sweat & Tears are at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. The Wiseguys Big Band Machine Combo is at the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles.  Drummer Shawn Baltazor is at ETA in Highland Park.  Vocalist  Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego.  Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restuarant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park.  Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.  Drummer Kirk Covington 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Bill Goodwin.

 

Saturday 9/25 – Michael Buble at the Honda Center

Vocalist Michael Buble is at the Honda Center in Anaheim.  Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A.   Percussionist Luis Conte is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist George Kahn is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Blood, Sweat & Tears are at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Aaron Jacob’s Summer Swing Nights are at the Automobile Driving Museum in Torrance. Luke Carlsen & The Fresh Rhythm are at Campus Jax are in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Post & Beam in South L.A.  Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restuarant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park.   Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. 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 guitarist Paulinho Garcia.

 

Sunday 9/26 – Cecile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner at Samueli Theater

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner are at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa for late afternoon and evening shows. Pianist Herbie Hancock is at The Hollywood Bowl with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese. Flutist/vocalist Kaylene Peoples is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. The Pandemonium Big Band and pianist Sam Hirsh are at The Mint in West L.A. Flutist Nori Tani is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Rosenthal Winery in Malibu. Blood, Sweat & Tears is at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Crystal Lewis is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.   Vocalist Brenda Lee Eager is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Nick Gomez does an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is 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 Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restuarant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park.   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 Jazz Cartel plays a Sunday brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does a jazz brunch at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Roberta Donnay.

 

Monday 9/27 – Martini In The Morning 15th Anniversary at Catalina

Martini In The Morning celebrates 15 years on the air at Catalina in Hollywood with a show from Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring vocalists Billy Vera, James Torme, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Calabria Foti, and Donny Most.  The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach.  Drummer Tony Austin 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. The Hot Club Of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Lorraine Feather.

 

Tuesday 9/28 – Bianca Love at Sam First

Vocalist/trumpeter Bianca Love is at Sam First near LAX with Justin Jones on sax, Ruslan Sirota on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Reggie Quinerly on drums. Vocalist Natalie Jacob is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.   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 is at 10e in downtown L.A. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Jane Restaurant in Goleta. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Frankie’s in Palm Springs. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. 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 Bob Bowman.

 

Wednesday 9/29 – Jacques Lesure at Sam First

Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Sam First near LAX with Pete Kuzma on piano, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums) Trombonist Ryan Porter is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Katja Rieckermann is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/harpist/vocalist Corky Hale and vocalist Tricia Tahara are at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye is the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Le Grand Restaurant in downtown L.A. 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Chris Blondal.

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