About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 27, 2021

Pat Metheny

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Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye leads a SoCal jazz week including shows from Yellowjackets, Justin Kauflin, Gina Kronstadt, Gary Novak, Jane Monheit, Doug Webb, Dan Schnelle, Jacques Lesure, Ryan Porter, Dave Damiani, Bianca Love, and the weekend kickoff of the Angel City 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 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 Sydney Cruz is at The Escondite in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez is at Seven Grand in San Diego. 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. Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye is the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara for the first of four shows in four days across Southern California. 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. Pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Leah Ashton and saxophonist Eric Letta are at 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 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.

Thursday 9/30 – Gina Kronstadt at Vibrato

Vocalist Gina Kronstadt is at Vibrato in Bel Air with an 11 piece band including Quinn Johnson on piano, Michael Stever on trumpet, Edwin Livingston on bass. Danny Janklow on sax, and Joel Taylor on drums. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Thu-Fri) with Tool drummer Danny Carey. Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye is at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park in San Diego. Vocalist Gina Saputo is at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at The Merc in Temecula. Greg Anderson’s Brass Roots Initiative and Norm Roper’s Deluxe Big Band are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Elena Gilliam is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. The New Nine are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The Angel Town Combo with vocalist Liela Avila is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Le Grand Restaurant in downtown L.A. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Bassist Lyman Medeiros is at Bar Toscana in Brentwood. Drummer Davey Miller is at Grapes & Hops in Ventura. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Peter Sprague and vocalist Rebecca Jade.

Friday 10/1 – Mark Dresser 5 + Jeremy Ledbetter Trio at REDCAT

Bassist Mark Dresser’s quintet and a trio led by Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter at Walt Disney Hall’s REDCAT in downtown L.A. kick off the 2021 Angel City Jazz Festival. Yellowjackets are at LACMA in West L.A. (RSVP Required). Drummer Dan Schnelle is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Julie Newsome is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Violinist Leah Zeger and guitarist Ira Gonzalez are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Pianist Bradley Young is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Tino Productions is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Putter Smith and vocalist VR Smith.

Saturday 10/2 – Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye at The Theatre At Ace Hotel

Guitarist Pat Metheny’s Side-Eye is at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. Pianist Justin Kauflin is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City for the first of two nights (Sat-Sun). Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City,. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Cory Fogel and Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones split a bill at 2220 Arts + Archives in downtown L.A. for the Angel City Jazz Festival. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista for a show and jam session. Flutist Holly Hofmann begins a new Saturday residency at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot are at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. Phat Cat Swinger is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Post & Beam in South L.A. Drummer Kevin Crabb is at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart 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 trombonist Scott Whitfield.

Sunday 10/3 – Gary Novak at The Baked Potato

Drummer Gary Novak is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Ruslan Sirota on keys. Vocalist Jane Monheit is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City.   Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is at the Old Town Temecula Theatre.  Pianist Justin Kauflin is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Nicole McCabe and the Sam Hirsh Trio are at The Mint in West L.A. Hiroshima is at the South Coast Winery in Temecula. Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna 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 Restaurant & 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 jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. 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 Kevyn Lettau.

Monday 10/4 – Gilbert Castellanos at Scripps Research Auditorium

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at the Scripps Research Auditorium in San Diego with Gerald Clayton on piano, John Clayton on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Anthony Wilson on guitar to open the Athenaeum Library Fall Concert Series. Saxophonist Michael Paulo is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna 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. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Eddie V’s in San Diego.   Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.  The Norwegian Legal Team is at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Vocalist Sandy Cummings hosts a jazz jam at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is jazz producer Barbara Brighton.

Tuesday 10/5 – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vibrato

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Säje: is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Paul Cornish does a Piano Spheres performance at the Colburn School Thayer Hall in downtown L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez is at Seven Grand in San Diego. 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 vocalist Tony Lindsay.

Wednesday 10/6 – Säje: at Sam First

Säje: is at Sam First for the second of two nights (Tue-Wed) near LAX with Sara Gazarek, Erin Bentlage, Amanda Taylor and Johnaye Kendrick on vocals with Dawn Clement on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Saxophonist Ian Roller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bassist Maurcio Morales is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. 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. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Staci Griesbach sings jazz versions of the music of George Jones at Catalina in Hollywood. Producer Debra Graff’s latest online benefit for The Innocence Project includes vocalists Jay Clayton and Ed Romero. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Quentin Dennard.

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