About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of October 4, 2021

John Beasley’s MONK’estra

SoCal jazz highlights this week include John Beasley’s MONK’estra, Saje: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the West Coast Jazz Hour Quintet, Jay Jennings, Freda Payne, Paul Cornish, and Saturday’s Orenda Records 5th Anniversary show.

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. Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Drummer Justin Brown is at ETA in Highland Park.  Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Breakfast By Salt’s Cure in West Hollywood.  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. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in West 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 Qunetin Dennard.

Thursday 10/7 – West Coast Jazz Hour Quintet at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s

The West Coast Jazz Hour Quintet led by pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City with Chuck Berghofer on bass, Rickey Woodard on sax, Mike Cottone on trumpet, and guest vocalist Melissa Morgan. Pianist David Roitstein and guitarist Larry Koonse duet at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter Steph Richards is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs.  Vocalist Chris Williams is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach.  Pianist Chris Dawson is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist Bakithi Kumalo is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Bassist Paul Bryan is at ETA in Highland Park.  The Los Angeles Jazz society does a livestream with pianist Amy Rowe. Le Combo is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Staci Griesbach is at Catalina in Hollywood for a CD release of jazz versions of songs by George Jones. MaQui 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 vocalist Nancy Osbourne.

Friday 10/8 – John Beasley’s MONK’estra at Second Home Hollywood

Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra Big Band plays an outdoor show at Second Home Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Babaganoush is at the LACM Garage in Pasadena. Vocalist Freda Payne is at Catalina in Hollywood for a CD release party over two nights (Fri-Sat). Santana bassist Benny Rietveld is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra is at LACMA in West L.A. (RSVP Required). Saxophonist Paul Combs and trumpeter Derek Cannon are at Dizzy’s in San Diego.  East Bay Soul with trumpeter Greg Adams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist/vocalist Adam Michaelson is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson plays a livestream for The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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.  Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  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. Vocalist Kaylee Daugherty is at Golden Island in San Diego. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Carmen Bradford.

Saturday 10/9 – Orenda Records Fest at 2220 Arts & Archives

LA-based Orenda Records celebrates its five year anniversary with a performance for the Angel City Jazz Festival including Cathlene Pineda, Daniel Rosenboom, NOICE, the John Hatamiya Big Band, and Bridge to Everywhere at 2220 Arts & Archives in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Sam First near LAX with Bob Reynolds on sax, Julian Pollack on piano, Aidan Carroll on bass, and Tony Austin on drums. Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra Big Band plays an outdoor show at Second Home Hollywood. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Jennifer Holliday is at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Vocalist Michael Feinstein is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine.  Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Freda Payne is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Ann Kelly is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Bassist Bakithi Kumalo is the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. East Bay Soul with trumpeter Greg Adams is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego. 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 Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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 David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Paulette McWilliams.

Sunday 10/10 – Doug Webb + Sam Hirsh at The Mint

Saxophonist Doug Webb opens for the Sam Hirsh Trio and jazz jam session at The Mint in West L.A. – Webb will be joined by saxophonist David Binney, bassist Logan Kane, and drummer Joel Taylor.  Guitarists Jeff Parker and Elliott Sharp split a bill with Muttdogs at the Lodge Room in Highland Park for the Angel City Jazz Festival. Guitarist Jonathan Butler is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Elaine Gibbs is at Catalina in Hollywood. Bruns & Bache are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach.  Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Garcia is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista.  Pianist/vocalist Christopher Linman is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist/vocalist Artur Menezes is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pinot Noir is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A.  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. Vocalist Irene Cathaway is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank for an afternoon show. Vocalist Donna Greene does a jazz brunch at SoHo in Santa Barbara. The Jazz Cartel plays a jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Guitarist Jacques Lesure plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Bradley Young.

Monday 10/11 – Jacques Lesure at the Lighthouse

Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead jazz jam session at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, opening with a set from Lesure joined by Pete Kuzma on keys, Chris Colangelo on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley hosts a Monday night jam session at The Falls Lounge in downtown L.A. Vocalists Darryl Walker and Mando Cordova are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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 SBCC Jazz Big Band is at SoHo in Santa Barbara.  Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.   Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang guest is flutist Nestor Torres.

Tuesday 10/12 – Theo Croker at The Moroccan Lounge

Trumpeter Theo Croker is at The Moroccan Lounge in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Chris Roy on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, and Danny Carey on drums. Bassist Max Gerl is at Sam First near LAX.   Bassist/composer William Parker, percussionist Hamid Drake, and Sarah Nicholson Parker are at 2220 Arts & Archives in downtown L.A.  Vocalist Phillip Brandon is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Rumproller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Mark LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. 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 drummer Ben Scholz.

Wednesday 10/13 – Gilad Hekselman Trio at Sam First

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Dave Robaire on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Vocalist Ralph Dudley is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Organist Carey Frank is at Three Clubs in Hollywood.   The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A.  Bayou Degradeable is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features poet Michael C. Ford.

 

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