About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 8, 2021

Ari Hoenig

November continues with a SoCal jazz week including Ari Hoenig, Billy Childs, Scott Kinsey, Jay Clayton, Betty Bryant, Aubrey Logan, Mitchel Forman, Hailey Niswanger, Charles Ruggerio, Jr., Andrew Renfroe, Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway, Jinshi Ozaki, and Melissa Morgan.

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Monday 11/8 – Jacques Lesure at the Lighthouse

Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead set and jazz jam session at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach with Pete Kuzma on keys, Rene Camacho on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with vocalist Lola Kristine. The M.O.B. Jazz Quintet is at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Drummer Abe Rounds and keyboardist Larry Goldings are at ETA in Highland Park. 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. Guitarist Jamey Arent celebrates a birthday at the Maui Sugarmill Saloon in Tarzana. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features blues vocalist Sista Jean.

Tuesday 11/9 – Melissa Morgan at Sam First

Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Sam First near LAX with pianist Gerald Clayton. Saxophonist Ian Roller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Excursion is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Jon Mayer is at BMPAC in South L.A. The Fullerton College Faculty Jazz Cadre with vocalist Jamie Shew is at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Angel Town Combo is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Marc 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. Guitarist Hans Ottsen hosts a jazz jam at The Grape in Ventura. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Beverly Church Hogan.

Wednesday 11/10 – 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 Gary Novak on drums. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Liberty Ellman is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Storm Large begins a two-night (Wed-Thu) run at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Keyboardist/vocalist Brandon Coleman is at The Mint in West L.A. Bassist/vocalist Tonina is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at ETA in Highland Park.  Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Salt’s Cure in Hollywood. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Mary Foster Conklin.

Thursday 11/11 – Charles Ruggerio at The Baked Potato

Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays the music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Steve Cotter on guitar, Bob Reynolds on sax, and Mike Gurrola on bass. Guitarist Andrew Renfroe celebrates a CD release at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Mon David is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Storm Large is at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Pianist Jeff Colella is at The Merc in Temecula. The Jazz Nomads are at Oracle Tavern in downtown L.A. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Leonard Patton is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Bassist Sean Riddle is at The Grape in Ventura. 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. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Drummer Davey Miller is at Grapes & Hops in Ventura with guest pianist Bevan Manson. 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. The Swingsations are at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Guitarist Jeff Miley does a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist and educator Gary Fukushima.

Friday 11/12 – Billy Childs Electric Band at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Billy Childs brings his electric band to The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Josh Johnson on sax, Joshua Crumbly on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. Drummer Ari Hoenig is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Saxophonist/vocalist Hailey Niswanger is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway are at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Pianist Mitchel Forman plays a solo performance at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki begins a new Friday night series at the Union Station Traxx Restaurant in downtown L.A.  Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Joshua White leads a trio for a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Howie Levine is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Eddie V’s in San Diego. Native Vibe is at The Grape in Ventura.  Vocalist Cheryl Barnes is at Nano Cafe in Sierra Madre.  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 Toss Panos is at 1881 in Pasadena. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room 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. Tino Productions is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features arranger Brian McNelis.

Saturday 11/13 – Ari Hoenig at Sam First

Drummer Ari Hoenig is at Sam First near LAX for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with pianist Gadi Lehavi. Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Mitchel Forman leads a trio at Libretto in Paso Robles. Plotz! Is at The Grape in Ventura.  Trumpeter Thaddeus Ford is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Vocalists Rosanna Vitro and Marion Cowings are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Harmony Room at St. Barnabas Church in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Keyboardist Mahesh Balasooriya is at Greater Goods in Ojai. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz plays a G Spot House Concert in Highland Park.  Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Guitarist Laurence Juber is at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Saxophonist J White plays a late afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena.  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. Mambo Craze Cabaret is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Franck Amsallem.

Sunday 11/14 – Jay Clayton at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s

Vocalist Jay Clayton does a brunch at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City with a band led by pianist Bill Cunliffe featuring Kim Richmond on sax, John Leftwich on bass, and Chris Wabich on drums.  Pianist/vocalist Betty Bryant celebrates a birthday with a brunch at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist/trombonist Aubrey Logan does an evening show at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City.  Vocalist Dwight Trible is at Corazon Performing Arts Center in Topanga.  Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom and oboeist Breanna Gilcher split a bill at The Goldfish in Highland Park.  Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in San Diego. Vocalist Yolanda Johnson does a free afternoon show at the Segerstrom Argyle Plaza in Costa Mesa. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal 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. Vocalist Jacqui Hylton is at Nonna in Westlake Village. Vocalist Lia Booth plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Pianist Todd Hunter does an afternoon show at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Chef Dave Rozier leads an evening of blues at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist James Arnold does a brunch set at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Jay Clayton.

Monday 11/15 – David Angel at Catalina Jazz Club

Saxophonist David Angel celebrates a big band CD release at Catalina in Hollywood.  The Kyle Myers Big Band opens for the Tom Kubis Big Band at the Gaslamp in Long Beach.  Trombonist/vocalist Aubrey Logan is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead set and 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Doug MacDonald.

Tuesday 11/16 – Bria Skonberg at Bayside Restaurant

Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with Rickey Woodard on sax, Jim Cox on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Saxophonist Daniel Rotem is at Sam First near LAX. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Postmodern Jukebox is at Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego. Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon 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. 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. Guitarist Hans Ottsen hosts a jazz jam at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram.   French vocal group Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features organist John Novello.

Wednesday 11/17 – Count Basie Orchestra w/Lizz Wright at The Soraya

The Count Basie Orchestra with vocalist Lizz Wright is at The Soraya at CSUN Northridge.  Drummer Bernie Dresel celebrates a birthday and CD release with his BBB Big Band at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Drummer Anthony Fung is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Christina Galisatus is at Sam First near LAX.  Saga is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.  Drummer Greg Miles is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Guitarist Hans Ottsen is at The Grape in Ventura.  Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Postmodern Jukebox is at Fremont in San Luis Obispo. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Salt’s Cure in Hollywood. The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A.

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