About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 15, 2021

Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour

SoCal jazz highlights this week include Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, The Count Basie Orchestra with Lizz Wright, Veronica Swift, Bria Skonberg, Doug Webb, Paul Peress, Steve Lehman & Mark Turner, Marina Pacowski & Bevan Manson, Daniel Rotem, Laura Dickinson, and Postmodern Jukebox.

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. Saxophonist Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine.

Thursday 11/18 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Thu-Fri) with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Pianists Marina Pacowski and Bevan Manson are at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Keyboardist Sam Barsh is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Rose Kingsley leads a tribute to composer Johnny Mercer at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia plays a set and leads a jam session at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Post Modern Jukebox is at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Teryn Re does an afternoon set at Jones Coffee in South Pasadena. Saxophonist Wes Smith is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Richard James is at The Merc in Temecula. 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. 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 Innocence Project hosts a livestream showcase including pianist Christian Jacob and guitarist Dean Grech. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocal group Fish To Birds.

Friday 11/19 – Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour at Catalina Jazz Club

Guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin begin a three night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Pera Krstajic on bass and Wesley Ritenour on drums. Saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Turner are at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sherry Williams is at Vibrato in Bel Air backed by a trio led by pianist Jon Mayer. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Guitarist Pat Kelley is at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki is at the Union Station Traxx Restaurant in downtown L.A. 6 Beats Apart is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club in Ventura. Pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Keyboardist/vocalist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Postmodern Jukebox is at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Vocalist Chloe Perrier is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Saxophonist Cal Bennett is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. 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. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith 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. Annabel (lee) does a livestream show from The World Stage in South L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features singer David Basse.

Saturday 11/20 – Veronica Swift at Segerstrom Samueli Theatre

Vocalist Veronica Swift is at the Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa with Mathis Picard on piano, Alex Heffron on guitar, Philip Norris on bass, and Dylan Elise on drums. Vocalist Laura Dickinson is at Vibrato in Bel Air with bassist Hussain Jiffry and friends. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist Jeff Babko leads a trio at Libretto in Paso Robles. Bassist Stu Hamm is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalists Meloney Collins, Elena Gilliam, Lia Booth and Crystal Lewis perform for an Alzheimer’s Association benefit at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia and pianist Jeremy Siskind play a G Spot House Concert in Highland Park. Guitarist/vocalist Rafael Moreira is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Turner are at Sam First near LAX. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Special EFX is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Pianist Stuart Elster 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 David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. The Wise Guys Big Band Machine Combo is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Barrelhouse Wailers are at The Grape in Ventura. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Australian vocalist Sandy White.

Sunday 11/21 – Paul Peress at The Baked Potato

Drummer Paul Peress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Brandon Fields on sax, and Stu Hamm on bass. The JEXA Jazz Excellence Awards Gala is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Drummer Anthony Fung opens for the Sam Hirsh Trio and jazz session at The Mint in West L.A. Guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin are at Catalina in Hollywood. 4 Level Interchange is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov celebrates a CD release at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter Elliott Caine is at The York in Highland Park. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with vocalist Meloney Collins. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart plays an afternoon show at the Segerstrom Argyle Plaza in Costa Mesa with vocalist Natalie Jacob. Keyboardist/vocalist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Pinot Noir is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist/keyboardist Freddie Ravel is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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 Andrea Miller does a Facebook Live livestream concert. Keyboardist Jay Smith plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Takako 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features composer and pianist Larry Livingston.

Monday 11/22 – Big Band Nights at The Mint

Violinist Lauren Elizabeth Baba hosts the debut of a new monthly big band series at The Mint in West L.A. featuring the Baba Orchestra, Vocalist Teryn Re’s Big Band, and trombonist Paul Taylor’s Big Ol’ Band. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with vocalist Lindsey Webster.   Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.  Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead jazz jam session at the Lighthouse 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 saxophonist Tom Luer.

Tuesday 11/23 – Lineage Trio at The Baked Potato

The Lineage Trio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Graham Dechter on guitar, Alex Frank on bass, and Ryan Shaw on drums. Bassist Logan Kane is at Sam First near LAX.   Saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf leads a jazz orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Drummer Sash Aghamyan is at the Tavern On Brand in Glendale.  Corcovado is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Lindsey Webster is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at Hangar 24 in Irvine.  Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. 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.   Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist JB Dyas.

Wednesday 11/24 – Mitchel Forman at The Grape

Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Grape in Ventura with Doug Webb and David Binney on saxes, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Simon Phillips on drums. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at Sam First Near LAX. Composer Alan Chan leads a jazz orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist/vocalist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Kristina Aglinz is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Leonard Patton is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. 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. Saxophonist Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Ed Bennett.

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