About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 22, 2021

Mitchel Forman

Thanksgiving Week in SoCal jazz features shows from Mitchel Forman, Ernie Watts, Mohini Dey, Lisa Fischer, David Binney, Groove Legacy, Greyboy Allstars, Baba Orchestra, Lineage Trio, Jeff Parker, Remy Le Boeuf, Janis Mann, and Alan Chan.

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 his Moo-Sic group at Vibrato in Bel Air with guest vocalists including Laura Dickinson and Ben Thomas. 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.

Thursday 11/25 – Mikan Zlatkovich at Eddie V’s San Diego

Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Eddie V’s in San Diego. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Lamont Van Hook.

Friday 11/26 – Groove Legacy at The Baked Potato

Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Paulie Cerra on sax/vocals, Billy Steinway on keys, Francisco Torres on trombone, Travis Carlton on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Sam Meek on guitar. The Greyboy All-Stars are at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lisa Fischer opens a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Jeff Ellwood is at Sam First near LAX.  Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki is at the Union Station Traxx Restaurant in downtown L.A.  The Dean Family does a livestream from The World Stage in South L.A.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Keyboardist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Leslie Lembo & Raw Silk are at SoHo in Santa Barbara. 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 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. Dean Mora’s Latinaires are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys are at Sorriso in Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Clarice Assad.

Saturday 11/27 – Ernie Watts at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Ernie Watts is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Marc Seales on piano, Bruce Lett on bass, and Bob Leatherbarrow on drums. Bassist/vocalist Mohini Dey is at Alvas Shoroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist David Binney is at Sam First near LAX. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Jonathan Karrant is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Pianist Rachel Flowers is at The Grape in Ventura. Corcovado is at Atmosphere Mar Vista. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine. Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Jessy J is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Roy Dunlap 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 David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Tino Productions is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Rat Pack Ricky is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Pierre Chambers.

Sunday 11/28 – Mohini Dey Collective at Alvas Showroom

Indian bassist/vocalist Mohini Dey is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for the second of two nights (Sat 8PM & Sun 4PM) with Marco Minnemann on drums, Mark Hartsuch on sax, Matt Von Roderick on trumpet, Colin Cook on guitar, and Patrick Whitehead on keys. Trumpeter Mike Cottone opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with pianist Billy Stritch opens a two-night (Sun-Mon) run at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Teryn Re’ leads a big band in a holiday music show at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Steven Michael and the Paul McDonald Big Band are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Crystal Lewis is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Keyboardist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. 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. Saxophonist Nick Gomez plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Laura Pursell does an afternoon show at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does a jazz brunch at SoHo in Santa Barbara. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features jazz promoter Gail Boyd.

Monday 11/29 – Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with pianist Billy Stritch is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City for the second of two nights (Sun-Mon).   Trombonist Kalia Vandiver is at the Saddleback College McKinney Theater in Mission Viejo.   Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.  Pianist Marc LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna 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. The SBCC Jazz Combos are at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features venue creator Jimmy Greenfield.

Tuesday 11/30 – Marcel Camargo at Sam First

Guitarist Marcel Camargo is at Sam First near LAX with Sam Hirsh on piano, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Loud As Funk is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Cassie Miller and trumpeter Lee Thornburg.

Wednesday 12/1 – Jamie Kime at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Jamie Kime is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Scott Kinsey on keys, Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Pete Griffin on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Sam First near LAX. Trombonist Kalia Vandiver is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Guitarist Pat Kelley is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Marsha Bartenetti does an evening of holiday music at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Christopher Linman 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. Saxophonist Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Michael Mishaw.

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