About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 29, 2021

Russell Ferrante

November ends and December opens with a SoCal jazz week including Russell Ferrante, Bob Sheppard, Gordon Goodwin, Bob Reynolds, Jeff Hamilton, Kalia Vandiver, Jamie Kime, Dean Brown, Jamel Dean, Dave Robaire, Artyom Manukyan, Marcel Camargo, Matt Von Roderick, and Pat Kelley.

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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. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. Westgate Hotel in San Diego. 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.

Thursday 12/2 – Bob Reynolds at The Bakled Potato

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on piano, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Bassist Dave Robaire is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. Black Market Reverie debuts a holiday CD at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Sherry Williams debuts a holiday CD at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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. 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. Live at Zero BPM features a livestream from saxophonist Jeff Pifher. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features jazz DJ/producer LeRoy Downs.

Friday 12/3 – Bob Sheppard at Sam First

Saxophonist Bob Sheppard is at Sam First near LAX with Robert Rodriguez on piano, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. Drummer Jeff Hamilton opens a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Bacchus in Pasadena. Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki is at the Union Station Traxx Restaurant in downtown L.A. Guitarist Carl Verheyen is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bruns & Bache are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at The Grape in Ventura. Original 5th Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. are at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul play a holiday show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Jonathan Stout is at Sorriso in Pasadena. 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. Tino Productions is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Pianist/vocalist Matilda Haywood does a livestream from The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Melba Joyce.

Saturday 12/4 – Russell Ferrante at Sam First

Pianist Russell Ferrante is at Sam First near LAX with Michael Valerio on bass and Marcello Carelli on drums. Guitarist Dean Brown at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Los Angeles Jazz Society honors drummer Peter Erskine at its annual awards dinner at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is at Bacchus in Pasadena. Keyboardist Jamael Dean is at 2220 Arts & Archives in downtown L.A. Vocalist Luke Carlsen & The Fresh Rhythm are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick plays a solo show at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vibraphonist Matt Dibiase is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Guitarist Jamey Arent is at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul play a holiday show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Jay Smith is at The Grape in Ventura. Original 5th Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features the late pianist Mike Renzi.

Sunday 12/5 – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vibrato

Composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Cranktones are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist George Kahn is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Michael Lington plays a holiday show 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. Trumpeter/vocalist Gunhild Carling is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Lisa Donahey does a holiday brunch at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. 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. 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 Bryan Pezzone.

Monday 12/6 – Jeff Hamilton at Catalina Jazz Club

Drummer Jeff Hamilton is at Catalina in Hollywood with Tamir Hendelman on piano and Jon Hamar on bass. The Tom Kubis Big Band plays a holiday show at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. Saxophonist Michael Lington plays a holiday show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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.  Vocalist Sandy Cummings leads a jam session at SoHo in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Michelle Coltrane.

Tuesday 12/7 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Hadrien Feraud on bass, and Ronald Bruner, Jr. on drums. Pianist Adam Hersh is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist/vocalist Carol Welsman is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Vocalist Anna Danes is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Julian Coryell is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Rumproller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Meloney Collins does a holiday show at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Billy Edwall is at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. 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 guitarist Doug MacDonald.

Wednesday 12/8 – Janinah Burnett at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Vocalist Janinah Burnett is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Robert Rodriguez on piano, Mike Gurrola on bass, and Terreon Gully on drums.  Drummer Eddie Layman is at The Grape in Ventura.  Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Sam First near LAX with flamenco dance Fanny Ara. Guitarist Nils and trumpeter/vocalist Johnny Britt play an evening of holiday music at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joe Rozum is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Tim Shaghoian is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Trumpeter Mike Rocha is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. 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. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Innocence Project’s latest livestream includes vocalists Pierre Chambers and Sharon Marie Cline. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Rose Colella.

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