About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of December 6, 2021

Mike Stern & Jeff Lorber

December continues with a SoCal jazz week including Mike Stern with Jeff Lorber, Kurt Elling, Poncho Sanchez, Jeff Hamilton, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Luis Conte, Ann Hampton Callaway, Janinah Burnett, Scott Kinsey, Carol Welsman, and Sam Wilkes.

Please see the online version of About & Out  for updated information all week at lajazzpicks.com.

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. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. 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 dancer 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.  Vocalist Sue Palmer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  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.

Thursday 12/9 – Rachel Eckroth at Sam First

Keyboardist/vocalist Rachel Eckroth debuts a new album at Sam First near LAX with Bob Reynolds on sax, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Chistian Euman on drums. Vocalist Mon David is at The Merc in Temecula with pianist Josh Nelson. Vocalist Leslie Page is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Phat Cat Swinger is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Keyboardist Lao Tizer 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. 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 Wundergroup. 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 Stephanie Nakasian.

Friday 12/10 – Poncho Sanchez at Catalina

Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez opens a three-night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Ron Blake on trumpet, Nick Gomez on sax, Francisco Torres on trombone, Andy Langham on piano, Ross Schodek on bass, Giancarlo Anderson on bongos, and Jose Perez on timbales.   Percussionist Luis Conte is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Lineage Trio plus keyboardist Jacob Mann is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Guitarist Jinshi Ozaki is at the Union Station Traxx Restaurant in downtown L.A. Vocalist Natalie Mendoza is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Christina Galisatus is at Libretto in Paso Robles. 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. 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 Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin.

Saturday 12/11 – Kurt Elling at Segerstrom Samueli Theatre

Vocalist Kurt Elling does an evening of holiday songs at the Segerstrom Samueli Theatre in Costa Mesa. Guitarist Mike Stern is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with keyboardist Jeff Lorber.  Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway is at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City. Lettuce is at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A.  The Lineage Trio plus keyboardist Jacob Mann is at Sam First near LAX.  Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal does a holiday show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Lisa Donahey does a holiday show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Drummer David Whitman is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Mando Cordova 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 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. Vocalist Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 play a Saturday brunch at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Mambo Craze Cabaret is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Rick Helzer.

Sunday 12/12 – Mike Stern & Jeff Lorber Fusion at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Mike Stern is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Sat-Sun) with keyboardist Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Gary Novak. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra does a late afternoon show of holiday music at Renee & Henry Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Jonathan Pinson opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s Trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Bassist Sam Wilkes is at the Pico Union Project in downtown L.A. Guitarist Terry Wollman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Keith McKelley plays a late afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. 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 David Sills plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a jazz brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Cheryl Barnes 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 Ayelet Rose-Gottlieb.

Monday 12/13 – Jacques Lesure at the Lighthouse

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 vocalist Janelle Sadler.

Tuesday 12/14 – Dan Rosenboom at Sam First

Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom leads a quartet at Sam First near LAX with Joshua White on keys, Richard Giddens on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Little Debbies are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Arianna Neikrug does a holiday show at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarist/vocalist Ray Fuller is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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 Ron Eschete.

Wednesday 12/15 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu) with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Danny Carey on drums.  Vocal group Take 6 does a holiday show at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Vocalist Rose Colella is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Christian Euman plays a holiday show at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Tom Culver is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Vocalist Lola Kristine 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. 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 Tom Lellis.

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