About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 3, 2022

Chad Wackerman

The new year opens with a SoCal jazz week including Chad Wackerman, Scott Henderson, Charnett Moffett & Jana Herzen, Bob Reynolds, Scott Kinsey, Mitchel Forman, Bruns & Bache, California Honeydrops, Barbara Morrison, Doug MacDonald with Sherry Williams, and Sean Riddle.

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

Monday 1/3 – Artur Menezes at The Baked Potato

Blues guitarist/vocalist Artur Menezes is at The Baked Potato in Studio City as the club returns to a seven-night schedule in 2022. Saxophonist Vincent Ingala is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead set and jazz jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including Pete Kuzma on keys and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. 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 Kimberly Ford leads a jazz jam at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features jazz writer Scott Yanow.

Tuesday 1/4 – Doug MacDonald Quartet w/Sherry Williams at Vibrato

Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a quartet at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Sherry Williams. Saxophonist Henry Solomon is at Sam First near LAX (livestream only). Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Lynn Cardona is at 10e in downtown L.A. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Guitarist Hans Ottsen leads a jazz jam at The Grape in Ventura. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Matt Otto.

Wednesday 1/5 – Charnett Moffett & Jana Herzen at Catalina Jazz Club

Bassist Charnett Moffett and guitarist Jana Herzen begin a January Wednesdays residency series at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Tom Luer’s Project Popular is at Sam First near LAX (livestream only). Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalists Patrick Barnitt and Meloney Collins are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Gypsy jazz guitarist Tom Jorgensen is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Jullana Gamboa 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.  The Avant Garde Trio is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Saxophonist Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at T’s On The Green at the Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City.  Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach.  Studio C is at The Grape in Ventura.  Saxophonist Bryan McCann is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream to benefit The Innocence Project includes vocalists Dante Chambers and Cheryl Barnes. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features music and players from her latest CD project.

Thursday 1/6 – Bob Reynolds at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. The California Honeydrops are at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown L.A.  Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach.  Flutist Nori Tani is at The Conference Room in Playa Vista. Angel & His Mambokat Combo are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Guitarist Patrick Berrogain is at The Merc in Temecula. 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 The Twist On Main in Ventura. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. Four And More is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park.  Vocalist Dan Olivo is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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 Paul Jost.

Friday 1/7 – Chad Wackerman at The Baked Potato

Drummer Chad Wackerman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jim Cox on keys, Mike Miller on guitar, and Janek Gwizdala on bass. Saxophonist Jason Fabus is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Natalie Mendoza. Bassist Sean Riddle is at The Grape in Ventura.  Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  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.  Bassist Karim Yengsep is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine.  Drummer Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena.  Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Judy Carmichael.

Saturday 1/8 – Scott Henderson at Alvas Showroom

Guitarist Scott Henderson is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Romain Labaye on bass and Archibald Ligonniere on drums. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.   Guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist Darek Oles are at the Harmony Room at St. Barnabas Church in Eagle Rock.  Vocalist Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Bruns & Bache are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo.  Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at the Hotel Paseo Larkspur Grill in Palm Desert.  Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Saxophonist Darryl Walker is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett does an early show at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang are at The Grape in Ventura. Tino Productions are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalists Rhiannon and Ashley Maher.

Sunday 1/9 – Efajume & The Sam Hirsh Trio at The Mint

Efajume opens for the Sam Hirsh Trio and Jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Scott Henderson is at Dizzy’s in San Diego.  Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at The York in Highland Park.  A new Sunday jazz series at Venice West in Venice opens with drummer Eric Gugisch.  Vocalist Anne Walsh is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pinot Noir is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group and jam session 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. Vocalist Jacqui Hylton is at Nonna in Westlake Village.  Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull does a brunch at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Drummer John Kithcart 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. Blues harmonica player Chef Dave Rozier is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bandleader Dennis Dreith.

Monday 1/10 – The Little Debbies at The Baked Potato

The Little Debbies are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ian Roller on sax, Max Gerl on bass, Andy Prado, Jr. on drums, and Matt Little on keys. Saxophonist Robby Marshall is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Mindi Abair are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Grape in Ventura.  Pianist Ron Kobayashi 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 including Pete Kuzma on keys and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. 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 Stephanie Bruce.

Tuesday 1/11 – Sal Valentinetti with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra at Vibrato

Vocalist Sal Valentinetti is at Vibrato in Bel Air with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra.  Bassist Hadrien Feraud is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Guitarist Shea Welsh is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Saxophonist Robby Marshall does a livestream show from Sam First near LAX.  Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A.  Pianist Mark LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. Guitarist Hans Ottsen hosts a jazz jam at The Grape in Ventura. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Nancy Sanchez.

Wednesday 1/12 – The Night Watch at The Baked Potato

The Night Watch is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Alex Sill on guitar, Jacob Scesney on sax, Gary Novak on drums, Nick Campbell on bass, Mike Cottone on trumpet, Julian Pollack on keys, and Daniel Feldman on percussion. Bassist Charnett Moffett and guitarist Jana Herzen are at Catalina in Hollywood.  Chomsky Jazz is at The Grape in Ventura.  Vibraphonist Simon Moullier does a livestream show from Sam First near LAX.  Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  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 Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine.  Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach.  French vocal group Paris Chansons are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Irish trumpeter Linely Hamilton.

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