About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 17, 2022

Simon Phillips & Protocol V

SoCal jazz highlights this week include Simon Phillips, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Landau, Box Of Noise, Charles Ruggerio, Michelle Coltrane, Charnett Moffett & Jana Herzen, Bob Sheppard, Poncho Sanchez, Maiya Sykes, and the LA Phil’s weekend concert series featuring the Sacred Music Of Duke Ellington.

Please see the online version of About & Out for updated information throughout the week at lajazzpicks.com. It’s a good idea to check with the venue directly for any last minute changes and/or cancellations.

Monday 1/17 – Box Of Noise at The Baked Potato

Box Of Noise is at The Baked Potato in Studio City featuring long-time Brand X bassist Percy Jones, Alex Machacek on guitar, and Kenny Grohowski on drums. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  The Baba Orchestra hosts the latest Big Band Nights at The Mint in West L.A.  Pianist Christopher Linmann is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Ted Howe.

Tuesday 1/18 – Michelle Coltrane at La Puglia Restaurant

Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica with Sunnie Paxson on piano and Leslie Baker on bass. Box Of Noise is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Anthony Fung is at Sam First near LAX with a group including Paul Cornish on piano and Luca Alemanno on bass (livestream only). Work In Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at Dizzy’s in San Diego.  Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Tavern On Brand in Glendale.  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 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.  Leanna & The Jazz Collective are at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features drummer Joel Taylor.

Wednesday 1/19 – Charles Ruggerio at The Baked Potato

Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays the music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds and Ralph Moore on saxes and Eric Revis on bass. Pianist John Escreet is at Sam First near LAX (livestream only). Bassist Charnett Moffett and guitarist Jana Herzen are at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Bob Sheppard is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Maiya Sykes is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Flutist Nori Tani is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Saxophonist Brian Clancy is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Lillian 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. 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. Producer Debara Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project features vocalist Jullanar Gamboa and pianist Bevan Manson. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Nicolas Bearde.

Thursday 1/20 – LA Phil w/Gerald Clayton Plays Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

Pianist Gerald Clayon is featured in an LA Phil performance of music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts for the first of two nights (Thu-Fri) at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Vocalist Matt Forbes leads a big band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Keyboadist Gregg Karukas is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Sam First near LAX (livestream only). Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor is at The Merc in Temecula. Nelson Turner is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera 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 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. 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 Cheryl Bentyne.

Friday 1/21 – Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at Henry & Renee Segerstrom Hall

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa. Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V is at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for the first of three nights (Fri-Sun). Pianist Gerald Clayton is featured in an LA Phil performance of music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Drummer Tony Austin is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Matt Mauser & The Pete Jacobs Big Band at the Cerritos Center For Performing Arts. The Gathering celebrates a CD release with a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Vocalist Erin Stevenson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Marguaret Love is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Andy Langham is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. 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 vocalist Tierney Sutton.

Saturday 1/22 – Michael Landau at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Michael Landau is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Tim Lefebvre on bass and Alan Hertz on drums. The LA Phil conducted by Thomas Wilkins plays music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts including “Black, Brown & Beige” (Sat-Sun) at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Venice West in Venice. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist Jeff Babko and bassist David Piltch do a live recording at Libretto in Paso Robles. Clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at the St. Barnabas Church Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Bassist Brian Bromberg is at the Westin Hotel in Rancho Mirage. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is at Sam First near LAX (livestream only). Keyboardist David Garfield offers an afternoon all-star livestream session.  Vocalist Jamie Shew is at Les Amis in Fullerton. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at 1881 in Pasadena.   Trumpeter Thaddeus Ford is at The Mint in West L.A. Guitarist Adam Hawley is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Studio C Band is at The Grape in Ventura. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Rose Mallett does an early show at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Tamir Hendelman.

Sunday 1/23 – Simon Phillips Protocol V at Catalina Jazz Club

Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V is at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for the third of three nights (Fri-Sun) with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Alex Sill on guitar, Jacob Scesney on sax, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. The LA Phil conducted by Thomas Wilkins plays music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts including “Black, Brown & Beige” in an afternoon concert at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Michael Ragonese opens for the Sam Hirsh Trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra are at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. The Four Freshmen are at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center For The Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Guitarist/vocalist Julie Kelly is at The York in Highland Park. Trumpeter Sam Hankins is at Venice West in Venice. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Jessy J is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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 is 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. Vocalist Veronique Forget is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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. Bassist Rob Thorsen does a brunch session at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Vocalist Danny Freyer leads a Dixieland jazz group in an afternoon show at the Duarte Elks Lodge. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kathryn Bostic.

Monday 1/24 – Jacques Lesure at the Lighthouse Cafe

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. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal 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 Diana Lynn Wallace.

Tuesday 1/25 – Otmaro Ruiz at La Puglia Restaurant

Pianist Otmaro Ruiz leads a trio at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica with Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu on bass and Euro Zambrano on drums.  Saxophonist Caroline Davis is at Sam First near LAX.  Vocalist Gussie Miller is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Affirmation and saxophonist Frank Fontaine split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Angel Town Combo is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Vocalist Emile Welman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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 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 bassist Henry Franklin.

Wednesday 1/26 – Charnett Moffett & Jana Herzen at Catalina Jazz Club

Bassist Charnett Moffett and guitarist Jana Herzen are at Catalina in Hollywood for the final Wednesday of their January residency.  Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Snarky Puppy trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Sam First near LAX.  Accordionist Cory Pesataro is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Flutist Holly Hofmann is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Drummer Rodolfo Zuniga is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Pianist Christopher Linmann 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. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist and bandleader Tom Kubis.

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