About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 24, 2022

Sinne Eeg

January winds down with a SoCal jazz week including Sinne Eeg, Mitchel Forman, Charnett Moffett & Jana Herzen, John Pattitucci, The Vivino Brothers, Paul Peress, Otmaro Ruiz, Michael Ragonese, Doug Webb, Jay Jennings, Don Randi, and Jonathan Karrant.

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 venues directly for any last minute changes and/or cancellations before heading out.

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 veteran 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.

Thursday 1/27 – Michael Ragonese at Sam First

Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Sam First near LAX with Luca Alemanno on bass and Mark Ferber on drums (limited in-house seating plus livestream). Organist Brian Charette is at The Grape in Ventura. Guitarist Wayne Wilkinson is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist/vocalist Rafael Moreira is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Keyboardist Brandon Coleman celebrates a birthday at Townhouse in Venice.  Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The LA Jazz Society hosts a livestream performance with saxophonist Nicole McCabe. Saxophonist Jacques Voyemont does a livestream show for Live At Zero BPM. 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. 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. MaQui 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 Sunny Wilkinson.

Friday 1/28 – The Vivino Brothers at The Baked Potato

The Vivino Brothers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jerry Vivino on sax, Jimmy Vivino on guitar, John Leftwich on bass, Brian Charette on keys, and Vince Fossett on drums.  Bassist John Pattitucci leads a trio with pianist Alan Pasqua and drummer Joe La Barbera at Zhang Orchestra Hall at Concordia College in Irvine.  Saxophonists David Binney and Doug Webb are at The Grape in Ventura. The Metta Quintet is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Drummer David Whitman is at Dizzy’s 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 is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Adam Michaelson is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Jumpin’ Joz is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Blues harmonica player John Mayall is at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguina Beach. Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy is at the Bellante Family Winery in Mission Viejo. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Catalina in Hollywood. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Australian vocalists Anita Wardell & Ingrid James.

Saturday 1/29 – Mitchel Forman at The Grape

Keyboardist Mitchel Forman leads a quartet at The Grape in Ventura with Doug Webb on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Simon Phillips on drums. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bruns & Bache are at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Michael Ragonese is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Trombonist Joshua Brown is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. The Two Dans Band is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Bob Sheppard.

Sunday 1/30 – Sinne Eeg at Catalina

Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is at Catalina in Hollywood with Josh Nelson on piano, Peter Erskine on drums, Darek Oles on bass, and Larry Koonse on guitar. Drummer Paul Peress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Jonathan Karrant is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Jazz Butchers open for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio & jam session at The Mint in West L.A.  Drummer Rick Montalbano is at The York in Highland Park.  Vocalist Ron Johnson is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Keyboardist Marcus Johnson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Blues harmonica player John Mayall is at Venice West in Venice. 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. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor does an afternoon show at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. 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. Bassist Rob Thorsen does a brunch session at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Vocalist Erin Stevenson does a jazz brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Sandy Cummings hosts 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 Polish pianist Kuba Stankiewicz.

Monday 1/31 – Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio at Zebulon

Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel is at Zebulon in Silverlake with Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums.  The Lineage Trio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest saxophonist Allen Mezquida, Graham Dechter on guitar, Alex Frank on bass, and Ryan Shaw on drums. Vocalist Andrea Miller 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. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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. 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 bassist Mark Dressler.

Tuesday 2/1 – Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato

The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra celebrates the Chinese New Year Of The Tiger at Vibrato in Bel Air with special guests Laura Dickinson, Ben Thomas, and Toonyun. The Variants are at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Hadrian Feraud on bass, Ruslan Sirota and Dominique Xavier Taplan on keys, Horace Bray on guitar, and Chaun Horton on drums. Guitarist Jeff Parker leads a trio at Sam First near LAX.  Guitarist Ken Song is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica.  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 bassist Ryan McGillicuddy.

Wednesday 2/2 – Danny Jonokuchi Big Band at Vibrato

The Danny Jonokuchi Big Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air with vocalist Natalie Hanna Mendoza. Bassist Billy Mohler is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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 Debra Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project includes guitarist Dori Amarillo and vocalist Lia Booth.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Leah Kline.

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