About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 31, 2022

Billy Childs

February kicks off with a SoCal jazz week including Billy Childs, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Novak, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Larry Goldings, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with The Brubeck Brothers, Jimmy Branly, Simon Phillips, Alan Chan, Ami Taf Ra, and Danny Jonokuchi.

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 1/31 – 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. 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. Saxophonist Javier Vergara is at The Grape in Ventura. Saxophonist Bryan McCann is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura. 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.

Thursday 2/3 – 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 Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist John Storie is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Aaron Akins is at Catalina in Hollywood. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Barbara Morrison leads an all-star evening at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Drummer Matt Gordy is at The Merc in Temecula for a CD release event. Pianist Sabine Pothier is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at Spaghettini in Seal 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. MaQui is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Susan Krebs does a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist John Proulx.

Friday 2/4 – Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration at Segerstrom Center For The Arts

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra leads a celebration of the music of Dave Brubeck at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa featuring the Brubeck Brothers and vocalist Diane Reeves. Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist Larry Goldings is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra are at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Ami Taf Ra is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Vocalist Barbara Morrison is at Catalina in Hollywood. The HOTH 4Tet is at The Grape in Ventura. 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.  Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena.  The Angel Town Combo is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Layla Silver & The Jazz Hours are at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Greta Matassa.

Saturday 2/5 – Billy Childs at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Johnson on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra kick off a month of jazz concerts at The Soraya in Northridge. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Pianist Larry Goldings is at Sam First near LAX. Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V is at The Grape in Ventura. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Pianist/vocalist Carol Welsman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Brenda Greggio is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Guitarist Suren Arustamyan is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Brian Simpson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Howie Levine is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Matt Mauser is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Maria de la Vega & The Wayward Five are at The Barkley Restaurant in South pasadena.  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. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kathy Kosins.

Sunday 2/6 – Gary Novak at The Baked Potato

Drummer Gary Novak is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Ruslan Sirota on keys, and Mike Gurrola on bass. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at The York in Highland Park.  JSQ! Opens for the Sam Hirsh Trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Sharron Moore is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Sayed Sabrina is at Venice West in Venice. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna 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.  Pianist Richard Glaser 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 Lia Booth 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. Vocalists Tom Francini and Liz Cole do an afternoon set at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Erin Stevenson does a brunch performance at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Anthony Wilson.

Monday 2/7 – Ian Roller at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Ian Roller celebrates a birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City with a band including Dominique Xavier Kaplan and Matt Little on keys and Bubby Lewis on bass. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.   Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.  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 flutist Kenny Stahl.

Tuesday 2/8 – Paul Cornish’s Geri Allen Project at Sam First

Pianist Paul Cornish leads a group dedicated to the music of late pianist Geri Allen at Sam First near LAX featuring Nicole McCabe on sax, Anna Butterss on bass, and Sarah Thawer on drums. 6 Beats Apart is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica. Guitarist Shea Welsh is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Marc LeBrun 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.  Vocalist Leonard Patton is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features the Boston-based duo drummer Bo and trumpeter Bill Winiker.

Wednesday 2/9 – 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. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood.  Black Nile leads a benefit concert for trombonist Phil Ranelin at the Townhouse in Venice.  Vocalist Jake Simpson is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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 bassist Kevin O’Neal.

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