About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 7, 2022

Gregory Porter

February continues with a SoCal jazz week including Gregory Porter, Bill Cunliffe, Scott Kinsey, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles, Paul Cornish, David Benoit, Joel Taylor, Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, Judith Hill, Logan Richardson, and Will Brahm.

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 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. Pianist Irving Flores leads a new monthly jam session at Queen Bee’s in San Diego. 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. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Roe Seafood in Long Beach. Pianist Brian Clemens is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Pianist 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. 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.

Thursday 2/10 – Gregory Porter at The Soraya

Vocalist Gregory Porter is at The Soraya in Northridge. Pianist Bill Cunliffe is at The Muck in Fullerton. Pianist David Benoit celebrates a big band CD release at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Luca Alemanno is at Sam First near LAX. Trombonist Joey Sellers is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Flutist/vocalist Kaylene Peoples is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Flutist Lori Bell is at The Merc in Temecula. Santana bassist Benny Rietveld is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Alpha Rhythm Kings are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Andaz Hotel in Hollywood. 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 LA Jazz Society hosts a livestream featuring baritone saxophonist Adam Zilberman. 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 Rosana Eckert.

Friday 2/11 – Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles at Sam First

Pianist Alan Pasqua and bassist Darek Oles are at Sam First near LAX. Drummer Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena with Scott Henderson on guitar, Scott Kinsey on keys, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Vocalist Judith Hill is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of three nights (Fri-Sat & Mon). Guitarist Allen Hinds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra are at the Montclair Canyon. The Alpha Rhythm Kings are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Kenny G is at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula. Trombonist Steve Turre does a livestream for The World Stage in South L.A. Vocalist Chloe Perrier is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Rick Braun is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Jake Simpson is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. 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. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Trumpeter Michael Bolger is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features UK-based vocalist Sara Oschlag and bassist Dan Sheppard.

Saturday 2/12 – Stu Hamm at The Baked Potato

Bassist Stu Hamm is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Alex Skolnick on guitar, Joel Taylor on drums, and Andrea Whitt on violin and pedal steel guitar. Saxophonist Logan Richardson is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at The Grape in Ventura. Wahid is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Judith Hill is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist David Garfield does an afternoon livestream. Phat Cat Swinger is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist Sam Hirsh is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter/vocalist Rick Braun is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Jazz Cartel is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Pianist Carey Frank 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. Tino Productions is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kiki Ebsen.

Sunday 2/13 – Will Brahm & Sam Hirsh at The Mint

Guitarist Will Brahm’s quartet is at The Mint in West L.A. featuring Aaron Janik on trumpet, Rick Montalbano on drums, and Ethan Moffitt on bass , followed by pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session. Drummer Jason Harnell is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Barbara Morrison does an early evening show at Vibrato in Bel Air, followed by a late show from The Cookies. Pianist Ron Kobayashi 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 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. 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 Laura Pursell does an afternoon set at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Erin Stevenson does a brunch performance at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa 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 vocalist Jay Clayton.

Monday 2/14 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Langham on keys, Vince Fossett Jr. on drums, and John Leftwich on bass. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Judith Hill is at Catalina in Hollywood.  Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.  Vocalists Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade are at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Vocalist Erin Stevenson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra are at SOhO in Santa Barbara. The Hot Club Quintet is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Wise Guys Big Band Machine is at Steven’s Steak & Seafood House in Commerce. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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 Boston-based vocalist Kris Adams.

Tuesday 2/15 – Jimmy Mahlis at The Baked Potato

Guitar and Oud player Dimitris Jimmy Mahlis is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Any Suzuki on sax, Jerry Watts on bass, and Chris Wabich on drums. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica. Trumpeter Ethan Chilton is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Marc Ribot plays a solo show at Zebulon in Silverlake. Vocalist Natalie Jacob and guitarist Mark Leggett split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Melody Lounge in downtown L.A.  Pianist Marc LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. 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 jazz writer Scott Yanow.

Wednesday 2/16 – Ben Williams at The Baked Potato

Bassist Ben Williams is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Braxton Cook on sax, Brandon Coleman on keys, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, and Justin Brown on drums. Bassist Joshua Crumbly is at Sam First near LAX with Anthony Wilson on guitar and Jay Bellerose on drums. Bassist Adi Meyerson is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village hosts its annual Galentine’s Day Jam and benefit show. 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 vocalist Claude Hall and flutist Nori Tani. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist John Hatton.

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