About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of March 21, 2022

Maria Schneider

March winds down with a SoCal jazz week including Maria Schneider, Regina Carter, Yellowjackets, Oz Noy, Helen Sung, Matthew Whitaker, Otmaro Ruiz, Bernie Dresel, the LA Jazz Quartet, Konrad Paszkudzki, Teodross Avery, Josh Nelson, and Eyedentity.

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 3/21 – Alan Ferber LA Edition Big Band at Second Home Hollywood

Trombonist Alan Ferber fronts the L.A. version of his big band at Second Home Hollywood. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features singer-songwriter Lynn Colbert-Jones.

Tuesday 3/22 – Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble at Sam First

The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Sam First near LAX with Darynn Dean on vocals, Matthew Stubbs on clarinet, Devin Daniels on alto sax, Art Baden on tenor sax, Julien Knowles on trumpet, Javier Santiago on piano, Emiliano Lasansky on bass, and Benjamin Ring on drums. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica. Pianist Christopher Linman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Tina Raymond is at the NeueHouse in Hollywood. 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. Saxophonist Addison Jordan is at the Townhouse in Venice. 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. The Bakersfield Jazz Orchestra is at the Petroleum Club in Bakersfield. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Peter Barshay.

Wednesday 3/23 – Helen Sung at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Pianist Helen Sung is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with John Ellis on sax/flute. David Wong on bass, EJ Strickland on drums, and Jenny Scheinman on violin. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Christopher McBride is at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter Bijon Watson is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Trombonist Alan Ferber is at ETA in Highland Park. Saxophonist Mindi Abair is at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. The Duck Soup Trio is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Saxophonist Robert Kyle is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Rebecca Jade 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features Canadian pianist Peter Tobey.

Thursday 3/24 – Teodross Avery at The District By GS

Saxophonist Teodross Avery is at The District By GS in South L.A. with Mikel Majeed on organ and Jerre Jackson on drums. Pianist Bill Cunliffe is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dominique Eade and pianist Miro Sprague are at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Helen Sung is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Vocalist Freda Payne is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Keith Droste is at The Merc in Temecula. French vocalist Chloe Perrier is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Bill Ungerman is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Organist Carey Frank does a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at 208 Rodeo in Beverly Hills. 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 with guest vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. Vocalist Lola Kristine 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 Peter Eldridge.

Friday 3/25 – Maria Schneider Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall

Composer/arranger Maria Schneider brings her jazz orchestra to Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. – violinist Regina Carter opens.  Guitarist Oz Noy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The LA Jazz Quartet begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Konrad Paszkudzki leads a fundraiser for Ukraine including vocalist Samara Joy at the Skirball Cultural Center in Bel Air. Keyboardist Jesse Fischer is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pink Martini with vocalists Storm Large and China Forbes begins a four-night run at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Eric Wesling is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Jumpin Jox is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Bassist Anna Butterss is at ETA in Highland Park. The Angel Town Combo is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the La Jolla Community Center. Blues harmonica player John Mayall is at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx 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 Mark San Filippo is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. San Lyon is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kiki Wow.

Saturday 3/26 – Oz Noy at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Oz Noy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the second of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Jimmy Haslip on bass and Dennis Chambers on drums. The LA Jazz Quartet is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Josh Nelson offers an Ode To Stephen Sondheim at Boston Court in Pasadena with vocalists Kenton Chen, Lillian Sengpiehl, and Kathleen Grace. Eyedentity with vocalist Diana Purim is at the Corazon Performing Arts Center in Topanga. Saxophonist Grant Stewart is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Pink Martini is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Saxophonist Christopher McBride plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A sponsored by the 18th Street Arts Center.  Jazz-Fil USA is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista with vocalist Charmaine Clamor. The Angel Town Combo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Violinist Lauren Elizabeth Baba is at ETA in Highland Park. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith does a live recording at Libretto in Paso Robles. Ginger & The Hoosier Daddys are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Lola Haag is at the Ojai Underground Exchange in Ojai. Pianist Andy Langham is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich 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 singer Marc Johnson.

Sunday 3/27 – Yellowjackets at Vibrato

Yellowjackets are at Vibrato in Bel Air with Bob Mintzer on sax, Russell Ferrante on keys, Dane Alderson on bass, and Will Kennedy on drums. Pianist Matthew Kennedy is at the Segerstrom Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Tritone Asylum is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Bassist Marlon Martinez leads a big band in an afternoon performance at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in downtown L.A.  Pink Martini is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. The Jazz Butchers open for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in downtown L.A. Work In Progress is at Venice West in Venice. Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Arth Bar & Kitchen in Culver City. 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. Saxophonist Nick Gomez plays an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. California Feetwarmers play an afternoon show at the Duarte Elks Lodge. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does 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 vocalist Janis Siegel.

Monday 3/28 – BABAorchestra Big Band Nights at The Mint

Lauren Elizabeth Baba leads the latest in a monthly series of big band nights at The Mint in West L.A., also featuring the Craig Cammell Big band and the Dave Richards Big Band. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. Pink Martini is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. Vocalist Meloney Collins is at The Drake in Laguna Beach with pianist Brian Clemens. 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. 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 Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 3/29 – Dan Rosenboom at Sam First

Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom is at Sam First near LAX with Gavin Templeton on sax, John Escreet on keys, Billy Mohler on bass, and Damion Reid on drums. Vocalist Tierney Sutton sings music of Marilyn and Alan Bergman at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry is at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Guitarist Mark Towns is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Vocalist Linda Lavin is at Catalina in Hollywood with pianist Billy Stritch. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Gerald Clayton.

Wednesday 3/30 – Catatonic at The Baked Potato

Catatonic is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ben Armentano on keys, Chris Coulter on bass, Michael Celenza on drums, Rob Garland on guitar, and Andy Francis on woodwinds. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Luis Munoz is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego with pianist Mike Wofford. Guitarist Yu Ooka is at the 3355 Asian Grill in Torrance. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Roe Seafood in Long 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. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at The Mixx in Pasadena. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project includes vocalists Jay Clayton and Lauren White. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Paul Carmen.

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