About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 4, 2022

Larry Carlton

April kicks off with a SoCal jazz week including Larry Carlton, Cheryl Bentyne, Buika, Jacob Collier, Andrew Renfroe, Francisco Torres, Chris Botti, Billy Mohler, Butcher Brown, Max Haymer, Jeff Hamilton, and Tyrone Perkins.

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 4/4 – Billy Mohler at Second Home Hollywood

Bassist Billy Mohler is at Second Home Hollywood with Steph Richards on trumpet, Chris Speed on sax, and Damion Reid on drums. The Lineage Trio is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with guest guitarist Bruce Forman. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Harry Selvin Orchestra is at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.  Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead set and jazz jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. 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 jam session at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Dan Foliart.

Tuesday 4/5 – Butcher Brown at the Lodge Room

Butcher Brown is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Saxophonist Ian Roller celebrates a CD release at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Nicole McCabe is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Lia Booth and vibraphonist Nick Mancini split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica. Pianist Sunnie Paxson is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. The Axon Orchestra is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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 percussionist Brad Dutz.

Wednesday 4/6 – Larry Carlton at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Larry Carlton begins a four-night run (Wed-Sat) with two different line-ups at The Baked Potato in Studio City – Wednesday and Thursday feature Paulie Cerra on sax and vocals, Travis Carlton on bass, Jeff Babko on keys, and Gary Novak on drums. Pianist Max Haymer is at Sam First near LAX. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Marcel Camargo and vocalist Lynn Cardona are at Mr, Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood.  Saxophonist Jeff Pifher is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  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 vocalist Teresa James.

Thursday 4/7 – Andrew Renfroe at Sam First

Guitarist Andrew Renfroe is at Sam First near LAX with Dave Robaire on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Casino San Clemente in San Clemente. Saxophonist David Binney is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Bill Cunliffe is at NAMBA in Ventura. Guitarist Larry Carlton is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Bassist Kevin O’Neal is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Miki Howard is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Organist Carey Frank is at The Merc in Temecula with guitarist Nadav Peled. Pianist/accordionist Ben Rosenblum is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Drummer Jimmy Branly does a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Zan Stewart.

Friday 4/8 – Cheryl Bentyne at the Purple Room

Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with pianist Josh Nelson.  Pianist Kei Akagi is at Winifred Smith Hall at UC Irvine for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat).  Bassist Miller Wrenn is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Pluto Juice is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Guitarist Larry Carlton is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Thom Rotella is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Jeremy Siskind is at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Vocalist Amber Weekes is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Natalie Hanna Mendoza is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Erin Stevenson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Howie Levine is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Guitarist David Marcus is at Baltaire in Brentwood. Pianist/accordionist Ben Rosenblum is at The Merc in Temecula. 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 Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena. 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. The Gypsy Fireballs are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features trumpeter Tony Guerrero.

Saturday 4/9 – Buika at Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Vocalist Buika is at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA in downtown Los Angeles. Pluto Juice is at Sam First near LAX. Drummer Vijay Anderson and the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio split a bill at 2220 Arts & Archives in downtown L.A. Big Band Of Brothers featuring original Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts. Trumpeter Chris Botti is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Drummer Matt Gordy is at The Grape in Ventura.  Pianist Kei Akagi is at Winifred Smith Hall at UC Irvine.  Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock backed by a nonet led by bassist John Leftwich. Guitarist Larry Carlton is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Flutist Lori Bell is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Pianist Jeremy Siskind is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Saxophonist Will Donato is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Maria de la Vega & The Wayward Five are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Mambo Craze Cabaret is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Jeff Richman.

Sunday 4/10 – Jacob Collier at Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Vocalist/keyboardist Jacob Collier is at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Vocalist Tyrone Perkins leads a tribute to the late Barbara Morrison on Catalina in Hollywood. Rodrigo Rios leads a tribute to drummer Jeff Porcaro at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Henry Solomon opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Big Band Of Brothers featuring original Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and Sammy Miller & The Congregation are at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Synthia Hardy plays Billie Holiday Backstage at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Players Will Play is at Venice West in Venice. Pianist Ron Kobayashi and drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Boy Katindig is at Proabition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen in Riverside. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant in Playa Del Rey. 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. Trumpeter/vocalist Johnny Britt 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. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kenny Washington.

Monday 4/11 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at Second Home Hollywood. Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Zebulon in Silverlake. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo.  Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a straight-ahead set and jazz jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch in downtown L.A. 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 pianist Gerald Clayton.

Tuesday 4/12 – Max Gerl at Sam First

Bassist Max Gerl is at Sam First near LAX with Sasha Berliner on vibes, Paul Cornish on piano, Cole Riddle on keys, Tony Austin on drums, and Frank Moka on percussion. Vocalists Sherry Williams and Billy Valentine offer a tribute evening to Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles at Bayside Lounge in Newport Beach. Guitarist Shea Welsh and saxophonist Louis Van Taylor split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Saxophonist Justin Chart is at La Puglia Restaurant in Santa Monica. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Blues guitarist Artur Menezes 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features saxophonist Gary Meek.

Wednesday 4/13 – Cathy Segal-Garcia at Catalina Jazz Club

Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia is at Catalina in Hollywood with a nonet led by bassist John Leftwich featuring Gary Fukushima on piano, Chris Blondal on drums, Ted Falcon on violin and mandolin, Artyom Manukyan on cello, Mitchell Long on guitar, and Alex Budman and Keith Fiddmont on woodwinds. Vocalist Tierney Sutton and pianist Tamir Hendelman are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Pierre Bensusan is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Bassist Or Barket is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Vocalist/keyboardist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Vocalist Maria Schafer is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Indian percussionist Rajna Swaminathan is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. The Swing Shift Orchestra is at The Grape 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. 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. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  The CSUN A Band directed by Tina Raymond is at the Cerritos Center For Performing Arts.  Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project includes pianist Paul Cornish and vocalist Ellen Johnson.  Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Cynthia Utterbach.

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