About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 11, 2022

Peter Erskine

April continues with a SoCal jazz week including Peter Erskine, Bill Frisell, Jeff Lorber, Chad Wackerman, Doug Webb, Jimmy Branly, Tierney Sutton & Tamir Hendelman, Joshua White, Vardan Ovsepian, Max Gerl, Cathy Segal-Garcia, and Mark Winkler.

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 4/11 – 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. The CSUB Jazz Ensemble is at the Petroleum Club in Bakersfield. 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 vocalist Ellen Johnson. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Cynthia Utterbach.

Thursday 4/14 – Chad Wackerman at The Baked Potato

Drummer Chad Wackerman is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jim Cox on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Mike Miller on guitar. Vocalist Mark Winkler is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Saxophonist Ken Peplowski, guitarist Diego Figueiredo and vocalist Natasha Agrama present an evening of Bossa Nova music at the La Mirada Theatre. Pianist Adam Hersh is at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Bassist Brian Bromberg is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Sayed Sabrina is at Catalina in Hollywood. Conganas is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Charles Owens is at The Merc in Temecula. Bassist Or Barket is at Sam First near LAX.  Bassist Logan Kane is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Elena and guitarist George Gilliam are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Leonard Patton is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. The Los Angeles Jazz Society presents a livestream featuring vocalist Sara Gazarek. Live at Zero BPM features a livestream with saxophonist Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial. The Dotter Dad Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. 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 pianist Mike Lang.

Friday 4/15 – Peter Erskine at Sam First

Drummer Peter Erskine is at Sam First near LAX with pianist Alan Pasqua and bassist Darek Oles. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber opens a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Janis Mann is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Cuban pianist David Virelles is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Cellist Artyom Manukyan, pianist Vardan Ovsepian, and tap dancer Sarah Reich are at the Pasadena Antique Warehouse. Vocalist Sal Valentinetti is at Catalina in Hollywood with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra. Vocalist Leonard Patton is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Pianist Adam Hersh is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Keyboardist Nick Smith does a livestream from The World Stage in South L.A. Jumpin Jox is at Sorriso in Pasadena. The Black Diamonds are at Azo Vino in Covina. Guitarist David Marcus is at Baltaire in Brentwood. 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. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features vocalist Kate Reid.

Saturday 4/16 – Vardan Ovsepian Chromacity Trio at Sam First

Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Sam First near LAX with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola and John Tegmeyer on clarinet. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego with an evening of music from Herbie Hancock. Vocalist Haley Reinhart is at Catalina in Hollywood. Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Joshua White is at Dizzy’s in San Diego with an evening of music from Herbie Hancock. Keyboardist Don Randi is at The Grape in Ventura. Bassist Luther Hughes is at the Orange County Musicians Association in Santa Ana. Keyboardist David Garfield plays his latest “Live From Home” afternoon livestream with Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Vibraphonist Sasha Berliner is at ETA in Highland Park. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Incendio is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Cheryl Barnes is at the Nano Cafe in Sierra Madre. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Guitarist Molly Miller is at AMSTRDM in Paso Robles. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego.  Vocalist Rose Mallett does an early show at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Wise Guys Big Band Machine is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features pianist Karen Hammack and vocalist Jodi Siegel.

Sunday 4/17 – Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita KUBA Trio at Catalina Jazz Club

Keyboardist Omar Sosa & kora player Seckou Keita are at Catalina in Hollywood with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. Phat Cat Swinger is at Campus Jax in Newport 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. Bassist Leslie Baker is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank for an afternoon brunch show. 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. The Kenton Lucky Quartet does 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 Alexia Vasilliou.

Monday 4/18 – West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band at Second Home Hollywood

The West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band led by pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Kevin van den Elzen is at Second Home Hollywood with vocalist Melissa Morgan.  Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Saxophonist Jessy J celebrates a CD release at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  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 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 San Francisco pianist Mike Hatfield.

Tuesday 4/19 – Scott Kinsey at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Bob Reynolds on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Aspire Concert Band of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague is at Sam First near LAX. Keyboardist Rachel Eckroth is at ETA in Highland Park for the first of two nights (The-Wed). Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Justin Chart is Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Natalie Jacob and guitarist Mark Leggett split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica. 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 vocalist Phyllis Battle.

Wednesday 4/20 – Charles Ruggerio Plays Monk at The Baked Potato

Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays the music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Mark Turner, Bob Reynolds and Doug Webb on saxophones, along with Mike Gurrola on bass. Trombonist Jon Hatamiya celebrates a CD release at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood.  Drummer Gene Coye is at Sam First near LAX. Keyboardist Mitchel Forman is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist John DiMartino is at Catalina in Hollywood with guitarist Nanny Assis and New Zealand vocalist Maggie Gould. Vocalist Billy Valentine is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Black Market Reverie is at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach.  Vocalist Maria Schafer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Vocalist Donna Greene is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura.  Keyboardist Rachel Eckroth is at ETA in Highland Park. Drummer Rudolfo Zuniga 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 Dianne Steinberg-Lewis.

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