About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 25, 2022

Mike Garson & Hubert Laws

April closes with a SoCal jazz week including Mike Garson with Hubert Laws, David Sanborn, Ronnie Laws, One Shot Deal, Marcus Miller, Jeff Babko, Gordon Goodwin, Jeff Goldblum, Miguel Zenon & Steve Lehman, Tom Scott, and Jay Jennings.

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 4/25 – Yayennings Quartet at Second Home Hollywood

Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Second Home Hollywood with Bob Reynolds on sax, Jose Pérez on drums, and Ross Schodek on bass. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with vocalist Larry Braggs. The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. Vocalist Sacha Boutros 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 drummer Ana Barreiro.

Tuesday 4/26 – Grant Levin at Sam First

Pianist Grant Levin is at Sam First near LAX with Mike Gurrola on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. Guitarist Mark Towns is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Organist Tony Monaco is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with guitarist Grant Geissman and drummer/vocalist Dave Tull.  Santana bassist Benny Rietveld is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Rumproller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Suzy Williams is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Pianist Marc LeBrun 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. Leanna & The Jazz Collective are at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features trumpeter Thomas Marriott.

Wednesday 4/27 – One Shot Deal at The Baked Potato

One Shot Deal featuring members of the original Zappa Plays Zappa opens for first of three nights (Wed-Fri) at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Scheila Gonzalez on sax/vocals, Ben Thomas on trumpet/vocals, Joe Travers on drums, Jamie Kime on guitar, Pete Griffin on bass, and Matt Rohde on keys. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Steve Lehman lead a quartet at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist/vocalist Peter Cincotti is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Liz Cole is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Vocalist Maria Schafer and guitarist Shane Savala are at Garcons De Cafe in downtown L.A. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Bassist Sean Riddle is at The Grape in Ventura. Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love is at ArtBarLA in downtown L.A. The Eternity Jazz Trio is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. 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 Elena Gilliam and Natalie Jacob. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features guitarist Beth Marlis.

Thursday 4/28 – Clam City at Sam First

Keyboardist Jeff Babko’s Clam City is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights for a live recording project featuring Tim Lefebvre on bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Devin Daniels is at The District By GS in South L.A. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at The Grape in Ventura. One Shot Deal featuring members of the original Zappa Plays Zappa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Flutist Nori Tani is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. The Ruum Ensemble with guitarist Dimitris Jimmy Mahlis does a livestream for Live At Zero BPM. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Ron Levy is at The Merc in Temecula. Trumpeter/vocalist Bianca Love does a livestream for the Los Angeles Jazz Society. 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 Davey Miller is at A Twist On Main in Ventura. 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 drummer Michael Stephans.

Friday 4/29 – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall

Pianist/vocalist/actor Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A with John Storie on guitar, James King on tenor saxophone, Alex Frank on bass, Joe Bagg on organ, and Kenny Elliott on drums. One Shot Deal featuring members of the original Zappa Plays Zappa is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Jeff Babko’s Clam City is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Tom Scott is at The Grape in Ventura. Saxophonist Scott Martin is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Devyn Rush is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Eric Dries and vocalist Meloney Colllins are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Trumpeter Gregory Solman is at Azo Vino in Covina. Drummer Matt Lesser is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Saxophonist Cal Bennett is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. 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. The Saddleback College Big Band is at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features singer Sherry Williams.

Saturday 4/30 – Mike Garson & Hubert Laws at Soka Performing Arts Center

Pianist Mike Garson is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo with flutist Hubert Laws. The California Jazz Foundation’s annual Give The Band A Hand Gala at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel features performances from bassist Marcus Miller and organist Ronnie Foster among others.  Saxophonist David Sanborn and percussionist Poncho Sanchez headline the Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Pianist Joshua White is at Sam First near LAX. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Angel Town Combo is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Veronique Forget is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Vocalist John Vance is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Chester Whitmore’s Central Avenue Revue is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. The Greg Rose Orchestra is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx 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. Guitarist Jacques Lesure plays a noon show at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features LAjazz.com Managing Editor Tom Meek.

Sunday 5/1 – Ronnie Laws + Katalyst at the Lodge Room

Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park – Katalyst opens. Drummer Gary Novak is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sandra Booker and pianist Quinn Johnson are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The La Paloma Latin Jazz Band and the Juan Flautista Band split a bill at Venice West in Venice. The Pepper Moons are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A.  The Barclay Theatre Jazz Band is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Arth Bar & Kitchen in Culver City. 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. 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 Lia Booth does an early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Hope Diamond and guitarist Shea Welsh play a noon show at the West L.A. Farmers Market . 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 Jacques Lesure.

Monday 5/2 – The Lineage Trio at The Baked Potato

The Lineage Trio is at the Baked Potato in Studio City with Graham Dechter on guitar, Alex Frank on bass, and Ryan Shaw on drums.   Bassist Ben Williams is at Second Home Hollywood. Pianist Brian Clemens 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 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 guitarist Tim Lerch.

Tuesday 5/3 – Teka w/Rickey Woodard at Bayside Restaurant

Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with saxophonist Rickey Woodard, Quinn Johnson on piano, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Kevin Winard on drums. Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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. The SoCal Jazz Academy leads a jazz jam at TRiP in Santa Monica. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon YouTube Hang features bassist Gene Perla.

Wednesday 5/4 – Nick Mancini at Mr. Musichead Gallery

Vibraphonist Nick Mancini is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Danny Janklow on sax, Adam Ledbetter on piano, Eric England on bass, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Pianist Mathis Picard celebrates a CD release with an evening of solo piano at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist/vocalist Rafael Moreira is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Colburn School Jazz Bands are at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist/vocalist Sunita is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. The Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton offers a tribute performance to Barbara Morrison. Vocalist Anita Robles is at the Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks.  Saxophonist Greg Vail is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist/vocalist Woody Mankowski is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. 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.

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