About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of July 18, 2022

Ben Williams

July continues with a SoCal jazz week including Ben Williams, Scott Henderson, John Daversa & Tal Cohen, Andrew Synowiec, Groove Legacy, Charles Ruggerio, Bebel Gilberto, Dean Brown, Mike Cottone, Benny Benack III, and Jamael Dean.

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 7/18 – Kleber Jorge at Festival of Arts

Brazilian guitarist Kleber Jorge is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Teen multi-instrumentalist Justin-Lee Schultz is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Trumpeter Nate Birkey is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Blues guitarist/vocalist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Horace Bray is at ETA in Highland Park.  Bassist Logan Kane is at Club Tee Gee in Atwater Village.  Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Theia 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. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.

Tuesday 7/19 – John Daversa & Tal Cohen at Alvas Showroom

Trumpeter John Daversa and pianist Tal Cohen are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). Saxophonist/vocalist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Bernie Williams is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Kevin Kanner leads a set followed by a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Bill Cantos and trumpeter Tony Guerrero are at Bistango in Irvine with vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita. Pianist Joe Rozum is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Corcovado with vocalist Natalie Jacob and guitarist Mark Leggett are at TRiP in Santa Monica. Pianist Marc LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Kimberly Ford leads a jazz jam at SOhO in Santa Barbara. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Rumproller is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Leanna & The Jazz Collective are at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Wednesday 7/20 – 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 Bob Reynolds on sax, Jay Jennings on trumpet, and Eric Revis on bass. Vocalist Bebel Gilberto is at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Trumpeter Ethan Chilton is at Sam First near LAX. Accordionist Cory Pesaturo and violinist Leah Zeger are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Rodolfo Zuniga is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Trumpeter John Daversa and pianist Tal Cohen are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Drummer Eric Gugisch is at The Grape in Ventura. The Flight 584 Big Band is at the Mayflower Club in Hollywood. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at ETA in Highland Park for the first of three nights (Wed-Fri). Trombonist Paul Nelson is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Pianist Melonie Grinnell is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak 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. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream to benefit The Innocence Project includes vocalist Susan Krebs’ Trio Work.

Thursday 7/21 – Groove Legacy at The Baked Potato

Groove Legacy is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Paulie Cerra on sax/vocals, Billy Steinway on keys, Sam Meek on guitar, Francisco Torres on trombone, Travis Carlton on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Trumpeter John Daversa and pianist Tal Cohen are at Sam First near LAX. The Lineage Trio plus trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III will be at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist Bill Cantos is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Nutty is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The North Atlantic Jazz Alliance is at The Merc in Temecula. Duduk (Armenian Flute) player Jivan Gasparyan is featured at Catalina in Hollywood. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at ETA in Highland Park. Saxophonist Wes Smith is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Jazz Cartel is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Jazz Hates Johnny is at The Grape in Ventura. Four And More is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park with guest saxophonist Jerry Vivino. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at N10 in West L.A. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley is at the Continental Club in downtown L.A. Drummer Davey Miller is at A Twist On Main in Ventura Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Pianist Michael Ragonese leads a jam session at The York in Highland Park. Drummer Tyler Hammond is at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. The Kings Quartet is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists.

Friday 7/22 – Andrew Synowiec at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Andew Synowiec is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gregg Bissonette on drums, Carey Frank on keys, David Hughes on bass, and Pete Korpela on percussion. Trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Saxophonist Brian Levy leads a tribute to John Coltrane at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Snarky Puppy trumpeter Jay Jennings leads a trio at 1881 in Pasadena. Vocalist Donny Most is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Luke Carlsen leads a big band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Peter Sprague plays music of Miles Davis at the La Jolla Community Center. Pianist Adam Benjamin is at Libretto in Paso Robles.  Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.  Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at ETA in Highland Park. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys are at Sorriso in Pasadena. Drummer Greg Russo is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. The SoCal Jazz Collective is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine. Drummer Mark San Filippo is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Trumpeter Richard Grant does a livestream for The World Stage in South L.A.

Saturday 7/23 – Ben Williams at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Bassist Ben Williams leads a group featuring saxophonist Terrace Martin at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City with Syndee Winters on vocals, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Brandon Coleman on piano, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Guitarist Dean Brown is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Jamael Dean plays a solo show at the Colburn School Thayer Hall in downtown L.A. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber plays the afternoon show at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, followed by an evening show with guitarist Terry Wollman. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Grape in Ventura. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at Libretto in Paso Robles. The Angel Town Combo is at Vibrato in Bel Air.  Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Sorriso in Pasadena. The L.A. Swing Barons are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Pianist Joe Bagg is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. The SoCal Jazz Collective plays an afternoon show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. Vocalist Lia Booth does a jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. French vocal group Paris Chansons are at Catalina in Hollywood.

Sunday 7/24 – Scott Henderson at Alvas Showroom

Guitarist Scott Henderson is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro with Romain Labaye on bass and Archibald Ligonniere on drums. Pianists Mike Wofford and Josh Nelson are at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Vocalist Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 are at Catalina in Hollywood. The Corbin Jones Big Band opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Pianist Thomas Meyer is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Guitarist Terry Wollman is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at the South Coast Winery in Temecula. Pianist David Witham is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini in Seal 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. The Aristocats are 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 LA Jazz Connection is at Strada in downtown L.A.  Bassist Rob Thorsen does a brunch session at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Bassist Leslie Baker does the afternoon brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Latin vocalist Anita Robles does a jazz brunch at RioZonas in North Hollywood. Saxophonist Nick Gomez does the 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. Chef Dave Rozier hosts an evening of blues at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Monday 7/25 – Andy Prado at The Baked Potato

Drummer Andy Prado is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Derrick Elliott on bass, Colin Cook on guitar, and Matt Little on keys with guests Cameron and Taylor Graves on keys and Ian Roller on sax. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with guest saxophonist Marcus Anderson. Guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Greg Vail 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. The Hot Club of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City.

Tuesday 7/26 – Jamie Davis/Clayton Cameron Quartet at Bistango

Drummer Clayton Cameron and vocalist Jamie Davis are at Bistango in Irvine with a quintet including saxophonist Rickey Woodard. Work in Progress is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Logan Richardson plays a set followed by a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Shea Welsh and drummer Matthew Mallinger split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park.

Wednesday 7/27 – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Peggy Lee at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl presents a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee with guest vocalists including Diane Reeves, Gretchen Parlato, Billie Eilish, Seth McFarlane, Bettye LaVette, and Debbie Harry backed by the Count Basie Orchestra with John Beasley on keyboards.  Guitarist Greg Koch is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Jordan Siegel is at Sam First near LAX. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Armenian vocalist Araksya Amirkhanyan is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Kira Levin is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa 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. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale.

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