About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 15, 2022

Chris Walden

SoCal jazz highlights this week include Chris Walden, Clay Jenkins, Doug Webb, David Garfield, Dmitris Mahlis, Akiko Tsuruga & Jeff Hamilton, Billy Mitchell, Charles Ruggerio, Erin Bentlage, Don Randi, Lauren Elizabeth Baba, Joshua White, and Brent Canter.

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. The LAjazz.com Quick Calendar lists shows and times three days in advance on the LAjazz.com home page.

Monday 8/15 – Larry Goldings & Melinda Sullivan at The Stowaway

Keyboardist Larry Goldings and tap dancer Melinda Sullivan are at The Stowaway in downtown L.A. Pianist Bryan Clemens and vocalist Andrea Miller are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The Four Freshmen are at Bistango in Irvine for the first of two nights (Mon-Tue). Drummer Mark Ferber is at ETA in Highland Park. 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. Keyboardist/vocalist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 8/16 – Dmitris Mahlis at The Baked Potato

Oud/guitar player Dmitris Mahlis is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jerry Watts on bass, Chris Wabich on drums, and Dan Rosenboom on trumpet. Pianist Billy Mitchell is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Organist Akiko Tsuruga and drummer Jeff Hamilton are at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Saxophonist Terrace Martin’s Curly is at ETA in Highland Park for the first of two nights (Tue-Wed). Pianist Paul Cornish leads a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Andrea Miller and pianist Ron Kobayashi are at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Four Freshmen are at Bistango in Irvine. California Feetwarmers are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Marc LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Elisa Fiorillo is at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. Drummer Jacob Wendt leads a jazz jam at the Pike Bar in Long Beach. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Guitarist Kimberly Ford leads a jazz jam at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Leanna & The Jazz Collective are at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Wednesday 8/17 – David Garfield at Catalina Jazz Club

Keyboardist David Garfield is at Catalina in Hollywood with Brandon Fields on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Tony Pulizzi on guitar. Drummer Charles Ruggerio leads the Slide Hampton Octet at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Erin Bentlage is at Sam First Near LAX. Organist Akiko Tsuruga and drummer Jeff Hamilton are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Violinist Lauren Elizabeth Baba leads her orchestra at The Paramount in East L.A. Vocalists Lorraina Marro and Patrick Barnitt are at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Trumpeter Josh Welchez and saxophonist Matt Otto are at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Guitarist Peter Curtis is at The Grape in Ventura. Saxophonist Terrace Martin’s Curly is at ETA in Highland Park. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Pianist Chase Morrin is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Keyboardist/vocalist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. The Flight 584 Big Band is at the Mayflower Club in Hollywood. 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. 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. Trumpeter Steve Wade is at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream for The Innocence Project includes vocalists Lynne Fiddmont and Ronee Martin.

Thursday 8/18 – Doug Webb at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City for the first of two nights (Thu-Fri) with Miktchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Danny Carey on drums. Drummer Christian Euman is at Sam First near LAX. The Marlonious Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Josie James is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief is at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Vocalist Janis Mann is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Chris Williams is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach with guitarist Ken Song. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Mando Cordova is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Chase Morrin is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. The Pepper Moons are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. The Idiomatiques are at The Grape in Ventura. Guitarist Peter Curtis is at the Industry Cafe in Culver City.  Saxophonist Justin Chart is at N10 in West L.A. Pianist Aimee Nolte is at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. Four And More is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale.  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 with guest Bevan Manson. 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. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at LeGrand Restaurant in downtown L.A. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists.

Friday 8/19 – Clay Jenkins at Sam First

Trumpeter Clay Jenkins is at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Ivan Malespin on trombone, Reggie Thomas on piano, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 6 Beats Apart has the free Friday jazz show at LACMA in West L.A. Keyboardists Keiko Matsui and David Benoit are at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Vocalist Jesse Palter is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Luke Carlsen & The Fresh Rhythm are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Greg Solman is at Azo Vino in Covina. Keyboardist/vocalist Frank McComb is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Lisa Andrea Torres is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Veronique Forget is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Saxophonist Cal Bennett is at the Conference Room in Playa Vista. The Dave Stephens Band is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Paul McCallum is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Liela Avila is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is 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. Vocalist Tony Galla is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Saturday 8/20 – Chris Walden Big Band at Catalina Jazz Club

Composer/arranger Chris Walden’s Big Band marks its first live concert in four years at Catalina in Hollywood. Pianist Joshua White plays the music of Wayne Shorter at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Clay Jenkins is at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Jeff Babko is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Amanda Castro is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Trumpeter Greg Adams & East Bay Soul have the afternoon show at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach, followed by vocalist Billy Valentine. Vocalist Rebecca Jade celebrates a CD release at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five are at The Grape in Ventura. The Fabulous Esquires Big Band is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Puffers in Pismo Beach. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Pianist Joe Bagg is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Liela Avila is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park.

Sunday 8/21 – Brent Canter at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Brent Canter is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Julian Pollack on keys, Max Gerl on bass, Daniel Rotem on sax, and Charles Ruggiero on drums. Guitarist Scotty Bramer’s Bodhittsatva opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. The Irvine Barclay Theatre Jazz Band is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with vocalist Meloney Collins. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Keyboardist Brian Simpson and saxophonist Jackiem Joyner are at the South Coast Winery in Temecula. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. The Gypsy Fireballs are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at Puffer’s in Pismo Beach. Saxophonist Joshua Thompson does a late afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Vocalist Lisa Andrea Torres does the afternoon brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank.  Bassist Edwin Livington leads a brunch at Strada in downtown L.A.  Bassist Rob Thorsen does a brunch session at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Drummer John Kithcart 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.

Monday 8/22 – Marco Renteria at The Baked Potato

Bassist Marco Renteria is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jamie Kime on guitar, Katisse Buckingham on sax, Carey Frank on keys, and Louie Palmer on drums. Saxophonists Jacob Scesney & Doug Webb are at The Grape in Ventura. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at the Festival Of Arts 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 Dave Harrington is at ETA in Highland Park. 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 8/23 – John Patitucci and Andy James at Catalina Jazz Club

Bassist John Patitucci and vocalist Andy James are at Catalina in Hollywood with Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Bill Cunliffe on piano, Alex Acuna on percussion, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Joel Frahm and Bob Sheppard on saxophones, Michael Dease on trombone, John Cowherd on piano, and Clarence Penn on drums. Vocalist Jackie Ryan is at Bistango in Irvine with pianist Quinn Johnson and trumpeter Kye Palmer. Trumpeter Aaron Janik is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Gerald Clayton hosts a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Thom Rotella and saxophonist Nick Gomez split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monica.  The AC2P Ensemble is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Vocalist Leslie Page is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Jerry Costanzo & His Gotham City Swingers Orchestra are at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Angel Town Combo is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Rabbi Blue is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park.

Wednesday 8/24 – Tamir Hendelman & Tierney Sutton at Vibrato

Pianist Tamir Hendelman and vocalist Tierney Sutton are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Marlon Martinez is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Drummer Marcello Carelli is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Guitarist Jesse Cook is at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Socrates’ Trial is at The Mint in West L.A. Saxophonist Nick Gomez and vocalist Teryn Re’ are at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Melonie Grinnell is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Rose Colella is at The Drake in Laguna 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. 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 with vocalist Andrea Miller. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale.

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