About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 22, 2022

Patrice Rushen

Saturday’s Leimert Park Jazz Festival headlines a solid SoCal jazz week including John Pizzarelli, Yellowjackets, George Benson, Arturo Sandoval, Tamir Hendelman & Tierney Sutton, Russell Ferrante, John Patitucci & Andy James, Kristin Korb, Jackie Ryan, Jesse Cook, and Marco Renteria.

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 8/22 – Marco Renteria at The Baked Potato

Bassist Marco Renteria is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jamie Kime on guitar, Carey Frank on organ, Katisse Buckingham on sax, 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. Saxophonist Nicole McCable 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 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. Efajume is at the Townhouse in Venice. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Vocalist Rose Colella is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  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. 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.

Thursday 8/25 – Arturo Sandoval at Campus Jax

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Ada Bird Wolfe celebrates a CD release at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. Jazz Moves celebrate a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood with an evening also featuring saxophonist Chuck Johnson and guitarist Albert Buyco. Pianist Irving Flores leads a group in the music of Charlie Parker at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at The Merc in Temecula. Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom is at ETA in Highland Park.  Saxophonist Devin Daniels is at The District By GS in South L.A.  The Jazz Cartel is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist/vocalist Rafael Moreira is at The Baked Potato in Studio 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. 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. The Hilo Hi-Flyers are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs.

Friday 8/26 – John Pizzarelli at Catalina Jazz Club

Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli begins a three-night (Fri-Sun) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Paul Keller on bass and Tadatak Unno on piano.  Pianist Russell Ferrante is at Sam First near LAX.  Saxophonist Christopher Hollyday plays the music of Billy Eckstine at the La Jolla Community Center. Guitarist Pat Kelley is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Danny Janklow does a livestream for The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Peter Sprague plays the music of Carole King at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Mz Val has the free Friday show at LACMA in West L.A. Guitarist Jesse Cook is at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Ron King’s big band will be at the Tavern Bay Beach Club in Lake Arrowhead.  Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Dave Victorino is at Azo Vino in Covina. Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys are at Sorriso in Pasadena. 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. Guitarist/vocalist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Saturday 8/27 – Leimert Park Jazz Festival at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

The Third Annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival headlines Patrice Rushen, John Beasley’s Monkestra, Pete Escovedo, Munyungo Jackson, and more in an all-day outdoor event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South L.A. Pianist Joshua White is at Sam First near LAX. Violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and vocalist Michelle Coltrane celebrate the music of Alice Coltrane at Grand Performances in downtown L.A. Vocalist Judy Wexler is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Saxophonist Justo Almario does the free Latin Music Saturday at Hancock Park in West L.A. Saxophonist Doug Webb plays the music of Horace Silver at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist/vocalist Michael Feinstein is at the Libbey Bowl in Santa Barbara. Vocalist Anne Walsh and pianist Tom Zink are at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach.  Guitarist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Staci Griesbach is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at Feinstein’s At Vitello’s in Studio City. The Angel Town Combo is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. Saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Adam Hawley are at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Sacha Boutros is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Pianist Gary Matsumoto 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. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas does an afternoon show at the Ojai Art Center in Ojai. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi does a noon show at the Tavern Bay Beach Club in Lake Arrowhead.  Mambo Craze Cabaret is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Guitarist/vocalist Phillip Sayce is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Sunday 8/28 – Yellowjackets at Vibrato

Yellowjackets debut a new CD at Vibrato in Bel Air with Bob Mintzer on sax, Russell Ferrante on keys, Will Kennedy on drums, and Dane Alderson on bass. Guitarist/vocalist George Benson is at the Hollywood Bowl on a bill including saxophonist Boney James and vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Guitarist John Pizzarelli is at Catalina in Hollywood. Catatonic is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Jazz Is Dead does a night at the Lodge Room in Highland Park including Doug Carn, Brian Jackson, Henry Franklin, and Katalyst.  Guitarist Jesse Cook is at the Thornton Winery in Temecula. The Jazz Butchers open for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Pianist Sue Palmer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Modern Cocktail Society does an afternoon show at the Solvang Theater in Solvang. 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. with featured guest Katisse Buckingham.  Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor does the afternoon brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Bassist Rob Thorsen does a brunch session at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. Keyboardist Jay Smith does the early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does a jazz brunch at SOhO in Santa Barbara. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for vocalists.

Monday 8/29 – Tony Guerrero w/Lia Booth at the Festival Of Arts

Trumpeter Tony Guerrero leads a quintet with vocalist Lia Booth at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Bistango in Irvine for the first of two nights (Mon-Tue). Keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Simon Phillips lead a group at The Grape in Ventura. Guitarist Nick Kellie is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. 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.

Tuesday 8/30 – Steve Lehman/Gerald Clayton/Joel Ross at Sam First

Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Sam First near LAX with pianist Gerald Clayton and vibraphonist Joel Ross for the first of three nights (Tue-Thu). Galactic Booty Company with keyboardist Deron Johnson is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is at Bistango in Irvine. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Vocalist Crystal Lewis is at the Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach. Bassist Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Vocalist Suzy Williams is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. 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 8/31 – Andrew Synowiec at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Andrew Synowiec is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Carey Frank on organ, Gary Novak on drums, Pete Korpela on percussion, and Jorgen Carlsson on bass.  Bassist Santino Tarafella is at The Grape in Ventura. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is at Sam First near LAX with pianist Gerald Clayton and vibraphonist Joel Ross. Flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford are Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Drummer Greg Miles Lewis is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Drake in Laguna 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.  Bassist/vocalist Casey Abrams is at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.  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. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air.A

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