About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 16, 2023

Roberta Gambarini

January continues with a SoCal jazz week including Roberta Gambarini, Jeff Lorber, Laila Biali, Larry Goldings w/Peter Bernstein & Bill Stewart, Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, Terence Blanchard, Nan Schwartz, Aaron Diehl, Joshua White, Denise Donatelli, Karl Denson, Charles Ruggerio, Doug Webb, and Mike Keneally.

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 1/16 – Jacques Lesure Jam Session at the Lighthouse

Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. Vocalist Andrea Miller and keyboardist Ron Kobayashi are at Bottega Angelina in Laguna Niguel. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Keyboardist/vocalist Tim Hockenberry is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist B Thompson is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. The Hot Club of Los Angeles is at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. Trio Renaciamento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Guitarist Ken Song is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Very Good Mondays is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood. Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.

Tuesday 1/17 – Beer For Dolphins at The Baked Potato

Guitarist Mike Keneally’s Beer For Dolphins is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Rick Musallum on guitar, Pete Griffin on bass, and Joe Travers on drums. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective & The Turtle Island Quartet are at the UC San Diego Price Center East Ballroom. Keyboardist Lao Tizer is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Ray Briz is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Organist Larry Goldings leads a trio at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. The Angel Town Combo is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Shulman and keyboardist Koji Ono are at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. 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. The Supasol Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Palm Desert. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Guitarist Matthew Yeakley hosts a jazz jam at General Lee’s in Chinatown.  The Long Beach Jazz Jam plays music of Horace Silver at the Pike Bar in Long Beach. Drummer Andy Sanesi is at the Hotel Venice V in Venice.

Wednesday 1/18 – Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart at Sam First

Larry Goldings fronts an organ trio at Sam First near LAX featuring Peter Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums for the first of three nights (Wed-Fri). Trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective & the Turtle Island Quartet are at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays the music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri is at the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Drummer Jimmy Branly is at 1881 in Pasadena. Guitarist Greg Koch is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Laila Biali begins a three-night (Wed-Fri) run at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Vocalist Kira Levin is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. The Route 66 Trio is at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. Saxophonist Jerry Mandel is at Bistango in Irvine. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Lia Booth is at Garcons de Cafe in downtown L.A. The Flight 584 Big Band is at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. Jumpin’ Joz is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Patrick Barnitt is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Andy Garcia and the CineSon All Stars are at Catalina in Hollywood. French vocal group Paris Chansons is at Vibrato in Bel Air.

Thursday 1/19 – Jeff Lorber at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber begins a two-night (Thu-Fri) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jimmy Haslip on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion. The L.A. 6 is at The Grape in Ventura with vocalist Denise Donatelli. Larry Goldings fronts an organ trio at Sam First near LAX featuring Peter Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums. Saxophonist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is at Venice West in Venice. The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Pianist Jon Mayer is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Seth MacFarlane fronts a big band at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Laila Biali is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Vocalist Angie Wells is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Vocalist Annie Reiner is at Catalina in Hollywood. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Keyboardist/vocalist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Guitarist Dave Mundy is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Veronique Forget is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. MaQui is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The G2 Project is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Shulman and keyboardist Koji Ono are at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Pianist Aimee Nolte is at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. Four And More is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park with guest vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. 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. Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys are at Meet In Paris Restaurant & Lounge in Culver City. Saxophonist David Patterson is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. The World Stage in South L.A. hosts an evening outdoor patio jam session for instrumentalists.

Friday 1/20 – Roberta Gambarini at Catalina Jazz Club

Vocalist Roberta Gambarini begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood with Tamir Hendelman on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is at Walt Disney Hall in downtown L.A. Pianist Joshua White is at The World Stage in South L.A. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Larry Goldings fronts an organ trio at Sam First near LAX featuring Peter Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums. Pianist Melonie Grinnell is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Anne Walsh does the music of Astrud Gilberto at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Linda Purl is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Guitarist Molly Miller is at The York in Highland Park.  Vocalist Laila Biali is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Amendola vs. Blades is at ETA in Highland Park for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Charged Particles are at the West Hollywood Gateway Shopping Center for an afternoon performance.  Vocalist Janice Anderson is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Trumpeter Greg Solman is at Azo Vino in Covina. Vocalist Tasha Taylor is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Violinist Susie Hansen’s Latin Band is at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. The SoCal Jazz Collective is at the OC Fish Grill in Irvine. Pianist Ron Kobayashi is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Drummer Mark San Filippo is at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. The Hot Club of Palm Springs is at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Jazz Cartel Trio is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at 208 Rodeo in Beverly Hills. Pianist Chris Dawson is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Mercedes Moore is at Golden Island in San Diego.

Saturday 1/21 – Laila Biali at Pepperdine Smothers Theatre

Vocalist/pianist Laila Biali is at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu with Matt Aronoff on bass and Jared Schonig on drums. Pianist Aaron Diehl is at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Roberta Gambarini is at Catalina in Hollywood. Organist Ronnie Foster is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Brazilian guitarist Teka is at Vibrato in Bel Air with special guest harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens. Saxophonist Bruce Eskovitz is at the Industry Cafe & Jazz in Culver City. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Bassist Jennifer Leitham is at The Grape in Ventura. Amendola vs. Blades is at ETA in Highland Park.  Strada Swing is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Pamela Clay is at The Gardenia in West Hollywood. Pianist Gary Matsumoto is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena.  The Aristocats are at the Olive & Fig Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Canoga Park. Saxophonist David Leech is at Pips On La Brea in West L.A. Vocalist Liela Soder is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Flutist Holly Hofmann is at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The Pepper Moons are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Marguaret Love & Her Lovettes are at BMPAC in South L.A.

Sunday 1/22 – Nan Schwartz at Vibrato

Composer Nan Schwartz leads her orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air with guests including vocalists Tierney Sutton and Kenny Washington. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Ilya Serov is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with vocalist Ariana Savalas. Pianist Joshua White is at Tio Leo’s Lounge in San Diego. Vocalist Julie Zhu opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Bassist Max Gerl is at The York in Highland Park. Dolphin Hyperspace is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood.  Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Sorriso in Pasadena. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Shulman and keyboardist Koji Ono are at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Guitarist Jacques Lesure is at Lavender Blue in Inglewood. Vocalist Erin Stevenson has a jazz brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Tom Mancini has the jazz brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Saxophonist Louis Van Taylor has the early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena.  Saxophonist Dave Victorino does a jazz brunch at Club 23 in Covina.  Vocalist Salvador Padilla is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake is at the Harmony Cafe in Cambria with guitarist Doug MacDonald.

Monday 1/23 – 6 Beats Apart at The Baked Potato

6 Beats Apart is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ed Wynne on sax, Andy Waddell on guitar, Mark Gasboro on keys, Bruce Lett on bass, Moyes Lucas on drums, and Joey De Leon on percussion. Multi-instrumentalist Justin Lee Schultz is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Tom Kubis Big Band is at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Perch 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. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Ken Song is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Very Good Mondays is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood.

Tuesday 1/24 – Dan Rosenboom at The Baked Potato

Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Gavin Templeton on sax, John Escreet on keys, Alexander Noice on guitar, Jerry Watts Jr. on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. Pianist Gerald Clayton hosts a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Patrick Barnitt is at Vibrato in Bel Air, backed by the Paul McDonald Big Band. Corcovado with vocalist Natalie Jacob and saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree split a bill at TRiP in Santa Monca. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Drummer Rick Montalbano is at Shoo Shoo Baby in Downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Marc LeBrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Shulman and keyboardist Koji Ono are at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. The Brig Band is at The Brig in Venice. The Jazztown Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. The Supasol Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Matthew Yeakley hosts a jazz jam at General Lee’s in Chinatown Los Angeles. Vocalist Keri Kelsey hosts an open mic at The Gardenia in West Hollywood.   Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A.

Wednesday 1/25 – Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour at Segerstrom Hall

The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling on vocals, pianist Christian Sands, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, drummer Clarence Penn, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura. Vocalist Kari Kirkland celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood, backed by Shelly Berg on piano, Peter Erskine on drums, Tom Scott on sax, and and Kevin Axt on bass. Trumpeter Ron King’s Big Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer Oscar Seaton is at The Paramount in East L.A. The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. The Herbie Hancock Institute Ensemble is at Sam First near LAX. Guitarist Fred Frith plays a solo show at Zebulon in Silverlake. Guitarist Mark Towns is at 1881 in Pasadena. The Blumberg Quartet is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. Vocalist Donna Greene is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Patrick Barnitt is at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Vocalist Marguaret Love & Her Lovettes are at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Stixx Soul is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.

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