About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of January 23, 2023

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

January winds down with a SoCal jazz week featuring Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Arturo Sandoval, the Lado B Project, Sara Gazarek, Andy James, Stephane Wrembel, Bernie Dresel, Kari Kirkland, Dan Rosenboom, Jamael Dean, the JMD Quartet, Ron King, Jay Jennings, Julie Kelly, and Oscar Seaton.

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 1/23 – 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. The Saddleback College jazz faculty led by trombonist Joey Sellers plays a concert at the McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.

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 Monica. 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 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. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream to benefit The Innocence Project features vocalist Rachel Avalon, vocalist/guitarist Kimberly Ford, and keyboardist Gil Goldstein.

Thursday 1/26 – Cecile McLorin Salvant at CAP UCLA Royce Hall

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is at CAP UCLA Royce Hall in Westwood. Bassist Ben Williams plays an evening of music dedicated to the late Jaco Pastorious at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Sam Hirsh leads a trio at Catalina in Hollywood with vocalist Amber Navran. Vocalist Catina De Luna & pianist Otmaro Ruiz’s Lado B Project are at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Jamael Dean is at The Merc in Temecula. Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. The JMD Quartet is at The District By GS in South L.A. Trumpeter Matt Von Roderick is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Alpha Rhythm Kings are at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine & CTA are at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Keyboardist/vocalist Kirk Covington is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Daddy Diamonds in Hollywood.  Keyboardist Koji Ono is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Pianist Alex Smith 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. 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 1/27 – Arturo Sandoval at Catalina Jazz Club

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at Catalina in Hollywood for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) with Will Brahm on guitar, Mark Walker on drums, Max Gerl on bass, Mike Tucker on sax, Danny Feldman on percussion, and Max Haymer on piano. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at Sam First near LAX celebrating a CD release for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat). Pianist Josh Nelson is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel begins a three-night run at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in West L.A. Plotz! with trumpeter Dan Rosenboom is at The Grape with Ventura. Drummer Dean Mucetti & Rhythm Real are at The World Stage in South L.A.  Pianist Quinn Johnson is at 1881 in Pasadena.  Guitarist Joe LoPiccolo is at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. The Alpha Rhythm Kings are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Vocalist Melanie Taylor is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. The Angel Town Combo 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 Matt Politano is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. The Swingin’ G’s are at Golden Island in San Diego. Vocalist Roman Palacios is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Vocalists Matt Forbes and Jesse Goddard are at the Dresden Room in Los Feliz.

Saturday 1/28 – Catina de Luna & Otmaro Ruiz Lado B Project at Soka Performing Arts Center

Vocalist Catina de Luna and pianist Otmaro Ruiz’s Lado B Project is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Vocalist Sara Gazarek is at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Julie Kelly is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in West L.A. Vocalist Luke Carlsen & The Fresh Rhythm are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Jake Leckie is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Vocalist Chloe Perrier is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist/vocalist Peter Smith 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. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Sunday 1/29 – Andy James at Catalina Jazz Club

Vocalist Andy James is at Catalina in Hollywood with Alex Acuna on percussion, Bill Cunliffe on piano, Bill Barth on piano, Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Joe La Barbera on drums, Michael Dease on trombone, Eric Wheeler on bass, and Mike Moreno on guitar. The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is at UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. The Urban Jazz Collective is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Drummer Paul Kreibich opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A. Organist Carey Frank is at The York in Highland Park.  Pianist Josh Nelson is at Tio Leo’s Lounge in San Diego.  Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in West L.A. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Lettermen are at the Cerritos Center For Performing Arts. Work In Progress is at Venice West in Venice. Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Pianist Sue Palmer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Pianist Mike Wofford is at The Manhattan in La Jolla.  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. Pianist Todd Hunter has the jazz brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Keyboardist Jay Smith has the early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a brunch at Sorriso in Pasadena. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does a jazz brunch at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Vibrato hosts the Singers LA vocal showcase in Bel Air.

Monday 1/30 – Jazz At Lincoln Center Ensemble at the McCallum Theatre

The Jazz At Lincoln Center Ensemble led by trumpeter Riley Mulherkar is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs.   Trumpeter Kris Tiner & Seventh Ear split a bill at the Oracle Tavern in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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.  Very Good Mondays is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood. Dr. Mad Vibe & The Missin’ Links are at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 1/31 – Gina Kronstadt’s Big Fancy Band at Vibrato

Vocalist Gina Kronstadt is at Vibrato in Bel Air fronting a 12-piece ensemble including Brian Swartz on trumpet, Danny Janklow on sax/woodwinds, Quinn Johnson on piano, Gabe Davis on bass, and Chris Wabich on drums. Trumpeter Aaron Janik is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Gerald Clayton leads a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Pianist Marco Apicella is at La Puglia in Santa Monica.  Singer Bob Anderson leads a 32-piece band in the music of Frank Sinatra at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks.  Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert.   Caspian Express is at TRiP in Santa Monica.  Pianist Tommy Gannon is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. 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 Matthew Yeakley hosts a jazz jam at General Lee’s in Chinatown.

Wednesday 2/1 – Scott Healy at Sam First

Pianist Scott Healy is at Sam First near LAX with Eric Sittner on bass and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Snarky Puppy Keyboardist Cory Henry leads a Grammy Jam at the Knitting Factory in North Hollywood.  Drummer Jimmy Branly is at 1881 in Pasadena.  The Guide with guest keyboardist Rashon Murph is at Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Parlor Social is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Saxophonist Mais Jobim is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). 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/guitarist Joanna Geragola 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. Blues guitarist Josh Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Just Jazz TV begins a new Wednesday bi-monthly jazz jam at Sound Dhaba in downtown L.A, led this week by saxophonist Alex Hahn.

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