About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 20, 2023

Josh Nelson

February winds down with a SoCal jazz week including Josh Nelson, Diane Schuur, Billy Childs, Orrin Evans, Maria Puga Lareo & Bob Sheppard, Ann Hampton Callaway, Don Randi, Mark Guiliana, Bernie Dresel, TrioGram, Dwight Trible, Andy Prado, Tina Raymond, and Maria Schafer.

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 2/20 – Andy Prado & The Foos at The Baked Potato

Drummer Andy Prado is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ian Roller on sax, Colin Cook on guitar, Cole Riddle on keys, Max Gerl on bass, and Aaron Janik on trumpet. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. 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. Pianist Richard Turner, Jr. is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. Eternity Jazz is at the Chess Park Lounge in Glendale. Guitarist Ken Song is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Very Good Mondays is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood with trumpeter Jay Jennings. Bassist Billy Mohler is at ETA in Highland Park.

Tuesday 2/21 – Orrin Evans at Catalina Jazz Club

Pianist Orrin Evans is at Catalina in Hollywood with Eric Revis on bass and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. TrioGram is at BMPAC in South L.A. with drummer Joe La Barbera. Guitarist Marcel Camargo hosts a jam at Sam First Near LAX. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. The Angel Town Combo is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist Sue Palmer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego.  Guitarist Dean Grech 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. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica.

Wednesday 2/22 – Tina Raymond at Sam First

Drummer Tina Raymond is at Sam First Near LAX with Andrew Renfroe on guitar and Karl McComas-Reichl on bass. The Marlonious Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Josie James is at Vibrato in Bel Air. The Ethinic Heritage Ensemble is at The Paramount in East L.A. Vocalist Steve Tyrell is at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. Bassist Derek Frank is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. TrioGram is at Dizzy’s in San Diego with drummer Mark Ferber. Guitarist Eric Johnson is at The Majestic Theater in Ventura. Drummer Jacob Wendt is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village. The Angel City Big Band is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at Garcons de Cafe in downtown L.A. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach.   The Happiness Band is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Trombonist Dan Barrett leads a Mardi Gras celebration at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Donna Greene is at Cafe Fiore in Ventura. San Lyon is at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Producer Debra Graff’s latest livestream benefit for The Innocence Project includes vocalist Chloe Perrier and guitarist Riner Scivally.

Thursday 2/23 – 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 Mitchel Forman on keys, Jamie Kime on guitar, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Gary Novak on drums.  Pianist and composer Billy Childs premieres a new work dedicated to California’s Giant Sequoias as part of a three-part “Treelogy” concert at The Soraya in Northridge. Drummer Bernie Dresel’s BBB big band is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Bassist Harish Raghavan is at Sam First near LAX. Trumpeter Jay Jennings is at The Grape in Ventura. Guitarist Eric Johnson is at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  Saxophonist Chuck Johnson is at the Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs.  Vocalist Matt Mauser is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with guest bassist Nathan East. Guitarist Molly Miller is at Casa Romantica in San Clemente. Vocalist Rose Mallett is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Angie Wells is at The Merc in Temecula. Vocalist Cheryl Barnes is at the Wingwalker Brewery in Monrovia. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Daddy Diamonds in Hollywood. 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 2/24 – Josh Nelson at Sam First

Pianist Josh Nelson offers a preview of a forthcoming album at Sam First near LAX for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat) featuring Gaby Moreno on vocals, Walter Smith III on sax, Larry Koonse on guitar, Luca Alemanno on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. Saxophonists Justo Almario and Teodross Avery lead a concert celebrating Dexter Gordon’s 100th birthday at The World Stage in South L.A. Pianist Misha Piatigorsky is at Dizzy’s in San Diego. Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Saxophonist Scott Gilman is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at the La Jolla Community Center in La Jolla with pianist Sam Hirsh. Drummer Marcelo Bucater is at the LACM Garage in Pasadena. Local musicians come together for a benefit show for drummer Kenny Elliott at The York in Highland Park.  Vocalist Seth MacFarlane is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Tom Rizzo is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. The Waxtrax Quartet is at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Vocalist Adryon De Leon is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Vocalists Matt Forbes and Jesse Goddard are at the Dresden Room in Los Feliz.  Saxophonist Dave Victorino is at Azo Vino in Covina. Guitarist Artur Menezes is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Drummer Joel Taylor is at 1881 in Pasadena. 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. The Jazz Cartel Trio is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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. Pianist Matt Politano is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Vocalist Roman Palacios is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Super Swing is at Golden Island in San Diego.

Saturday 2/25 – Don Randi & Quest at The Baked Potato

Keyboardist Don Randi celebrates a birthday at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Jonathan Dresel on drums, Jerry Watts Jr. on bass, John DePatie on guitar, and Pete Korpela on percussion.  Pianist Josh Nelson offers a preview of a forthcoming album at Sam First near LAX. Vocalist Dwight Trible leads a tribute to the late pianist David Ornette Cherry at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in South L.A.  Guitarist Eric Johnson is at the House Of Blues in San Diego. Vocalist Maria Schafer is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway is at the Purple Room in Palm Springs. Organist Will Blades is at The York in Highland Park. Keyboardist John Tesh is at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego with vocalist Lauren Koval. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Lizzy & The Triggermen are at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs. Vocalist Lisa Andrea Torres is at 208 Rodeo in Beverly Hills. Guitarist Tomas Janzon plays an early evening show at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne. Vocalist Gretje Angell is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Strada Swing is at Hawg Heaven BBQ 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. Pianist Matt Politano is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena.

Sunday 2/26 – Dianne Schurr at Soka Performing Arts Center

Pianist/vocalist Dianne Schurr is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo for an afternoon show  with Ernie Watts on sax, Bruce Lett on bass, and Kendall Kay on drums. Drummer Mark Guiliana is at The Sun Rose in West Hollywood. Pianist Kevin Hays is at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Eric Johnson is a the City National Grove in Anaheim. Guitarist Riner Scivally is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Ty Taylor is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8 are at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Holly Pyle is at The York in Highland Park. The CSUN Jazz Combos open for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A.  Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Tio Leo’s Lounge in San Diego.  Drummer Leo Vigil is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach.  Vocalist Jonathan Karrant plays an afternoon show at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Pianist/vibraphonist Anthony Smith is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. The Pepper Moons are at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Blues guitarist Dennis Jones is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Gee Mack plays a late afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Vocalists Cathy Segal-Garcia and Cheryl Barnes host the jazz brunch at Urban Press Winery in Burbank. Pianist Mike Wofford is at The Manhattan in La Jolla. Vocalist Liela Avila is at Hawg Heaven BBQ 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. Saxophonist Ben Sachs has the early jazz brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The Jazz Cartel plays a brunch at Hawg Heaven BBQ in Pasadena.  Saxophonist Dave Victorino plays a jazz brunch at Club 23 in Covina. Vocalist Sandy Cummings does a jazz brunch at SOhO in Santa Barbara.

Monday 2/27 – Theo Croker at the Moroccan Lounge

Trumpeter Theo Croker is at the Moroccan Lounge in downtown L.A. with Michael Shekwoaga Ode on drums, Eric Wheeler on bass, and Michael King on keys. Pianist Kait Dunton is at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Vocalist Kristina Aglinz is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trombonist Alex Iles is at the Saddleback McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo. Pianist Irving Flores is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Jacques Lesure hosts a jam session at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach including drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. 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 Richard Turner, Jr. is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells. 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.  Guitarist Jeff Parker is at ETA in Highland Park.

Tuesday 2/28 – Sandra Booker at La Puglia

Vocalist Sandra Booker is at La Puglia in Santa Monica with Brad Bietry on piano and Ernie Nunez on bass. Saxophonist Katja Rieckermann is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Keyboardist Brandon Coleman is at the UCSD The Loft in La Jolla. The band George is at The Paramount in East L.A. Vocalist Sara Niemietz is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Pianist/vocalist Yve Evans is at Eddie V’s in Palm Desert. 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. 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 3/1 – Marlon Martinez at Sam First

Bassist Marlon Martinez leads a sextet at Sam First near LAX with Jacob Scesney and Tristan Cappel on saxes, Alex Williams on piano, Jake Chapman on vibes, and Tim Rachbach on drums.  Vocalist Sherry Williams is at the La Sierra University La Sierra University Troesh Center in Riverside.  Guitarist Jim Fox is at The Grape in Ventura.  Keyboardist Brandon Coleman hosts the youth jazz jam at the Artbug Gallery in downtown L.A.  Guitarist Rafael Moreira is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.  Vocalist Lisa Andrea Torres is at Garcons de Cafe in downtown L.A.  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. The Flight 584 Big Band is at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. Jumpin’ Joz is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Trumpeter Mike Cottone leads the Brentwood School Jazz Band at Vibrato in Bel Air.

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