About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of April 10, 2023

Kenny Barron

It’s NAMM Week in Southern California so expect clubs to be extra busy – highlights include Kenny Barron, Simon Phillips, Victor Wooten, Goldberg/Rogers/Harland, Brian Bromberg,  Bunny Brunel, Pete Escovedo, Ignacio Berroa, Rachel Eckroth, Tina Raymond, Joshua White, Kei Akagi, Doug Webb, Bryan Lynch, and Jerry Vivino.

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 4/10 – Jerry Vivino at The Baked Potato

Saxophonist/vocalist Jerry Vivino is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Andy Langham on keys, John Leftwich on bass, and Andy Sanesi on drums. Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at ETA in Highland Park. Trumpeter Adolfo Acosta guests with the SBCC Monday madness jazz Band at SOhO in Santa Barbara. 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.

Tuesday 4/11 – Mark Turner Jam Session at Sam First

Saxophonist Mark Turner leads a jazz jam session at Sam First near LAX with Jermaine Paul on bass and Justin Brown on drums. Vocalist Sal Valentinetti is with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra at Vibrato in Bel Air. Vocalist Natalie Jacob opens for saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree at TRiP in Santa Monica. The Jazz Butchers are at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Courtney Lemmon is at La Puglia in Santa Monica with pianist George Kahn. Vocalist Sharron Moore is at Catalina in Hollywood. Keyboardist Sam Barsh is at Shoo Shoo Baby 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 Jazz Town Band is at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park. Leanna & The Jazz Collective are at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. 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. Supasoul is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Vocalist Keri Kelsey hosts an open mic at The Gardenia in West Hollywood.

Wednesday 4/12 – Goldberg/Rogers/Harland at the Athenaeum Library

Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland are at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Bassist Mauricio Morales is at Sam First near LAX. Jason Goldman’s 7Teen Big Band is at Vibrato in Bel Air with trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at the La Sierra Troesh Conference Center in Riverside. Bassist Stu Hamm is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Guitarist Will Brahm is at 1881 in Pasadena. Vocalist Sharon Marie Cline is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Columbian pianist/singer Jesus Molina is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Finnish bassist/vocalist Kaisa Maensivu is at The Grape in Ventura. Vocalists Aviva Diamond and Karen Celeste Cruz host a jazz singer showcase at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. Guitarist Louis Valenzuela and trumpeter Matt Hall are at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego for the first of two nights (Wed-Thu). Vocalist Karine da Silva is at Garcons de Cafe in downtown L.A. 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. Guitarist David Eastlee is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Harlan Hodges is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.

Thursday 4/13 – Simon Phillips Protocol V at The Baked Potato

Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V begins a three-night (Thu-Sat) run at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Otmaro Ruiz on keys, Jacob Scesney on sax, Alex Sill on guitar, and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Bassist Brian Bromberg leads a trio in tribute to the late Scott LaFaro at The Grape in Ventura. Clarinetist Mark Stubbs is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Vinny Golia is at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. Saxophonist Ian Roller is at Apotheke in downtown L.A. Drummer/vocalist Dave Tull is at Eddie V’s in El Segundo. Vocalist Andrea Miller is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Draeh Jirnae is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Lizzy & Her Contraband are at the Cascade Lounge in San Diego. Saxophonist Mark Lewis is at The Merc in Temecula. Guitarist Louis Valenzuela and trumpeter Matt Hall are at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. The Jazz Cartel Quartet is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Saxophonist Justin Chart is at Daddy Diamonds in Hollywood. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. 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. 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 4/14 – Ignacio Berroa at Sam First

Drummer Ignacio Berroa is at Sam First near LAX with Ralph Moore on sax, Alan Pasqua on piano, and Edwin Livingston on bass. Percussionist Pete Escovedo begins a two-night (Fri-Sat) run at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Tina Raymond is at The York in Highland Park. Saxophonist Danny Janklow is at The Grape in Ventura.  Pianist Kei Akagi is at the Winifred Smith Hall at UC Irvine for the first of two nights (Fri-Sat).  Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Matt Hall is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Vocalist Brenna Whitaker is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Mike Garson plays an evening of solo piano at Libretto in Paso Robles. Woodwind player Pablo Calogero is at The World Stage in South L.A. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is at the Canyon Bistro in Topanga. Dr. Madvibe & The Missing Links are at Corazon Performing Arts in Topanga. Vocalist Veronique Forget is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Vocalist Erin Stevenson is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. 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 Theo Saunders is at the Langham Hotel Tap Room in Pasadena. Percussionist Victor Orlando is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. The ZZYMZZY Quartet is at Golden Island in San Diego.

Saturday 4/15 – Kenny Barron at Soka Performing Arts Center

Pianist Kenny Barron is at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. Pianist Rachel Eckroth is at Sam First near LAX. Bassist Bunny Brunel’s CAB is at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Bassist Victor Wooten & The Wooten Brothers are at the House Of Blues in Anaheim. Pianist Joshua White plays the music of Harold Arlen at Dizzy’s in San Diego.  Pianist Kei Akagi is at the Winifred Smith Hall at UC Irvine.  Drummer Rodolfo Zuniga is at The Grape in Ventura. Pianist Javier Santiago is at Libretto in Paso Robles. Percussionist Pete Escovedo is at Catalina in Hollywood. Drummer Simon Phillips’ Protocol V is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Michelle Nicolle is at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. Saxophonist Dr. Bruce Eskovitz is at Industry Cafe & Jazz in Culver City. Brazilian drummer Edu Ribeiro is at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena. Vocalist Natalie Hanna Mendoza is at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego with vocalist Daneen Wilburn. Guitarist Louis Valenzuela is at the Jazz Lounge in San Diego. Incendio is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Lia Booth is at the Paragon Cafe in Costa Mesa. WAR is at The Soraya in Northridge. Vocalist Michael Camacho is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. 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. The Fabulous Esquires Big Band is at the Cicada Club in downtown L.A. Ella Swings is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Guitarist Scotty Bramer is at the St. Barnabas Harmony Room in Eagle Rock. The Dave Stephens Band is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Sunday 4/16 – Victor Wooten at Belly Up

Bassist Victor Wooten is at Belly Up in Solana Beach with brothers Regi Wooten on guitar, Joseph Wooten on keys, and Roy Wooten on percussion. Trumpeter Brian Lynch is at Sam First near LAX. Saxophonist Doug Webb is at The Grape in Ventura with TOOL drummer Danny Carey. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Tio Leo’s Lounge in San Diego. Catatonic is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Lana Drincic opens for pianist Sam Hirsh’s trio and jam session at The Mint in West L.A.  Drummer Aaron Serfaty celebrates a birthday at The York in Highland Park.  AFM Local 47 hosts an afternoon jazz festival at their Burbank offices including violinist Susie Hansen, The BABA orchestra, and Angela O’Neill & The Outrageous 8. Swing pianist Sue Palmer is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Saxophonist Tony Exum, Jr. does a late afternoon show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Vocalist Alexandra Silber is at Catalina in Hollywood. Rhythm Tribe is at Vibrato in Bel Air. 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. The Jazz Cartel plays a brunch at Hawg Heaven BBQ in Pasadena. Bassist/vocalist Johnnie Gilmore has the early Sunday brunch at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach.

Monday 4/17 – Jeff Lorber at Spaghettini

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with Jimmy Haslip on bass, Gary Novak on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion. Flutist Holly Hoffman and bassist Rob Thorsen play a noon “mini concert” at The Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. 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. Trio Renacimiento is at Las Perlas in downtown L.A. Very Good Mondays is at Gold-Diggers in Hollywood. Guitarist Ken Song is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Blues guitarist/vocalist Artur Menezes is at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Tuesday 4/18 – Marvin “Smitty” Smith at The Baked Potato

Drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Chris Lowery on trumpet, Dale Fielder and Ralph Moore on saxes, Adam Ledbetter on keys, and Edwin Livingston on bass. Pianist Mike Wofford is at Il Sogno Italiano in San Diego. Keyboardist Sam Barsh is at Shoo Shoo Baby in downtown L.A. Pianist Gerald Clayton hosts a jam session at Sam First near LAX. Keyboardist Ed Roth is at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. Percussionist Joey De Leon is at the Cana Rum Bar in downtown L.A. Pianist Ehud Asherie plays a solo show at UCSD The Loft in La Jolla. Drummer Marc Van Aken is at the V Hotel in Venice. Saxophonist Chazzy Green is at Catalina in Hollywood. Vocalist Dan Olivo is at La Puglia in Santa Monica. 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 Jazz Town 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. Vocalist Ann Cusack & The Generation Jones Band are at Vibrato in Bel Air. Guitarist Mark Leggett is at TRiP in Santa Monica. Drummer Jacob Wendt leads the monthly Long Beach Jazz Jam at The Auld Dubliner.

Wednesday 4/19 – Nick Finzer at Sam First

Trombonist Nick Finzer is at Sam First near LAX with Lucas Pino on sax, Javier Santiago on piano, Emiliano Lasansky on bass, and Benjamin Ring on drums. Drummer Charles Ruggerio plays the music of Thelonious Monk at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist/pianist Marina Pacowski celebrates a CD release at Vibrato in Bel Air. Pianist Steve Rawlins celebrates a CD release at Catalina in Hollywood. Guitarists R.J. Root and Will Brahm are at The Grape in Ventura. Keyboardist Joey Navarro is at 1881 in Pasadena.  The Flowtet is at the Oeno Wine Bar in Atwater Village.  Vocalist Claude Hall is at Bottega Taboo in Valley Village.   Stixx Soul is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum Of Art. Drummer Tom Dante is at Skyloft in Laguna Beach. The Flight 584 Big Band is at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood.

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