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It's NAMM Week in SoCal, so expect venues to be extra busy...plan accordingly.
Monday 1/16 - Clare Fischer Big Band at Vitello's
2011 Grammy nominee Clare Fischer's big band, directed by son Brent Fischer, will be at Vitello's in Studio City - Fischer was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement. The David Angel Big Band is at Typhoon, Mark Hix's Big Band is at Steamers. Monday jam sessions include the straight-ahead session led by Jacques Lesure at Nola's and the Monday Night Jammz at The Baked Potato.
Tuesday 1/17 - John Pisano's Guitar Night with Gilad Hekselman at Vitello's
NYC-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman is John Pisano's guest for Guitar Night at Vitello's, backed by bassist Dave Robaire (Hekselman and Robaire are at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro Thursday and Blue Whale Saturday). Josh Welchez, Matt Otto and Anthony Wilson are at Exhibit [A] Gallery in Long Beach. Drummer Dennis Chambers leads Graffiti at Marquee 15 in Corona (also Thursday at Cohiba in Long Beach) with Gary Grainger on bass, U-Nam on guitar, and Haakon Graf on keys. Drummer Joanna Malfatti leads a trio at Blue Whale including pianist Cathlene Pineda. Guitarist Brent Canter leads a solid quintet at Typhoon including pianist Josh Nelson. San Diego pianist Chase Morrin is featured in the Young Artists Jazz Series at Catalina. Pianist Llew Matthews is at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday 1/18 - CAB at The Baked Potato
Bassist Bunny Brunel's CAB begins the usual fusion superstar NAMM Week lineup at The Baked Potato, joined by Alex Machacek on guitar, Dennis Hamm on keys, and Aussie superdrummer Virgil Donati. Vibraphonist Emil Richards and pianist Mike Lang team with bassist Dave Stone and drummer Joe Porcaro at Vitello's. Bassist Janek Gwizdala is at Cafe Cordiale. Ron Eschete and Sam Most are at Vibrato. Vocalist Melissa Morgan is at Areal Restaurant in Santa Monica.
Thursday 1/19 - Chris Minh Doky & The Nomads at Catalina - Cancelled Thursday Only Due To Travel Weather
NYC-based bassist Chris Minh Doky begins a three-night (Thursday-Saturday) run at Catalina including keyboardist George Whitty, guitarist Dean Brown, and drummer Dave Weckl. The fine singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough is at Vitello's. Keyboardist David Garfield is at Cafe Cordiale with the guitar duo of James Harrah and Mike Miller, Jimmy Earl on bass, and Steve Ferrone on drums. Keyboardist Billy Childs is at The Baked Potato with Katisse Buckingham on saxes and flutes, Reggie Hamilton on bass, and Joey Heredia on drums. Bassist Tim Lefebvre is at Blue Whale with the drum duo of Mark Guiliana and Gary Novak and keyboardist Henry Heys. Vocalist VR Smith celebrates a birthday at Cafe 322.
Friday 1/20 - Christian Jacob & The Big Band Theory With Denise Donatelli at Soka University
The Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo kicks off its 2012 Jazz Monsters series with pianist Christian Jacob's Big Band Theory with guest vocalist Denise Donatelli. Mega-guitarist Michael Landau leads a trio at The Baked Potato with Reggie Hamilton on bass and Gary Novak on drums. Pianist Nikos Syropoulos has a CD release event at Blue Whale. Saxophonist Dale Fielder is at Nola's. Saxophonist Kim Richmond is at Vibrato.
Saturday 1/21 - Machacek/Bozzio/Johnson Trio at The Baked Potato
Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek, uber-bassist Jimmy Johnson, and former Frank Zappa/Jeff Beck/Missing Persons drummer Terry Bozzio reprise the November show at The Baked Potato that was the Editor's Top Pick for 2011 at LAJazz.com. Singer Gretchen Parlato returns to L.A. for a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Vitello's offers NAMM-badged attendees free tickets to the Bob Sheppard Quartet show with Larry Koonse on guitar, Darek Oles on bass and Peter Erskine on drums. The excellent Luckman Jazz Orchestra presents a tribute to Hank Mobley at Cal State Los Angeles. Katia Moraes is at the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center with a tribute to Elis Regina. Pianist Tom Rainer is at Vibrato. Soprano Kathleen Battle presents an evening of spirituals backed by pianist Cyrus Chestnut at UCLA Royce Hall. Saxophonist Tom Luer has the Saturday brunch at the Lighthouse.
Sunday 1/22 - Allan Holdsworth/Virgil Donati Band at The Baked Potato
Guitar god Allan Holdsworth and drummer Virgil Donati team with keyboardist Dennis Hamm and Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip at The Baked Potato. Drummer Gregg Bissonette leads an all-star band at Cafe Cordiale with Jimmy Johnson on bass, Jeff Babko on keys, Walt Fowler on trumpet, and Steve Tavaglione on sax. Pianist/vocalist John Proulx is at Vibrato. Sunday brunch choices include Sharon Marie Cline at Nola's and Gregg Karukas at Spaghettini.