Jazz, Blues, Cabarets, Latin listings
JazzConcertsTHE GYPSY CARAVAN Amoeba Music sponsors this nouveau Gypsy Jazz tour. Mandolin legend David Grisman mixes it up with young Djangophiles The Robin Nolan Trio, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel, Bay Area vocalist Brandi Shearer, and the even younger Sammo & the Gypsy Kids. Maybe not quite Le Hot Club de Paris, but fun. HENRY FONDA THEATER, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 8 p.m. (323) 464-0808.ADRIAN LEGG, PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO & STEF BURNS Running the guitar gamut from reels to “Birdland.” SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; Sun., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. $25. (310) 440-4500.ClubsTHE BACK ROOM AT HENRI’S, 21601 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Intimate, affordable, good eats, full bar. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.-mid. No cover. (818) 348-5582.Fri.—Brilliant pairing of two of L.A’.s finest and most distinctive trumpeters. Carl Saunders has a colorful tone and seemingly limitless ideas and lung power. He dazzles. Steve Huffsteter’stone is drop-dead gorgeous; his solos are spare but perfectly placed; the notes seem to hang there before fading. In a way, he’s the Bix to Saunders’ Satch. With the superb John Hammond Trio.Sat.—Vocalist Cheryl Barnes with The John HammondTrio.Thurs.—Guitarist John Pisano with pianist John Hammond, bassist Jim Hughart.THE BAKED POTATO, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City. 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. (818) 980-1615.Fri.—Jazz Ministry with keyboardist Gregg Mathieson,guitarist Michael Landau, bassist Abraham Laboriel and drummer Gary Novak.Sat.—Drummer Terry Bozzio with bassist Doug Lunn and guitarist Alex Machacek.Sun.—Mike Miller Allstars, featuring Mitch Forman on keys and drummer Chad Wackerman.Mon.—Guitarist Joel Hoekstra & Undefined with Walter Fischbacher on keys, bassist Ric Fierabracci and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.Tues.—Guitarist Vinny Valentino with Russell Ferrante on keys, bassist Ric Fierabracci and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.Wed.—Katja Rieckermann Jazz with pianist Bill Steinway, guitarist Ron DeJesus, bassist Andreas Geck and drummer Tal Bergman.Thurs.—Santana drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. Allstar World Jazz with bassist Armand Sabal Lecco, guitarist Ricky Z, percussionist Kevin Ricard and keyboardist Don Grusin.CAFE CORDIALE, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. A session cats’ hang; lots of fusion and jazzy R&B. Beer & wine. Music begins 9:30 or 10 p.m. No cover. All ages. (818) 789-1985.Fri.—Masta & the Edge of Soul.Sat.—Jere Jon.Wed.—Pianist David Garfield with saxophonist Eric Marienthal and others.Thurs.—Tony Boyd & the True School All Stars.CAFE METROPOL, 923 E. Third St., dwntwn. Rocco sets up the jazz downtown. Food, beer/wine. Music 8-10:30 p.m. $5. (213) 613-1537 or www.roccoinla.com.Fri.—Chuck Manning fronts his quartet. One of the busiest reedmen in town, it seems; his soloing is rarely less than fascinating.Sat.—Guitarist Johnnie Valentino.Thurs.—The Brotherhood Quintet, with Andrew & Danny McKay, Gavin Salmon, Ross Garren and Robby Marshall.CAFE 322, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Full bar. Fine Italian food at great prices, full bar — a cool hang and a great jazz room. Music 7-11:30 p.m. No cover, no min. (626) 836-5414.Fri.-Sat.—Pianist Jon Mayer with bassist Chris Connor and drummer Paul Kreibich. Mayer can play pretty melodies, but it’s the jagged little bits, the snatches of tunes and shards of unexpected chords, that make his playing so much fun in a live setting.Sun.—Night at the Opera with pianist Danny Guerrero.Tues.—The Jazz Jam Session has been bringing out a lot of great young players.Wed.—The Jennifer Leitham Trio continues its weekly stay. Well worth checking out.Thurs.—Guitarist Bobby Williams.CATALINA BAR & GRILL, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. Modern elegance. Tues.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. Full bar. Full menu. (323) 466-2210.Fri.-Sun—The Joshua Redman Elastic Band is a good funky jazz outfit (featuring great NYC organist Sam Yahel) known to cover Led Zep’s “The Crunge.” They were good at the Playboy Festival last year, but ought to be even better in a bar.Tues.—Hitting a stride that maybe Redman hasn’t quite gotten to yet, the fired-up saxophonist Justo Almario.Wed.—One set only from the legendary bassman Dr. Art Davis.Tues.-Thurs.—Tom Scott. The L.A. Expressman’s nice new Bebop United features Phil Woods and Ronnie Cuber, among others. Hopefully this will be more of the same.CHARLIE O’S, 13725 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. The best jazz at this players’ hang. No cover. Restaurant & full bar. 21 & over. (818) 994-3058.Fri.—Vocalist Julie Kelly with The John Heard Trio (pianist Jeff Colella, drummer Roy McCurdy).Sat.—Since he’s got but one very scarce LP as a leader, you have to see saxophonist Herman Riley in person to get an idea of his skills, soul, swing and feel when out front. With The John Heard Trio (including pianist Josh Nelson).Sun.—Pianist Karen Hernandez, with John Heard, drummer Lorca Hart.Mon.—Page Cavanaugh Trio.Tues.—Jennifer Leitham Trio.Wed.—The Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.Thurs.—Worth it just to hear “Señor Blues”: vocalist Bill Henderson with TheJohn Heard Trio (featuring the particularly fine pianist Tateng Katindig and drummer Roy McCurdy). $10.CLUB TROPICAL, 8641 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Full bar and Salvadoran food. Cover varies. (310) 559-1127.Fri.—Cryptonoche presents Mojácar Flamenco.Mon.—Beautiful tone from a radical guy, saxophonist Matt Otto with guitarist Joel Peloquin, bassist Ryan McGillicuddy, drummer Jason Harnell.Thurs.—Cryptonight presents two vets of the Euro avant scene, Brit trombonist Paul Rutherford and German bassist Torsten Müller,supported by one of our most flexible and imaginative local drummers, Harris Eisenstadt. (Greg Burk)COLOMBO’S, 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. Italian lounge with red-leather everything. Full bar. No cover. (323) 254-9138.Sun.-Mon.—TheErikEkstrandTrio; each Mon. hosting TheEagle Rock Jazz Jam Session.Tues.—Vocalist SonjiKimmons.Wed.—JimmySpencer and KarenHernandez.Thurs.—The straight-ahead Rio Fiumara–Tom Armbruster Quartet and guests.THE DOWNBEAT CAFÉ, 1202 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park. Great food and java with a beatnik vibe. Music 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. (213) 483-3955.Wed.—Hard-bopping Echo Parkers The Downbeats.HOLLY STREET BAR & GRILL, 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Nice room; restaurant and fFull bar. No cover/min. (626) 440-7267.Fri.—Latin jazz vibist Bob DeSena, 7-10 p.m.Sat.—Bluesman Brad Wilson.Sun.—Jazz guitarist Jesse Bradley, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; A&E Jazz, 6-9 p.m.Tues.—The San Gabriel Seven with guest trombonist Bill Watrous. Includes gourmet dinner and vintages, $65. 6-9 p.m.Wed.—Byron Miller’s B-Jam Night, 9:30 p.m.-mid.Thurs.—Vocalist Cheryl Carter.JAX, 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Noisy, crowded, but grab a table beside the tiny stage and see some fine jazz on a good night. Lunch and dinner. No cover/no min. Full bar. Over 18. (818) 500-1604.Fri.—Jazz pianist Karen Hernandez.Sat.—Nelson Adelard.Sun.—Django-isms from The Hot Fab Djazz Club.Mon.—Karla Kelly.Tues.—Bruce Lofgren.Wed.—Drummer Bill Wysaske.Thurs.—Great jazz from trumpeter Jack Sheldon’s California Cool Quartet at their regular haunt.THE JAZZ BAKERY, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. Prime-time players in a concert setting. Beer, wine. 8 & 9:30 p.m. (Half-price student-rush tickets with ID, 21 & under.) (310) 271-9039.Fri.-Sun.—The Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble with saxist Bob Sheppard, harpist Carol Robbins, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Brian Blade. See Beauty/Noise. (Also, at 4 p.m. Sunday: Cathy Segal-Garcia.)Mon.—The man who virtually invented textural guitar seems to be dropping by L.A. more lately: Bill Frisell, with saxist Greg Tardy, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. (Greg Burk)Tues.—Mat Slocum Quartet.Wed.-Thurs.—The Vinicius Cantuaria Quartet: maybe it’s because of his adopted Gotham home, but his is a dark-edged bossa, the saudade propelled by an irresistible rhythmic pulse set by the masterful Brazilian drummer Paulo Braga. Highly recommended.LA VÉ LEE, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Mediterranean cuisine. Showtimes 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (818) 980-8158.Fri.—David Garfield & the Cats.Sat.—Stalin was dead and jazz lived when saxophonist Alexei Zoubov got his start playing in a boppish Moscow group. He’s since made some fascinating music with Milcho Leviev (as heard on Lingua Franca if you can find it). Also appearing is Russian jazz pianist Andrei Kondakov.Tues.—Marco Mendoza, Joey Heredia and Renato Neto.Wed.—Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione, Jimmy Earl and Gary Novak.Thurs.—Jen Staves, Bill MacPherson, Danny Campbell,James Patterson, Ricky Z and others.MAGGIANO’S, 189 The Grove Dr. Italian cuisine right by Farmers Market. No cover/no min. Showtimes Wed.-Thurs., 6:30-10:15 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7-10:45 p.m. (323) 965-9665.Fri.—Sam Graham Trio.Sat.—Straight-ahead from The Karl Marsh Quintet.Wed.—Vocalist Gregg Marx.Thurs.—Latin-tinged standards from Margo Reymundo.MICELI’S, 1646 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd. Venerable Italian eatery features excellent jazz pianists. No cover. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-3430.Fri.-Sun.—Brian O’Rourke.Mon. & Thurs.—Phil Palermo.Tues.—Ross Tompkins.Wed.—Cal Bezemer.THE MONEY TREE, 10149 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake. Hallowed old nightspot/restaurant. No cover. All ages. (818) 752-8383.Fri.—Saxist Michael Rose’strio with Linda Smith.Sat.—Sweet Heat.Sun.—Bassist Big Al (with pianist Matt Weisberg, drummer Brad Elliott) hosts the jazz jam.Mon.—Blues with Alex Rebar.Tues.—Frank Wilson Trio.Wed.—Gregor Blues Quartet.Thurs.—Scott Oakley Band.PHLIGHT, 6724 Bright Ave., Whittier. Restaurant is a new jazz spot in old Whittier. No cover, no minimum. All ages. (562) 789-0578.Fri.—Exciting saxist Kamasi Washington. 8-11 p.m.Sat.—Jessica Vautor & Joel Whitley. 8-11 p.m.Sun.—Jamie Findlay Quartet. 7-10 p.m.SPAZIO, 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. California cuisine. No cover; two-drink min. Music from 7:30. Full bar. All ages. (818) 728-8400.Fri.—Straight-ahead trumpeter Dr. Richard Williams with pianist Nate Morgan, bassist Trevor Ware, drummer Lorca Hart.Sat.—Pianist and vocalist Howlett Smith with bassist Paul Gormley, drummer Gary Gibbons.Sun.—Brunch with guitarist Ron Anthony and bassist Adam Cohen from 10:30 a.m.; then, at 8 p.m., bassist John Belzaguy leads a very energetic trio with pianist Otmaro Ruiz and drummer Jimmy Branly.Mon.—The Al Escobar Ensemble, and the veteran pianist (Tito Puente among other gigs) brings along vocalist Danny Maldonado, bassist Eliseo, sax/flute man Jose Gomez, trombonist Bob Schilling, congueroMichito Sanchez and percussionist Robertito Melendez.Tues.—John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Dan Sawyer.Wed.—Should be some excellent straight-ahead jazz from sax great Ernie Watts with a fine trio of pianist Jon Mayer, bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Roy McCurdy.Thurs.—Vibesman Emil Richards with pianist Dave Garfield, bassist John Belzaguy, drummer Joe Porcaro.TEN20 CAFÉ at the WYNDHAM BEL AGE, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd. Plush Strip digs with quite the view out the windows or at the bar. No cover, two-drink min. Pay-to-park. Music from 7 p.m. (310) 358-7702.Fri.—11 O’Clock News Band.Mon.—The Cross-Hart Experience.Thurs.—Cabaret Night.VIBRATO GRILL & JAZZ, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air. Crowded with power diners early but gets jazzier later. Piano duos 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover, $20 min. on Fri.-Sat. Sets from 9 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (310) 474-9400.Fri.—Tenor saxman Benn Clatworthy works in the straight-ahead tradition, but like Sonny Rollins he loves to push the boundaries. By night’s end, conservative jazz fans can find themselves bopping along to some pretty dissonant extrapolations, without even realizing it.Sat.—The very talented trombonist Andy Martin.Sun.—Date night with mellow jazz vocalist Kenny Rankin.Wed.—Vocalist Renee Olstead.Thurs.—Bossas from Braziliato.VINTAGE CAFÉ & BISTRO, 2032 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena. Great atmosphere, hearty fare, good vibe. BYO vino. Music 7-10 p.m. No cover. (626) 296-3320.Fri.—Call club for info.Sat.—Fuzzy Logic.Sun.—Tony DiGiovanni Trio jazz brunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Tues.—Tony DiGiovanni’s cooking jazz jam.THE WORLD STAGE, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park. Workshops on Sat. morning (junior jazz), Mon. night (drums), Tues. night (vocals). Free unless noted. (323) 293-2451.Fri.—Drummer Willie Jones, 9 & 11:30 p.m.Sat.—Vocalist Katrice, 9 & 11:30 pm.Sun.—Sisters of Jazz jam session, 7:30 p.m.-mid.Thurs.—Jazz Jam Session.Other JazzNicely swinging pianist David Arnay and a guest bassist perform every Fri. at TheParkway Grill, 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; no cover. (626) 795-1001.Vocalist Cheryl Conley, with pianist Chris Dawson, bassist Richard Giddens and drummer Paul Lines, play Delmonico’s at Paseo Colorado, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; every Fri., 8-11 p.m.; no cover. (626) 844-7700.Thom Rotella hosts TheSunday Jazz Guitar Brunch at La Vecchia, 2654 Main St., Santa Monica; every Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; no cover. (310) 399-7979.Vocalist Patrice Quinn must have something going on, as she has no problem assembling players the likes of saxist Roger Neumann, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Richard Simon, drummer Roy McCurdy, and percussionist Donald Dean at The Lighthouse Café, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, Sun., Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. (310) 372-6911.Pianist and singer Dini Clarke performs a lot of Ellington at Chaya Brasserie, 8741 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills; Sun., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. No cover, no min. (310) 859-8833.Pianist Louis Durra brings his trio (with bassist Dan Lutz, drummer Jerry Kalaf) to TheUnitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica; Sun., Jan. 22, 7 p.m.; $10 donation. (310) 403-8627.Inspired hard boppers Donavan-Muradian Quartet (usually with saxist Chuck Manning or trumpeter Kye Palmer) at Buster’s Coffee & Ice Cream, 1006 Mission St., S. Pasadena; every Sun., 7:30-10 p.m. (626) 441-0744.At Hal’s Bar & Grill: guitarist Greg Poree plays on Sun., Jan. 22, 8-11 p.m.; and saxophonist Cal Bennett plays on Mon., Jan. 23, 9 p.m.-mid.; 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; free. (310) 396-3105.The Martini Kings (with vibist Frank Marsico) play their jazzy bossa-exotica blend at The Derby, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz; every Mon., 9:30 p.m.; free. (323) 663-8979.The Andy Cowan Trio (with pianist Nina Beck) playon Mon., Jan. 23, from 6:30-10 p.m.; and The John James Quartet (with saxist James, guitarist Joe Gaeta, bassist Peter Marshall and drummer Gene Stone)play every Wed., 6:30-10 p.m., at Schatzi on Main Restaurant, 3110 Main St., Santa Monica; no cover, no min. (310) 399-4800.Saxophonist Robert Kyle plays The After Work Jazz Cool Down (hosted by James Janisse) at Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood; Tues., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.; no cover, no min. (310) 330-2800.Vocalist Mark Miller with pianist Jane Getz and bassist Harvey Newmark at TheFour Points Hotel Sheraton LAXAtrium Club, 9750 Airport Blvd.; Tues., Jan. 24, 7-11 p.m.; no cover, no min. (310) 649-7024.A young, powerful player, saxist Kamasi Washington woodsheds with excellent local players at 5th Street Dick’s, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; every Tues., 9 p.m.; $5. (323) 296-0040.Trumpeter Brian Swartz’s quintet with saxophonist Matt Otto leads the jazz jam session in The 1160 Lounge at the Ramada Hollywood, 1160 N. Vermont Ave.; every Tues., 8:30 p.m.; $5 cover, no min. (323) 315-1845.Cathy Segal-Garcia’s jazz jam in The Muddy Moose Lounge at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; every Wed., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; no cover. (818) 755-5000.The Underground Jazz Movement with the very expressive multi-saxophonist Dale Fielder, guitarist Jacques Lesure, pianist Greg Gordon-Smith, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer Thomas White are at Cabrini’sJazz Alley, 5664 W. Third St.; every Wed., 8 p.m.-mid.; $5. (323) 938-0259.Vocalist Patrice Quinn with bassist Richard Simon, pianist Marty Harris, drummer Roy McCurdy at Sangria, 68 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Wed., Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.; free. (310) 937-4693.Pianist Ted Howe with his trio (bassist Jim DiJulio, drummer Joe LaBarbera) at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd.; Wed., Jan. 25, 6-10 p.m.; no cover, $15 min. (310) 216-5858, Ext. 7225.Vocalist Lulee Fisher with The Tamir Hendelman Trio featuring special guest Hawaiian guitarist Henry Allen are at TheCrowne Plaza LAX Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd.; Thurs., Jan. 26, 6-10 p.m.; no cover, $15 min. (310) 642-7500.Pianist David Garfield, bassist Carlos Del Puerto and drummer Kevin Crabb play Viva Italia, 19563 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; every Thurs., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; no cover, no minimum. (818) 996-8008.Out of Nashville and on her way, vocalist Annie Sellick appears with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Dan Lutz and drummer Kevin Kanner. At the Grill in The Westin Long Beach Hotel, 333 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Thurs., Jan. 26, 6-10 p.m.; no cover, $15 min. (562) 436-6536.Vocalist Gretchen Parlato, with The Gerald Clayton Trio; 8 & 10 p.m., $20. At midnight, guitarist Matt Roberts group, with vocalist Kara Guzzell, pianist Marco Luciani, bassist Nelson Rios, drummer Sandro Feliciano and percussionist Danny Taylor, $5; at The Vic: 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.; Thurs., Jan. 26. (888) 367-5299.The Med Flory Quintet with trumpeter Carl Saunders. Anyone lucky enough to catch their string of nights at Jax a few years back knows what to expect: standards, blues and Med’s beloved Bird cut- xup with smart-assed banter and attitude worthy of Eddie Condon. And when these two improvisers get rolling, the bop can be brilliant. Pianist Marty Harris, bassist Kevin Axt and one of the great drummers, Frank Capp, hold it together as best they can.Certainly not the way they teach it at Berklee. The Silhouette Jazz Café, 245 E. Olive St., Burbank; Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m.-mid.; no cover. (818) 556-5299.A New Orleans institution, Rebirth Brass Band play 14 Below, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica; Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. www.14below.com.—Brick WahlBluesClubsARCADIA BLUES CLUB, 16 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Intimate, old-time room with a high ceiling, capacious antique bar, pool tables and plenty of live blues. Full bar. Music at 9 p.m. (626) 447-9349.Fri.—Give Me My Wig Back.Sat.—Teddy Lee Hooker.BABE’S & RICKY’S INN, 4339 Leimert Blvd., Leimert Park. One of L.A.’s oldest blues clubs; owner Laura Gross has been a second mother to many of the city’s young blues players. Closed Tues. Beer & wine, barbecue dinners. Over 21. (323) 295-9112.Fri.—Bill Clark & the Mighty Balls of Fire.Mon.—Tony Ibarra runs a blues jam.Thurs.—Mama’s Boys keep that blue jam ball rolling.CAFE BOOGALOO, 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. Intimate, funky and casual, offering Louisiana-influenced cuisine. Full bar, plus 27 microbrews on tap. Over 21. (310) 318-2324.Fri.—Doyle Bramhall II. Scorching guitar from the revered Texas-born blues cat; $10.Sat.—Guitarist Larry McCray specializes in savage, soulful blues wallop inspired by the three kings (as in B.B., Albert, Freddie).Sun.—Clarence Bucaro’s pop-tinged brand of blues; no cover.Wed.—Kirk “Eli” Fletcher rides again; $10.Thurs.—Jake La Botz’s deep-down-in-the Delta blues; no cover.COZY’S BAR & GRILL, 14058 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Medium-size club with a separate pool room. Dinner served 5 p.m.-closing nightly. Full bar. Over 21. (818) 986-6000 or www.cozysblues.com.Fri.—Jeff Jensen Band rocks, jams and generally grooves the blues; $10.Sat.—Jessie Payo’s able blues vocals.Sun.—Non-Hokey Karaoke; $5.Mon.—John Marx & the Blues Patrol return for another Pro Blues Jam showdown; no cover.Tues.—Love Life’s R&B party; no cover.Wed.—Some Like It Hot. Steam it up with this all-female R&B coven; $5.Thurs.—Magic’s Ten Inch Brain and friends; $5.HARVELLE’S, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Down-home Westside music nightspot since 1931; best to arrive early on weekends to avoid long lines. Full bar. Over 21. (310) 395-1676 or www.harvelles.com.Fri.—Blowin’ Smoke’s romping rhythm & blues revue.Mon.—All-Star Pro Jam.Tues.—Bongo Fury.Wed.—Deep Eddy.Thurs.—Mickey Champion. Outstanding, passionate vocals from this unstoppable stalwart.Other BluesLuke & the Locomotives steam in with a load of blues at Blue Cafe, 210 The Promenade, Long Beach; Sat., Jan. 21, noon-5 p.m. (562) 983-7111.Simple Soul, Robert Heft and Bluesonics, Super 300 Pound Blues Band plus others. BB King’s Blues Club, 1000 Universal Center Drive, Universal City; Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. (818) 622-5464.Mama’s Boys make a stand at Blue Cafe, 210 The Promenade, Long Beach; Sun., Jan. 22, 1-5 p.m. (562) 983-7111.Jake La Botz cries the blues at Liquid Kitty, 11780 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; Sun., Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m.; no cover. (310) 473-3707.Prolific blues cat Bernie Pearl oversees the electric blues jam at M’Dears, 7717 S. Western Ave., L.A.; Mon., Jan. 23, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (323) 759-2020.John Marx keeps the jam thrills coming. Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia; Wed., Jan. 25, 9 p.m. (626) 447-9349.Barry “Big B” Brenner stirs up a mess of blues, stomps and ragtime. Mardi Gras, 10151 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake; Thurs., Jan. 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (818) 761-4243.Doug MacLeod’s straight-ahead blues enlivens The Four Olives, 4276 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach; Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. (562) 595-1131.Big Rockin’ Daddy & the Usual Suspects. Expect plenty of surprise guests at this “international Chicago Jam.” Angelica’s Bar & Grill, 5300 E. Washington Blvd., Commerce; Thurs., Jan. 26, 9 p.m. (323) 269-5745.Miss Mickey Champion’s incomparable blues vocals fill Little Pedro’s, 901 E. First St., L.A.; Thurs., Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; call for cover. (213) 687-3766.—Jonny WhitesideCabarets/VocalsConcertsCHRISTINE ANDREAS Nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in the revivals of Oklahoma! and On Your Toes, now Andreas shares her vibrant vocals with the Southland. Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; $49. (714) 556-2787.ClubsDRESDEN ROOM, 1760 N. Vermont Ave., Hlywd. Ski-resort-like lounge from the ’60s with character to spare. Dinner nightly, appetizers in bar. Show time 9 p.m. Full bar. Over 21 (323) 665-4294.Mon.-Sat.—Perennial lounge act Marty & Elayne.THE GARDENIA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. Clean, comfortable East Coast–style cabaret. International food with an Italian bias. Dinner from 7 p.m., showtime 9 p.m. (323) 467-7444.Fri.-Sat.—Call for info.Mon.—Rip Crystal offers his vocal tribute to the music of Harold Arlen.Tues.—Mundy on Tuesdays, an open mike for singers, hosted by Mary Jo Mundy.Wed.—Julie Wilson has been a Copa Girl, created the role of Bianca in Broadway’s Kiss Me Kate and is now considered the Queen of Cabaret.Other Vocals/CabaretsVocalist Christine Rosander delivers jazz, pop and rhythm & blues, among other genres, at Tangier, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; Wed., Jan. 25, 10 p.m.; $10. (323) 666-8666.Live Thai pop tunes from the famed Thai Elvis at Palms Thai, 5273 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 7 p.m. (323) 462-5073.Broadway, ballads and opera warm the night. Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City; Fri.-Sun., Jan. 20-22, 7 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 25, 7 p.m. (818) 769-0905.Johnny Rossini delivers a delicious tribute to Sinatra and other classic crooners. San Gennaro Restaurant & Bar, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City.; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 9 p.m. (310) 836-0400.Les Michaels hosts an open mike for cabaret singers. Vermont, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Hlywd.; Mon., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. (323) 661-6163.Bring your new tunes to this songwriters’ open mike. Cafe Bellissimo, 22458 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills.; Tues., Jan. 24, 8 p.m. (818) 225-0026.Chase Frank hosts The Songwriters Supper Club. Di Piazza’s Lounge, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; Wed., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. (562) 498-2461.—Martín HernándezLatin/WorldConcertsQUETZAL, LOS SUPER ELEGANTES with Very Be Careful LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX, CAL STATE L.A., 5151 State University Dr., E.L.A.; Fri., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. (323) 343-6604 or www.luckmanarts.org. See Rock & Pop Pick.CHAVA ALBERSTEIN, LES YEUX NOIRS UCLA Royce Hall, UCLA, Wstwd.; Thurs., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. (310) 825-2101 or www.UCLALive.org. See Rock & Pop Pick.ClubsCONGA ROOM, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Tropical atmosphere featuring live performances, food (in the adjoining eatery, La Boca), jams, dancing and dance lessons. (213) 938-1696.Fri.—Mass Konfusion promotional party.Sat.—Orquesta Guayao offer zesty salsa.Tues.—Ely Guerra plays acoustic Latin music.Thurs.—Call for info.EL FLORIDITA, 1253 N. Vine St., Hlywd. It may be hidden in a mini-mall, but this upbeat eatery is still a favorite for authentic Cuban cuisine and exciting, top-notch bookings. Cover $10 (except Wed.), free with dinner. Full bar. Over 21. Resv. recommended. (323) 871-0936.Fri.—Orquesta Charangoa performs elegant Cuban rhythms weekly.Sun.—Walter II & Rumbarey and Octavio Figueroa play salsa music on an alternating basis; call for schedule.Mon.—Johnny Polanco brings his popular brand of N.Y. salsa for a fiercely loyal crowd.Wed.—Conjunto Guama offers Una Noche de Descarga offers a Cuban jam session with L.A.’s top salseros.MAMA JUANA’S, 3707 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City. Classy live-music lounge and tapas bar with kitchen open till 11 p.m. Showtimes 9:30 or 10 p.m. Salsa lessons Tues., Thurs.-Sat.; call for times. Over 21. (818) 505-8636.Fri.—Tabaco y Ron perform high-energy salsa with a 12-piece band.Sat.—Ricardo Lemvo offers Afro-Latin rhythms.Mon.—Chino Espinosa y los Dueños del Son plays vintage-style salsa.Tues.—Johnny Polanco brings more salsa sounds.Wed.—Rumbankete cause a rumble on the dance floor.ZABUMBA, 10717 Venice Blvd., L.A. This lively restaurant hosts an array of Brazilian and Latin entertainment that can’t help but get you moving. No cover. Beer and wine. All ages until 10 p.m., then over 21 with ID. (310) 841-6525.Sun.—DJ Saoco plays Cuban sounds for the salsa dance class.Wed.—De La Cruz Band rock out Latin style.Thurs.—DJ Saoco spins more salsa.Other Latin/WorldKwanza Jones performs worldbeat-flavored material from her new disc, Naked 2: Universal Fire, at Lot 1224, Loews Beverly Hills Hotel, 1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills; Fri., Jan. 20, 9 p.m. (310) 772-2999.Roberto Montero plays Brazilian guitar at Cafe Marco, 8200 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 20-21, 8 p.m. (323) 650-7742.Clave Tropical plays salsa, merengue and more at Club Bahia, 1130 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.; Fri.-Sun., Jan. 20-22, 9 p.m. (213) 250-4313.Henry Mora Orchestra plays Albert Torres’ salsa night at The Granada, 17 First St., Alhambra; Sat., Jan. 21, 10 p.m. (626) 227-2572.Los Puros play Cuban and Caribbean music at TiGeorge’s Haitian Chicken, 309 N. Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; Sun., Jan. 22, 4 p.m. (213) 353-9994.Juvenil Tenochtitlan play mariachi musica at Las Hadas, 9048 Balboa Blvd., Northridge; Tues., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. (818) 892-7271.Mojácar Flamenco offer their fierce dance and Spanish guitar music show at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; Wed., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. (323) 668-0318.The Yuval Ron Ensemble features Middle Eastern folk music from Ron, plus master drummers Avi Agababa and Dror Sinai and more at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Wed., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. (323) 937-4230.Cuatro Caminos Flamenco offers dance and music ranging from Moorish melodies to songs and rhythms that left Spain for Cuba and then returned back again at Con Sabor, 8641 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Thurs., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. (310) 559-1127.—Lina Lecaro
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