A dozen years ago, drummer Kevin Kanner started a jam session at historic landmark club the Mint, where the legendary Nat King Cole once graced the club’s tiny stage. Kanner proved jazz could cater to the new millennium, as Monday nights at the Mint became packed with young clubgoers. The session also became an incubator for young jazz musicians, some of whom developed into future stars like trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Gerald Clayton and Kanner himself, who would eventually head East to New York, touring with guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli. As jazz is now undeniably resurgent here, the Mint wisely decided to resurrect the good thing they had with Kanner, coinciding with his relocation back to L.A. The jam night’s return will feature special guests Adam Schroeder on baritone sax, vocalist Melissa Morgan, trombonist Francisco Torres and DJ Joey Altruda.
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