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OCT 18  2017 – Gary Stockdale and Sugar Still

Gary Stockdale has done it all in the music world — from film and TV to musicals and live performances. He was the composer on 8 seasons of Showtime’s award-winning show Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! which garnered him an Emmy nomination. An original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, he is also a wonderful and witty songwriter. Gary has a new CD out this month entitled “Keep Letting Go” from which he’ll be performing songs. Sugar Still are conservatory-trained violinist/vocalist Sarah Blick and acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Charlie Cheney. They have been touring the US and Canada non-stop for the past couple years and recently released their 3rd album “Go”. They perform lively, poignant originals and contemporary covers filled with rocking guitar riffs, swinging blue violin, and beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of It’s a Beautiful Day, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Civil Wars, and Jefferson Airplane.

 

OCT 12  2017 – Greg Porée Group

Greg Porée grew up in a multi-cultural environment in Los Angeles and his career in music reflects his upbringing. He has worked with a diverse group of musicians ranging from Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock to Diana Ross, Sting, and Phoebe Snow. His influences also cover a great chasm from Bach to the Beatles, and from Villa-Lobos to Motown. He was lead guitarist on the hit BBC show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for eight years, and can be heard on landmark albums by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Randy Crawford, Albert King, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd, and James Blunt. He produced groundbreaking solo albums in association with Sting for world music master Vinx, and was musical director for Sonny and Cher, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Joan Baez. He will be joined by Isaias Elpes on bass and Joey Heredia on drums.

OCT 11  2017 – Sofia Talvik and Sunny War

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. Her tireless touring has included performances at Chicago’s Lollapalooza — the first female Swedish artist to do so — as well as offical showcases at SXSW and Folk Alliance International. Sunny War (born Sydney Lyndella Ward) is more than just an artist; she is a force of nature that is tough to pin down. A bit of Robert Johnson blues with a shot of Bad Brains punk. She is a mainstay performer on the world famous Venice Beach boardwalk with a Gibson Guitar endorsement. The LA Weekly’s Michael Simmons says “Sunny is going to blow your mind. She is like no one else.”

OCT 5  2017 – Molly Miller Trio (Jay Bellerose/Jenn Condos)

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Donna Missal, Ashley Clark, and Printz Board. She grew up playing guitar in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her doctorate in guitar performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music. She has performed at major festivals ranging from Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and Charlotte Jazz Festival to Bumbershoot and Riotfest. She just returned just from s two-week tour in Brazil playing lead guitar for Jason Mraz. She’ll be joined by Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass.

OCT 4  2017 – Anna Tivel, Nathan & Jessie

8th anniversary of Wine & Song — gonna be a special one. Come celebrate with us! Anna Tivel has spent countless hours in her car repeating lyrical lines over and over until the words fall in time with the windshield wipers. A troubadour with a deep love of quiet stories, she has been making a big noise in the songwriting world — a winner at both Telluride and Kerrville New Folk contests. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Nathan & Jessie have traveled all over the world performing on the both streets and stages with their unique sound. A fusion of jazzy folk and blues on National Reso-Phonic guitars and accordion. Their interesting vocal interplay and trilingual performances are uplifting and fun with a message for people of all ages and cultures.

SEP 28 2017 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

Another very special evening with Mark Hatch & Group 5. Always a hit at the Blue Guitar. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians (Mark Hatch, Sam Riney, Rich Ruttenberg, Domenic Genova, Kendall Kay) who use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

SEP 27  2017 – John Flynn and Dulcie Taylor

In the words of Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center, “John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society’s disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace.” Dulcie Taylor recorded five critically-acclaimed CDs for Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings. Her 2014 CD, Only Worn One Time, reached number 1 on the Roots Music Report – Americana Song Chart. Dulcie won the Central Coast New Times Music Award, for best songwriter in 2013 and 2014.

SEP 21  2017
Mark Goldenberg Trio (Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos)

Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 – 2010. He also played on records for a myriad of artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, even William Shatner. More recently he toured with acclaimed pianist and actor, Hugh Laurie. As a songwriter and producer, his works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and Olivia Newton John, among others. He studied guitar with fingerstyle virtuoso Ted Greene, classical guitar with Richard Pick and Emre Saboncuoglo, piano and counterpoint with Abe Fraser. Mark creates music that is both evocative and reflective, appealing to guitarists and non guitarists alike. He’ll be joined by Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass.

SEP 20  7:00pm
Songs of Shiloh, Maurice Tani

Songs of Shiloh is a collection of tunes written by Marty Axelrod and Nicole Gordon, the lyrics combining to tell the story of a small-town waitress named Shiloh who faces the challenges of her life with courage and humor. From the troubled relationship detailed in “Got the Car Running” to the redemptive love finally found in “The Boy from Crooked Creek”, Songs of Shiloh takes the listener inside the heart of its main character. Produced by Marty Axelrod, Songs of Shiloh has received glowing reviews in Maverick Magazine (UK), Pasadena Weekly and more. Maurice Tani is a “rye-to-romantic, supercalifornigraphic” singer-songwriter, specializing in a so-called cinema-for-the-blind style. His band, Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering in the Bay Area for over 10 years.

SEP 14, 2017
trioKAIT

KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Together with bassist Cooper Appelt (Kan Wakan, Station Breaks, Robert Davi) and drummer Jake Reed (Bill Holman, Bruce Forman, Mako), trioKAIT brings a modern, tight and groovy sound to the piano trio format, shuffling wide-ranging influences and Kait’s innovative compositions into a refreshingly modern take on instrumental music that is as uncategorizable as it is infectious. Fused together via Kait’s music, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity that is captivating, playful and exciting.

SEP 13, 2017 – James Lee Stanley and Olson-Wolfe

James Lee Stanley is a wonderful songwriter and guitarist with a long history in the music world and beyond (including a stint on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Add to that his hilarious repartee, and you’ve got a recipe for a really fun Wine & Song evening. Carla Olson grew up in Austin, Texas. She moved to LA in 1978 where she formed the Textones, whose debut album made the Billboard 200. She appeared in Bob Dylan’s first video for the song “Sweetheart Like You”. In addition to her critically aclaimed solo work, she recorded a duet album with former Byrds member, Gene Clark. Appearing with Carla is Todd Wolfe, who was part of Sheryl Crow’s band in the mid-90’s. His songs have been covered by Faith Hill and Stevie Nicks among others.

SEP 7  2017 – Elliott Caine Quintet

Inspired by 60’s “Blue Note” style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, the Elliott Caine Quintet plays original compositions as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Donald Byrd among others.  The band consists of Elliott Caine on trumpet, Scott Gilman on tenor sax, Sam Hirsh on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Kenny  Elliott on drums.

SEP 6  2017 – Teresa Tudury and Kristina Olsen

For almost two decades, Teresa Tudury was based in Los Angeles where in addition to music, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress. With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, she is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa has recorded or performed with some greats such as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, and Taj Mahal. Kristina Olsen is a superb multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice. She has four albums put out by Rounder/Philo. Her mix of powerful songs range from sassy bottleneck blues and lilting ballads to swing jazz and raunch ‘n roll, along with some great storytelling.

AUG 31 2017 – LACM Quartet (Jerry Watts, Adam Levy, Michael Packer, and David Joyce)

Jerry Watts (bass), Adam Levy (guitar), and Mike Packer (drums) met through their affiliations with Los Angeles College of Music. Their shared commitment to music education is only surpassed — perhaps — by their shared commitment to groove and texture. The music they make as a trio can feel colossal or intimate, sweet or salty, measured or wild. And that’s just the first song…

AUG 30  2017 – Hannah Jane Kile and Jeff Dale w/ special guest Nathan McEuen

Performing with an openhearted sense of compassion and wonder, Hannah Jane Kile’s voice soars from an earthy blues swagger to an ethereal heart rending whisper. Eloquent, warm and wise in an innocent way, she has a comprehensive artistic vision — a vision that is as inspiring as it is engaging. Jeff Dale is an award-winning songwriter and performer, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Before he could shave, he was exposed to the music and live performances of some Chicago Blues greats such as Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Koko Taylor. He is equally great an entertainmer as he is a blues man. Also with us, another highly entertaining character, Nathan McEuen who is no stranger to Wine & Song audiences. This will be a great mix of personalities and musical styles.

August 24, 2017 – Peter Olstad & the South Pas All-Stars

Peter Olstad is a SoCal native who earned a performance/educator degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his student days, he placed prominently in the Thelonius Monk Institute’s trumpet competition, concurrent with Downbeat Magazine’s early recognition of his skills. He had a series of sideman/soloist slots with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Tom Jones, and most recently, Latin pop star Luis Miguel. He is widely recognized as a trumpet virtuoso who is essentially a robust and passionate swing stylist, with an intense modernist edge. He’ll be joined by the “South Pasadena All-Stars” — Riner Scivally on guitar, Putter Smith on Bass, Dave Tull on Drums, and Pancho Loyo on piano.

August 17, 2017 – Louie Cruz Beltran & His Latin Jazz Band

Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, Ramon Banda on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.

August 10, 2017 – Frisson

Frisson is a band formed of Oberlin Conservatory (OH, USA) alumni and lead by Matt DiBiase. Drawing heavily from jazz, fusion, rock, R&B, and electronic music, Frisson’s eclectic music contains strong rhythmic foundations, singable melodies and rich harmonies that fuel spectacular solos from its creative and talented members. Matt DiBiase is the band leader who plays vibes & electronics. The rest of the band sonsists of Nathan Rice (tenor sax), Michael Orenstein (keys), Eli Heath (bass), Chase Kuesel (drums), Giveton Gelin (trumpet), Patrick Graney (aux. percussion), Russell Gelman Sheehan (guitar). And yes, we’re going to try to squeeze all 8 of them on the Blue Guitar stage.

August 3, 2017 – Jon Mayer Trio

Jon Mayer grew up in New York City during a fertile time in modern jazz evolution. He played on a John Coltrane recording ‘Like Sonny’ and on a Jackie McLean Prestige cut called `Strange Blues’. He spent time in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band as well as road assignments with Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O’Day. His compositions have been cut by Les McAnn, Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ernie Watts and Jackie Ryan. He’ll be joined by Roy McCurdy on drums and Chris Conner on bass.

July 27, 2017 – Jazz Butchers

Based in Southern California, the Jazz Butchers play original compositions with elements of modern, alternative, and ‘straight ahead’ jazz — infusing bits of latin, blues, funk and other elements. The songs are upbeat and Inspiring. The live show is unpredictable and spontaneous. They pay homage to the experimental days in Los Angeles circa 1970 -1980. The music on their latest release is inspired and attributed to people and places that developed the album’s character. Band consists of Dave Curry – bass, Matt Lilley – sax, Jim Matthews – drums, Gustavo Ramirez – piano, Leddie Garcia – percussion, Louis Barragan – congas

July 20, 2017 – trio WoRK

An actor and theater improviser for many years (Film: 28 Days; TV: Mad Men; Improv: War Babies), Susan Krebs’ passion has always been music, performing at venues such as Vitellos, LACMA, Blue Whale — as well as theaters and living rooms with her jazz salon, ThemeScene, which spawned her most recent recording project “Simple Gifts.” Tom Rizzo has played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Maynard Ferguson, Brian Wilson and Natalie Cole among others. He was the guitarist for the Tonight Show Band and was in Don Severinsen’s jazz group, Xebron. As a composer, he has written for commercials, film and Television including for “In Living Color”, where he and Ken Wild first worked together. Bassist Ken Wild was a founding member of popular jazz fusion band, Seawind. He is an active studio musician, working in TV and film, and on many recordings, including Clare Fischer Big Band, Harvey Mason and Tierney Sutton. He has also performed live with Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Herb Ellis, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Natalie Cole’s touring band and Dave Weckl.

July 13 2017 – Dave Tull Trio

Dave Tull is a world-class jazz and big band drummer who has worked with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Chuck Mangione, and Michael Buble. He is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and bandleader. His critically acclaimed 2009 CD, I Just Want To Get Paid, still garners regular airplay, and his trio has appeared at clubs and festivals all around the country. Joining Dave for this show will be Quinn Johnson on keys and Edwin Livingston on bass.

July 6, 2017 – Nick Kirgo Trio (Debra Dobkin, Hank Van Sickle)

The Nick Kirgo Trio repertoire spans a large chasm from Mingus to Dylan to mysterious Brazilian tunesmith Zequinha de Abreau. Nick Kirgo has played, toured or recorded with David Lynch, Billy Childs, Les McCann, J.D. Souther, Dianne Reeves, Nels Cline, reed master Michael Moore, Steuart Liebig, and Nelson Riddle among many others. A small sampling of the radically eclectic artists bassist Hank Van Sickle has worked with includes Jimmy Smith, John Mayall, Yma Sumac, Mick Taylor and Wanda Jackson. And Drummer and percussionist Debra Dobkin has worked with Richard Thompson, Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Perla Batalla, and Don Henley.

June 29, 2017 – Jeff Dale & Jeff Stone

Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone were born and raised on the south side of Chicago and have been the best of friends since they were 7 years old. Before they could shave, they were exposed to the music and live performances of Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Koko Taylor. Jeff Dale got his start fronting the award-winning Blue Wave Band and playing with Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Etta James and many other blues greats. His current band, the South Woodlawners, have generated accolades from around the world. Most recently, he produced a DVD of the last recorded show by David “Honeyboy” Edwards, hailed as a priceless, historical treasure. Jeff Stone won a WC Handy Award and his artistry in backing Chicago blues giant Charlie Love and the Rev KM Williams has kept him a blues festival regular. His “3 Faces of the Blues” CD was awarded the 2011 Best Blues Album of the Year, from American Blues News Magazine. The two Jeffs have finally fused their musical talent on “The Southside Lives” and we’ll be celebrating the release of their new CD which is a collection of original Jeff Dale tunes. Adjacent to the Blue Guitar room is the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar. Or you can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Showtime is 7:30pm, doors open 30 minutes prior.

June 22, 2017 – Rich Hinman vs Adam Levy (w/ Jay Bellerose & Jennifer Condos)

Individually, the members of this instrumental quartet have played with Sara Bareilles, Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Don Henley, Sam Phillips, Over the Rhine, Elvis Costello, and dozens more venerable artists. As a collective unit, Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy has only been playing together for a short time but you’d never guess that from their deep grooves and telepathic interplay. They play soul music without words, country music without hats, and blues music without regrets.

 June 15, 2017 – Riner Scivally/Rob Kyle Quartet

Guitarist Riner Scivally has performed and recorded with some venerable jazz musicians including Larance Marable, Stacey Rowles, Gary Foster, and Putter Smith. In addition to his music faculty positions at PCC and Occidental College, he performs around Los Angeles with his trio and various band configurations. His latest release, ¡Diferencias!, features Tim Pleasant on drums and Jim Szilagyi on piano. Rob Kyle has performed or recorded with CeeLo Green, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Jason Mraz, Chaka Khan and many others. They will be joined by Mike Alvidrez on bass and Kendall Kay on drums.

June 8, 2017 – Mark Towns Flamenco Fusion

Mark Towns Flamenco Fusion is an exciting mix of Spanish, Brazilian, and Caribbean musical textures, combining the virtuosity of flamenco-influenced guitar with seductively exotic Latin rhythms. The sounds will take you on a musical journey conjuring images of hot summer days, panoramic sunsets, and cool moonlit nights. Mark will be joined by Ross Schodek on bass, Euro Zambrano on drums, plus a special surprise guest.

June 1, 2017 – Molly Miller Trio (Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos)

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Donna Missal, Ashley Clark, and Printz Board. She grew up playing guitar in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her doctorate in guitar performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music. She has performed at major festivals ranging from Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and Charlotte Jazz Festival to Bumbershoot and Riotfest. She just returned just from s two-week tour in Brazil playing lead guitar for Jason Mraz. She’ll be joined by Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass.

May 25, 2017 – Leni Stern Band w/ special guest Adam Levy

For 25 years Leni Stern has found motivation in the ever-changing world around her for the music she plays – a sound equally transforming, malleable, and moving. She came from Europe, put roots down in America, followed the winds to Africa, and her sights are always on the horizon. Stern has had great  success as a jazz guitarist having been awarded five consecutive Gibson Guitar Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year Awards. She led bands supported by heavyweights such as Dennis Chambers, Bill Frisell, Michael Brecker, and Paul Motian. After 6 highly acclaimed instrumental albums Stern bravely chartered the vocal waters on her 1995 album “Words.” She’ll be joined for this show by her NYC bandmates Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye as well as popular Blue Guitar guest Adam Levy.

May 18, 2017 – Shari Puorto Band

The Shari Puorto Band plays blues and roots-rock with a whole lotta soul. They have performed up and down the coast of California, across the U.S., and abroad sharing the stage with the likes of Tab Benoit, Jimmy Vivino, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Dave Mason, Coco Montoya, Larry Carlton, Ike Turner, among others. The band consists of singer Shari Puorto, bassist Frank Scarpelli, guitarist John DePatie, and drummer Mike Sauer.

May 11, 2017 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

Another very special evening with Mark Hatch & Group 5. Always a hit at the Blue Guitar. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians (Mark Hatch, Sam Riney, Rich Ruttenberg, Domenic Genova, Kendall Kay) who use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

May 4, 2017 – CJS Quintet (Special opening set by Jude Johnstone)

CJS Quintet synthesizes the hard bop East Coast aesthetic with their unique West Coast musical experiences to create a distinctive voice: a cohesive and unyielding approach that combines heartfelt tales with passion. The band consists of Chuck Johnson on Saxaphones, James Smith on Trumpet, Koji Ono on Piano, Curtis Robertson, Jr. on Acoustic Bass, and Keita Akutsu on Drums. These five artists come together to share their joy in performing a melting pot of classic jazz and bringing soul to modern music. “Hard driving bebop…leavened with soulful blues.” —Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

April 27, 2017 – Louie Beltran Band

Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, Ramon Banda on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.

April 20, 2017 – Peter Olstad Trio

Peter Olstad is a SoCal native who earned a performance/educator degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his student days, he placed prominently in the Thelonius Monk Institute’s trumpet competition, concurrent with Downbeat Magazine’s early recognition of his skills. He had a series of sideman/soloist slots with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Tom Jones, and most recently, Latin pop star Luis Miguel. He is widely recognized as a trumpet virtuoso who is essentially a robust and passionate swing stylist, with an intense modernist edge. He’ll be joined by Pancho Loyo on piano and Lalo Carrillo on bass.

April 13, 2017 – Elliott Caine Quintet

Inspired by 60’s “Blue Note” style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, the Elliott Caine Quintet plays original compositions as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Donald Byrd among others.  The band consists of Elliott Caine on trumpet, Scott Gilman on tenor sax, Sam Hirsh on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Kenny  Elliott on drums.

April 6, 2017 – Peter Kavanaugh Quartet

Jazziz Magazine called guitarist, bandleader, and composer Peter Kavanaugh’s 2015 album, Whisper Not, “A refreshingly old-school approach to songbook standards.” His latest release, Look for the Silver Lining, builds on his guitar and vibraphone-based sound with more horns, blues, and ambitious arrangements of songs by Dave Brubeck, Rodgers & Hart and other great 20th century composers. He’ll be joined by Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Gabe Davis on upright bass, and Lance Tamanaha on drums.

March 30, 2017 – Mark Towns Flamenco Fusion

Mark Towns Flamenco Fusion is an exciting mix of Spanish, Brazilian, and Caribbean musical textures, combining the virtuosity of flamenco-influenced guitar with seductively exotic Latin rhythms. The sounds will take you on a musical journey conjuring images of hot summer days, panoramic sunsets, and cool moonlit nights. Mark will be joined by Ross Schodek on bass, Euro Zambrano an drums plus a special surprise guest.

March 23, 2017 – Pete Anderson Band

A special evening of blues/roots rock from Grammy-winning guitarist-producer Pete Anderson. Pete has earned numerous gold and platinum records working with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, KD Lang, and Roy Orbison among others. (Photo by Tim Berger)

March 16, 2017 – Riner Scivally/Rob Kyle Quartet

Guitarist Riner Scivally has performed and recorded with some venerable jazz musicians including Larance Marable, Stacey Rowles, Gary Foster, and Putter Smith. In addition to his music faculty positions at PCC and Occidental College, he performs around Los Angeles with his trio and various band configurations. His latest release, ¡Diferencias!, features Tim Pleasant on drums and Jim Szilagyi on piano. Rob Kyle has performed or recorded with CeeLo Green, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Jason Mraz, Chaka Khan and many others. They will be joined by Mike Alvidrez on bass and Kendall Kay on drums.

March 9, 2017 – Davina & the Vagabonds

Somewhere on the musical train ride from New Orleans to Memphis, Davina & The Vagabonds stepped off. They have been mesmerizing audiences around the country with their upbeat brand of Dixie-infused blues and R&B ever since. Davina Sowers has drawn comparisons to Etta James and Billie Holiday and even the animated Betty Boop. The lively band surrounds Sowers’ and her keyboard like a red feather boa with acoustic bass, trumpet, trombone, and drums. The tight instrumentation is the perfect backdrop for Sowers sassy delivery.

March 2, 2017 – Rich Hinman vs Adam Levy w/ Jay Bellerose & Jennifer Condos

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Individually, the members of this instrumental quartet have played with Sara Bareilles, Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Don Henley, Sam Phillips, Over the Rhine, Elvis Costello, and dozens more venerable artists. As a collective unit, Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy has only been playing together for about a year—but you’d never guess that from their deep grooves and telepathic interplay. They play soul music without words, country music without hats, and blues music without regrets.

February 23, 2017 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

A very special evening with Mark Hatch & Group 5. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians (Mark Hatch, Sam Riney, Rich Ruttenberg, Domenic Genova, Kendall Kay) who use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

Thursday, February 16 – Pete Olstad Trio

Pete Olstad is a SoCal native who earned a performance/educator degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his student days, he placed prominently in the Thelonius Monk Institute’s trumpet competition, concurrent with Downbeat Magazine’s early recognition of his skills. He had a series of sideman/soloist slots with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Tom Jones, and most recently, Latin pop star Luis Miguel. He is widely recognized as a trumpet virtuoso who is essentially a robust and passionate swing stylist, with an intense modernist edge. He’ll be joined by Pancho Loyo on piano and Lalo Carrillo on bass

February 9, 2017 – Polychrome

Polychrome is a meeting of the minds between three top jazz artists — Bob Leatherbarrow, Sam Riney, and John Chiodini. They have joined together to create a fresh sounding approach to jazz with original compositions and a high level of communication between the musicians. The music of Polychrome is timeless and each member brings a new perspective and a wealth of experience. The group consists of John Chiodini on guitar, Bob Leatherbarrow on vibraphone, Sam Riney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Kendall Kay on drums and Ken Wild on bass.

February 2, 2017- John Stephens & Blue Visions

John Stephens was born in the gulf coast city of Beaumont, Texas where he was influenced by numerous genres including R&B, Latin, Zydeco, and Delta Blues. He toured with Big Bands such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Carter. His professional musical career began as a tenor saxophonist but he also plays alto, soprano, and baritone in addition to flute and clarinet. He spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corp Band and has a B.A. in Music from Cal State Northridge. He’ll be joined by Dave Edelstein on keys, Jeff Takaguchi on bass and Chris Ross on drums.

January 26, 2017 – Shari Puorto Band

The Shari Puorto Band plays blues and roots-rock with a whole lotta soul. They have performed up and down the coast of California, across the U.S., and abroad sharing the stage with the likes of Tab Benoit, Jimmy Vivino, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Dave Mason, Coco Montoya, Larry Carlton, Ike Turner, among others. The band consists of singer Shari Puorto, bassist Frank Scarpelli, guitarist John DePatie, and drummer Mike Sauer.

January 19, 2017 – Nick Kirgo Trio

The Nick Kirgo Trio repertoire spans a large chasm from Mingus to Dylan to mysterious Brazilian tunesmith Zequinha de Abreau. Nick Kirgo has played, toured or recorded with David Lynch, Billy Childs, Les McCann, J.D. Souther, Dianne Reeves, Nels Cline, reed master Michael Moore, Steuart Liebig, and Nelson Riddle among many others. A small sampling of the radically eclectic artists bassist Hank Van Sickle has worked with includes Jimmy Smith, John Mayall, Yma Sumac, Mick Taylor and Wanda Jackson. And Drummer and percussionist Debra Dobkin has worked with Richard Thompson, Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Perla Batalla, and Don Henley.

January 12, 2017 – Elliott Caine Quintet

Inspired by 60’s “Blue Note” style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, the Elliott Caine Quintet plays original compositions as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Donald Byrd among others.  The band consists of Elliott Caine on trumpet, Scott Gilman on tenor sax, Sam Hirsh on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Kenny  Elliott on drums.

January 5, 2017 – Jon Mayer Trio

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Jon Mayer grew up in New York City during a fertile time in modern jazz evolution. He played on a John Coltrane recording ‘Like Sonny’ and on a Jackie McLean Prestige cut called `Strange Blues’. He spent time in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band as well as road assignments with Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O’Day. His compositions have been cut by Les McAnn, Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ernie Watts and Jackie Ryan. He’ll be joined by Roy McCurdy on drums and Chris Conner on bass.

Dec 29, 2016 – Riner Scivally/Rob Kyle Quartet

Guitarist Riner Scivally has performed and recorded with some venerable jazz musicians including Larance Marable, Stacey Rowles, Gary Foster, and Putter Smith. In addition to his music faculty positions at PCC and Occidental College, he performs around Los Angeles with his trio and various band configurations. His latest release, ¡Diferencias!, features Tim Pleasant on drums and Jim Szilagyi on piano. Rob Kyle has performed or recorded with CeeLo Green, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Jason Mraz, Chaka Khan and many others. They will be joined by Mike Alvidrez on bass and Kendall Kay on drums.

Dec 22, 2016 – David Wise Band

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David Wise grew up in Virginia where he studied under famed saxophonist Gary Bartz. He has recorded with Grammy-winning producer Andreo “Fanatic” Heard and currently performs with Cow Bop, a group led by jazz guitar legend, Bruce Forman. He has played with some jazz greats including Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Belgrave, and Scotty Barnhart. He’ll be joined bv Amy Bormet on keyboard/vocals, Isabel Escalante on violin, Michelle Packman on cello, John Urban on bass, and Jake Reed on drums.

Dec 15, 2016 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

A very special evening with Mark Hatch & Group 5. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians (Mark Hatch, Sam Riney, Rich Ruttenberg, Domenic Genova, Kendall Kay) who use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

Dec 8, 2016 – Tim Kobza & Friends

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A graduate of North Texas State with a masters in music from USC, Tim Kobza is comfortable on both sides of the studio glass. A long time faculty member at USC, he recorded for the Verve label with a band he co-founded — Modereko. Tim divides his time between composing, producing, performing, and teaching. He’ll be joined by Isaias Elpes on bass and Aaron Serfaty on drums along with some surprise guests.

Dec 1, 2016 – Rich Hinman vs Adam Levy (w/ Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos)

Individually, the members of this instrumental quartet have played with Sara Bareilles, Ray LaMontagne, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Don Henley, Sam Phillips, Over the Rhine, Elvis Costello, and dozens more venerable artists. As a collective unit, Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy has only been playing together for about a year—but you’d never guess that from their deep grooves and telepathic interplay. They play soul music without words, country music without hats, and blues music without regrets.

Nov 17, 2016 – Pete Anderson Band

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A special evening of blues/roots rock from Grammy-winning guitarist-producer Pete Anderson. Pete has earned numerous gold and platinum records working with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, KD Lang, and Roy Orbison among others. (Photo by Tim Berger)

Nov 10, 2016 – Lao Tizer Trio

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Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical and jam band influences, keyboardist and composer Lao Tizer whittles down his usual large ensemble for his maiden voyage at the Blue Guitar room. He’ll be joined by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of Gene Coye on drums and Ric Fierabracci on bass.

Nov 3, 2016 – Jon Mayer Trio

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Jon Mayer is from the tradition of jazz players unafraid to express strong emotions at both ends of the spectrum. A muscular, blues-based pianist on one hand yet entirely at home with a ballad. He grew up in New York City during a fertile time in modern jazz evolution. He played on a John Coltrane recording ‘Like Sonny’ and on a Jackie McLean Prestige cut called `Strange Blues’. He spent time in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band as well as road assignments with Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day and Manhattan Transfer. His compositions have been recorded by Les McAnn, Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ernie Watts and Jackie Ryan.

Oct 27, 2016 – Kal David•Lauri Bono & the Real Deal

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Can’t say enough about this special evening with Kal David who is, in my opinion, a living legend. This is sure to be one of the greatest evenings of blues you’ll ever experience. Kal’s soul-baring voice and blazing guitar playing along with Miss Lauri’s sassy, soulful vocals will be truly electrifying. Don’t miss!

Oct 20, 2016 – Lappitt-Rocha Septet

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OK, 7 players on the stage may be a little tight but we’re excited to present this great band featuring Jeremy Lappitt and Mike Rocha. Comprised of some of the finest up and coming jazz musicians across southern California, LRS will feature an eclectic blend of familiar jazz standards as well as original compositions by various band members.

Oct 13, 2016 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

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A very special evening with Mark Hatch & Group 5. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians (Mark Hatch, Sam Riney, Rich Ruttenberg, Domenic Genova, Kendall Kay) who use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

October 6, 2016 – trioKAIT

September 29, 2016 – Elliott Caine Quintet

September 22, 2016 – John Proulx with Kenny Wild

September 15, 2016 – Tim Kobza & Friends

September 8, 2016 – Elliott Caine Quintet