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June 21, 2018 – Louie Cruz Beltran

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, JD Perez on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.

June 20, 2018 – Furious Seasons and Art Podell

SoCal folk pop trio Furious Seasons is David Steinhart and Paul Nelson on acoustic guitar and vocals and Jeff Steinhart on standup bass. With gorgeous instrumental playing, impeccable songwriting, and heartfelt lyrics they deliver honest, emotional tunes that leave you wanting more. Art Podell has been around the block a time or two. From early Greenwich Village days to the early sixties as one of the original members of The New Christy Minstrels, to his life as a songwriter in Laurel Canyon, he’ll entertain us with songs and stories of his incredible journey.

 

June 14, 2018 – David Arnay Trio

Pianist David Arnay spent his formative years in Ithaca, New York. His keyboard work was essential to a series of original musical projects including a lengthy collaboration in the Zobo Funn Band, with influential guitarist/composer David Torn. In 1994 he joined jazz woodwind legend Bennie Maupin’s quintet which performed some of Arnay’s compositions. In 1997, Arnay released his first CD as a leader — Daddy’s Groove. The disc featured woodwind performances by Maupin and Bob Sheppard, with drummer Peter Erskine and bassists Alphonso Johnson and Dave Carpenter. His second CD was a self-produced trio project, Blues… And Then Some. With drummer Dave Tull and bassist Larry Steen, the album presented eight original compositions along with fresh arrangements of a few standards. The CD remains in regular rotation at KKJZ and beyond. After completing his master’s degree at USC/Thornton School of Music in 1999, David was invited to join the faculty. Arnay performed all keyboard tracks on guitarist Phil Upchurch’s CD, Tell the Truth. He will joined for this show by Jake Reed on drums and Trevor Ware on bass.

June 13. 2018 – Bliss Bowen and Ted Russel Kamp

Announcement will be coming soon for one of our acts traveling from a far away land. The other, Bliss Bowen, is a singer-songwriter and Pennsylvania-born writer who spent most of her childhood living between the shore and the Pine Barrens in South Jersey — also known as Springsteen country. She drove 3,000 miles to leave her small town behind, but ended up settling in the little village of Sierra Madre. Go figure. In addition to her own songs and stories, she is perennially holed up in her cozy cabin writing about other people’s projects. She’ll be joined by Ted Russell Kamp and Dan Wistrom.

June 7, 2018 – The Quitters with Mark Goldenberg

Special “guitar night” at the Blue Guitar: Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters, having each quit some of the best bands in the business. Stevie has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer and Glenn Houston’s well decorated history in music is best known for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 to 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.

Wednesday June 6, 2918
Sydney Sprague; Carrie Lynn; Brett Perkins/John Roy Zat; Charlie Hickey

More talent than you can imagine at Wine & Song this week. A couple of rising stars from the Arizona desert will share a featured slot. Sydney Sprague and Carrie Lynn Van Winkle are both compelling songwriters with wonderful, dynamic voices. They have been dazzling audiences at Hotel Cafe and I am excited to introduce them to the ‘east side’. Also with us, former South Pas resident Brett Perkins, who now lives in Denmark and travels the world putting on songwriting workshops and performing his tunes. He’ll be joined by Appalachian-tinged NoCal fiddler and singer-songwriter, John Roy Zat. Plus we’ll have a special guest set from 18 year old phenom, Charlie Hickey, who will mesmerize you. It’s understandable, as he is the offspring of two outstanding artists — Sally Dworsky and Chris Hickey. Don’t miss this one!

May 31, 2018 – trioKAIT

Kait Dunton is a composer and pianist who eagerly defies genre boundaries with her unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio. Her electro-acoustic group – trioKAIT – brings a fresh perspective to the classic jazz piano trio. The Huffington Post included trioKAIT in their list of “The Best Jazz for 2015.” Together with drummer Jake Reed and bassist Cooper Eppelt, they seem to meld into a laser-focused single entity that is captivating, playful and exciting, with an intensity that grabs you from the beginning. Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music. She heads the Piano Performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena.

May 30, 2018 – Annika Fehling Trio; Lauren Adams (Nick Kirgo/Hank Van Sickle); spc gst Warren Sellers

Annika Fehling is a delightful Swedish singer-songwriter, composer, and artist living on the magical island of Gotland in Sweden. Her trio includes Christer Jonasson on guitar and lap steel, and Robert Wahlström on cajun and percussion. They present a rich musical experience with irrisistible grooves to  the deep and moving lyrics of Annika’s songs. Lauren Adams‘ musical journey began on the stage of the Troubadour in 1978 when the club hosted a “Hoot Night” where songwriters could get up and play a few tunes. Since that time, she has opened shows for Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and performed her rootsy Americana at clubs and festivals across California, Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee. She’ll be joined by the great guitarist and producer Nick Kirgo along with Hank Van Sickle on bass. We’ll also hear from special guest, Warren Sellers.

May 24, 2018 – Jaz Sawyer Group

This is a special event sponsored by the South Pasadena Arts Council but is open to the general public. Jaz Sawyer possesses an eclectic and refined personal style of drumming that stems from his deep roots in his Classical, Jazz, West-African and Afro-Caribbean musical training. He has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson and Dee Dee Bridgewater in some of the world’s premier concert venues, including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. Jaz will be joined by Bryan Ladd on bass, and Brett Farkas on guitar.

 

May 23, 2018 – Lucas Last and Nathan & Jessie w/ spc gst Emily Ruth Hazel

Lucas Last of Lucas & the Radio Silence is an American songwriter based in Los Angeles. His Virginia roots are clearly present as he weaves between Folk, Americana, and Indie-Rock genres. Characterized by Last’s self-aware lyricism, strong vocal harmonies, and ever-present upbeat feel, he sits comfortably somewhere between Ben Folds and Jason Isbell. The band is currently prepping for their first album release to be followed by a 2019 tour. Nathan & Jessie have traveled all over the world performing on 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.

May 17, 2018 – Peter Sprague Trio

Cleveland native Peter Sprague was raised in Colorado until his family moved to Del Mar, California in 1963. Inspired by his father’s love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. He formed his first group The Minor Jazz Quartet while in high school. Following a year’s study at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Sprague studied privately and performed around the San Diego area until 1976 when he moved to Boston to study with notable musicians Pat Metheny, Madame Chaloff and Albin Czak (who taught Peter classical guitar). Returning to San Diego in 1978, he formed a ground breaking jazz group The Dance of the Universe Orchestra. At age 20 he was recording his own albums on the Concord Jazz and Xanadu labels. He has been a guest artist on many records and performed and toured with Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves, David Benoit, Sergio Mendes and others. On his debut with the Chick Corea band for a series of concerts at Disneyland, noted Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Leonard Feather, wrote “Peter Sprague is one of the emergent great guitarists.” He’ll be joined by his brother Tripp Sprague on sax and flute and Mack Leighton on bass. NOTE: Due to some work in the Blue Guitar room for 3 weeks in May, this show will be outdoors on the patio.

May 16, 2018 – John Paul O’Connor and Chris Kasper

Flying Fish Records put out a debut album by John O’Connor called Songs For Our Times which the Washington Post named one of the best albums of the year. His music has always been inseparable from his involvement in working class politics. He began in the labor movement right out of high school when he worked in the factories of Waterloo, Iowa. An interest in folk music and Woody Guthrie led to a 30 year career as a folk singer and a cultural educator. Chris Kasper’s music sips from the cool, refreshing waters of soulful songwriters, old bluesmen, sonic architects, and fine poetry. He has kept good company opening for and sitting in with the likes of Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, and G Love. He was hand-picked out of a sea of songwriters to support multiple country-wide tours after his Bagabones album came out in 2013.

May 10, 2018 – Joanna Wallfisch Band

Joanna Wallfisch has is a unique voice in contemporary music. A jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter, she fearlessly blurs genre boundaries as she combines “an intimate purview of a singer-songwriter and the technical liberties of a jazz improviser” (The Boston Globe). She has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Werner, and Lee Konitz and her recent album releases were in collaboration with pianist Dan Tepfer. A recent transplant to Los Angeles (South Pasadena more specifically) she has already made impressive inroads in the music community, performing at The Blue Whale, Boston Court Performing Arts Center, and The Mint. She’ll be joined by an impressive band consisting of Matt Politano on piano, David Tranchina on bass, and Trevor Anderies on drums.

May 9, 2018 – Sara & Kenny and Alice Howe w/ spc gst Freebo

Born into a multicultural and musical family, Sara d’Ippolito grew up in Calabria, Southern Italy where she studied classical guitar. A native of Wisconsin, Kenny Reichert attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied jazz. The two met in Milwaukee in 2015 and began melding their own blend of classical/jazz/folk music. Their diverse and yet unique style portrays music as a form of constant dialogue between the strings of a guitar and the emotions of an audience. With a soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters. As a performer, she is sure-footed and captivating. She’ll be be joined by legendary bassist turned troubadour, Freebo, who will also share a few of his tunes with us. NOTE: Due to some work in the Blue Guitar room for 3 weeks in May, this show will be outdoors on the patio.

May 3, 2018 – Hinman vs 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. NOTE: Due to some work in the Blue Guitar room for 3 weeks in May, this show will be outdoors on the patio.

May 2, 2018 – Bill Burnett and Tyler Preston

Bill Burnett is a wonderfully talented songwriter and award-winning wordsmith and storyteller. He spent years as a Creative Director at Hanna-Barbera, penning promo tunes for The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo and others. You may have experienced his entertaining and thought-provoking perspective in the occasional column for the South Pasadena Review. He’ll bring the same interesting insights in song form to the Blue Guitar.Singer-songwriter Tyler Preston hails from Juneau, Alaska, though he spends most of the year on the road. He has released four albums since 2009, and his concerts have been well received on several tours through the US and Canada. NOTE: Due to some work in the Blue Guitar room for 3 weeks in May, this show will be outdoors on the patio.

Apr 26, 2018 – 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 Kevin Axt on bass and Andy Langham on piano.

Apr 25, 2018 – Alice Wallace and Andrew Delaney

Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Cloud, Florida, Alice Wallace has a style that rooted in the classic country songstresses such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her impeccable vocals and melodic, literate song-crafting skills bring a fresh touch to authentic Americana music. Texas singer-songwriter Andrew Delaney is a classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape in a warts-and-all cinematic style. His ability to “craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides” and to deliver them with “conviction” and “authenticity” (Alan Ayo – Dallas Observer) has earned him growing acclaim; Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago, called him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer-songwriters.”

Apr 19, 2018 – 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.

Apr 18, 2018 – Jude Johnstone and Joe Medwick

Jude Johnstone was raised near her grandfather’s blueberry farm in Maine and spent her childhood summers picking berries in the fields. She eventually made her way across the country to Los Angeles where she found great success as a songwriter. Her tunes have been interpreted by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood, Stephen Bishop, Laura Brannigan, Jennifer Warnes, Bette Midler and countless others. Joe Medwick also hails from the east, just 33 miles from the Canada border in Watertown, New York. He spent many years in the music biz helping some very talented friends sell records before returning to his roots as a singer and drummer. His new release Memphis to Montreal is receiving rave reviews. These are two artists have stories to tell that you won’t want to miss

Apr 12, 2018 – 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.

Apr 11, 2018 – Claire Holley and Dan & Laurel

Claire Holley grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and enjoyed singing ever since she was a little girl. She began writing songs in college and has released seven full length records and two EPs. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition as well as in films & TV shows. Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting, Canadian-American duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are now based in Santa Cruz. They combine soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, and a dash of harmonica and humor into an engaging performance.

Apr 5, 2018 – Twanguero

Considered by many as one of the best guitarists in Spain, EL TWANGUERO invites all kinds of audiences to see and hear him perform, including guitar fans, entertainment fans, and people of all ages who enjoy great music. The “fire-breathing guitar hero” as he was dubbed by the U.S. press, launched his successful solo career after years of accompanying Latin music giants such as Bunbury, Calamaro, El Cigala, and others. He’ll have his trio for this performance — Mark Stepro on drums, and Whynot Jansveld on bass.

Apr 4, 2018 – Dulcie Taylor CD Release plus Amber Ikeman

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and poet Dulcie Taylor is back with a new album, “Better Part of Me“. Co-produced with long-time collaborator, George Nauful, who will join her for this performance along with percussionist Scott Breadman. Dulcie once again cuts straight to the heart of the matter – be it about love, loss, or the shameful treatment of our planet. Always a joy to have Dulcie with us, and everyone who attends will receive a free copy of her new CD!! Wine & Song newcomer Amber Ikeman’s spirited, earthy folk music carries audiences across the open spaces of the American West and into the depths of their souls. With a soulful tone ranging from a husky chest voice to a bell-clear soprano, her powerful and intimate songs tell stories of self-discovery, resilience, and wildness.

MAR 29, 2018 – Mark Goldenberg Trio

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 Blue Guitar favs, Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos.

MAR 28. 2018 – Poppa’s Kitchen and Sweet Talk Radio

Great pairings tonight! So bring a nice bottle to pair with your dinner. Bob Romanus was raised in Hartford Connecticut in a home filled with music. The first song that rocked his world was “Double Shot Of My Baby’s Love” by the Swingin Medallions. Steve Feldman hails from Chicago. The first song that captured his imagination was “Walk Right In” by the Rooftop Singers. They met as at a restaurant where waiters and bartenders not only served customers but entertained them as well. Bob had quit working there a few weeks earlier as his movie career was taking off. But he would stop in to strum guitars and drink some free coffee. One day, filled with caffeine and goodwill Bob offered to play on a tune with Steve and they have been strumming in Poppa’s Kitchen ever since. Sweet Talk Radio was born out of a conversation between Kathrin Shorr and Tim Burlingame — two solo acts who came together by way of vocal harmonies and then, a kiss. The kiss led to a marriage, a son, and a lot of great music along the way. Don’t miss this great evening of music!

MAR 22, 2018 – Marmalade Skies Project

The Marmalade Skies Project is a unique combination of tropical styles—particularly Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz—and the timeless music of The Beatles. The band is comprised of world-renown musicians and Grammy winners—Francisco Loyo on keyboards, who anchored Luis Miguel’s band live and in the studio for over 25 years and who produced his best-selling albums; Grammy-winning bassist Eddie Resto (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria); percussionist Richie Gajate-Garcia (Hiroshima, Sting, Phil Collins); and guitarist Marcus Gerakos (Alex Acuna, Luis Conte). Together they explore all periods of The Beatles’ discography and transform these classic songs into new creations, fueled by Marcus Gerakos’s inventive arrangments flavored with musical accents from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.

MAR 21, 2018 – Sweet Potatoes and Kate Copeland

The Sweet Potatoes are a SoCal country/folk trio with a great vocal blend and finely crafted songs. Laura Hall is best known as the pianist on the hit show “Whose Line is it Anyway”. She came up in the acoustic music scene in Chicago. Kelly Macleod cut her teeth on the road after being discovered by Eddie Van Halen while singing at a local club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Rick Hall grew up on a farm in Illinois and, in addition to his musical skills, is a fine actor and storyteller. Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in New York. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory’s composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. She released her first solo album, “recollection room,” in 2015. She won ASCAP’s prestigious Robert Allen Award for songwriting in 2016.

Thursday MAR 15, 2018 – Riner Scivally Band

The Riner Scivally Band perform compelling arrangements of jazz standards and originals. Riner is a long-time South Pas resident and is noted for his warm tone and lyrical solos. He teaches guitar at Occidental and PCC and has worked with a variety of jazz artists including Larance Marable, Bobby Bradford, and Gary Foster. He will be joined by another South Pas legend, bassist Putter Smith (Alan Broadbent, Michael Kansan, and Jordi Rossy). Also Chuck Manning on sax (Henry Franklin, Theo Saunders, Roy McCurdy, Steve Huffsteter, Bill Cunliffe, Carl Saunders, Bobby Bradford), and Tim Pleasant on drums (Alan Pasqua, Anthony Wilson, John Pisano, Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings).

 

MAR 14, 2018 – Michael Howard and Caroline Cotter + spc gst Michael Blum

Ex punk-rocker Michael Thomas Howard was born and raised amid the long winter nights and extended summer days of the Alaskan frontier — fertile ground for a songwriter. His latest album, Gasoline Dream, is a collection of poetic Americana born from life on the road. Caroline Cotter has a captivating soprano voice. Her travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. No Depression calls her latest release “sweet and smooth, and downright refreshing… raising spirits with one song, calming them with another.” We’ll also hear from jazz guitarist and singer-songwriter Michael Blum on his maiden voyage to Southern California.

 

MAR 9, 2018 – A special Evening with Gypsy Soul

Come join us for this special Friday evening Blue Guitar show! In 2017 Gypsy Soul celebrated their 20th anniversary as professional recording & touring artists! The duo’s multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Roots, Pop, Blues and Jazz. Their wistful story began in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/US) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art.

MAR 8, 2018 – 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, Rick Olson on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Kenny Elliott on drums.
 

MAR 7. 2018 – Amelia White and Jeff Berkley

It’s been a few years since East Nashville-based singer-songwriter Amelia White made a Wine & Song tour stop. She has a new CD, Rhythm of the Rain,” that has been turning a lot of heads in the Americana Music scene. Jeff Berkley is an in-demand musician and producer from San Diego also with a new solo album out. He has a long list of credits that include Jewel, Jason Mraz (who guests on the new album), the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and many others. This will be great evening.

MAR 1, 2018 – Davina & The Vagabonds

Over the past several years, Davina And The Vagabonds, have been building an audience around the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.

FEB 28, 2018 – Brad Colerick Band – Nine Ten Thirty CD Release celebration!

It’s been a long time coming but my new CD, Nine Ten Thirty, is finally complete. I call it a musical barn-raising as the entire album was made with talented friends from right here in the 91030 zip code. Come celebrate it’s completion with me! My band and I will play the album down in the first set which closes with a cover of “Route 66” — the famed highway that traversed South Pasadena. At the break, Glen Duncan, Author of Images of America: Route 66 in California, will share a few interesting facts about the famed road. We’ll also have a drawing for a copy of Glen’s book. In the second half, we’ll hear from Chauncey Bowers, Marty Axelrod, and some other talented friends that I hope to find in the audience. Do come!

FEB 22, 2018 – Mark Hatch & Group 5

The prodigal son returns from his new home on Bainbridge Island! Excited to welcome Mark Hatch back to the Blue Guitar room along with his fabulous Group 5 band. The ensemble consists of five veteran musicians — Mark Hatch on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sam Riney on sax and flute, Rich Ruttenberg on the keyboard, Domenic Genova on bass, and Kendall Kay on drums. They use classic 60s jazz quintet as a launching pad, while incorporating a broad spectrum of newer influences.

FEB 21, 2018 – Durbeyfield and Aaron Howard & Sarah Price

The lone sentence from Durbeyfield’s website bio reads, “Durbeyfield is a Los Angeles based folk trio built on harmonies, stories, and whiskey.” I was intrigued and after finding out that former Wine & Song guest James Beauregard was part of it. Can’t wait to hear their gorgeous harmonies reverberating in the Blue Guitar room. Aaron and Sarah are an internationally touring folk duo from Bozeman, Montana. Their sound is infectious and exciting, drawing comparisons to The Civil Wars, The Swell Season, and Simon and Garfunkel, They’ve only been working together for two years, but in that short time, they’ve already toured extensively across the US and Europe, and built a growing army of loyal listeners along the way.

FEB 15, 2018 – 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.

FEB 14, 2018 – Iain Matthews and Fred Tackett w/ Domenic Genova
plus chocolate guru Dr. Lee Theisen will give a short talk/tasting at intermission

Iain Matthews is an English singer-songwriter and founding member and vocalist of Fairport Convention. His contributions to their first three albums helped change the voice of British folk music. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’. Fred Tackett is a native of Arkansas and an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a session player on guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, he is best known as a member of the band Little Feat. In addition to his work with Little Feat, Tackett has played and recorded with many notable artists including Bob Dylan and Jimmy Webb. Fred will be joined by one of LA’s finest bassists, Domenic Genova. Domenic has appeared frequently as a member of Mark Hatch’s Group 5 band.

 

FEB 8, 2018 – Silverlake Trio

The Silverlake Trio in often not one. In fact, they will number five at the Blue Guitar. The group was formed in 2014 by guitarist/bassist and Silverlake resident, Eric Garcia. He’ll be joined by an all-star lineup of Ken Berry on guitar, Steve Nelson on bass, Lynn Coulter on drums, and frequent Blue Guitar performer, guitarist Mark Goldenberg. Collectively, these musicians have worked with a diverse list of artists that could wrap around all 18 holes at Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, BB King, Mose Allison, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Jeff Goldblum, Carole King, Helen Reddy, Johnny Rivers, Rita Coolidge and on and on… You get the picture here — a trio that will deliver five times more fun and talent than we have seen in a while. Can’t wait!

FEB 7, 2018 – Gregory Page and spc gst Jean Mann

Gregory Page is an eclectic, genre-bending singer-songwriter, balladeer, recording artist, film maker, art activist, music producer and published poet. He has toured the world many times over opening for the likes of Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Judy Collins, Chris Isaak and Jason Mraz. Born in London, he grew up surrounded by family members who performed and recorded traditional Irish music. His parents met while touring with their respective bands — “The Beat Chics” and “The Martians.” Educated in music composition and classical guitar at Trinity College, he moved to San Diego where he began molding his own style that draws from traditions of folk, Celtic, Armenian, ragtime, blues, swing and French romanticism.

 

FEB 1, 2018 – Adam Miller Trio

Premier Guitar Magazine says “it takes an impossibly gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies, and bass lines all at the same time – while maintaining an impeccable groove. Australia’s Adam Miller is one such rare phenomenon.” With a completely unique approach to the guitar, Adam’s music is groovy and approachable, while maintaining a melodic sophistication that only comes from years of cross genre hopping. His tendency to include complex rhythms, dissonant haunting phrases, combined with breathtaking riffs and melodies are his signature. His jazz influenced style with finger-picking mastery creates a improvisation filled live performance that is beautifully unpredictable. He’ll be joined by Chaun Horton on drums and Nick Campbell on bass.

 

JAN 31, 2018 – Tish Hinojosa; Noah Zacharin; spc gsts Anny Celsi; David Starr

Austin singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa blends folk, country, Latino, and pop. She has an undeniable far-reaching appeal, garnering accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam. She has recorded albums for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits and Prairie Home Companion. Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. Zacharin’s recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. His recently released 6th CD, “Waiting on Your Love”, continues his tradition of literate well-crafted songs. We’ll also hear a few tunes from special guest Anny Celsi.

JAN 25, 2018 – Peter Sprague Trio

Cleveland native Peter Sprague was raised in Colorado until his family moved to Del Mar, California in 1963. Inspired by his father’s love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. He formed his first group The Minor Jazz Quartet while in high school. Following a year’s study at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Sprague studied privately and performed around the San Diego area until 1976 when he moved to Boston to study with notable musicians Pat Metheny, Madame Chaloff and Albin Czak (who taught Peter classical guitar). Returning to San Diego in 1978, he formed a ground breaking jazz group The Dance of the Universe Orchestra. At age 20 he was recording his own albums on the Concord Jazz and Xanadu labels. He has been a guest artist on many records and performed and toured with Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves, David Benoit, Sergio Mendes and others. On his debut with the Chick Corea band for a series of concerts at Disneyland, noted Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Leonard Feather, wrote “Peter Sprague is one of the emergent great guitarists.”

JAN 24, 2018 – Whitherward and Korby Lenker

Former Nashville singer-songwriters Ashley Norton and Edward Williams tired of the trench warfare that typifies the music industry and opted to keep things simple — an acoustic duo with meaningful music. They formed the indie-folk duo Whitherward in 2010 and relocated to Denver a few years later. Troubadours in the truest sense, they jump into their Subaru and drive wherever the wind, or the next booking, takes them. Korby Lenker recorded his latest CD in an unusual fashion. With portable recording gear, he set out from Nashville for his native Idaho and recorded guitar and vocal tracks in places important to him — the edge of the Snake River Canyon, a cabin north of Sun Valley Idaho, his father’s mortuary, and a dozen other places. Then he spent months driving around the country recording friends in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, and Boston. The resulting album, Thousand Springs, was recorded in seven states and features almost thirty different artists from the folk world.

JAN 18, 2018 – Carey Frank CD Release featuring Bruce Forman

Something To Remember Him By is Carey Frank‘s second album. Accompanied by veteran jazz guitarist, Bruce Forman, this is a unique album of organ and guitar duets. Inspired by his grandfather, singer Don Cornell, a prominent big band crooner in the 40s and 50s, Carey chose a handful of songs he fondly remembers his grandfather singing. He put a unique spin on the tunes and added an original composition, “Iris, Iris” dedicated to his grandmother, Iris Cornell. Originally from South Florida, Carey now lives in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor degree in jazz piano performance from the University of Central Florida where he was a scholarship recipient from the Gold Coast Jazz Society and the Central Florida Jazz Society. He holds a Masters degree from USC, where he studied with Russell Ferrente, Alan Pasqua, and Peter Erskine.

JAN 17, 2018 – JC & Laney and Tom Kell/Paula Fong

Acoustic rockers and baladeers, JC & Laney, are back by popular demand. Arizona-based JC Scott and Laney Greynolds played in various bands individually before coming together 8 years ago to form this high energy Americana duo. The chemistry was immediate. With seven CDs now under their belt, they tour tirelessly around the western U.S. As I’ve said before, Laney will draw you into their world and JC will spit you back out! Seattle native Tom Kell moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and was an early protege of J.D. Souther, who sang on Tom’s first two albums. He recorded for Warner Brothers in the early 90’s and his songs have been recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers and others. Paula Fong is a singer-songwriter with family roots in both the American midwest and in China. She became enamored with the classic voices of Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris, and was also inspired by contemporary groups like Nickel Creek and Gillian Welch. Her sound is a blend of Americana, folk, and roots.

JAN 11, 2018 – Hank Mehren Trio

Hank Mehren has been playing the piano since he was a young kid. He has a deep love for great songwriters such as Gershwin, Arlan, and Young. He began his jazz journey at Pasadena City College in 2011 before moving on to Cal State Northridge where he studied with Matt Harris, Gary Fukushima, and Tamir Hendelman. Hank graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance last spring and is now working as a pianist, writer, and arranger. Bryan Dedlow is an LA based jazz guitarist who studied with renowned classical and jazz guitariart Ron Berman and subsequently with Larry Conse at Cal Arts. A fanatic of the Nat King Cole Trio, he plays in swing bands in addition to doing production work in the jazz and R&B fields. Jesse Ajamian moved to LA from Northern California in 2011 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer. Beginning at PCC, he studied with great jazz musicians such as Ralph Penland and Dave Tull. He later attended CSUN where he was mentored by Gene Coye and exposed to more modern music. A CSUN Jazz Performance graduate, he has been teaching and performing regularly ever since.

JAN 10, 2018 – Robinson & Rohe and Tom Corbett

Robinson & Rohe have known each other for over a decade, developing a friendship as they pursued separate careers. Over time, the two grew into powerhouse performers. Liam Robinson honed his wide-ranging skills as a cast member of the Tony Award winning play “Warhorse,” as musical director of Anaïs Mitchell’s Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown,” and as a member of the Becca Stevens Band. Jean Rohe toured and recorded with her band, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, collecting accolades along the way. The New York Times called her “a sure-footed young singer-songwriter.” Rohe also garnered attention for her “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” which is performed by choirs and bands across the country. Tom Corbett is an in demand mandolin and guitar player. He toured and recorded with The Acousticats featuring Phil Salazar and Cyrus Clarke (Cache Valley Drifters) which lead to work with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The String Wizards. He also played and recorded with Jennifer Warnes, Vassar Clements, Laurie Lewis, and John Sebastian. In addition to his sideman work, Tom has recorded three solo albums that feature a ‘who’s who’ of top-tier guest musicians.

JAN 4, 2018 – Lappitt-Rocha Sextet

Excited to kick off our 2018 jazz series with this great young band featuring Jeremy Lappitt and Mike Rocha. Comprised of some of the finest up and coming jazz musicians across southern California, the Lappet-Rocha Sextet will feature an eclectic blend of familiar jazz standards as well as original compositions by various band members. Jeremy Lappitt, sax/flute; Mike Rocha, trumpet; Nick Daley, trombone; Adam Bravo, piano; Dave Tranchina, bass; Sam Webster, drums.

JAN 3, 2018 – David Serby & the Latest Scam and Jill Freeman Band

One never knows quite what to expect from L.A. Alt-country maverick, David Serby. But one thing you can count on — it will be true and it will be good. This is his first show back from a self-proclaimed “gap year,” although he made an impromptu guest appearance a few weeks ago that whetted our appetites. He’ll be joined by Ed Tree. First time Wine & Songer Jill Freeman is a native Angeleno. She began her professional career in music over 20 years ago. Her trio The Life Is Grand Band became stalwarts of the L.A. music scene, gaining an avid following for their tight vocals and original songwriting. Their song “Feel Like Makin’ Art” was included on the Fast Folk series which is now part of the Folkways Smithsonian collection. Jill will be accompanied by her husband and producer Joel Wachbrit along with Steve Nelson on bass and Debra Dobkin on percussion.

DEC 28, 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.

DEC 27, 2017 – Michael McNevin (guest host) and Rick Shea

A couple of legendary troubadours coming to the Blue Guitar for this show. Singer-songwriter and wannabe golf pro Michael McNevin will guest host. He began his career in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Now a veteran of the folk scene, Michael has played concerts all across the U.S. including main stage appearances at Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals. Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He has gone on to build a solid career for himself as a solo artist, guitarist and songwriter. Rick is equally at home telling stories with an acoustic guitar or letting his well-worn Telecaster do the talking. With nine critically acclaimed albums he’s performed all over California and across the country.

DEC 21, 2017 – Tim Kobza Band

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 Hank Mehren on keys and Jake Reed on drums.

DEC 14, 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 Blue Guitar favs, Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos.

DEC 13, 2017 – Ted Russell Kamp, Lauren Adams w/ Nick Kirgo & Hank VanSickle

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based singer-songwriter, producer, and bassist. He travels the world performing songs from seven critically-acclaimed Americana albums. He is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music. He spent decades holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter Jennings and Wilson Phillips. He has played everywhere from honkytonks to major festivals and David Letterman appearances. South Florida native, Lauren Adams, is an exceptional songwriter in the Carol King/Eagles/Lucinda Williams vein — deep Americana roots and vivid storytelling. And she always delivers it beautifully with a group of tasteful, compassionate players including her producer and friend Nick Kirgo who will be joining her along with Hank VanSickle.

DEC 7, 2017 – Frank Potenza Band w/ Adam Levy

Capri recording artist and educator Frank Potenza is a protege of the late, great Joe Pass and an active composer and performer with nine solo albums to his credit. In addition to his extensive recording experience he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others. Frank toured and recorded as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet from 1996 to 2000 and is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, Gene’s last recording for Concord Records. He is a full Professor and Chair of the Guitar Program at USC’s Flora L. Thornton School of Music. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Master of Arts degree from California State University Los Angeles. Sitting in with the band will be Blue Guitar favorite, Adam Levy.

DEC 6, 2017 – Aireene Espiritu, Alice Howe w/ special guest Freebo

San Francisco based Aireene Espiritu was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. as a young girl. She was heavily influenced listening to Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the South as well as the Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking of her uncles. Her music is filled with Latin and African rhythms underneath folk and bluegrass picking with hints of gospel. Boston songstress Alice Howe combines a soulful voice with finely crafted poetry. Her musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s SoCal songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. She is a captivating performer who will be joined by legendary bassist, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John).

NOV 30, 2017 – Riner Scivally Quartet (Isla Eckinger/Putter Smith/Kendall Kay)

Riner Scivally returns to the Blue Guitar with a new configuration. His quartet will perform compelling arrangements of jazz standards and originals with some surprise guests sitting in. Riner is a long-time South Pas resident, He is noted for his warm tone and lyrical solos. He teaches guitar at Occidental and PCC and has worked with a variety of jazz artists including Larance Marable, Bobby Bradford, and Gary Foster. He will be joined by Isla Eckinger on trombone, from Basel, Switzerland (he also lives part of the year in South Pas.) Isla has worked with Chet Baker, Philly Joe Jones, and Mal Waldron, to name a few. Another South Pas legend joining Riner is bassist Putter Smith who performs regularly in LA, New York City, and Barcelona. He has worked with Alan Broadbent, Michael Kansan, and Jordi Rossy among many others. Drummer Kendall Kay is a native of Durban, South Africa. You may have caught him playing with the popular Blue Guitar band, Group 5. Kendall has worked with Alan Broadbent, Jack Jones, and Cecilia Coleman among others. This will be a great show you won’t want to miss!

NOV 29, 2017 – Salty Suites and Kylie Rothfield

The Salty Suites are an innovative, genre-bending, good time band consisting of Scott Gates on mandolin, Chelsea Williams on guitar, and Chuck Hailes on upright bass. They share vocal duties and their blend is magnificent. The chemistry and talent of this trio is really something to see! Kylie Rothfield‘s voice and talent is also something very special. It landed her on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice, where she was chosen by Alicia Keys as her coach. Her performance of “Hound Dog” in the knockout rounds garnered much media attention and was called the “dark-horse breakout performance of the season.” There is no denying the timeless, raw sense of emotion in her voice and delivery.

NOV 22, 2017 – Brad Colerick and friends w/ Short 2 Tall Men and 2Ton Bridge

Blue Guitar host Brad Colerick along with four of the six members of the Tall Men Group plus special guest 2Ton Bridge. Our annual Thanksgiving eve celebration — always a great night!

NOV 16, 2017 – Mark Towns Flamenco Jazz

Mark Towns Flamenco Jazz 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, and Euro Zambrano on drums

NOV 15, 2017 – Tony Gilkyson, Winter River + spc gst Jordan Ruiz

Tony Gilkyson is a South Pas native. His father, Terry Gilkyson, was a composer for Walt Disney and a prominent folksinger-songwriter who put his son to work in the studio at an early age. Tony played guitar with LA band X for ten years, He has also played and recorded with artists such as Lone Justice, Dave Alvin, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and K.D. Lang among many others. He played on numerous film soundtracks including the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, The Big Lebowski, and All the King’ s Men. Winter River are guitar and cello duo Aaron Therol and Jane Kim who have blended disparate musical styles and artistic backgrounds to create their sweet, simple, acoustic sound — a “homespun feel in a mass-produced world.” We’ll also hear some tunes from the producer of their latest CD, Jordan Ruiz.

NOV 9, 2017 – Louie Cruz Beltran

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.

NOV 8, 2017 – Furious Seasons and Curtis McMurtry with special guest Kolumbus

The Furious Seasons are an acoustic trio with stories to tell. David Steinhart bring’s a writer’s eye to his tales of desperation, of 21st century Los Angeles, of romance, and of quietly heroic people. Guitarist Paul Nelson illuminates the arrangements with an agile blend of blues, folk and country styles, and an intuitive sense for harmony vocals. The upright bass of Jeff Steinhart give the tunes a good dose of gravitas to complete the wonderful sound of this trio. Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they’re victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, his music combines piercing lyrics with lush chords and interesting arrangements. Born and raised in Austin, he grew up listening to local musicians Warren Hood, Ephraim Owens, Seela, and his father, James McMurtry. He studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark.

NOV 2, 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.

NOV 1, 2017 – Bill Burnett and Cygne

Bill Burnett is a wonderfully talented songwriter and award-winning wordsmith and storyteller. He spent years as a Creative Director at Hanna-Barbera, penning promo tunes for The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo and others. You may have experienced his entertaining and thought-provoking perspective in the occasional column for the South Pasadena Review. He’ll bring the same interesting insights in song form to the Blue Guitar. After ten years studying classical violin Cygne found her voice writing and performing original songs in New York City. Upon graduation she embarked on her first solo European tour, boldly embracing the path of an independent musician. When she returned to the US she moved into her car and by summer she was performing on the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival main stages.

OCT 26, 2017 – Jon Mayer Trio (Edwin Livingston/Kendall Kay)

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 Edwin Livingston on bass and Kendall Kay on drums.

OCT 25, 2017 – Abby & the Myth and Shaun Cromwell

Music Connection Magazine said “Abby & the Myth are the kind of band that music fans always hope to stumble upon at a bar, but seldom ever do. With a presence big enough to fill an arena, it is hopefully just a matter of time before they get there.” Shaun Cromwell is a singer and writer of eclectic roots-inspired songs, He uses guitar, banjo, and his voice to weave tales of intrigue and epics of sorrow. Drawing heavily from the pantheon of American roots traditions, he infuses the music with contemporary influences such as Bill Frisell, Lowell George, and Tom Waits.

OCT 24, 2017 (Special Tuesday Show) Gypsy Soul

A special Tuesday evening show with this wonderful duo based in Jacksonville, Oregon. In 2017 Gypsy Soul celebrates their 20th anniversary as professional recording & touring artists! The duo’s multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Roots, Pop, Blues and Jazz. Their wistful story began in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/US) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art.

OCT 19, 2017- Hank Mehren Trio

Hank Mehren has been playing the piano since he was a young kid. He has a deep love for great songwriters such as Gershwin, Arlan, and Young. He began his jazz journey at Pasadena City College in 2011 before moving on to Cal State Northridge where he studied with Matt Harris, Gary Fukushima, and Tamir Hendelman. Hank graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance last spring and is now working as a pianist, writer, and arranger. Bryan Dedlow is an LA based jazz guitarist who studied with renowned classical and jazz guitariart Ron Berman and subsequently with Larry Conse at Cal Arts. A fanatic of the Nat King Cole Trio, he plays in swing bands in addition to doing production work in the jazz and R&B fields. Jesse Ajamian moved to LA from Northern California in 2011 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer. Beginning at PCC, he studied with great jazz musicians such as Ralph Penland and Dave Tull. He later attended CSUN where he was mentored by Gene Coye and exposed to more modern music. A CSUN Jazz Performance graduate, he has been teaching and performing regularly ever since.

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 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  2017 – 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