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Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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)

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 – Lao Tizer Trio (Gene Coye – drums, Ric Fierabracci – bass)

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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.

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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!

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

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