The Best Jazz Concerts to See in L.A. This Month
Fridays, September 7th, 14th, 21st
Kiel Scott Christian Scott is spending a weekend in L.A.
JazzPop w/ Mark Dessen, Vinny Golia, Aram Shelton
The Hammer Museum likes to sneak in great jazz performances with little fanfare, don't they? This is Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa's seventh year curating the JazzPop series, moving it one month later than the usual sweltering August run. I'm not sure where the "pop" part comes in, but Mark Dessen, Vinny Golia and Aram Shelton will bring three boundary-pushing sets to Westwood's boxy, stone palace. This is a great free series for an expanding scene and a challenging start to your weekend. What better way to follow up happy hour?
Sat, Sept 8
Billy Childs Trio
Local pianist Billy Childs' compositions swing just as hard as his performances. Lately his chamber works have taken him to Disney Concert Hall and abroad but for this show at Vitello's, Childs will be working in a straight-ahead trio alongside indispensable locals John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. It is a rare treat to get the 10-time Grammy nominee in the company of such a great rhythm section.
Wed, Sept 12
Charles Owens Quartet
The Lighthouse Cafe
Charles Owens, omnipresent educator and honking tenor saxophonist, seems to pop up anywhere there is a bandstand. For this show he'll be hanging out by the beach backed by an organ trio that includes guitarist Steve Cotter, organist Mikal Najeed and drummer Don Littleton. Owens will no doubt dig into the soul-jazz bag and put on a little strut for the flip-flop crowd.
Fri - Sun, Sept 13-15
Christian Scott Group
Young New Orleans-based trumpeter Christian Scott has a natty style, both on record and in person. His recent double-album, Christian aTunde Adjuah, is a sprawling announcement that incorporates everything that came before, during and after the sound of New Orleans. He is an adventurous young trumpeter with a lot to say; hence the unprecedented three-day stint at the Blue Whale.