Hollywood Jazz Orchestra

Hollywood Jazz Orchestra

Thu, May 23

$20 Presale Tickets available here $25 at the door (subject to availability) The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra, which has performed L.A. Jazz venues including Catalina's and LACMA, bring their eclectic mix of new and relevant music to Ventura for the first time. The 18 piece Hollywood Jazz Orchestra is led by conductor, composer, arranger Charley Harrison, the ensemble's conductor who has also been the Director of the UCLA Jazz Orchestra since 2004. Over the years, Harrison has had compositions and arrangements performed by jazz greats like Kurt Elling, Marcus Miller, Cedar Walton, Joe Williams and The Count Basie Orchestra. “I'm excited for the upcoming HJO performance at The Grape, as it provides an opportunity to showcase the virtuosity and versatility of the HJO musicians” says Harrison. “We will be premiering new music from our composers, arrangers, (Tom Garling, Conrad Herwig and Harrison himself), that will highlight the breadth of the HJO repertoire” The nucleus of The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra were members of the second iteration of the Buddy Collette Big Band, which formed in the mid-2000's during the saxophone legend's later years. After rejoining forces with many new performers in 2022, the new Orchestra (featuring many younger members) made it's debut at Catalina's in Hollywood and later headlined at LACMA and the Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. It's arrangers include Harrison, Tom Garling, Nick DePinna, Conrad Herwig and Bob Mintzer. Until recently a resident of Ventura, David Payne, Executive Director of HJO, says “We've played Sold Out concerts at traditional venues like Rochester Jazz Festival and LACMA, but we're looking to bring the Orchestra to venues where no Big Bands have played before” Continuing that theme, The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra will be playing a concert at The ROXY on Sunset, with Grammy-winning Singer-Songwriter BRENDA RUSSELL later this year. The first time a Big Band/Jazz Orchestra has played at that historic venue. “We're trying to change the preconceptions and expectations the public has about big band concerts” says Payne “We're not a group of old white guys playing tired arrangements of Ellington, Basie, and Dorsey. We rock! We're going to blow the roof off The Grape!” The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra includes some of L.A.'s most storied and in demand musicians, including Justo Almario, Gerry Pinter, Clayton Cameron, Les Benedict, Ian Vo, Randall Willis, Anne King, Ann Patterson, and Brian O'Rourke. Led by Conductor Charley Harrison THE HOLLYWOOD JAZZ ORCHESTRA Is comprised of some of the most heralded musicians in the Los Angeles Jazz Community, while also reflecting the great diversity of LA’s population. The members of HJO have played with the the likes of Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Elvis Presley and many more. HJO musicians can be heard on high profile recordings, Film scores, and commercials, along with innumerable live concerts, domestically and abroad. “SMOKING HOT BIG BAND MAGIC!” ~ Agenda Magazine 

Barrelhouse Wailers

Barrelhouse Wailers

Fri, May 24

Swing Dancing!! The Barrelhouse Wailers are an 8-piece powerhouse collective from Ventura, California that seamlessly blend traditional style hot jazz and vintage blues with original compositions to create a sound that's as timeless as it is electrifying. With their roots deeply embedded in the rich soil of American musical traditions, this dynamic ensemble has been captivating audiences since 2013 with their high-energy performances and masterful musicianship. Driven by their passion for authenticity and innovation, The Barrelhouse Wailers deliver a sonic experience that pays homage to the classics while pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. Their infectious energy and tight-knit chemistry on stage promise an evening of entertainment that will have you on your feet and moving to the rhythm. They have released 2 albums featuring original music and standards, “Day In, Day Out” 2019 and “Never Look Back” 2023 Both albums are available for digital download on Bandcamp and on all major streaming platforms. The Barrelhouse Wailers are: Karen Parkhouse - Vocals/Percussion Todd Temanson - Banjo Diamono Andreo - Drums/Washboard David Leoncavallo - Bass Jim Wade – Tuba Andrew Chermak - Trumpet “Skabone” Stan Middleton – Trombone/Vocals John C. Webb - Clarinet/Saxophones/Flute/Vocals For more information, music, videos, and upcoming shows, please visit http://www.thebarrelhousewailers.com/. Follow us on : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBarrelHouseWailers Instagram: @barrelhousewailers YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@BarrelhouseWailers 

Derek Frank

Derek Frank

Sat, May 25

Derek Frank - Bass Anthony King - Guitar Carey Frank - Keys Matt Hankle - Drums Demian Arriaga - Percussion George Shelby - Saxophone Dan Fornero - Trumpet Derek Frank has shared the stage with such icons as Shania Twain, Gwen Stefani, and Shakira (among many others) as a sideman bassist. In the downtime on these gigs, he discovered a private music world inspired by the cultural debris of his 1970s childhood. Years ago, the bassist-composer began to write the kind of music he used to hear on 1970s TV and movies. Today, Derek is leaning into the solo artist side of his career with his third solo album, Origin Story, released March 25, 2024 on all streaming platforms with a 2-disc vinyl version plus bonus live tracks available in May. Origin Story boasts Derek's strongest instrumental jazz-funk compositions to date. "I used to love the music in Dirty Harry movies, and in the Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk television series," the LA-based artist says. "When I finally found my voice as a solo artist, I decided to make that kind of music along with jazz and funk as the main influences." Derek and his handpicked five (sometimes seven)-piece band blend funk, blues, soul, jazz, southern rock, and seventies soundtrack music into a genre all their own. Derek's compositions feature tight arrangements, slinky grooves, telepathic band interplay, and restrained virtuosity where chops are implied but not flaunted. His solo work has garnered critical acclaim from such taste-making outlets as Bass Magazine, American Songwriter Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, "Everyone Loves Guitar Podcast," and "The Bass Shed Podcast". He's earned favorable comparisons to Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Cory Wong, Snarky Puppy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Karl Denson (who guests on Origin Story), and John Scofield. Previously, Derek has released Let The Games Begin (2009), and the aptly-titled Eleven Years Later (2020). Derek has fond memories of growing up in Pittsburgh, watching 1970s TV and movies, and 1980s MTV. He discovered his love for the bass when he first picked one up off the wall of a music store while he was waiting for a guitar lesson. Derek later formally studied bass, and eventually moved to Los Angeles to be a professional musician. Since then, Derek has emerged one of the most in demand touring and studio bassists in Los Angeles. He has worked with a "who's-who" of A-list artists, including the aforementioned Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Air Supply, Aly & AJ, Victoria Justice, Dancing With the Stars, Daniel Powter, Palaye Royale, Mindi Abair, The Boneshakers, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, and countless others. As the title implies, Origin Story is an instrumental homage to his roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "I often reminisce about my childhood, thinking of the David Byrne lyric: 'How did I get here?,'" Derek says. "The songs on this album loosely sketch experiences of my early years, before I discovered my calling and current profession as a bass player." In what's become a tradition with Derek's solo records, he opens the 8-song album up with the funky, 1970s cop chase song, "Demon On Wheels," replete with wah wah bass. The name is pinched from the late 1960s cartoon Speed Racer, and the monster jam features Las Vegas's Fat City Horns. The percolating 16th notes on "The Yinzer" tastefully touch on Jaco Pastorius, but the overall compositional structure nods to the work of Karl Denson (The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Rolling Stones) who makes a cameo on the track. The slippery fusion funk of "Paperboy Blues" recalls Head Hunters-era Herbie Hancock, and features abstract Jimmy Herring-like jazz guitar melodies. Derek's handpicked quintet features guitarist Joshua Ray Gooch (Derek's longtime bandmate with Shania Twain), keyboardist Carey Frank (Social Distortion, Tedeschi Trucks Band), drummer Randy Cooke (Smashmouth, Brit Floyd), and percussionist Demian Arriaga (Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers). Also joining the party is keyboardist Matt Rohde (Jane's Addiction, The Chicks), guitarist Anthony King (Buffy Sainte-Marie), The Fat City Horns, and guitarist Brent Mason, widely-regarded as one to the top 10 session guitarists of all time. Origin Story, and Derek's previous album, were both produced by multiple Grammy award-winning producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty, Wilco, Sting) at his vibey, all-analog PLYRZ Recording Studio. Up next, catch Derek and his band performing in sweaty nightclubs, at jam band festivals, and wherever live groove music is showcased. You can also see Derek rolling through town with major artists at a theater or arena near you—he'll continue pulling double duty. "I feel grateful to have my day job," he says. "But now I am also focusing on using my bass playing in service of my own music." 

Doug Webb Quartet

Doug Webb Quartet

Wed, May 29

Doug Webb- saxophones Gary Novak- drums Eric Rivas- bass Mitch Forman- keys Doug Webb was born in Chicago and moved to California at the age of 3. He is a graduate of Edison high school in Huntington Beach, CA and received a Bachelor of Music from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He began playing the clarinet at the age of 8 and added saxophone and flute at 15. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Alex and his son, Ryan. Over his career Webb has played and recorded with such notable talents as Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Marquez, Stanley Clarke, Quincy Jones, Mat Marucci, Kyle Eastwood, Billy Childs, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Art Davis, Kenny Rogers, Bonnie Raitt, Pancho Sanchez and Vikki Carr. He played with the house band for the Dennis Miller TV show, the Jimmy Cleveland orchestra and continues to tour with the Doc Severinsen big band. He has recorded music for hundreds of movies and television programs. He solos on the sound track for Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Jersey Boys. Webb has been featured on hundreds of recordings. 

Groove Legacy Ft. Tom Scott

Groove Legacy Ft. Tom Scott

Thu, Jun 13

With Special Guest, Tom Scott on saxophone! The name says it all . Groove Legacy is an exciting band with a sound forged out of love and respect for great American, jazz, R&B and soul music. A sound that fills the void left in today's contemporary instrumental, music scene. Focusing on original compositions, groove legacy it definitely pays homage to some of their favorite musical influences. Such as the Crusaders, Stuff , The Meters, and the JB horns. with a hard hitting lineup that includes a unique conglomerate of some of the Los Angeles, finest musical talent. Groove legacy has exploded onto the scene as a truly powerful, exciting and commanding live band. Groove Legacy is : Paulie Cerra - Sax and Vocals Travis Carlton - Bass  Billy Steinway - Keyboards  Michael White - Drums  Ido Meshulam - Trombone  Sam Meek - Guitar  Collectively the fantastic musicians have played with a virtual who's who of Jazz, Blues, Soul, and Pop artists. Including Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, The Crusaders, Larry Carlton, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Rickie Lee Jones, Eros Ramazzotti, Sara Bareilles, Boz Scaggs, Carrie Underwood, Rod Stewart, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Sergio Mendes, Jeffrey Osborne, Lenny Kravitz, and many more. 

The Mer Sal : Scott Kinsey Experience

The Mer Sal : Scott Kinsey Experience

Fri, Jun 14

Mer Sal (Meredith Salimbeni) - Vocals Jamie Kime - Guitar Scott Kinsey - Keyboards Francisco Fattoruso - Bass Charles Ruggiero - Drums Keyboardist Scott Kinsey is known for many things — being a close friend and protege of the late Joe Zawinul, an integral member of the iconic fusion band Tribal Tech and pushing subsequent boundaries with his adventurous groups Human Element, the Zawinul Legacy Band and ARC Trio. In a continually evolving career, Scott’s operational motif is embodied by the word “exploratory.” ​Enter vocalist, songwriter and electric bassist Mer Sal (Meridith Salimbeni), a Coloradan with a fresh presence on the LA scene who spent years honing her songwriting, vocal and performance craft while fronting bands around the West to rave reviews. Through a series of recent (and fortuitous) introductions to top players and producers, Mer was invited to participate in The Native Dancer Series: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter and Karl Sterling’s Dream: Parkinson's Global Project. Both of these projects saw her performing along with many other top-shelf musicians, including Jimmy Haslip, Peter Erskine, Nir Felder, Gary Novak and Jeff Richman. ​Mer and Scott first crossed paths on one of these sessions and there was something of an instant connection between the two. After their initial meeting they kept in touch, exchanging lyrical and musical ideas. Mer continues, “I sent Scott the beginnings of a song, which he arranged and reharmonized. When I returned to LA to live, he played it for me. It blew my mind, it was so incredible — and incredibly thoughtful.” It’s that uncommon connection and synergy that fires the collaborative and creative union between the two, the fruits of which come through on Adjustments. 

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

Sat, Jun 15

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a 9 piece heavy, instrumental funk band from San Diego, CA. Their influences are vast and include Hip Hop groups like Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as funk and soul masters like Isaac Hayes, The Meters, and James Brown. Their last two LPs debuted in the top 15 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart. SFSE is equally at home in the studio as they are on the stage, where their original songs transform and take on new life through live performance. They have shared the stage with Kamasi Washington, Quantic, Lee Fields, Monophonics, Jungle Fire, and most recently served as backing band for Hip Hop legend, Big Daddy Kane. The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are definitely still on a roll coming off of their fourth LP, Step Down, which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. It seems that the “Live” record is mostly an art form of the past. In the diaspora of funk, soul, and jazz music, we have so many legendary live albums we can reference, from Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway… the list is endless really. We present SFSE’s first outing in this noble arena. “Live at Panama 66” showcases songs from SFSE’s first 4 LPs as well as some choice cover tunes. The record was performed and recorded live in a beautiful outdoor setting in San Diego, CA. It was indeed a picture perfect Mother’s Day in Balboa Park, with SFSE throwing down their uniquely funky, cinematic vibes. We hope you enjoy it. Tim Felten - Organ, Electric Piano Jesse Audelo - Bari Sax, Tenor Sax, and Flute Jake Najor - Drum Kit Kiko Cornejo Jr - Percussion 1 Omar Lopez - Bass Aquiles Magana Jr - Guitar Travis Klein - Tenor Sax, Flute Wili Fleming - Trombone, Vocals Sheryll Felten - Percussion 2 

The Lao Tizer Band

The Lao Tizer Band

Fri, Jul 19

Lao Tizer - keys Elliott Yamin - vocals Phillip Whack - sax, flute Tony Austin - drums Munyungo Jackson - percussion Anthony Crawford - bass "Jazz Group of the Year" nominee, The Lao Tizer Band, make their return to Ventura's premier jazz venue The Grape on Friday, July 19 in support of their forthcoming August 2024 album & video release AMPLIFY. The new release is a major evolution for the group and includes 5 new original vocals and 4 new original instrumentals, with an all-star cast. The project was recorded and filmed all LIVE at legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood with simultaneous 7-camera video shoot and a legendary cast of musicians. Joining keyboardist, bandleader and former "Best New Jazz Artist" nominee, Lao Tizer (Special EFX, Down To The Bone) for the show are American Idol star, Elliott Yamin - vocals, drum phenom, Tony Austin (Kamasi Washington), Grammy-winning percussion legend, Munyungo Jackson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder), saxophonist and flutist, Phillip Whack (Simon Phillips, The Temptations), and Rolling Stone "2022 Bassist of the Year" nominee, Anthony Crawford (Jeff Lorber, Erykah Badu). Please join us as the group takes you on a high-energy musical ride through a variety of flavors and styles with an all-star cast of musicians in the wonderfully warm atmosphere at The Grape.