I’m always excited when I’m asked to play this venue. It’s a great sounding, intimate room, with perfectly appointed mid-century modern decor, and an emphasis on listening. I’ll be joined by three of my closest colleagues, as of late, John Tegmeyer on clarinet, Cooper Appelt on bass, and James Yoshizawa on drums. $15, 21+, student discount with ID, and a $5 discount for all artists who have previously played there.
Sam First Bar - 6171 Century Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90045
Can’t wait to see what this group is capable of creating. All three of these gentlemen are masters of their instruments, and some of the most intuitive, creative, and spontaneous musicians in the world. I’m confident in saying that. All I have to do is show up and play, but you can rest assured that I’ll be on my AA game.
Brack Shop Tavern - 525 W 7th St Downtown LA - Brack Shop Trio
Vibrato Grill Jazz - 2930 N Beverly Glen Bel Aire CA - Thom Rotella Group
Jazz Under Ground Oeno Vino - 3111 Glendale Blvd Atwater Vil. CA - John Tegmeyer 4tet
Ojai Art Center - 113 S Montgomery St Ojai CA - Lett/Mancini/Dutz
Los Angeles City College - 750 Vermont Ave LA CA - John Tegmeyer 4tet
Sam First - 6171 W Century Blvd LA CA - Kevin van den Elzen Group
Blue Whale - Weller Court Suite 301 Downtown LA CA - John Tegmeyer Group 05/22, Danny Janklow Elevation Band 05/24
TRiP Santa Monica - 2101 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica CA - Nick Mancini Collective
Brack Shop Tavern - 525 W 7th St Downtown LA - Brack Shop Trio
Lighthouse Cafe - 30 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach CA
Brack Shop Tavern - 525 W 7th St, Downtown LA
Winter Sounds - 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood CA
Grand Central Market - 317 S. Broadway, LA CA
Vibrato Grill and Jazz - 2930 N. Beverly Glenn Cir, LA CA
TRiP Santa Monica - 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica CA
10/20 Kunst Uni Graz - Graz Austria
10/23 Write Off Room - 21791 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills CA
10/25 Blue Whale - 123 astronaut E.S Onizuka St, Downtown LA CA
10/30 Trip Santa Monica - 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica CA
11/01 Brack Shop Tavern - 525 W 7th St, Downtown LA CA
11/02 Sam First - 6171 W Century Blvd, LA CA
11/03 Blue Whale - 123 astronaut E.S Onizuka St, Downtown LA CA
11/04 Anne Keeler Houe - 16525 Akron St, Pacific Palisades CA
I can't wait to make my debut in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I'll be traveling with my good friend, and killer drummer, Kevin Van Den Elzen. Bimhuis is lauded as one of the finest venues in the world. I'm honored to be there.
Downtown LA, is the place to be if you’re looking for great live jazz. Every Thursday night we inhabit The Brack Shop Tavern from 10p-1a and throw down. The opening trio sets continue to be some of my favorite musical experiences to date, and after we’re done we open it up for others to sit in. There are a LOT of great musicians coming through. NO COVER!!
Sound Roads is a great community music school. This will be my second performance and clinic there. It's a lovely, intimate space. This time, I'll be with my trio Thr3 which will include Ben Shepard on bass; drums TBA. The clinic will take place from 5p-6:30p, then a wine reception and concert.
Back at our favorite monthly spot to play, TR!P in Santa Monica. Every Tuesday night is hailed as their "Jazz Night" and I've been there every 4th Tuesday since October of last year. I've got a bunch of new compositions to throw at the guys, and I'm happy to say that 8 of the 9 of us will be there, and we'll be joined, once again, by my dear friend and great singer, Diana Kazakova.
Sure we play killer instrumental jazz ... but did you also know that we collaborate with some of the greatest singers in LA? Come check us out at this fun, outdoor jazz series in Santa Monica as we take the stage with Laura Mace, an power house vocalist with a tender side as well.
Back at the newly renovated Vitellos in Studio City with a monster band. Josh Nelson is simply one of my favorite pianists and he and I have an undeniable kismet that was present upon the first moment playing with him. On bass, we have none other than Alex Boneham who is quickly becoming everyone's first call bass player, and on drums is Shawn Baltazor, boasting an impressive resume as well, he was mine and Josh's go to when we were looking for a drummer with impressionistic sensibilities and deep roots in jazz. We'll play some duo and mostly quartet.
I'm bringing back the 8-piece to everyone's favorite place in LA to play, the blue whale. It's been a fruitful time for me in terms of composing. I've been writing a lot of new material and workshopping it at a cool local haunt in Santa Monica so we're well-lied and ready to throw down.
Back at TR!P with my Collective as part of my residency on the 4th Tuesday of every month, this time as a warm-up to my album release at Blue Whale on July 7th. I'll have the whole crew with me - John Tegmeyer and Danny Janklow up front on clarinet and alto sax, respectively, flanked by Adam Ratner on guitar and Mike Ragonese on keys, in the back is the percussive ramblings of the magpies, Pete Korpela and Scott Breadman, and holding it all down for us is Cooper Appelt on bass and James Yoshizawa on drums.
Continuing with my 4th Tuesday of the month residency at TR!P... I've got some new tunes and we're going with a 9-piece band. This gig will serve as a prep for a studio date and our show at LACMA on June 1st. There's no cover. You got no excuse.
I'm very excited to see what this band can do. In their own right each of these guys are monster players and in addition, they each are some of the most sensitive and sensible musicians with whom I've had the distinct pleasure of performing. Sam First is a top rate venue for jazz. Owned by a true appreciator of the art form, every detail is hand picked and specifically curated for the pleasure of enjoying live jazz in an intimate setting. I'm honored to be on the roster.
Mancini is back at the West Side's favorite neighborhood music venue and watering hole, TR!P on Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica, just south of the 10. It's a monthly residency (every last Tuesday) Come in, order a drink. There's no cover, so when Mancini barks at you from the stage to pony up (ie. hit the tip jar), you best do it, cause he's been known to not play until you do. And you need to stick around to Diablo Banco, lead by drummer/singer/madman Andy Sanesi - the smartest, most ignorant live party band EVER!!!