April 26th 2015 - for those who plan ahead , a Sunday brunch (11A-3P) quartet date with bassist Kirk Smith, drummer Dave Derge and saxman/composer Steve Carr at the "world-famous" Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.  Bring the whole family to this seaside jazz shrine where all the greats have played.  More details as the date approaches.

January 31st 2015 - It's 2015, and I'm back at Pasadena's redwhite+bluezz with great bassist Paul Morin for a duo set at the new starting time of 7PM. You know the drill by now: great food, fine drinks and good folks to welcome you, so come in and join us for some great live jazz.

December 30th 2014 (Tuesday) - duo night at redwhite+bluezz, feraturing a fine bassist TBD.  Join us at 6.30P until 9.30P for the final duo set of 2014.  See you next year!

redwhite+bluezz - 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA  626 792.4441

November 30, 2014 (Saturday) - redwhite+bluezz once again welcomes the Trio.  With fine bassist and pal Paul Morin joining drummer Dave Derge and me, we'll be adding some blues and vocals to the mix.  Expect some guest shots too from a few friends. 

redwhite+bluezz - 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA  626 792.4441 

November 11, November 25,  September 30, 2014 (Wednesday) and September 17 , 2014 (Tuesday)Back with Kirk Smith at redwhite+bluezz in at the Playhouse in Pasadena, as we continue to our duo encounters.  Come out and see what happens.  Great food, full bar.

redwhite+bluezz - 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA  626 792.4441

September 3, 2014 - Kirk Smith and I continue exploring the joys and limits of duo jazz at redwhite+bluezz, the great Playhouse-adjacent spot in Pasadena on a Wednesday night.  See link below for location, parking, etc.  Hip food and cocktails, and a cool upscale setting make this a great spot for live jazz.  Come on by!

August 16, 2014 - The Standards Trio (Kirk Smith on bass and Dave Derge on drums) gets a Saturday at redwhite+bluezz at the Pasadena Playhouse. Jazz tunes and standards, Brasilian and blues.  My favorite guys to play with.  We'll be there from 8M to 11.30PM.  As always, cool American Bistro cuisine, full bar and a great listening room in one place.  

redwhite+bluezz - 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA 626 792.4441

August 12, 2014 - A Tuesday night jazz trio at the Oyster House in Sherman Oaks with saxophonist/composer Steve Carr, Paul Morin on bass, and maybe a few surprises.  The music starts later here, usually around 9.30 or 10PM after the dinner crowd clears out, so come in your jammies if you want.  Or come early and have dinner and drinks.  All ages; no cover.

The Oyster House Saloon - 12446 Moorpark St, Studio City CA 91604 (818) 761.8686.  9.30PM.

August 9th, 2014 - Saturday night.  With the Standards Trio: Kirk Smith (bass) and Dave Derge (drums).  We're the "opening act" for the California Philharmonic Orchestra's concert at Santa Anita Park.  It's a Hollywood-themed concert.  More details and location info at We start at 5.30P. The orchestra takes over at 7.30P, then we return for the after-party for an hour at 10.30P.  Should be a fun and musical evening all around with jazz and classical and pops.  Grab a blanket and a picnic and join us. 

June 11th - a Wednesday - weird; I know, right? - at redwhite+bluezz.  Otherwise, the same - a jazz duo: standards, bluezz and Latin with Kirk. We're learning how to do this, I think.  Come see.

May 13th, 27th - two Tuesdays at redwhite+bluezz with Kirk Smith on bass. From 6.30 to 9.30P we explore the art of the duo. 

May 6th - a Tuesday gig in the Cactus Lounge at the hipster-endorsed (so you know you're cool if you're there) Standard Hotel in West Hollywoood, with singer-songwriter John Cate. Violinist and longtime Bob Dylan muse Scarlet Rivera and bassist Brian Jenkins complete the quartet.  We'll be doing a short, early (8.30P) set of John's country/pop; if you like both - or either - Roy Orbison and Steve Earl, you'll like this. I do.  Lotsa harmony and twang.  John's a busy songwriter with tracks all over TV as well as having several CDs released to great acclaim. This night is presented by Heavy Hitters Music - my old pal Cindy Badell-Slaughter's great placement outfit.  Join us. Everyone you know will be there.

April 22nd - redwhite+bluezz on a Tuesday, once again, with Kirk Smith on bass. 6.30-9.30P; great food and full bar and all ages are welcome.

April 8th - back at redwhite+bluezz for a Tuesday duo with bassist Kirk Smith. Good food, nice folks, a venerable location. As always, 6.30-9.30P.  

April 6th - Sunday night solo jazz at redwhite+bluezz.  I'll be there doing the dinner shift from 6.30-9.30P.  It's at 37 S. El Molino in Pasadena - adjacent to the historic Pasadena Playhouse.

redwhite+bluezz - I've been playing here a bit lately; twice in Feruary and March 2014 so far, with bassists Paul Morin and Kirk Smith, as well as a solo set.  Next up is March 18th at 6.30PM to 9.30P with Kirk. We dig deep into jazz tunes, standards, Brazilian and blues. Located at the historic Pasadena Playhouse on El Molino just south of Colorado Blvd.  Great food and drink, and jazz nearly every night and Sunday brunch.  Check it out; it's a nice hang, and the kids are welcome.

February 15, 2014 - The quartet with vibrophonist/composer Carl Rigoli plays the brunch set at the Lighthouse Cafe on the pier/boardwalk in Hermosa Beach.  We'll be here from 11AM to 3PM. Drummer Dave Derge (of course) and fine bassist Paul Morin will join us for originals and standards. Come check out the beach scene and this landmark temple of West Coast jazz.

January 27, 2014 - A new quartet debuts at the Oyster House Saloon (see below for location deets) with saxophonis/composer Steve Carr.  We'll be playing his originals as well as mine and some tasty standards.  Adrian Rosen on bass and Dave Derge on drums form the great rhythm section and singer/songwriter RJ Comer from the Dancehall Pimps joins us as well as a guest vocalist.

November 30, 2013 - back at the Oyster House Saloon for a rare Saturday night set of the big Three: jazz, blues and Americana.  So kick out the relatives before they eat all the leftovers, or bring them along to this classic Valley fish grill/dive bar/music lounge.  We'll start around 10PM, with Dave Derge on drums, a great bass player TBD, Albina and Lori, and special guests.  Need I remind you - these gigs are rough and ready - we play everything from Bird to Buck Owens to Junior Parker to Townes Van Zandt.  If you're into easy listening and positive love songs, eh, you might want to go elsewhere tonight.  No cover, no door charge, no cranberry sauce.

The Oyster House Saloon - 12446 Moorpark St, Studio City CA 91604 (818) 761.8686.  10PM.


Not a gig, but a reminder that my latest outside production project, The Dead Don't Walk - the new CD by L.A. club faves the Dance Hall Pimps - hits the street on November 5, 2013. There's a release party at The Mint on Saturday, November 2nd.  The band will do a set, and you've gotta see these guys live to get them; they're a great performing band as audiences at the Roxy, the Silver Lake and Venice music festivals, and all over L.A., can tell you.  Buy the CD and see the show, or if you're a music supe or other pro, contact me for further info -

October 29, 2013 - Another Oyster House Tuesday.  Love this mid-week show; I can do anything I want, so I do. Jazz, blues, and Americana with the trio and Albina and Lori plus special guests. Come on in.

Full info below (see Sept. 10th date). 


September 10, 2013 -  Back at the Oyster House for a mixed bag of jazz, blues and Americana.

The Oyster House Saloon, Studio City 9.30PM-1.30AM

with the trio - Paul Morin on bass and Dave Derge on drums - and special guest vocalist Albina, plus other surprise guests.

12446 Moorpark St, Studio City CA 91604 (818) 761.8686

August 24 2013 -  Lucille's BBQ, Chino Hills 7PM-11PM

Blues with Rockin' Rick and Craig Copeland

4611 Chino Hills Parkway, Chino Hills, CA 91709; (909) 597-1227


August 13, 2013 - The Oyster Bar Saloon, Studio City 9.30PM-1.30AM

Jazz, blues, Americana with the trio and special guest vocalist Albina

12446 Moorpark St, Studio City CA 91604 (818) 761.8686

July 20 2013 - Lucille's BBQ, Long Beach 7PM-11PM

Blues with Rockin' Rick

7411 Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808; (562) 938-7427


May 4 2013 - Lucille's BBQ, Brea 7PM-11PM

Blues with Rockin' Rick and Bobby S.

1639 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821; (714) 990-4944


May 11 2013 - Lucille's BBQ, Tustin 7PM-11PM

Blues with Rockin' Rick and Bobby S.

2550 Park Ave; Tustin, CA 92782; (714) 259-1227