whats on tonight: friday night lights or something

Vahagni, Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, 9pm, $15

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Baked Potato, Studio City, $25

Kenny Burrell, Catalina Bar & Grill, Hollywood, 830/1030, $25-27

Gary Foster Quartet, Vibrato, Bel Air, 9pm

Somethin’ Else, Red White & Bluezz, Pasadena, 730-1130

Jeff Robinson, Pips on La Brea, Mid-City, 9pm

Happy Birthday Johnny Mandel – a big band celebration, Upstairs at Vitello’s, Studio City, 7pm, $20-30

Dean Thomas/Chomsky Jazz, World Stage Performance Gallery, 9pm, $15

what’s on tonight: a roller skating jam called saturdays

Holophonor, Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, 9pm, $15

CAB, Baked Potato, Studio City, $25

Sasha’s Bloc, Catalina Bar & Grill, Hollywood, 830pm, $25

Rob Lockart Quartet, Vibrato, Bel Air, 9pm

Bob DeSena Latin Jazz, Pips on La Brea, Mid-City, 8pm

Poncho Sanchez, Upstairs at Vitello’s, Studio City, 730/10pm, $55

Azar Lawrence with George Bohannon, Seabird Jazz Lounge, Long Beach, 9pm-1am, $15

Miguel Zenon, Broad Stage, Santa Monica, $35

jazz lives: big k.r.i.t.’s cadillactica

this week big k.r.i.t. released his highly anticipated sophomore album Cadillactica, featuring contributions from Kenneth Whalum III and Mara Hruby.  given the state of hip hop, it may seem odd to feature up and coming jazz musicians on a major label (def jam) release, but big k.r.i.t.’s independence is well known.  you can still listen to the album on npr’s first listen.

k.r.i.t. previously worked with kenneth whalum iii on his 2014 single “away,” listen here, then buy it on itunes.

mara hruby released her second ep earlier this year called Archaic Rapture.  you can listen to it here, and buy that too.

Cadillactica will no doubt be on many of 2014’s best of lists, early reviews here:  nprbillboard, xxl, hip hop dx.