About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of June 22, 2020

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, LAjazz.com will continue to do its best to update you as to the status of live jazz events across Southern California. As of June 15, 2020 a few mostly restaurant venues have begun to reopen which also present live music across Southern California. Bars in Los Angeles generally remain closed through June 30, 2020, along with nearly all major entertainment venues.  Most larger concert venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre have canceled their Summer 2020 performance schedules.  Most regular jazz club venues in Greater Los Angeles currently expect to reopen sometime in July 2020.

Most of the restaurant venues that are reopening have implemented new rules designed to comply with the need for social distancing and are operating at 50% (or less) capacity. Some are offering music in an outdoor-only or option seating arrangement. Most have also implemented an advance reservations policy to help comply with seating and social distancing needs. Please check with any venue listed below for exact times and information regarding music and reservations before heading out. Some venues and musicians have begun offering livestream events – please visit your favorite club and artist websites for more information about livestream events.

LAJazz.com highly recommends wearing a mask whenever possible in music venues (and generally in public) out of respect for musicians, staff, and your fellow patrons. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.

Be smart and help your local musicians, venues, and neighbors during this period – LAjazz.com will do its part to keep you up to date and informed throughout the week.  Stay safe out there, and remember what a gift live music is to all of us.


Monday 6/22 – Marc Lebrun at The Drake

Pianist/vocalist Marc Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Tuesday 6/23 – Eric Dries at The Drake

Pianist Eric Dries is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Slim Man is at Vicky’s Of Santa Fe in Indian Wells.

Wednesday 6/24 – DKV Trio at Mr. Musichead Gallery

The DKV Trio is at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood with Hamid Drake on drums, Kent Kessler on bass, and Ken Vandermark on reeds. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Percussionist Steven McGill leads the weekly Wednesday night jazz jam at The Mixx in Pasadena.

Thursday 6/25 – Nick Gomez at The Mixx

Saxophonist Nick Gomez is at The Mixx in Pasadena with Zach Caplinger on guitar, Marlon Martinez on bass, and Jonathan Schlitt on drums. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero leads a band at Campus Jax in Newport Beach featuring vocalist Elena Gilliam. The Maqui Trio is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Friday 6/26 – Dave Stephens at The Drake

Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Saturday 6/27 – Eric Marienthal at Spaghettini

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal plays two shows at Spaghettini in Seal Beach – the late show features pianist David Benoit. Guitarist/vocalist Albert Lee is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with JT Thomas on keys/vocals, David Chamberlain on bass/vocals, and Jason Smith on drums. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Sunday 6/28 – Scott Wilkie & The Brasil Superband at Spaghettini

Keyboardist Scott Wilkie leads his Brasil Superband at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi plays an afternoon show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. Pianist Ron Kobayashi and vocalist Victoria McGuinness are at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Monday 6/29– Dean Grech at The Drake

Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Tuesday 6/30 – Hal Ratliff at The Drake

Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday 7/1 – Jamael Dean at Mr Musichead Gallery

Pianist Jamael Dean celebrates a birthday at Mr. Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood. Percussionist Steven McGill leads the weekly Wednesday night jazz jam at The Mixx in Pasadena.

NOTE: For a list of jazz shows by Date, Time, Artist, Venue and City – please visit the Quick Calendar updated daily on the Home page at LAjazz.com.

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