About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 31, 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.

Due to rising infection rates of COVID-19 across much of California, on Wednesday, July 1 Governor Newsom ordered indoor dining and bars to close across 19 counties in the state including Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara counties – San Diego County has issued its own similar restrictions. Outdoor seating at restaurants is so far unaffected by this latest order, and a few venues are presenting entertainment with outdoor/special seating.

As of June 15, 2020 a few mostly restaurant venues had begun to reopen which also present live music across Southern California. Bars in Los Angeles generally remain closed beyond July 1, 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 were expected to reopen sometime in July 2020, but on June 28, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued a three-week long temporary close order for bars and nightspots in Los Angeles County and some other areas in California because of an increase in COVID-19 cases. This order does not apply to restaurants, but will likely further delay the opening of nightclub venues in Los Angeles County and most of Southern California. This order has now been extended until further notice.

Most of the restaurant venues that had reopened 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.

Please see the Quick Calendar at LAjazz.com and the online version of About & Out for the latest updates – both are updated on a regular basis throughout the week.

NOTE: The LAjazz.com Quick Calendar contains showtimes and links (whenever possible) to livestream events.

Monday 8/31 – Eric Marienthal & Michael Lington at Spaghettini (Outdoor)

Saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Michael Lington team for a patio show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.


Tuesday 9/1 – Bernie Pearl & Barbara Morrison at BMPAC (Livestream Only)

Guitarist/vocalist Bernie Pearl and vocalist Barbara Morrison duet in a weekly Tuesday livestream series from BMPAC in South L.A.


Wednesday 9/2


Thursday 9/3 – Vardan Ovsepian & Artyom Manukyan at Sam First (Livestream Only)

Pianist Vardan Ovsepian and cellist Artyom Manukyan team for a livestream duet concert from Sam First in West L.A. Flugelhornist Tony Guerrero plays an outdoor show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with Mark Visher on sax, Ryan Dragon on trombone, Eric Dries on piano, David Miller on bass, and Dean Koba on drums.  Guitarists Brad Rabuchin and David Becker duet in a livestream performance via Live At Zero BPM on Facebook.


Friday 9/4 – Joshua White Trio at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

Pianist Joshua White leads a livestream trio performance from The World Stage in South L.A. with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Alex Cline. Keyboardist Haakon Graf plays a late afternoon show at The Winery (Squashed Grapes) in Ventura with Robert McDonald on bass and Rayford Griffin on drums.


Saturday 9/5


Sunday 9/6 – Mark San Filippo at The Barkley Restaurant

Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays a morning brunch set followed by an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena with Kyle O’Donnell on sax and Carey Frank on organ.


Monday 9/7


Tuesday 9/8 – Bernie Pearl & Barbara Morrison at BMPAC (Livestream Only)

Guitarist/vocalist Bernie Pearl and vocalist Barbara Morrison duet in a weekly Tuesday livestream series from BMPAC in South L.A.


Wednesday 9/9 – The Innocence Project Showcase (Livestream Only)

Producer/Promoter Debra Graff presents a livestream jazz singer/songwriter showcase for The Innocence Project featuring Erin Boheme, Vicki Burns, Teresa James, Sue Maskaleris, Maci Miller, Donny Most, Tania & Jeff Grubbs, and Daniela Spagnolo.




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