About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 7, 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 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. Pianist Josh Nelson presents a Facebook livestream event with saxophonist Dayna Stephens.


Thursday 9/10 – Issac Wilson – Sam First Solo Session (Livestream Only)

Pianist Issac Wilson presents a livestream concert via the Sam First Solo Sessions series. Vocalist Leslie Page presents an outdoor concert at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with Nick Petrillo on piano, Ahmet Turkmenoglu on bass, and Dave Johnstone on drums. Live At Zero BPM presents a Facebook livestream concert with guitarist Jeff Miley, bassist Blake White, and drummer Sinclair Lott.


Friday 9/11 – Rene Fisher Birthday Concert at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

Vocalist Rene Fisher celebrates a birthday via a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A.


Saturday 9/12 – John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton & Graham Dechter at Bayside Restaurant

The Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach hosts an outdoor live noon concert/brunch featuring bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and guitarist Graham Dechter. Keyboardist Dennis Hamm is Otmaro Ruiz’s guest for an evening Facebook livestream. Bobbi DeCarlo & The Starlights play an outdoor concert at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.


Sunday 9/13 – 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 9/14 –


Tuesday 9/15 – 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 9/16






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