About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of September 21, 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, in July Governor Newsom ordered indoor dining and bars to close in the most affected areas of the state including nearly all of Southern California. Outdoor seating at restaurants is so far unaffected by this latest order, and a few venues are presenting entertainment with outdoor/special seating. Restaurants in Orange and San Diego Counties were allowed to re-open limited indoor seating in mid-September.

Bars in Los Angeles generally remain closed 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 restaurants 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 has a limited schedule of livestream events available with showtimes and event weblinks when available.

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 9/21 – Spencer Day at Spaghettini

Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach for an outdoor patio show.


Tuesday 9/22


Wednesday 9/23 – The Innocence Project (Livestream Only)

The Innocence Project presents a new livestream charity vocal showcase including Bill A. Jones, Gary Brumburgh, and Claude Hall among numerous others.


Thursday 9/24 – Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

Composer/pianist/saxophonist Gordon Goodwin leads his Little Phat Band with vocalist Angie Gunn for an outdoor drive-in concert at the Ventura County Fargrounds in Ventura. Saxophonist Bob Sheppard is at Sam First in West L.A. for a livestream event featuring Dave Robaire on bass and Christian Euman on drums. Vocalist Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show featuring Josh Nelson on keys, Alex Frank on bass, and Aryan Shaw on drums. SunSpace in Sunland continues its Thursday night livestream jazz series produced by percussionist Brad Dutz.


Friday 9/25 – David Garfield & The Cats (Livestream Only)

Keyboardist David Garfield presents a mid-afternoon home livestream Zoom concert featuring Tony Pulizzi on guitar, Jeff Olson on drums, and Felix Nuñez on bass. Vocalist Dwight Trible celebrates a CD release with a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A.


Saturday 9/26 – Jeff Hamilton at Bayside Restaurant

Drummer Jeff Hamilton leads a outdoor brunch trio at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with Akika Tsuruga on organ and Granham Dechter on guitar – sponsored by the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Vocalist Karina Corradini offers an outdoor livestream from her home in the Angeles mountains.  Guitarist Allen Hinds plays a livestream set from The Baked Potato in Studio City with Travis Carlton on bass, Matt Rohde on keys, Donald Barrett on drums, and Maxayn Lewis on vocals.


Sunday 9/27 – LA Jazz Connection at Strada Eatery & Bar

The La Jazz Connection plays a live outdoor show at the Strada Eatery & bar in downtown L.A. with Nicole McCabe on sax, Michelle Mellicker on vocals, Logan Kane on bass, Connor Malloy on drums, and Josh Mellicker on guitar.  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.  Trumpeter/vocalist Matt Von Roderick plays a late afternoon livestream show.  Guitarist Jame Kime plays a livestream set from The Baked Potato in Studio City with Toshi Yanagi on guitar, Matt Rohde on keys, Pete Griffin on bass, and Danny Carey on drums.


Monday 9/28 – Eric Marienthal & Mindi Abair at Spaghettini

Saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Mindi Abair team for an outdoor patio show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.


Tuesday 9/29


Wednesday 9/30


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