About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of October 5, 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 and Fall 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 10/5 – Kenny Washington at Bistango

Vocalist Kenny Washington does an outdoor patio show at Bistango in Irvine with a trio led by pianist Josh Nelson plus saxophonist Rickey Woodard. The Athanaeum Library in La Jolla features a livestream concert from pianist Mike Wofford with Rob Thorsen on bass and Jim Plank on drums. Pianist Marc Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Tuesday 10/6 – Hal Ratliff at The Drake

Pianist Hal Ratliff leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday 10/7 – Lola Kristine at The Drake

Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Thursday 10/8 – Dan Rosenboom at Sam First (Livestream Only)

Trumpeter Dan Rosenboom does a livestream show from Sam First featuring Gavin Templeton on sax, Billy Mohler on bass, and Anthony Fung on drums. Vocalist Chris Williams does an outdoor live show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach featuring Mahesh Balasooriya on piano, David Miller on bass, Peter Buck on drums, Tony Guerrero on trumpet, and Edmund Velasco on sax. Violinist Mads Tolling plays an outdoor drive-in concert at The Muck in Fullerton. Guitarist Riner Scivally and saxophonist Robert Kyle play an outdoor patio show at the Conference Room restaurant and bar in Plays Vista in West L.A. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin plays an outdoor patio duo show at the Relm Bistro in Camarillo. The Live at Zero BPM online series features a trio with David Hughes on bass, Justin Smith on guitar, and Jamey Tate on drums. Guitarist Will Brahm does a livestream concert and interview sponsored by the LA Jazz Society.

Friday 10/9 – Destiny Muhammad at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

Oakland-based harpist Destiny Muhammad does a live show from The World Stage in South L.A. Guitarist Frank Potenza offers a solo livestream performance courtesy of The Merc in Temecula.

Saturday 10/10 – Téka at LACMA (Livestream Only)

Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Téka Penteriche does an interview and performance from LACMA in West L.A. Groove Legacy plays at The Baked Potato in Studio City (limited patio seating & livestream). Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia does an outdoor patio live performance at the Conference Room restaurant & bar in Playa Vista in West L.A. Bassist Marcus Miller hosts a livestream event including guitarist/vocalist George Benson. Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena with Kyle O’Donnell on sax and Carey Frank on organ. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Sunday 10/11 – Greg Vail at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Saxophonist Greg Vail is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with Nat Scott on drums, Marc Hugenberger on keys, and Ernie Nunez on bass. Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena with Kyle O’Donnell on sax and Carey Frank on organ. Pianist/vocalist Kiki Ebsen plays the music of Joni Mitchell at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. dedicated to founder Billy Higgins.

Monday 10/12 – Ken Peplowski at Bistango

Clarientist Ken Peplowski is at Bistango in Irvine backed by a group featuring pianist Tom Ranier. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Vocalist Spencer Day is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 10/13 – Pharoah Sanders & Azar Lawrence at Zebulon (Livestream Only)

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders celebrates his 80th birthday with a livestream performance from Zebulon in Silverlake featuring fellow saxophonist Azar Lawrence along with John Beasley on piano, Sekou Bunch on bass, and Tony Austin on drums. Guitarist Zach Caplinger leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday 10/14 – Bryan Cabrera at The Drake

Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

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