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 10/12 – 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. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia performs in a livestream event with pianist Tamir Hendelman.
Wednesday 10/14 – Anthony Wilson at Urban Radish
Guitarist Anthony Wilson plays an outdoor show at Urban Radish in downtown L.A. with Sam Wilkes on bass and Kyle Crane on drums. Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.
Thursday 10/15 – Peter Erskine at Sam First (Livestream Only)
Drummer Peter Erskine does a livestream show via Sam First that includes virtual appearances from Darek Oles, Alan Pasqua, Alex Hahn, John Beasley, Ben Williams, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Vocalist Tim Gill does an outdoor live show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Rickey Woodard plays an outdoor drive-in concert at The Muck in Fullerton. The Maqui Trio is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at the Relm Bistro in Camarillo. Guitarist Alex Machacek plays a late morning livestream show with his FAT trio from Austria.
Friday 10/16 – Nolan Shaheed at The World Stage (Livestream Only)
Trumpeter Nolan Shaheed leads a livestream event from The World Stage in South L.A. featuring Henry Franklin on bass, Theo Saunders on piano, and Yayo Morales on drums. Keyboardist David Garfield plays an afternoon live from home Zoom concert featuring John Pena on bass and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Violinist Lesa Terry performs in a livestream event from LACMA in West L.A. Vocalist Crystal Lewis is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Vocalist Luke Carlsen is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist/vocalist Marian Pacowski and guitarist Andy Waddell play a late afternoon show at The Winery in Ventura.
Saturday 10/17 – Don Randi & Quest at The Baked Potato
Keyboardist Don Randi & Quest are at The Baked Potato in Studio City (limited outdoor patio seating & livestream). 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. Trumpeter Rick Braun plays a Saturday brunch at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.
Sunday 10/18 – Cathy Segal-Garcia & Otmaro Ruiz at the Conference Room
Pianist Otmaro Ruiz fronts a trio for a jam session led by vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia at the Conference Room in Playa Vista in West L.A. Saxophonist Charles McPherson plays an outdoor drive-in concert as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar. 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. Paris Chansons is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter/vocalist Ilya Serov is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.
Monday 10/19 – Calabria Foti & Bob McChesney at Bistango
Vocalist/violinist Calabria Foti and trombonist Bob McChesney lead a quinet at an outdoor patio show at Bistango in Irvine. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas is is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Marc Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.
Tuesday 10/20 – Ron Kobayashi at The Drake
Pianist Ron Kobayashi leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.
Wednesday 10/21 – The Innocence Project Jazz Showcase (Livestream Only)
The Innocence Project presents a livestream of outstanding jazz instrumentalists including Mitchel Forman, Gary Fukushima, Mikole Karr, Sunnie Paxson, Frank Potenza, Jamieson Trotter, and Terry Wolman. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.