About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of October 19, 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 10/19 – 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 Wollman. Vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald plays an outdoor show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Vardan Ovsepian and cellist Artyom Manukyan are at Urban Radish in downtown L.A. for an outdoor show.

Thursday 10/22 – Champian Fulton at Campus Jax

Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton does an outdoor live show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Trombonist Francisco Torres plays an outdoor drive-in concert at The Muck in Fullerton. Vocalist Meloney Collins is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is at the Relm Bistro in Camarillo. Vocalist Mark Christian Miller is featured in a livestream performance from The World Stage in South L.A.

Friday 10/23 – Charles Lloyd at the Lobero (Livestream Only)

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd presents a livestream concert from the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara with his Ocean Trio project featuring Anthony Wilson on guitar and Gerald Clayton on piano. Saxophonist Justo Almario does a livestream from The World Stage in South L.A. featuring Rene Camacho on bass, Oscar Hernandez on piano, and Jimmy Branly on drums.

Saturday 10/24 – Jazz Against Racism 2 at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

Jazz musicians gather for a second concert against racism asking citizens to vote including Black Nile, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Jeff Parker, Joshua White, Guillermo Brown, Ryan Porter, Tim Lefebvre, Jamael Dean, and Mekala Session among others, with appearances by DeeDee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington. 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 Brian Ward on bass. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Bassist Marcus Miller offers a livestream featuring players from his Smooth Jazz Cruise series. Bassist/vocalist Thundercat plays a live drive-in parking lot show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Guitarist Doug MacDonald plays an outdoor show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Bassist John Clayton and pianist Gerald Clayton play a noon outdoor brunch at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.

Sunday 10/25 – Lisa Donahey at Campus Jax

Vocalist Lisa Donahey and her little big band are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show. 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 Brian Ward on bass. Guitarist Blake Aaron is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Pianist Brian Clemens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Chef Dave Rozier leads a livestream evening of blues from The Baked Potato in Studio City. Trumpeter Matt Von Roderick plays a late afternoon livestream.

Monday 10/26 – Bill Cunliffe at Bistango

Pianist Bill Cunliffe leads a trio at Bistango in Irvine, joined by trumpeter Carl Saunders and vocalist Andrea Miller. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Marc Antoine are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Guitarist Dean Grech is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Tuesday 10/27 – Hal Ratliff at The Drake

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

Wednesday 10/28 – LA Jazz Society Virtual Awards Concert (Livestream Only)

The LA Jazz Society presents its annual awards via a livestream event featuring Hubert Laws, Tierney Sutton, Billy Childs, Gerald & John Clayton, Sara Gazarek, and many more musical talents from Southern California. Pianist Bradley Young is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

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