About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 2, 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.  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 2020 performance schedules, with some extending through June of 2021.

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 11/2 – Marc Lebrun at The Drake

Pianist Marc Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Tuesday 11/3 – No Live Jazz Scheduled


Wednesday 11/4 – The Innocence Project Jazz Vocalists Showcase (Livestream Only)

The Innocence Project hosts a livestream performance featuring vocalists including Gretje Angell, Mary Bogue, Diane Hubka, and Ada Bird Wolfe. Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Thursday 11/5 – Cathlene Pineda at Sam First (Livestream Only)

Pianist Cathelene Pineda is at Sam First for a livestream featuring Kris Tiner on trumpet, David Tranchina on bass, and Tina Raymond on drums.
Trumpeter Tony Guerrero plays an outdoor show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with Bill Cantos on keyboards/vocals, Sal Lozano on sax, Grant Geissman on guitar, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and John Ferraro on drums. Pianist/vocalist Lola Kristine leads a trio at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Friday 11/6 – DJ Carlos Nino & Friends at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

DJ/Percussionist Carlos Nino leads a livestream performance from The World Stage in South L.A. including Josh Johnson on saxophone, Nate Mercereau on guitar, and Jamire Williams on drums. Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Saturday 11/7 – Pink Martini at Cal State Marcos

Pink Martini plays the first of two drive-in concerts (Sat-Sun) at Cal State Marcos in Escondido. Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Drummer Shirazette Tinnin is featured in an early evening livestream performance co-sponsored by the 18th Street Arts Center and The World Stage.   Saxophonist Dale Fielder does a livestream performance from Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.  


Sunday 11/8 – Lori Bell at Campus Jax

Flutist Lori Bell is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show featuring Josh Nelson on piano, Alex Frank on bass, and Gene Coye on drums.   Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Pianist Marc Lebrun and saxophonist Walter Lakota are at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pink Martini plays a late afternoon drive-in concert at Cal State Marcos in Escondido. Saxophonist Keith Bishop plays an outdoor jazz vespers at St. Michael’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad.


Monday 11/9 – Dean Grech at The Drake

Guitarist Dean Grech plays a solo evening at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Tuesday 11/10 – Rebecca Jade at The Drake

Vocalist Rebecca Jade leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


Wednesday 11/11 – Lia Booth at The Drake

Vocalist Lia Booth fronts a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.


One thought on “About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 2, 2020”

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