About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 16, 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 2020 performance schedules, and some 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 11/16 – Anthony Wilson at the Athenaeum Library (Livestream Only)

Guitarist Anthony Wilson plays a livestream concert from the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla with Gerald Clayton on piano, David Piltch on bass, and Jay Bellerose on drums.  Pianist Marc Lebrun is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

 

Tuesday 11/17 – Hal Ratliff at The Drake

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

 

Wednesday 11/18 – Bryan Cabrera at The Drake

Drummer/vocalist Bryan Cabrera fronts a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a trio for an outdoor patio show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  The Innocence Project offers a livestream vocalist showcase including Kiki Ebsen, Janice Anderson, and Melissa Manchester.

 

Thursday 11/19 – Francisco Torres at Campus Jax

Trombonist Francisco Torres is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show featuring Andy Langham on piano, Rene Camacho on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, Joey De Leon on percussion, and Adam Schroeder on saxophone. Guitarist Marcel Camargo does a livestream performance from Sam First in West L.A. with vocalist Jessica Vautor and pianist Gerald Clayton.

 

Friday 11/20 – Dave Stephens at The Drake

Vocalist Dave Stephens is at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Sitarist Paul Livingstone does a livestream performance from The World Stage in South L.A.

 

Saturday 11/21 – Mark San Filippo at The Barkley Restaurant

Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Pianist Bradley Young leads a quartet at The Drake in Laguna Beach.  Keyboardist David Garfield presents an afternoon livestream show with James Harrah on guitar, Steve Ferrone on drums, and Jimmy Earl on bass.  Percussionist/vocalist Poncho Sanchez is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.  Producer Aaron Jacobs hosts a livestream rebroadcast of his recent Summer Swing Nights event at El Camino College in Torrance.

 

Sunday 11/22 – Gregg Karukas at the Conference Room

Keyboardist Gregg Karukas plays an outdoor show at the Conference Room in Playa Vista with Keith McKelly on sax, Pat Kelley on guitar, and Joel Taylor on drums.  Guitarist Josh Mellicker plays an outdoor patio show at Strada Eateria & Bar in downtown L.A.  Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Drummer Mark San Filippo’s trio plays an evening dinner performance outdoors at The Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.  Saxophonist Keith Bishop plays an outdoor jazz vespers at St. Michael’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Saxophonist Greg Vail is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show. Percussionist/vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

 

Monday 11/23 – Dean Grech at The Drake

Guitarist Dean Grech plays a solo evening at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Peter White are at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

 

Tuesday 11/24 – Victoria McGinnis at The Drake

Vocalist Victoria McGinnis leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

 

Wednesday 11/25 – Doug MacDonald at Edwin Mills

Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a trio for an outdoor patio show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena.  The Swing Kittens are at Campus Jax in Newport Beach for an outdoor show.  Vocalist Lola Kristine fronts a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

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