About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of November 30, 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, but indoor seating was suspended again in Mid-November. On November 22, 2020, Los Angeles County suspended all indoor and outdoor restaurant seating for a minimum of three weeks beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

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 remaining 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 11/30 –


Tuesday 12/1 –


Wednesday 12/2 – The Innocence Project Showcase (Livestream Only)

The Innocence Project presents a livestream series of singer/songwriter performances including Jazzmeia Horn, Sumitra with Alex Machacek, Carol Bach-y-Rita, and Elena & George Gilliam.


Thursday 12/3 – Tony Guerrero w/Lia Booth at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Trumpeter Tony Guerrero offers an outdoor concert of holiday music featuring vocalist Lia Booth at Campus Jax in Newport Beach.


Friday 12/4 – MetriLodic at The World Stage (Livestream Only)

MetriLodic presents a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. featuring Eric Barber on woodwinds, Tony Green on bass, and Breeze Smith on drums.


Saturday 12/5 – Barbara Morrison at The Wallis (Livestream Only)

Vocalist Barbara Morrison presents a livestream tribute to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald from The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a home livestream solo concert of music from Herbie Hancock. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz hosts a Facebook Live duet featuring saxophonist Justo Almario.


Sunday 12/6 – Elena & George Gilliam at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Vocalist Elena Gilliam and guitarist George Gilliam present an evening of holiday music at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Saxophonist Keith Bishop plays an outdoor jazz vespers at St. Michael’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Spaghettini in Seal Beach presents brunch and evening outdoor holiday shows with guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler.


Monday 12/7 – Peter Sprague & Leonard Patton at the Athenaeum Library (Livestream Only)

The Athenaeum Library in La Jolla presents a livestream duet performance featuring guitarist Peter Sprague and vocalist Leonard Patton.


Tuesday 12/8 – Tamir Hendelman & Tierney Sutton Johnny Mercer Tribute (Livestream Only)

Pianist Tamir Hendelman and vocalist Tierney Sutton offer a tribute to the music of Johnny Mercer via a home livestream concert.


Wednesday 12/9 –



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