About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of December 7, 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. 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. Beginning Monday, December 7, 2020, all leisure travel in Southern California has been prohibited because of rising hospitalization rates related to COVID-19.

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, and most have ended live music indoors or out to comply with the latest order from Governor Newsom. 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 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 – Keith Droste at The Merc (Livestream Only)

Pianist Keith Droste plays an afternoon livestream show for The Merc in Temecula, backed by Henry Franklin on bass and Doug MacDonald on guitar.


Thursday 12/10 – Tony Guerrero w/Barbara Morrison at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Trumpeter Tony Guerrero offers an outdoor concert featuring vocalist Barbara Morrison at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Live At Zero BPM offers livestream concert highlights from 2020 featuring guitarist Bruce Forman, guitarist Will Brahm, percussionist Joey De Leon, and more. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos features a livestream quartet with Joshua White on piano, Tyler Kreutel on drums, and John Murray on bass. Vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia presents a livestream concert from the LA Athletic Club with Otmaro Ruiz on piano, Carey Frank on organ, and Aaeron Serfaty on drums.


Friday 12/11 – Sal Crocker at The World Stage (Livetream Only)

Saxophonist Sal Crocker leads a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. featuring Edwin Livingston on bass, Paul Cornish on piano, and Sheldon Reed on drums.


Saturday 12/12 – Dave Koz at Spaghettini Holiday Show (Livestream Only)

Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a home livestream solo concert of music from Jimmy Van Heusen. Pianist Otmaro Ruiz hosts a Facebook Live duet featuring guitarist Alex Sill. Saxophonist Dave Koz hosts a livestream of holiday music from Spaghettini in Seal Beach.


Sunday 12/13 – Keith Bishop at St. Michael’s BHy The Sea (Outdoor)

Saxophonist Keith Bishop plays an outdoor jazz vespers at St. Michael’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad.


Monday 12/14 – Central Avenue Jazz Festival Documentary (Cable TV and Livestream)

South L.A.’s landmark Central Avenue Jazz Fest kicks off a four-night series of events available on LA Cityview Cable Channel 35 and online via livestream, beginning with a broadcast of the 1996 documentary on the festival and its history.


Tuesday 12/15 – Central Avenue Jazz Festival w/Barbara Morrison (Cable TV & Livestream)

Vocalist Barbara Morrison is on LA Cable Channel 35 and online livestream performance with Peter Buck on drums, Charles Small on guitar, Michael Saucier on bass, and Sam Hankins on trumpet. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist John Clayton present a livestream concert of original music. Guitarist Will Brahm plays a livestream solo show.


Wednesday 12/16 – Central Avenue Jazz Festival w/Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin (Cable TV & Livestream)

Keyboardist Robert Glasper and saxophonist Terrace Martin are featured on LA Cable Channel 35 and livestream online broadcast with Dominic Sanders on bass and Justin Tyson on drums.

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