About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of February 15, 2021

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.

Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the ban on outdoor dining throughout the state as of January 25th, 2021. It can be expected that some venues that have previously offered outdoor dining and music will return to doing so again shortly. Indoor dining remains closed until further notice. 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 performance schedules for the first half 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 are also 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 2/15 – Cathy Segal Garcia w/Tamir Hendelman (Livestream Only)

Cathy Segal-Garcia chats with pianist Tamir Hendelman for her Noon Facebook hang.

Tuesday 2/16 – Elena & George Gilliam at BMPAC (Livestream Only)

Vocalist Elena & guitarist George Gilliam play a livestream musical tribute to Dina Washington with guest Barbara Morrison from BMPAC in South L.A., backed by Michael LeVan on piano, Michael Saucier on bass, and Paul Kreibich on drums. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Jocelyn Medina.

Wednesday 2/17 – Doug MacDonald at Edwin Mills (Outdoor Patio)

Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a group in an outdoor show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Josh Nelson does the latest in his online Encounter Series via Facebook. Cathy Segal-Garcia chats with vocalist Adrianne Duncan for her Noon Facebook hang.

Thursday 2/18 – Natalie Mendoza at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Vocalist Natalie Mendoza plays an outdoor show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach, backed by Luca Pino on guitar, Nick Ornelas on bass, Chris Dawson on piano, and Dan Barrett on trombone. Guitarist Molly Miller plays a livestream show via Sam First in West L.A. with bassist Cobin Jones and drummer Steve Hass. Billy Hulting’s Live At Zero BPM livestream series features percussionist Brad Dutz, saxophonist Gary Meek, drummer David Anderson, and guitarist Brad Rabuchin. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Pianist Josh Nelson hosts a Facebook chat with vocalist Gaby Moreno.

Friday 2/19 – Tom Scott at Campus Jax (Outdoor)

Saxophonist Tom Scott plays an outdoor show at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with Tom Ranier on piano, Aaron Janik on trumpet, Chris Colangelo on bass, and Gary Novak on drums. Pianist Harold Land, Jr. plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.

Saturday 2/20 – David Garfield & The Cats (Livestream Only)

Keyboardist David Garfield plays a livestream afternoon show with James Harrah on guitar, John Pena on bass, and Jimmy Branly on drums. Pianist Danny Green plays a livestream show from Spragueland Studios in San Diego with Justin Grinnell on bass and Julien Cantelm on drums. Pianist Tamir Hendelman plays a livestream show of solo piano featuring compositions from Brazilian composers Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. Drummer Mark San Filippo plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.

Sunday 2/21 – Keith Bishop at St. Michael’s By The Sea (Outdoor)

Saxophonist Keith Bishop plays a late afternoon jazz vespers outdoor show at St. Michael’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad with Leonard Thompson on piano, Joey Caldano on guitar, Dene Davidson on bass and Tom Morey on drums. Drummer Mark San Filippo plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena.

Monday 2/22 – Eric Marienthal & David Benoit at Spaghettini (Outdoor)

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal and pianist David Benoit play an outdoor patio show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

Tuesday 2/23 – Sam Hirsh Solo Hang (Livestream Only)

Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Vocalist Barbara Morrison plays a livestream show from BMPAC in South L.A.

Wednesday 2/24 – Doug MacDonald at Edwin Mills (Outdoor Patio)

Guitarist Doug MacDonald leads a group in an outdoor show at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Producer Debra Graff’s latest online Zoom concert for The Innocence Project features jazz instrumentalists including Sam Hirsh, Quinn Johnson, Serge Kasimoff, Steve Rawlins, Walter Fishbacher, Brad Rabuchin, Dori Amarilio, and Gary Meek.

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