May opens with a SoCal jazz week including Ernie Watts, Jon Beasley, Bob Reynolds, Gregg Karukas, Anita Robles, Mike Cottone, Ben Williams & Syndee Winters, Tony Guerrero, and Brad Rabuchin.
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 in late January. Some venues that have previously offered outdoor dining and music have begun doing so again, and more can be expected to come online shortly. Indoor dining restrictions are also being partially lifted with capacity restrictions in place. Bars in Los Angeles have been given permission to reopen with specific limits on seating capacities and times as of April 5, 2021. The LA Phil has announced they will begin offering concerts at the Hollywood Bowl beginning in July 2021. Most larger entertainment and concert venues 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 5/3 – Gregg Karukas at Spaghettini
Keyboardist Gregg Karukas plays an outdoor patio show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with Keith McKelly on sax, Pay Kelley on guitar, and Joel Taylor on drums. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Bob Stoloff.
Tuesday 5/4 – Anita Robles at Garden Cafe
Latin vocalist Anita Robles celebrates a birthday with a performance at Garden Cafe in Sherman Oaks, backed by Dori Amarillo on guitar and Richie “Gajate” Garcia on percussion. Trumpeter Mike Cottone is outdoors at Second Home in Hollywood, sponsored by Sam First (livestream also). Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and saxophonist Danny Janklow play a livestream show dedicated to the music of Clifford Brown and Max Roach. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Live at Zero BPM hosts a Jazz Roundtable on Facebook live with guitarists Pat Kelley, Joe Robinson, & Vinny Raniolo. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features bassist/vocalist Kristen Korb.
Wednesday 5/5 – Ron Kobayashi at The Drake
Pianist Ron Kobayashi leads a duo at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. The Innocence Project offers another livestream featuring jazz vocalists including Peggie Perkins and Beth Rohde. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features drummer Tom Brechtlein.
Thursday 5/6 – Bob Reynolds at The Baked Potato
Saxophonist Bob Reynolds is at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Ruslan Sirota on keys, Janek Gwizdala on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Bassist Ben Williams and vocalist Syndee Winters play a livestream show from Sam First in West L.A. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach. Percussionist Billy Hulting plays a trio livestream for Live At Zero BPM. Guitarist Doug MacDonald is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Dwight Trible.
Friday 5/7 – John Beasley at The World Stage
Pianist John Beasley plays a livestream concert from The World Stage in South L.A. with Ben Williams on bass, Chris Lewis on sax, and John Davis on drums. OHM is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist Ron Kobayashi plays an outdoor show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Trumpeter Tony Guerrero is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalists Jon and David Joyce.
Saturday 5/8 – Ernie Watts at The Baked Potato
Saxophonist Ernie Watts is The Baked Potato in Studio City with Marc Seales on piano, Bruce Lett on bass, and Bob Leatherbarrow on drums. Saxophonist Hugh Von Kleist leads a trio at Pietris Bakery in Long Beach. Trumpeter Michael Bolger plays an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features percussionist Brad Dutz.
Sunday 5/9 – Catalina Tribute To Mothers at Catalina Jazz Club
Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood hosts a “Tribute To Mothers” livestream including vocalists Tierney Sutton, Freda Payne, and Jack Jones. Guitarist Brad Rabuchin leads a group in an outdoor patio show at Michael’s On Riverside in Toluca Lake. Drummer Mark San Filippo leads an outdoor show at the Barkley Restaurant in South Pasadena. Blues group Bayou Degradeable is at The Baked Potato in Studio City. Pianist/vocalist Lola Kristine is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Bassist Dene Davidson leads a late afternoon jazz Vespers from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features blues vocalist Teresa James.
Monday 5/10 – Ray Fuller at Spaghettini
Guitarist Ray Fuller is at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Vocalist Rose Mallett hosts a Facebook livestream from Palm Springs. Pianist Hal Ratliff is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features vocalist Dominick Eade.
Tuesday 5/11 – Teka New Bossa Quartet at Bayside Restaurant
Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Teka is at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach with saxophonist Doug Webb. Cellist Artyom Manukyan is at Second Home Hollywood in an outdoor + livestream performance with pianist Vardan Ovsepian and drummer Arman Jalalyan. Pianist Sam Hirsh hosts a livestream solo event via Instagram. Vocalist Lia Booth is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez hosts a weekly jam session at Queen Bee in San Diego. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist Mike Greensill.
Wednesday 5/12 – Doug MacDonald at AJ’s On The Green
Guitarist Doug MacDonald fronts a trio at AJ’s On The Green in Cathedral City. Colorstorm is at Edwin Mills in Pasadena. Pianist/vocalist Taryn Donath is at The Drake in Laguna Beach. Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noon Facebook Hang features pianist David Diggs.