By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
GO CARMEN LUNDY Last time this imaginative singer was in town, she had a big band with the likes of Steve Turre and Mark Shim in the ranks. Now it’s a different vibe with a quartet, featuring pianist Harold O’Neal(Greg Osby), guitarist Phil Upchurch and the marvelous Smitty Smith on drums. TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance; Fri., Feb. 10, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. (310) 781-7150.
GO JANE IRA BLOOM It’s a drive, yeah, but a rare chance to see this brilliant and innovative soprano saxist and composer. With the Saddleback Big Band (Joey Sellers, director). McKINNEY THEATER, SADDLEBACK COLLEGE, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo; Sat., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; $15. (949) 582-4656.
GO BOB ENEVOLDSEN MEMORIAL CONCERT Lots of great jazzers pay tribute to the late trombonist and arranger, including the Bill Holman Band, Steve Huffstetter Big Band, Dick Hafer Band, David Angel Saxtet, Roger Neuman and many more. THE MUSICIANS UNION, 817 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sun., Feb. 12, noon-8 p.m.; $20 donation. (818) 883-4680.
MIMI BLAIS OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Sun., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. (310) 322-2592.
THE VALENTINE CONCERT FOR FRIENDS & LOVERS features Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum. Date night. TERRACE THEATER AT THE LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.; Sun., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. (213) 480-3232.
THE BACK ROOM AT HENRI’S, 21601 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Intimate, affordable, good eats, full bar. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.-mid.; weeknights 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. (818) 348-5582.
GO Fri.—Great saxophonist Pete Christlieb with TheJohn Hammond Trio.
Sat.—Vocalist Marilyn King and The John HammondTrio.
GO Sun.—Trumpeter Buddy Childers’ 80th birthday party. With trombonist Scott Whitfield,The John HammondTrio and guests galore. Will be a good one.
Thurs.—The John Hammond Trio & Friends.
THE BAKED POTATO, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City. 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. (818) 980-1615.
Fri.—Mama O, with vocalist Carol Rogers.
CAFE CORDIALE, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. A session cats’ hang; lots of fusion and jazzy R&B. Beer & wine. Music begins 9:30 or 10 p.m. No cover. All ages. (818) 789-1985.
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CAFE METROPOL, 923 E. Third St., dwntwn. Rocco sets up the jazz downtown. Food, beer/wine. Music 8-10:30 p.m. $5. (213) 613-1537 or www.roccoinla.com.
Fri.—Tony Jones Quintet.
CAFE 322, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Fine Italian food at great prices, full bar — a cool hang and a great jazz room. Music 7-11:30 p.m. No cover, no min. (626) 836-5414.
Fri.—Hard-working tenor legend Gil Bernal.
Sun.—Night at the Opera with pianist Danny Guerrero.
Tues.—Jazz violinist Chris Murphy solo.
Wed.—The Jazz Jam Session.
Thurs.—Pianist Matt Politano.
CATALINA BAR & GRILL, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. Modern elegance. Tues.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. Full bar. Full menu. (323) 466-2210.
Tues.—Strunz & Farrah; 8 & 10 p.m. shows.
CHARLIE O’S, 13725 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. The best jazz at this players’ hang. No cover. Restaurant & full bar. 21 & over. (818) 994-3058.
Sun.—Pianist Karen Hernandez, with John Heard, drummer Lorca Hart.
Wed.—Dave Pell Octet.
CLUB TROPICAL, 8641 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Full bar and Salvadoran food. Cover varies. (310) 559-1127.
Mon.—Michael Grodsky Group.
GO Thurs.—Sit back and marvel at the cascading groove and tightrope invention of Lane Ends Merge Left, with bassist Steuart Liebig, drummer Alex Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier and windman Andrew Pask. (Greg Burk)
COLOMBO’S, 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. Italian lounge with red-leather everything. Full bar. No cover. (323) 254-9138.
Sun.-Mon.—TheErikEkstrandTrio; each Mon. hosting TheEagle Rock Jazz Jam Session.
Wed.—JimmySpencer and KarenHernandez.
Thurs.—Straight-ahead Rio Fiumara–Tom Armbruster Quartet and guests.
THE DOWNBEAT CAFÉ, 1202 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park. Great food and java with a beatnik vibe. Music 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. (213) 483-3955.
HOLLY STREET BAR & GRILL, 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Nice room; restaurant and full bar. No cover/min. (626) 440-7267.