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.
Call club for info.
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.
GO Fri.—Good Latinized jazz from The Banda Brothers, 9 p.m.-mid.
Sat.—Zac Harmon, 9-mid.
Sun.—Jazz guitarist Jesse Bradley, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wed.—Byron Miller’s B-Jam Night, 9:30 p.m.-mid.
Thurs.—Pianist and vocalist Gaea Schell.
JAX, 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Noisy, crowded, but grab a table beside the tiny stage and see some fine jazz on a good night. Lunch and dinner. No cover/no min. Full bar. Over 18. (818) 500-1604.
Sun.—Django-isms from The Hot Fab Djazz Club.
Mon.—Pianist Marty Harris.
Tues.—Daniel Bone & the Two Tones.
GO Thurs.—Great jazz from trumpeter Jack Sheldon’s California Cool Quartet at their regular haunt.
THE JAZZ BAKERY, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. Prime-time players in a concert setting. Beer, wine. 8 & 9:30 p.m. (Half-price student-rush tickets with ID, 21 & under.) (310) 271-9039.
GO Fri.- Sun.—Powerful Tennessee tenor saxist Bennie Wallace has a lot of Coleman Hawkins in his sound, with guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Danton Boller and drummer Alvin Queen. (Also, 4 p.m. Sunday: Bleu Orleans Katrina fund-raiser with Phillip Manuel.)
Mon.—Johnny Mandel Big Band.
LA VÉ LEE, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Mediterranean cuisine. Showtimes 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (818) 980-8158.
GO Sat.—Great Brazilian (and other) sounds from Katia Moraes & Sambaguru.
MAGGIANO’S, 189 The Grove Dr. Italian cuisine right by Farmers Market. No cover/no min. Music 6:30-9 p.m. (323) 965-9665.
Fri.—Vocalist Judy Wexler.
GO Sat.—Straight-ahead jazz from TheKarl Marsh Quintet.
Thurs.—Latin-tinged standards from Margo Reymundo.
MICELI’S, 1646 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd. Venerable Italian eatery features excellent jazz pianists. No cover. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-3430.
Fri. & Sun.—Brian O’Rourke.
Mon.—Phil Palermo& Charlie Chiarenza.
THE MONEY TREE, 10149 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake. Hallowed old nightspot/restaurant. No cover. All ages. (818) 752-8383.
Fri.—Call club for info. (R.I.P. Michael Rose. He played a good, honest horn.)
Sat.—Latin jazzers Sweet Heat.
Mon.—Blues from Alex Rebar.
Thurs.—Fine pianist Scott Oakley.
PHLIGHT, 6724 Bright Ave., Whittier. Restaurant is a new jazz spot in old Whittier. No cover, no minimum. All ages. (562) 789-0578.
GO Fri.—Vocalist Patrice Quinnhas been making waves in a crowded jazz vocal scene. 8-11 p.m.
Sat.—Billi Redd, 8-11 p.m.
Sun.—Vocalist Ashley Maher, 7-10 p.m.
Tues.—Vocalist Patrice Quinn. 7-10 p.m.
SPAZIO, 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. California cuisine. No cover; two-drink min. Music from 7:30. Full bar. All ages. (818) 728-8400.
GO Fri.—Talented pianist Joe Baggwith the fine saxist Matt Otto, bassist Jeff D’Angelo and drummer Tim Pleasant.
GO Sun.—Brunch with guitarist Ron Anthony and bassist Adam Cohenfrom 10:30 a.m.; then, at 8 p.m., versatile saxist John Altman has had quite a career, including orchestrating Monty Python flicks (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” was his); here he plays from his upcoming album You Started Something with pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Chris Connorand drummer Ray Brinker.
GO Tues.—Swinging vocal jazz with TheJudy Chamberlain Quartet, featuring the great team of two veterans of the West Coast jazz wars: saxist Med Flory and drummer Frankie Capp.
Wed.—Pianist Alan Broadbent’s trio with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Kendall Kay.
TEN20 CAFÉ at the WYNDHAM BEL AGE, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd. Plush Strip digs with quite the view out the windows or at the bar. No cover, two-drink min. Pay-to-park. Music from 7 p.m. (310) 358-7702.
Fri.—11 O’Clock News Band.
VIBRATO GRILL & JAZZ, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air. Crowded with power diners early but gets jazzier later. Piano duos 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover, $20 min. on Fri.-Sat. Sets from 9 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (310) 474-9400.
GO Sat.—Maybe the greatest West Coast bop altoist still playing, Lanny Morganwith John Campbell, Pat Senatore.
Sun.—Pianist Alan Broadbent duo.
Wed.—Pianist Chris Dawson duo.
VINTAGE CAFE & BISTRO, 2032 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena. Great atmosphere, hearty fare, good vibe. BYO vino. Music 7-10 p.m. No cover. (626) 296-3320.
Fri.-Sat.—Call club for info.
Sun.—Tony DiGiovanniTrio jazz brunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tues.—Tony DiGiovanni’s cooking jazz jam.
THE WORLD STAGE, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park. Workshops on Sat. morning (junior jazz), Mon. night (drums), Tues. night (vocals). Free unless noted. (323) 293-2451.
Fri.-Sat.—Call club for info.
Sun.—Sisters of Jazz jam session, 9 p.m.-mid.
Thurs.—Jazz Jam Session.
Pianist David Arnay and guest bassist swing the bar at TheParkway Grill, 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena; Fri., Feb. 10, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; no cover. (626) 795-1001.
From Germany, Ray Collins Hot Club bring their ’50s jive R&B and swing to The Derby, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz; Sun., Feb. 12, 9 p.m.; $10. (323) 663-8979.
Thom Rotella hosts TheSunday Jazz Guitar Brunch with guest Mitch Holder at La Vecchia, 2654 Main St., Santa Monica; Sun., Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; no cover. (310) 399-7979.
Jack Sheldon’s California Cool Quartet return to The Lighthouse Café, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Sun., Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5. (310) 372-6911.
The Betty Bryant Trio (Betty on piano and vocals, bassist Tom Gargano and saxist Robert Kyle joining the vocalist) perform at Chaya Brasserie, 8741 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills; Sun., Feb. 12, 7 p.m.; no cover, no min. (310) 859-8833.
Inspired hard boppers Donavan-Muradian Quartet (usually with saxist Chuck Manning or trumpeter Kye Palmer) at Buster’s Coffee & Ice Cream, 1006 Mission St., S. Pasadena; every Sun., 4:30-7 p.m. (626) 441-0744.
GO Vocalist Yevette Stewart brings in her Affinity Music Group (guitarist John Chiodini, bassist Jim Hughart, drummer Enzo Tedesco) for the always enjoyable jazz celebration at TheFirst Lutheran Church, 1300 E. Colorado St., Glendale; Sun., Feb. 12, 5 p.m.; no cover. (213) 245-4000.
Jazz at the A Frame features TheWinard Harper Sextet, and the innovative drummer (who likes to mix African rhythms with the straight-ahead) never has less than a great band. The A Frame, 1821 Sunset Plaza Dr.; Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m.; $30 (you must call for reservations as seating is very limited). (310) 659-9169 or www.aframejazz.com.
GO Spectacular evening: The roller-coaster tempos, carnival arrangements and general artistic revelry of Industrial Jazz Group; exquisite hot-house efflorescence from multi-Grammy-nominated pianist-composer Billy Childs; and languid songstress Raya Yarbrough. The seventh Alternajazz Festival at The Mint, 6010 Pico Blvd.; Sun., Feb. 12, 8 p.m. (323) 954-9630. (Greg Burk)
GO At Hal’s Bar & Grill: Guitarist Thom Rotella’s cooking quartet plays Sun., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.; and saxist Cal Bennett plays on Mon., Feb. 13, 9 p.m.-mid.; 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; free. (310) 396-3105.
Vocalist Yevette Stewart, with guitarist John Chiodini and bassist Jim Hughart at TheFour Points Hotel Sheraton LAXAtrium Club, 9750 Airport Blvd.; Tues., Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m.; no cover, no min. (310) 649-7024.
Time to check out saxist Kamasi Washington at his weekly jam at 5th Street Dick’s, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; every Tues., 9 p.m.; $5. (323) 296-0040.
Trumpeter Brian Swartz’s quintet with saxophonist Matt Otto (as well as alto Matt Zebley, pianist Brian Friedland, bassist Nick Rosen and drummer Jens Kuross) leads the jazz jam session in the 1160 Lounge at The Ramada Hollywood, 1160 N. Vermont Ave.; every Tues., 9 p.m.; $5 cover, no min. (323) 315-1845.
GO Vocalist Yve Evans for Valentine’s Day, Tues., Feb. 14, 5-9:30 p.m., $99 dinner show (per couple); then the masterful flutist Sam Most with the very swinging guitarist Barry Zweig and bassist Paul Gormley on Thurs., Feb. 16, 6-10 p.m.; at the Grill in The Westin Long Beach Hotel, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; no cover, $15 min. (562) 436-6536.
GO Vocalist Dee Dee McNeiland the excellent pianist Theo Saunders for Valentine’s Day, Tues., Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m., $25 dinner show (per person); then get down for some serious stretching from bassist Luther Hughes and his Cannonball-Coltrane Project at TheCrowne Plaza LAX Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd.; Thurs., Feb. 16, 7-10 p.m.; no cover, $10 min. (310) 642-7500.
Cathy Segal-Garcia’s jazz jam in the Muddy Moose Lounge at The Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; every Wed., 8 p.m.-mid.; no cover. (818) 755-5000.
GO Jack Sheldon’s California Cool Quartetat Sangria, 68 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Wed., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.; $5. (310) 937-4693.
GO Winard Harper Sextet. With the great drummer are trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor Lawrence Clark, pianist T.W. Sample, bassist Ameen Saleem and percussionist Alioun Faye. This should be a good one. At The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd.; Wed., Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m.; no cover, $10 min. (310) 216-5858, Ext. 7225.
Pianist John Beasley, bassist Carlos Del Puerto and drummer Kevin Crabb play Viva Italia, 19563 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; every Thurs., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; no cover, no minimum. (818) 996-8008.
The Ramon Banda Quintet with saxist Justo Almarioat The Silhouette Jazz Café, 245 E. Olive St., Burbank; Thurs., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.-mid. No cover. (818) 556-5299.
Vocalist Kellye Gray with TheLarry Fuller Trio at The Vic, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.; Thurs., Feb. 16, 8 & 10 p.m.; $20. (888) 367-5299.
GO You won’t get many other chances to see Home, Dorothy Darr’s documentary on the last reunion of windman Charles Lloyd and his friend drummer Billy Higgins; deeply moving emotionally and musically, it’s like no other film. At the Pan-African Film Festival, Magic Johnson Theaters and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3560 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Wed., Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m., $7.25; Fri., Feb. 17, 7:55 p.m., $9.50. (323) 290-5900 or www.paff.com. (Greg Burk)