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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.
Barbara Morrison at The After Work Jazz Cool Down (hosted by James Janisse) at Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood; Tues., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; no cover, no min. (310) 330-2800.
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 McNeil and 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.
GO Jack Sheldon’s California Cool Quartet at 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.
The Ramon Banda Quintet with saxist Justo Almario at The Silhouette Jazz Café, 245 E. Olive St., Burbank; Thurs., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.-mid. No cover. (818) 556-5299.
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)
DALE KRISTIEN AND MICHAEL MAGUIRE: From Broadway With Love Ms. Kristien of Phantom of the Opera fame and Broadway cohort Mr. Maguire of the original company of Les Misérables join musical forces for a special night of show tunes in honor of Valentine’s Day; David Galligan directs. Pepperdine University Smothers Theater, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; Sat., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. (310) 506-4522.