Jazz Listings for February 10 - 16


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.

Sat.-Sun.—El Grupo with guitarist Steve Lukather, bassist Oscar Cataya, keyboardist Steve Weingart and drummer Joey Heredia.

Mon.—Guitarists Jamie Kime, John Ziegler, with trumpeter Mitch Manker.

Tues.—Singer James Torme, with guitarist Tim Kobza, keyboardist John Rangel, bassist Ryan Cross, drummer Tony Austin and a horn section.

Wed.—Bassist J.K. Kluetgens, with keysman Matt Rohde, guitarist Antti and drummer Virgil Donati.

Thurs.—OHM: guitarist Chris Poland, bassist Robert Pagliari, drummer Kofi Baker.

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

Fri.—Tony Jones Quintet.

GO Sat.—Young and full of weird, noisy (good) ideas, guitarist Tom McNalley leads a trio, 5 p.m., $5; and the rich modern melodies of saxist Matt Otto and his quartet. (Greg Burk)

GO Thurs.—New York vibist Nick Mancini’s quintet with pianist Otmaro Ruiz, delivering a revved-up mix of standards and originals.

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.

GO Sat.—Saxophonist Michael McDaniel’s quartet featuring bassist Trevor Ware, pianist Nate Morgan.

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.

Fri.-Sun.—David Benoit.

Mon.—TIBA’sCD-release party.

Tues.—Strunz & Farrah; 8 & 10 p.m. shows.

Wed.-Sun.—Betty Buckley.

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.

GO Fri.—Brilliant trumpeter Bobby Shew with TheJohn Heard Trio (pianist Larry Fuller, drummer Roy McCurdy).

GO Sat.—Outstanding trombonist Bill Watrous with the same John Heard Trio.

Sun.—Pianist Karen Hernandez, with John Heard, drummer Lorca Hart.

Mon.—Pianist Page Cavanaugh’strio with bassist Karl Vincent,drummer Jason Lingle.

Tues.—Jack Sheldon & Ross Tompkins.

Wed.—Dave Pell Octet.

GO Thurs.—Passionate saxophonist Justo Almario, with guitarist Rick Zunigar, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer Max Almario.

CLUB TROPICAL, 8641 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Full bar and Salvadoran food. Cover varies. (310) 559-1127.

Fri.—Marcele Berger.

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.


Tues.—Vocalist SonjiKimmons.

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.

Wed.—The Downbeats.

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.

Fri.—Janelle Sadler.

Sat.—Nelson Adelard.

Sun.—Django-isms from The Hot Fab Djazz Club.

Mon.—Pianist Marty Harris.

Tues.—Daniel Bone & the Two Tones.

Wed.—The Others.

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.

GO Tues.-Thurs.—Back home for trumpeter Jeremy Pelt with pianist Frank LoCrasto, bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Eric McPherson.

LA VÉ LEE, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Mediterranean cuisine. Showtimes 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (818) 980-8158.

Fri.—Pretzel Logic.

GO Sat.—Great Brazilian (and other) sounds from Katia Moraes & Sambaguru.

Tues.—Marco Mendoza, Joey Heredia and Renato Neto.

Wed.—Dave Hill, Gregg Karukas, Andy Suzuki, Adam Cohen, Tim McIntyre and Belly Hulting.

Thurs.—The Mark Harrison Quintet with Rick Rossi, Mark Chosak, Steve Billman and Matt Starr.

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.

Wed.—Guitarist Doug MacDonald fronts his trio.

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.

Tues.—Ross Tompkins.

Wed.—Cal Bezemer.

Thurs.—Phil Palermo.

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.

Sun.—Bassist Big Al (with pianist Matt Weisberg, drummer Brad Elliott) hosts the jazz jam.

Mon.—Blues from Alex Rebar.

Tues.—Frank Wilson.

Wed.—Gregor Blues.

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 Quinn has 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 Bagg with the fine saxist Matt Otto, bassist Jeff D’Angelo and drummer Tim Pleasant.

Sat.—Flugelhornist and vocalist Stacy Rowles with pianist Jeff Collella, bassist Putter Smith and drummer Kendall Kay.

GO Sun.—Brunch with guitarist Ron Anthony and bassist Adam Cohen from 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 Connor and drummer Ray Brinker.

Mon.—Latin jazz from pianist Octavio Figueroa’s quartet, with saxist Dave Holland, bassist Jesse Ontiveros, drummer Roland Henkel and congueroVictor Pantoja.

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.

Thurs.—Guitarist John Chiodini with bassist Jim Hughart, drummer Enzo Tedesco.

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.

Mon.—The Cross-Hart Experience (bassist Ryan Cross and drummer Lorca Hart with pianist John Nelson) are joined by vocalists Kathy & Tom Cunningham.

Thurs.—Cabaret Night.

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 Fri.—Virtuosic saxophonist Bob Sheppard, with pianist John Campbell, bassist Pat Senatore and drummer Gary Novak.

GO Sat.—Maybe the greatest West Coast bop altoist still playing, Lanny Morgan with John Campbell, Pat Senatore.

Sun.—Pianist Alan Broadbent duo.

Tues.—Valentine vocalist Joanne Tatham. With pianist Dan Goldblatt, Pat Senatore and drummer Bob Leatherbarrow.

Wed.—Pianist Chris Dawson duo.

GO Thurs.—Rare chance to see guitarist Mark Waggoner (a player with some seriously deep, subtle chops) fronting a quartet. With Rob Lockhart on reeds.

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.

Other Jazz

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

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.


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 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.

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 Almario at 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 (Greg Burk)


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