This past Sunday night couples trickled into Akasha, ready to start a romantic evening of eating farm fresh organic fare and listening to live jazz, which will now become a regular happening at the Culver City restaurant. "I always wanted to bring in live jazz," said Akasha Richmond, owner and chef de cuisine. Up until now, the restaurant's live music license was only used for private events because they were unsure of which bands to bring in. But that's all changing thanks to guidance from Bubba Jackson, a K Jazz 88.1 FM host, who chose the George Gilliam Jazz Trio to play on Valentine's Day. Jackson, an award winning radio and television personality, will hand pick future bands for Monday night performances. And based on its popularity, live jazz might also become a weekend staple.
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During a second course of pot roast and lamb meatballs, diners perked up as a jazz arrangement of Human Nature filled the room. Though an atypical jazz tune, no one seemed to mind while forking up the remains of Richmond's decadent flourless chocolate cake.
"I always request Michael Jackson," said Richmond, who spent 14 years as tour chef for the late legend. "Michael used to ask me to sing for him," she added. "I said, if I have to sing, then you have to cook." Judging by the licked clean plates, it seems she has found her own kind of harmony in the kitchen.