WYNTON MARSALIS & THE LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA It's a shame that, in all the visceral debate in jazz circles over Wynton's outspoken retro tendencies, people tend to forget that he is one hell of a horn player, a good composer and runs a really fine orchestra. Yeah, Lincoln Center costs more than Hearst Castle. And yeah, Wynton's a neo moldy fig. But Louis Armstrong hated bop. And Max Roach bopped Ornette in the mouth. Jazzers are nuts. So forget all their opinions and just listen to the music. It will be real good, and it might get real gone. UCLA, Royce Hall; Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. (310) 825-2101. Also at THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS PLAZA, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.; Sun., Jan. 23, 2:30 p.m. (805) 449-2787.

OZOMATLI, JAZZ ON THE LATIN SIDE ALL-STARS Ozomatli are in the fine Eastside tradition of bands that mix Latin music (like salsa) with rock and funk and jazz and, lately, hip-hop. The All-Stars are the product of KKJZ's Jose Rizo's imagination and connections: a stellar cast of West Coast Latin jazz musicians that storm through some of the hottest descargas since the Palladium. How are they going to keep the crowd in their seats? CAL STATE L.A., Luckman Theater, 5151 State University Dr.; Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. (323) 343-6600.

THE BAKED POTATO, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City, looks something like your bachelor uncle's rec room. Namesake bomber-size spuds on the menu. Showtimes 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. Cover $10. All ages. (818) 980-1615.

CATALINA BAR & GRILL, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. One of the city's premier jazz clubs, now in its new space. Showtimes Tues.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Cover varies. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-2210.

CHARLIE O'S, 13725 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, is all about grub, grog and the very best jazz. No cover, no min. Say hi to Freddie Hubbard at the bar. No cover (unless noted.) No min. Full bar. 21 & over. (818) 994-3058.

CLANCY'S CRABSHACK, 219 N. Central Ave., Glendale, offers jazz in its spacious backroom. (818) 242-2722.

THE DOWNBEAT CAFÉ, 1202 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park. Great food and java go with the intimate jazz atmosphere. Blues, too. Great place to see the newest jazz and blues talent. They play 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. (213) 483-3955.

JAX, 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Narrow, woody supper club, with pianists alternating the happy-hour slot Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m. Continental-style lunches and dinners. It's noisy and often crowded, but this is the only place in town where you can grab a table inches from the tiny stage and see some outstanding name jazz artists on a good night. No cover, no min. Full bar. Over 18. (818) 500-1604.

THE JAZZ BAKERY, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. Prime-time players in a respectfully quiet concert setting. No tables (let alone table service), but the lobby café serves coffee drinks, beer and wineand light munchies. Shows at 8 & 9:30 p.m. (Half-price student-rush tickets available with ID, 21 & under.) (310) 271-9039.

LA VÉ LEE, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Mediter-ranean cooking five days a week. Showtimes 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (818) 980-8158.

LUNARIA, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd. Movable walls also give those in the dining room a view of the lounge. No cover Tues. or with dinner in restaurant. Full bar. All ages. (310) 282-8870.

MICELI'S, 1646 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd. Venerable old-style Italian restaurant strung with empty Chianti bottles and decorated with a picture of Mona Lisa smiling over a pepperoni pizza. No cover. Full bar. All ages. (323) 466-3430.

THE MONEY TREE, 10149 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake. Hallowed old nightspot and restaurant. No cover. Full bar. All ages. (818) 752-8383.

SPAZIO, 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. California cuisine and martini specialties in a fine, spacious jazz venue. No cover except where noted, but two-drink min. Full bar. All ages. (818) 728-8400.

VIBRATO GRILL & JAZZ, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air. Herb Alpert's plush new contribution to the scene. No cover, but $20 min. on Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. Full bar. All ages. (310) 474-9400.

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