So Cal Hot Summer Jazz


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Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood, CA
The jazz favorites who teamed on Ritenour's 2008 album “Amparo" take on Ritenour's latest, “Six String Theory," joined by fellow guitarists John Scofield, Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo'. With Dianne Reeves.
July 21st 8 p.m.

Cassandra Wilson
Catalina Bar & Grill
Los Angeles, CA
The sultry vocalist is equally comfortable in the worlds of pop, R&B and traditional jazz.
June 22, 2010 7:30 p.m.
June 23, 2010 7:30 p.m.

Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Terence Blanchard
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood, CA
The Nigerian Afrobeat scion shares a bill with the acclaimed jazz trumpeter, who will perform a collaborative work with the Lula Washington Dance Theater.
July 7, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Jamie Cullum
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
Hollywood, CA
The energetic British singer and pianist deftly swings between poppy jazz and jazzy pop dusted with contemporary electronics.
July 21st 8 p.m.

Levitt Pavilion
Pasadena, CA
The category-defying ensemble adventurously ping-pongs between the worlds of jazz, funk and progressive rock.
July 18, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Grand Performances at California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA
The LA-based violinist-composer-arranger moves from free jazz to hip hop and funk to abstract electronic music. He's arranged the late rap producer J Dilla's work for orchestra, has contributed to the avant jazz collective Build an Ark, and added his touch to the highly praised new Flying Lotus.
July 23rd 8 p.m.

Andy Milne and Dapp Theory
8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
Funk, hip-hop and jazz mingle into one engaging whole with this cutting-edge ensemble led by the pianist Milne, who has recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman and Cassandra Wilson.
June 27, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Caravan Palace
Grand Performances at California Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
The French group performs a manic, electronics-flecked take on Gypsy jazz.
July 16, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Count Basie Orchestra
Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
The Bowl thinks big with this date headlined by the long-running jazz institution, which also features large ensembles led by the reliably adventurous bassist Dave Holland and trumpeter Dave Douglas.
June 28, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Trying To Get Good/ the Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon
A Penny Peyser / Doug McIntyre film
West Coast Jazz Party
August 30th, 10 AM
Irvine Marriott
In the Grand Ballroom
near the John Wayne / Orange County Airport
Jack Sheldon and the California Cool Quartet
performing live at 12 Noon on the Pool Stage!

Greg Brown
McCabe's Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, CA
The gravel-voiced folk singer-songwriter counts Gillian Welch and Ani DiFranco among his fans with a blend of earthy storytelling and witty turns-of- phrase.
June 26, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Charlie O's jazz Bar
13725 Victory Boulevard
Valley Glen (Van Nuys)
The Denise Donatelli Quartet
June 24
Scott Whitfield Quintet
June 29
Chuck Berghofer Trio
June 30

Jax Bar & Grill
339 N. Grand Blvd.
Fred Horn
July 7
Jack Sheldon
July 8
Thelonious Dub
July 13

Voodoo Lounge at Mountain Bar
Mountain Bar
473 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA
A free hip hop, electro and jazz party that borders on the supernatural
June 24, 2010 9:00 p.m.

Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Opened in 1941, the two-floor Grand Star has been a chameleon of sorts, home to cool jazz acts as much as the regular Firecracker hip-hop dance night. A former Miss Hong Kong works the bar, serving beer and tropical drinks to the regulars and visitors.

Downbeat Cafe
1202 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park, CA
Downbeat Cafe is a true haven for jazz lovers, with weekly live performances from house band, The Downbeats, and their frequent sit-in musicians. But even when there are no hepcats on stage, the whole place is grooving to one of the best jazz/blues jukeboxes in the city.

655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA

The Cellar
201 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA
Originally from Texas, the Cellar is now one of Southern California and Downtown Long Beach's live-music destinations. Come on down for a drink, stay for the music.

Hot Jazz Sundays at The Whale and Ale
The Whale & Ale
327 West 7th Street, San Pedro, CA
To help kick off 2009 as the Arts District year for Downtown San Pedro, The Whale & Ale will offer jazz music on Sunday January 11, 2009. Then every Sunday, (always from 5 to 8 p.m.) Hot new fusion jazz and mellow jazz classics; some new, some old. This Mike Gerrero Trio brings the place to life.
June 20, 2010 5:00 p.m.

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA
A NoHo blues and baked potato bar
John Daversa Contemporary Big Band
Featuring: John Daversa; Leader, Trumpet and EVI Saxes; Jeff Driskill, Phil O'Connor, Damon Zick, John Yoakum, Bob Carr Trumpets; Ron King, Rob Schaer, Glenda Smith, Bijon Watson Trombones; Charlie Morillas, Paul Young, Vikram Devasthali, George Thatcher Rhythm; Zane Carney, Guitar; Jerry Watts, Bass; Gene Coye, Drums
June 27

Industry Cafe & Jazz
6039 Washington Blvd., Culver City, Ca
Thanks to Industry's owner, Aron, westsiders no longer have to make the trek all the way to Fairfax for a taste of Ethiopia. Add in a dash of live entertainment and you've got one of the coolest spots for a date in Culver City. Staff is friendly and eager to make their guests feel at home.

2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, CA
Bob Mintzer Quartet
June 25
Carl Saunders Quartet
June 26

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd.
Annual Dini Jazz Awards
Honoree Herb Jeffries
June 27
Elliot Deutsch Big Band
July 7
John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molasky
August 11 - 15
Frank Sinatra Jr.
August 26-29

Tom Bergin's Tavern
840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Like a traditional Irish pub, Tom Bergin's is like a community living room.

Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Opened in 1987, Hal's is the quintessential classy neighborhood joint. The dining room, featuring work from local artists, is huge and anchored by an impressive 40-foot wood and stainless steel bar, so there's always room (and a martini) for you somewhere. Between jazz nights Sunday and Monday...

La Ve Lee
12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA
This jazz supper club distinguishes itself from the Baked Potato up the road by emphasizing Latin and Brazilian acts.

Club Cohiba
110 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA
Hip, high-end club and lounge

Old Towne Pub
66 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA
If you're looking to fill your social schedule, check out the Old Towne Pub's packed calendar. With nightly music -- either live or spun by a DJ -- this alley-entrance bar behind the Container Store in Old Towne Pasadena will surprise you. Around since 1973, this is a nightlife mainstay.

Abbey Brewing Co.)
1115 16th St., Miami Beach, FL
This location of Abbey Brewing Co. serves a wide variety of beers, many from its own brewery in Key West. Food selections can be categorized as mainly appetizers. Choose from home-made empanadas, White Castle burgers, potato skins, hot dogs and chicken tenders. A casual neighborhood hangout, Abbey.

260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA
Baleen is romantic, scenic and offers a varied menu of high-end cuisine

Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival
40770 Lake View Drive, Big Bear, CA
Smooth jazz and blues featuring Mindi Abair, Jackiem Joyner and more.
June 20, 2010

Bistro of Santa Monica
2301 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
An elegant, versatile spot for Italian

Blue Monday's New Orleans West
Fais Do-Do
5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Free dinner with live entertainment.
June 21, 2010 7:00 p.m.
June 28, 2010 7:00 p.m.

The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Los Angeles CA, CA
The Little Tokyo newcomer looks to establish itself as a downtown destination for jazz, featuring local performers such as Anthony Wilson and Larry Koonse.

East Coast Sounds: Out of the Cool and Into the Hot
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Los Angeles, CA
The LA Jazz Institute presents 16 concerts over four days featuring Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mandel, Mose Allison, Terry Gibbs, Gerry Mulligan Concert Band, Mundell Lowe and many more.

Grand Performances: daKah Hip Hop Orchestra
Grand Performances at California Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
The L.A.-based musical collective performs sounds inspired from the source material of the Ring Cycle, blended with a unique L.A. flavor. Double G (daKah's co-founder, conductor and composer) explores the city's brand of “warfare," giving us an adrenaline- pumping sonic experience.

Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA
More upscale than a typical neighborhood bar, Hal's is definitely a meeting place for locals looking to enjoy innovative dishes and cocktails--and meet other locals. Kick off the week with free jazz Sunday and Monday nights.

Jazz Bakery
3233 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA
After a run as one of Los Angeles' premier jazz clubs, the Jazz Bakery's Culver City location is closed. Follow their progress in finding a new home at their website and sign up for their mailing list for updates.

Jazz night at the Green Door
Green Door
1439 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA
A glam night out that'll put you in the mood for sax
June 22, 2010 10:30 p.m.
June 29, 2010 10:30 p.m.

Low End Theory
The Airliner
2419 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Every Wednesday, resident DJs and special guests spin the best in funk, nu-jazz, dub, avant-rap and more
June 23, 2010 10:00 p.m.

70 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA
Redwhite+bluezz is a speakeasy-style venue swings to the sounds of some of the area's best jazz performers and acclaimed special guests.

Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA
A live music venue in Hermosa Beach that's full of surprises, from dueling pianos to acoustic sessions to big-name bands. Even the cool kids from Hollywood make the trek.

The Talking Stick
1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
The Talking Stick embraces the very point of being at a coffeehouse: community. With staples like Open Mic night for budding comics, poets and singer- songwriters and bonus features like free Wifi, the crowd is lively and diverse. Weekly events like the Tuesday night “Stitch 'n' Bitch"

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