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Los Angeles Jazz Clubs


Jazz is a quintessentially American form of music, and some of the best jazz schools in the country are in Southern California, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of places to hear awesome jazz. There are literally hundreds of venues around Los Angeles where you can sometimes hear jazz, but the Los Angeles jazz clubs listed here are pretty much all jazz, all the time. For the most comprehensive listings of jazz performances scheduled around LA and OC, check out the regional and venue-specific calendars at www.lajazz.com.

1. Catalina Bar & Grill

The Catalina Bar & Grill is an upscale jazz dinner club in Hollywood featuring some of the best international jazz acts still performing. They have a dinner or drinks minimum in addition to the ticket price.

Reviews of Catalina Bar & Grill on Trip Advisor

2. Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz

Jazz legend Herb Alpert's restaurant, the Vibrato Grill & Jazz, is a classy, romantic venue in an unassuming shopping center in swanky Bel Air, known for its good, if pricey, food and eclectic variety of jazz performers, with different themed music nights.

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3. Steamers Café in Fullerton

From big band to Latin to Dixieland, and a Sunday Jazz Jam, Steamers Café in Fullerton is where you'll find a lot of the best Southern California jazz talent as well as visiting dignitaries of the genre. There is sometimes a cover charge, but often not. Two item food or drink minimum.

Reviews of Steamer's on Yelp

4. Charlie O's Bar & Grill in Van Nuys

Charlie O's is an intimate venue on the main drag in Van Nuys with jazz 6 nights a week. It makes up for having no cover charge with upscale food and drink prices.

Reviews of Charlie O's on Yelp

5. The Baked Potato in Studio City

Enjoy your jazz accompanied by a baked potato with various toppings and a 2 drink minimum at the unpretentious Baked Potato in Studio City. It's all about the music, not the décor.

Reviews of the Baked Potato on TripAdvisor

6. Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City

Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club has multiple rooms featuring all types of jazz, Latin, blues, and fusion music as well as vocal showcases featuring opera and show tunes. Cover varies. Two drink minimum.

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7. Spaghettini Italian Grill and Jazz Club in Seal Beach

Spaghettini is an upscale restaurant and jazz club just off the 405 freeway in Seal Beach (just over the OC border). Music ranges from contemporary and smooth jazz to Latin, jazz/rock and various soloists. A per person reservation fee will get you guaranteed seating near the stage, or you can walk in and take your chances. No cover and no food or drink minimum, but it's a restaurant and bar, so you're expected to order something. They now have a second location in Beverly Hills.

Reviews of Spaghettini on TripAdvisor

8. Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney

Run by the same family that runs Brennan's in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen bring both the food and sounds of New Orleans to Downtown Disney. The New Orleans sound permeates the weekend calendar, but you may also find solo piano, duos or other jazz acts at the Jazz Kitchen during the week.

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9. Blue Whale Bar

The Blue Whale Bar in Downtown LA is a modern, minimalistic venue that looks like an art gallery strewn with ottomans (I prefer chairs with backs myself). They're serious about their Friday and Saturday night jazz performances and Monday night jam sessions, but will sometimes host other musical genres. It's not a restaurant per se, but serves Korean-influenced bar food. There is a cover charge except for the Monday night jam.

Reviews of the Blue Whale Bar on Yelp

10. Sea Bird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach

The Sea Bird Jazz Lounge opened in the space that was formerly Cotton Club West, connected to Roscoes Chicken and Waffles in downtown Long Beach. There's no food service in the lounge, but they have a full bar. Usually no cover except for special events.

11. The J. I. Lounge at the Pasadena Jazz Institute at Paseo Colorado

A project of the Pasadena Jazz Institute, the J. I. Lounge showcases a variety of jazz vocalists and instrumentalists in an intimate lounge with a full bar. There's also a pool and ping pong room. There is usually a cover charge.

12. Cool Jazz at the Radisson LAX

Cool jazz from In-House Music at the Radisson LAX and the Crown Plaza LAX. Check the website for the calendars for both locations.

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