California Jazz Clubs

See a show at Yoshi's Jazz Supper Club, Oakland

AOL CITY GUIDE City's Best 2005 Best Place For Live Music USA TODAY'S "10 GREAT PLACES FOR A JAZZY NIGHT OUT!" Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants, Best Club - San Francisco Chronicle Best Place To See Live Jazz - SF Weekly 1997-2004 Best Jazz Club - SF Weekly 1997-2004 Best Jazz Club - San Francisco Bay Guardian 1997-2004 Best Club - East Bay Express 1997-2004 Best Place To See Live Jazz - East Bay Express 2003 - 2004 Best Place To See Local Bands - East Bay Express 2001 Most Innovative Bookings (Live Music) - East Bay Express 2001 Best Sushi - East Bay Express 1998 Best Live Music - Oakland Tribune 1997-2005 Best Dinner Spot With Live Music - San Francisco Magazine 1999, 2000 Yoshi's is the nicest club in the country." - Nancy Wilson

The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz and Blues Sessions

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Scott said...

If you're in Southern California, you can always go to the Catalina for jazz in Hollywood.


Your Sis said...

Steve Tyrell is going to be at Yoshi's in February!

irishlass said...

Doesn't this sound completely fabulous?

One of Los Angeles’ most exciting new restaurants, Vibrato Grill Jazz ... etc. is also the city’s premiere jazz space. Its warm and elegant interior embraces guests with stunning visuals, world-class music & sound design, and the absolute best in contemporary American cuisine. Conceived by 7X GRAMMY-winning music icon Herb Alpert, Vibrato brings these elements together in sumptuous harmony for an experience that’s a delight to all the senses. Opened in 2004, Vibrato is part of the Smith Brothers Restaurant group, owners of the acclaimed Pasadena trio of eateries Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, and Smitty’s Grill.
Perched atop Mulholland Drive on Beverly Glen Circle in Bel Air, Vibrato is easily accessible from all points of the greater L.A. area. Once inside its inviting confines—where culinary pleasures of the palate and the free-form wonders of jazz beautifully co-exist—patrons will find a retreat from the city that is both relaxed and sophisticated. Vibrato is as full of creature comforts as it is Epicurean delights.

The contemporary American fare on Vibrato’s savory menu ranges from the choicest steaks to exquisite seafood delicacies. Signature favorites also include tender veal chop with house-made mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato sauce, organic Sonoma chicken, live Maine lobster, Wild Salmon with roasted beets, arugula and horseradish buerre blanc, and some of the best prime beef in all of Southern California, from filet mignon to New York strip. The grace note of Vibrato’s cuisine is the tempting array of sweets and pastries to put the finishing touch on a memorable evening.

The expansive and upscale bar serves a full range of classic and specialty cocktails, including a variety of martinis, cosmopolitans, and “lemon drops.” Premium beers and wines—by the glass and by the bottle—are available as well…Vibrato’s outstanding wine list recently earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. For a full dinner, a light bite or drinks and show only, Vibrato’s spacious wood and granite bar is one of L.A.’s finest.

Here's a partial listing of musicians who have played at Vibrato.

Billy Childs
Bobby Hutcherson
Carl Saunders
Chuck Mangione
Gary Burton
Houston Person
Kenny Barron
Kenny Werner
Makoto Ozone
Phil Woods
Steve Tyrell
Toots Thielemans

irishlass said...

Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay is located between Humphrey's Restaurant and Humphrey's Half Moon Inn. The 1,350 seat outdoor theatre, ideally situated on San Diego Bay, has been presenting a wide variety of major attractions since 1982. Generally running from May through October, Humphrey's Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.

They haven't released their 2006 concert schedule yet, but in the past they've hosted such greats as Tony Bennett, Jane Monheit, Harry Connick, Jr, Nancy Sinatra, B.B. King & Julio Iglesias

(I include Julio for you Stacey!)

irishlass said...

Located next door to one another in the historic Gaslamp district of San Diego. Croce's Jazz Bar and Croce's Top Hat are a sure thing for live music.

Voted 'Best Bar' by the San Diego Restaurant Association 3 years in a row!

Live Jazz Every Night
Open 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Croce's Jazz Bar offers a variety of styles of live jazz nightly. Croce's Jazz Bar is recognized throughout Southern California for offering the best in traditional, contemporary and Latin jazz. When you purchase a dinner entree at Croce's Restaurant you receive free admission into Croce's Jazz Bar and/or Croce's Top Hat.

Croce's Top Hat Bar & Grille offers live rhythm & blues nightly featuring local and national acts. The ambiance is reminiscent of the village clubs in New York City and New Orleans French Quarter. The club is dominated by a restored neon marquis from the historic Tower Theatre. Weeknights feature local favorites such as The Mississippi Mudsharks, Fuzzy and the Bluesmen, and Planet Groove. Friday and Saturday nights feature bands from Los Angeles, Phoenix and other national venues. Special events often include performances by national recording artists such as Basia, Jesse Colin Young, Rita Coolidge, Commander Cody, Arlo Guthrie, Maria Muldaur, Maynard Ferguson, and our own A.J. Croce.

818 Fifth Avenue
Bar Open 11am to 2am Monday - Sunday
(619) 233-4355

Anonymous said...

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
1 3 8 w. c o m m o n w e a l t h f u l l e r t o n, c a 9 2 8 3 2
714/ 871/ 8800
FAX/ 871/ 8801

sun-thu 7a-1am
fri-sat, 7am-2am
food served until closing
every night

jazz hours:
8p-mid sun-thu
8:30p-12:30a fri-sat

for info:

Sunday, May 7, 2006 Steamers presents Jazz on the Latin Side

On Friday night, January 7, 2000, what began as the 10th anniversary celebration of the “Jazz on the Latin Side” radio program on KKJZ(KJAZZ), became the birth of the Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars. 28 Top LA musicians gave the full-house (550 capacity) at B. B. Kings a glorious night of Latin jazz. The luminaries included Francisco Aguabella, Justo Almario, Poncho Sanchez, Alex Acuna, Otmaro Ruiz, Louie Perez (Los Lobos), Danilo Lozano, Al McKibbon, Freddie Crespo, Arturo Velasco, Luis Conte, Sal Cracchiolo, Ramon Flores, Robert Incelli, Papo Rodriguez, Rene Camacho, Michito Sanchez, Francisco Torres, Joe Rotundi, Tiki Pasillas, George Ortiz, Cougar Estrada, Asdru Sierra(Ozomatli), Susie Hansen, Ramon Banda, Tony Banda, Joey De Leon, and Juan Carlos Quintero.

Fresh, original compositions, by Jose Rizo and Francisco Torres, and arranged by Francisco Torres, Robert Incelli and Joe Rotundi, were rehearsed and performed. Cubop Records documented the night, and released it in two volumes: “Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars Vol.1 & Vol. 2.”

The success of that night was so impressive, that the JLS All Stars band was formed, and requests for performances became more frequent. It has evolved into a 16-piece working band with the additions of Donald Vega, Pablo Mendez, Scott Martin, Eric Jorgensen, Luis Eric Gonzalez, Coky Garcia, Alfredo Ortiz, Victor Baez, Bijon Watson and Jimmy Branly.

Our Los Angeles supporters can come see us frequently at The Jazz Bakery, John Anson Ford Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, The Central Avenue Jazz Festival, The House of Blues, Steamer’s CafĂ©, Jazz at Drew Festival and The Playboy Pasadena Jazz Festival among others. The Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars were the after-party music entertainment for the 2002 Latin Grammys. Now under the Saungu record label, The JLS All Stars begin a fresh chapter.

Anonymous said...

Moody's Bistro in the Truckee Hotel is Tahoe's Jazz Headquarters.

August 4 - 12 are the dates for their Jazz Artists in Residency series. The lineup includes the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble and The Benny Lackner Quintet. Free jazz workshops for children focusing on inprovization in jazz and fund using drums, bass, piano and horns.

Check the website for the Jazz Artists in Residency schedule.

Wednesday and Thursday shows start at 8:00pm
Friday and Saturday Shows start at 9:00pm

Never a cover charge

May 24 Wed Joe Grissino Trio

May 25 Thu Chuck Hughes Trio

May 26 Fri Eric Arellano Quartert

May 31 Wed CLOSED

Jun 1 Thu CLOSED

Jun 2 Fri New West Guitar Quartet

Jun 3 Sat New West Guitar Quartet

Jun 7 Wed Gavin Tempelton Trio

Jun 8 Thu Jackie Landrum

Jun 9 Fri Chuck Hughes Quartet

Jun 10 Sat Bruce Kelly Quartet

Jun 14 Wed Joe Grissino Trio

Jun 15 Thu Bob Mora 4-tet

Jun 16 Fri Grant Levin Quartet

Jun 17 Sat Vivian Lee

Jun 21 Wed Joe Grissino Trio

Jun 22 Thu Grant Levin Trio

Jun 23 Fri Jindangles

Jun 24 Sat Jackie Landrum

Jun 28 Wed Chuck Hughes Trio

Jun 29 Thu Gavin Tempelton Trio

Jun 30 Fri George Souza

Jul 1 Sat George Souza

Jul 5 Wed Carolyn Dolan

Jul 6 Thu Eric Arellano Trio

Jul 7 Fri Val Weinberg

Jul 8 Sat Bruce Kelly Quartet

Jul 12 Wed Grant Levin Trio

Jul 13 Thu Eric Arellano Trio

Jul 14 Fri Bobby Mason

Jul 19 Wed Bob Mora 4-tet

Jul 20 Thu Grant Levin Trio

Jul 21 Fri Loraine Gervais

Jul 21 Fri Babby Mason

Jul 26 Wed Chuck Hughes Trio

Jul 27 Thu Jackie Landrum

Jul 28 Fri Markus Burger

Jul 29 Sat Markus Burger

irishlass said...

The fabulous Ann Hampton Callaway will be performing at the Catalina Jazz Club October 26-29, 2006.

"Blues In The Night" is a dynamic and stirring collection of American Songbook classics, mixed with potent and witty original songs.