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, including The Lighthouse Cafe featured in La La Land, 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.
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.
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.
Evans Public House in Fullerton
Evan's Brewing Company's new Evan's Public House is taking over the former Steamers Café in Fullerton and is planning tp continue the jazz tradition as well as introduce other music.
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.
Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City
The E Spot Lounge and Supper Club above Vitello's Restaurant is a 125-seat venue featuring all types of jazz, Latin, blues, cabaret and fusion music as well as vocal showcases featuring opera and show tunes. Cover varies. Two drink minimum.
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.
Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Jazz Lounge in Beverly Hills
This spin-off of Spaghettini is a California-Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills with live music - mostly, but not exclusively, jazz - Tuesday through Saturday nights. No cover.
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.
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.
Pips on La Brea
Pips is a smallish restaurant on La Brea featuring live jazz on Tuesday through Saturday nights and Sunday brunch.
Perch Restaurant in Downtown LA
Perch is on my list of Coolest LA Clubs and Bars. It is a 15th-floor open-air balcony restaurant with awesome city views. They have live music 7 nights a week and for brunch on weekends.
Sea Bird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach
The Sea Bird Jazz Lounge opened in the space that was formerly Cotton Club West, connected to Roscoe's 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.