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Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl

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Sunset Jazz at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa returns on July 8, 2015 for a series of eleven shows each Wednesday through September 16. Beginning with The Four Freshmen, the series will feature top names in jazz including John Pizzarelli, Bill Cunliffe, Bob McChesney, Jeff Hamilton, Barbara Morrison, John Clayton, Byron Stripling, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, and many more.  For full details, schedules, and tickets, please visit the Sunset Jazz at Newport website here. 

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Saturday 8/29

11:00AM – Chuck Johnson – Lighthouse – Hermosa Beach

5:00PM – Brent Fischer Latin Jazz Group – LACMA – West L.A.

7:00PM – Ron King – Squashed Grapes – Ventura

7:00PM – Mark Z. Stevens Trio – Desert Rose – Los Feliz

7:00PM – Kenny G & Ariana Savalas – Thornton Winery - Temecula

7:00PM – Michael Paulo – Spaghettini – Seal Beach

7:00PM – Sweet Note Quartet – redwhite+bluezz – Pasadena

7:00PM – Thisbe Vos – Warner Center Marriott – Woodland Hills

8:00PM – Sonny Moon Swanktet – The E Spot Lounge – Studio City

8:00PM – Bob DeSena – Pips on La Brea – West Hollywood

8:00PM – Unsquare Collective – The Springs - Downtown

8:30PM – Tuck & Patti – Catalina - Hollywood

9:00PM – Bennie Maupin – Blue Whale – Downtown

9:00PM – Bob Sheppard – Vibrato – Bel Air

9:00PM – George Kahn – Seabird Jazz Lounge – Long Beach

9:30PM – Webb All-Stars – The Baked Potato – Studio City

10:00PM – Tony Guerrero – Spaghettini – Beverly Hills

Friday 8/28

​6:00PM – Sweet Baby J'ai – LACMA – West L.A.

7:00PM – Tom Scott – Squashed Grapes - Ventura

7:00PM – Jay Jackson – Aldabella Winery – Westlake Village

8:00PM – Diana Krall & Gregory Porter – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood

8:00PM – Sax Pack – Hyatt Regency – Newport Beach

8:00PM – Steve Johnson – Jax – Glendale

8:30PM – Tuck & Patti – Catalina - Hollywood

9:00PM – Bennie Maupin – Blue Whale - Downtown

9:00PM – Anna Mjoll – Vibrato – Bel Air

9:30PM – Albert Lee – The Baked Potato – Studio City

​Tuesday, September 22nd at Mambo's Cafe, GlendaleJudy Wexler sings songs of Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Bob Dylan and more, backed by Jeff Colella on piano, Kevin Axt on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums. 8PM

Laura Dickinson at Rockwell Table & Stage, Los Feliz – Soaring vocalist Laura Dickinson with a 10-piece all-star band singing Sinatra, standards and more every Monday or Tuesday at Rockwell in September!  Shows 9/1, 9/7, 9/14, 9/22, 9/29 - 8PM

​Wednesday, September 16th at Catalina, Hollywood – Mark Christian Miller performs arrangements from his new CD "Crazy Moon" with Josh Nelson on piano, Graham Dechter on guitar, Dave Robaire on bass, and Dan Schnelle on drums.  8:30PM

​Friday. August 28th at The Baked Potato, Studio City - Grammy-winning guitarist Albert Lee with JT Thomas on keyboards and vocals, Will MacGregor on bass and vocals, and Jason Smith on drums and vocals.  Shows at 9:30PM & 11:30PM

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​​Sunday 8/30

11:00AM – Sharon Marie Cline – The Little Easy – Downtown

11:00AM – Michelle Coltrane – H.O.M.E. - Beverly Hills

11:00AM – Lolly Allen – Lighthouse – Hermosa Beach

12 Noon – Jesse Palter – Perch – Downtown

2:00PM – Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot – Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters – Laguna Beach

6:30PM – Gregg Arthur – Vibrato – Bel Air

7:00PM – Lenny Stack – Jax - Glendale

7:00PM – Katia Moraes – Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park - Downtown

7:00PM – Bob Reynolds & Rachel Flowers – SoHo – Santa Barbara

7:30PM – Tuck & Patti – Catalina – Hollywood

8:00PM – Max Haymer – The Nice Guy – West Hollywood

9:00PM – Elliott Deutsch Big Band – Blue Whale – Downtown

9:30PM - Teryn Re Big Band – The Baked Potato – Studio City

10:00PM – California Feet Warmers – Seven Grand - Downtown