Sometimes the best way to cure the blues is catching a live show at one of the many blues and jazz clubs Los Angeles that cater to local and touring musicians. Here’s a roundup of some of the best spots to grab dinner and a drink and catch live blues and jazz.
House of Blues
House of Blues on the Sunset Strip is one of the best live music venues in Los Angeles, and living up to its name, the venue also hosts regular blues performances. In honor of the old blues tradition, a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi is kept under the stage. Notable performances at House of Blues include the final live performances include Prince and Maceo Parker, along with the final performance from Tupac Shakur before he was murdered. Serving dinner until 10pm every night, live blues performances are hosted in the Voodoo Lounge. House of Blues Los Angeles is also known for its Sunday Gospel Brunch, serving a buffet of Southern breakfast dishes and desserts alongside energizing live gospel performances.
Located in Little Tokyo, Blue Whale is a jazz bar and art space that hosts some of the best live shows in an intimate and upscale atmosphere. While hosting some of the best blues singers and bands in the industry, Blue Whale offers a menu of bar food favorites with sweet potato fries, barbecue sliders and a number of classic and exotic cocktails. Blue Whale offers presale tickets for select shows and has previously hosted notable performers including Janis Mann, Endangered Blood, Katisse Buckingham, and Ben Wendel and the Michael Formanek Quintet.
Piano Bar opened as a seedy Hollywood dive bar before it was renovated in 2009 and became one of the best and most unique establishments for live music in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Hollywood, The Piano Bar operates on the mantra “neighborhood comes first” and takes advantage of its location just off the Cahuenga strip in a non-pretentious and relaxed atmosphere. The Piano Bar has played host to some of Los Angeles’ best names in blues like Brother Sal, Fly Johnson, Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down. Beer and classic cocktails are available, along with a happy hour featuring a “Bottle of the Day” for only $3. Guests are never charged a cover and there is no dress code.
Café Cordiale was established in 1985 and quickly became a popular spot for lunch, an intimate bistro dinner, weekend brunch and late-night blues shows. Relying only on word of mouth, owners David Margaret and Peter May used their knowledge of the food and beverage industry in combination with over 45 years living in Sherman Oaks to establish a venue that feels like a home away from home.
Jax Bar & Grill
Voted Best Jazz Supper Club in 2010 by L.A. Weekly, Jax Bar & Grill is a gem in the heart of downtown Glendale. Jax was opened by restaurateur Jeff Williams in 1984 on the ground floor of a classic 1920s building. The following year, a staged was placed between the dining room and the bar, adding live blues and jazz to the Jax dining experience seven nights a week.