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Jazz scene hits all the right notes

August 05, 2011|By Katie Bain
  • Sony Holland, left, and her husband, Jerry, perform at Left Coast Wine Bar in Glendale on Friday, July 29, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
Sony Holland, left, and her husband, Jerry, perform at…

Something about the combination of warm weather and jazz feels so right. It sounds pretty good, too. These area establishments feature hot jazz, cool drinks and comfortable outdoor spaces to enjoy both.

Left Coast Wine Bar

This Glendale bar features nightly jazz from renowned musicians including Bar Area chanteuse Sony Holland and Grammy-winning guitarist Tommy Kay. The intimate venue holds only 50 or so patrons who can sip on a selection from Left Coast’s extensive beer and wine list (we’re talking hundreds of options here), while enjoying the music from the main room, patio or intimate loft space. There is no cover charge to get in the venue, which typically gets busy around 9 p.m. and stays jazzed until late.

117 East Harvard St., Glendale; (818) 507-7011;

Plate 38

This Colorado Avenue restaurant becomes a music venue on Friday nights with performances starting at 9 p.m. The next several weeks will feature jazz vocalist Liela Avila. “Our music nights pull in an eclectic crowd,” says Plate 38 chef Robert Humphries. “We have more of a restaurant than a bar feel, so we get a lot of families and a crowd that ranges from age 25 to 70. Our outdoor patio is also a great spot for singles to mix and mingle.” Dinner is available until 12 p.m., (Plate 38’s burger is a local legend), and the venue’s late-night happy hour starts at 10 p.m. and includes $2 off all appetizers, beer and wine.


2361 East Colorado Blvd., at North Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena, (626) 793-7100 or

Red White and Bluezz

This classy Pasadena restaurant and lounge features nightly performances from musicians specializing in acoustic, Latin and guitar jazz. Shows begin around 6:30 with late-night sets on Friday and Saturday evenings. The venue’s jazz brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an epic happy hour is offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Try the Ella Fizz-gerald (made with champagne, peach nectar and blood orange bitters), or the Chuck Berry (a mix of vodka, chambord and blueberry liqueur) to loosen up before the night’s show.

70 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 792-4441;


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