The following is an arbitrary, alphabetical listing of some of the town's better jazz spots. Check Sunday Calendar listings for weekly bookings. As musicians' schedules sometimes change at the last minute, it's always advisable to call ahead. Unusual starting times are listed in parentheses.
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Alfonse's (10057 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, (818) 761-3511). Italian cuisine and mainstream jazz are this convivial room's specialty. Musicians like to gather here. No cover, music from 9 p.m. (Thursday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.).
Alleycat Bistro (3865 Overland Ave., Culver City, (213) 204-3660). Hidden in a shopping center, this room jumps six nights a week with a variety of sounds. Diversified menu. Cover varies, 9 p.m (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.).
At My Place (1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (213) 451-8596). Mostly contemporary electric jazz in this spacious room, but there's the occasional acoustic all-star ensemble. Cover varies, as do start times.
Baked Potato (3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, (818) 980-1615). Hear loud jazz/rock and eat football-size potatoes. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Beef 'n' Barrel (8920 Tampa Ave., Northridge, (818) 885-1055). Dixieland on Sundays. No cover, 7 p.m.
Biltmore Hotel (515 S. Olive St., (213) 624-1011). Happy-hour jazz with name stars and a tasty free buffet in the Grand Avenue Bar. No cover, 5 p.m.
Birdland West (105 W. Broadway, Long Beach, (213) 436-9341). This upstairs room is home to first-rate acoustic mainstream bands, with the now-and-then jazz/fusion attraction. Cover varies, 9 p.m. (Sunday, noon, 6 p.m.).
Blue Note Cafe (11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 760-3348). Another tiny room given over mainly to guitarists. Zesty snack menu available. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Bon Appetit (1061 Broxton Ave., Westwood, (213) 208-3830). Contemporary bands amidst a decidely continental cafe atmosphere. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Catalina's Bar and Grill (1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, (213) 466-2210). Top out-of-towners and solid locals make up the jazz menu, plus there's succulent continental chow. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Cat and the Fiddle (6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, (213) 468-3800). Jazz on Sunday on this English pub's attractive patio, weather permitting--otherwise, it's indoors. Spruced-up pub menu. No cover, 5 p.m.
Cinegrill (Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (213) 466-7000). The renovated hotel's main music room has been given over chiefly to singers--some jazz-styled, some of a cabaret nature. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Coffee Emporium (4345 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey, (213) 823-4446). This upscale coffee house has a variety of jazz-based entertainment on weekends. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Comeback Inn (1633 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, (213) 396-7255). Jazz, often with a contemporary or Brazilian/Latin tinge, in a health-conscious atmosphere. Vegetarian cuisine. Cover varies, 9 p.m. (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.).
Concerts by the Sea (100 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach, (213) 379-4998). This under-the-wharf-walk room has fold-down, theater-type seats and mainly contemporary jazz entertainment. Cover varies, 8:15 p.m.
Dixie Manor Restaurant (242 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (213) 858-7427). Dixieland reigns here. Cover varies, 8:30 p.m., (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.).
Donte's (4269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (213) 877-8347). This ages-old jazz haunt serves up not-bad food and a perky array of mainstream, and occasionally, contemporary jazz. Another musician's hangout. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Jax (339 N. Brand Ave., Glendale, (818) 500-1604). A noisy singles joint with mainstream jazz as background for the chatterers. No cover, 9 p.m. (Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 6 p.m.).
Lawry's California Center (570 W. Avenue 26, (213) 224-6850). A variety of jazz outdoors in a lovely patio setting. Cover varies, music Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.) and Tuesday (6 p.m.).
Le Bouvier's Beverly Hills Saloon (9390 Santa Monica Blvd., (213) 273-7155). Mainstream jazz comes to Beverly Hills. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Le Cafe (The Room Upstairs, 14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 986-2662). Many of the town's best contemporary bands work this cozy upstairs room. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Linda's (6715 Melrose Ave., (213) 934-6199). A large, rambling room with an unusual Continental menu and owner Linda Keegan singing a few tunes, backed by various pianists and bassists, each night. No cover, 7 p.m.
Loa (3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (213) 829-1067). Name jazz entertainment on tap along with carefully prepared Nouveau Japanese/French/California cuisine. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Manhattan Jazz (304 12th St., Manhattan Beach, (213) 546-4777). The South Bay's newest room has variety, both on the menu and on the bandstand. Cover varies, 9 p.m.
Marla's Memory Lane (2323 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., (213) 294-8430). This big mid-town room's been spiffed up, and so has the dinner card. Cover varies, 9:30 p.m.