Just two blocks farther south on Highland Avenue, away from the Sturm und Drang at the Hollywood Bowl, a subtler and more intimate brand of jazz was offered Sunday by the trio of pianist Joanne Grauer.
"Windows on Hollywood" at the Hollywood Holiday Inn is a Sunday brunch series, now in its second year, under the aegis of the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Grauer, a lissome local presence whose influence has been limited by her infrequent recording activity, has a gentle but firm way with the standard repertoire.
Most of what was heard during her first two sets Sunday was based on fairly conventional material; many of the old predictables tended to resurface, from "All the Things You Are" to "Stella by Starlight."
The latter was illuminated by a passage in which John Leitham, the left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass, told a fleetly eloquent story during his solo. He later doubled the melody line with Grauer during Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You."