Jazz clubs go, like the recently-departed Loa in Santa Monica, but, thankfully, jazz clubs come, too. In particular, the very high-tech St. Mark's Hotel (23 Windward Ave., Venice), and the chatty, neighborhood-ish Drake's (330 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale), both of which have recently added jazz-based formats.
St. Mark's, which opened about a month ago, is offering bands--mostly jazz but sometimes blues/rock--Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 p.m., with solo pianists and guitarists--some classical, some jazz, like singer Patrick Tuzzolino, who closed Tuesday--on tap Sundays through Tuesdays.
Saxophonist-harmonica player Stan Behrens, backed by such top L.A. journeymen as bassist Red Callender and pianist Art Hillery, works tonight through Saturday. Tonight Show Orchestra drummer Ed Shaughnessy brings in a combo Nov. 29. In December, guitarists Barney Kessel and Joe Pass, and saxophonist Lee Konitz are all on tap.
Drake's, which has been around for some years but just went with a jazz policy, will be mostly a singer's room, with the vocalists backed by a pianist and possibly a bassist. Cathy Segal-Garcia, a good contemporary jazz singer who writes a lot of her own material, will book the room, and occasionally work it as well. Segal-Garcia is in Friday and Saturday (and again Dec. 22-23), followed by Sunny Wilkinson, Nov. 24, and Julie Kelly, Nov. 25 and Dec. 1-2, backed on the latter engagement by pianist Terry Trotter, who is regularly heard with guitarist Larry Carlton. Shows are from 6:30-10:30 p.m.