LA’s low-key jazz joint

September 28, 2007

Venturing out of New York for a moment…

It’s nice to know that other cities too are bringing social jazz back to life with unpretentious ventures like Big Apple Jazz. This morning I came across an article from The Daily Sundial, a Northridge, CA-based newspaper, about a nonprofit jazz club in Los Angeles. Run by volunteers for the past 11 years, the venture is called The Jazz Bakery and, like Big Apple Jazz, hosts daily live music for all ages.

Owner Ruth Price is known for attracting some of Jazz’s biggest names to the space. Recently the Jazz Bakery hosted saxophonist Red Holloway’s 80th birthday concert. Over the years the veteran performer has shared the stage with names like Billie Holliday, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin.

The club’s name, however, is slightly misleading. No food is served during the shows (the venue prides itself on its strict focus on music), and the music isn’t free (average ticket price seems to be about $25).


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