Hurrah for excellent late(r) night live Jazz in LA! I’d been needing some live Jazz, so this came along at just the right time. My dear friend Patrice Quinn was singing at The World Stage in Leimert Park last night, with Jacques Lesure on guitar and Don Littleton on percussion. I went with a friend to see the second set, starting at 10:00pm. She was wonderful! I’d previously only heard Patrice sing privately (a mutual dear friend of ours hosts fantastic parties which often end in late night music with him on piano and Patrice or perhaps someone else singing – one of these days I hope to get my trumpet playing back on track and blow a few notes alongside) so it was great to be able to support her at a public event. Her companions on stage were excellent as well. The World Stage is a rare (and struggling) thing in LA – a small, intimate space that opens late, treats the music as the main event and not a dinner accompaniment, has more than one set, and recognizes that Jazz is not really at its best in big concert spaces… Why not visit there some time soon?


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