Jazz Clubs in Bell Gardens


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Though all the food at Nola's is modeled after the Cajun and Creole cuisine of the Big Easy, the restaurant?s housemade ingredients give it a personalized spin. Chefs toss fried wings in a special tangy hot sauce, serve popcorn shrimp with a signature honey-chipotle sauce, coat 10-ounce catfish fillets with a special blend of seasonings, and cook fried chicken for 20 minutes.

When it comes to classic dishes such as jambalaya, the cooks approach from various angles, adding shirmp and crab claws to create a seafood version. For vegetarians, they've come up with a version that uses tofu sausage and fresh veggies. Rounding out the jambalaya variations, there is also a breakfast jambalaya souffl?, for those who love breakfast at all hours of the day. For lunch, they specialize in shrimp, oyster, and catfish po' boys, which are drenched in a cornmeal-and-flour batter, fried, and served with housemade roasted-garlic tartar sauce.

To complement feasts, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails, including a tequila-and-watermelon-juice blend called the Witch Doctor, inspired by the witch doctor that lives on the roof. Beneath the chandeliers and wooden beams of the rustic dining room, meals unfold as live musicians serenade diners with the sounds of New Orleans?style blues and jazz.

734 E 3rd St
Los Angeles,
CA
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If you can get Dizzy Gillespie to play at your restaurant, your restaurant might become a cultural institution. That's one lesson learned during Catalina Bar & Grill storied history, which began in 1987 and was profiled by the Los Angeles Times in 2008. The bebop-improvising trumpeter wasn't the only star, or even jazz great, who's graced the Catalina stage?others include Art Blakely, Chick Corea, Betty and Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Jimmy Scott. And things have not slowed down. Each month, the discerning booker schedules dozens of soloists, bands, and orchestras?but he's only interested in top-level talent. While live music is the true star, Catalina also features a full menu, which brims with entrees such as filet mignon, rack of lamb, and shrimp scampi.

6725 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles,
CA
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5985 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
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A rare outlet for commercially sanctioned laughter in downtown Los Angeles, Garrett Morris’ Downtown Blues and Comedy Club helps visitors escape the stresses of the workweek with a rotating stable of top-tier standup talent every Friday and Saturday. Comic legend Garrett Morris, now seen as Earl on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, hosts showcases of comic talent with charming wit and tales of how he outlived the original cast of Saturday Night Live. The bill remains consistently loaded with fresh-faced and seasoned funny folk, with past luminaries including George Lopez, Margaret Cho, and Wayne Brady, along with aspiring stars in the twilight before their first mismatched-marriage sitcom.

Keeping true to its name and Morris’ roots in the New Orleans music scene, the venue often punctuates its comedy shows with performances from top blues artists—including Morris himself, who has lent his soulful pipes to the Harry Belafonte Singers—that add melody to the mirth. While weekend shows feature Garrett’s hosting and harmonies along with the headlining acts, the Thursday Night Experience allows youthful burgeoning comics and musicians to hog the spotlight.

501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles,
CA
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We specialize in serving up the finest in Healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Vegetarians look no further for a variety of options! Come dine with us if you're looking for a romantic atmosphere or just want to grab dinner before a show.

16925 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
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For a fast bite with tons of flavor, try Los Angeles' Grand Star Restaurant. No need to miss out on Grand Star Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar. Long guest list? Not a problem at Grand Star Restaurant, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Grand Star Restaurant frequently features a DJ or live music. For music and dancing, Grand Star Restaurant also features live bands and an open floor. Volume at this bar can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.

If you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday, be prepared for crowds (sorry, no reservations accepted). Grand Star Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Grand Star Restaurant for catering.

Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Grand Star Restaurant.

Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Grand Star Restaurant.

943 Sun Mun Way
Los Angeles,
CA
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