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Blue Whale

Map & Directions 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sun 6pm-12am, Mon-Sat 8pm-2am


LA Weekly's Description

If the true art of jazz is improvisation, it makes sense that Little Tokyo's Blue Whale jazz club seems to pop up out of nowhere. The in-the-moment space atop Weller Court is a dim mix of modern lines and classic looks, much like the genre-mixing music that emerges nightly from the open stage. The eclectic audience queues up at the bar in the back, or slumps into one of the many padded benches that surround the impeccable performers. For those in need of satiation, the small kitchen churns out top-notch small plates Tuesday through Saturday, from an early tomato polenta to a series of pulled pork sliders. The house cocktails and small collection of local craft beers keep everyone tapping their feet to the sometimes bluesy tunes that emerge from the best jazz players in the country.

Member Reviews

  • alanna508 wrote a review for Blue Whale
    on 07/10/10

    Last night (7/9/10) I went to the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo (directly across from the LADWP in Weller Court / 3rd Floor) to hear Marcel Carmago's set of musical puzzles. The Blue Whale opened discreetly a while back and has slowly picked up traction as a place run by true patrons of the arts. Marcel was set up in the main performance area surrounded by pedals and microphone... More >>

  • dexterstory1 wrote a review for Blue Whale
    on 07/10/10

    Coolest and most progressive jazz venue in Los Angeles. Stylish and comfortable. The owner Joon Lee is a vocalist himself and gets it. Bar staff keeps quiet during the performances. Rumi and Hafiz quotes on the ceiling and drawings of Miles and Coltrane on the wall. Not easy to find the first time but once you do you will be hooked. Five stars.

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  • Jared N. on 08/04/13

    Hear a musical conversation that is jazz, sip a Japanese single-malt, and lose yourself in a cerebral experience that leaves you yearning for more...

  • Janet Nami M. on 07/05/12

    Great acoustics, solid music, down-to-earth vibe, only $10 cover. Can't beat that for live jazz in LA!

  • Big T. on 01/31/13

    Best place to hear jazz in LA

  • Bianca Lo on 12/20/12

    Bartenders who are thoughtful with drink recommendations!

  • Britt W. on 09/20/10

    Fabulous filthy martinis

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