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Blue Whale

Music, Music venues Downtown
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Blue Whale.
Photo courtesy Blue Whale. Blue Whale.

What most people don't know about Weller Court, an unassuming concrete mall in Little Tokyo popular for its ramen cafes and Marukai Market, is that it's home to one of the best jazz clubs in the city. Despite its name, the Blue Whale isn't easy to spot, which means those who are there know why they came. If you're looking for a date conversation soundtrack, this isn't your place. The cover price at this romantic but vivacious club is unpretentious and you won't be asked to spend anything beyond the door cover, so music comes first and talkers aren't tolerated. When it comes to jazz in LA, Blue Whale has its finger on the pulse. CD release parties are common here and popular jam session nights bring in emerging talents at reduced admission. The most peculiar thing about the Blue Whale is the challenge it presents to its listeners: entertainment that will keep you there till dawn and uncomfortable, cube-shaped seats that seem to quote Dan Hick's song, “How can I miss you, if you won't go away?”

By: Erica Zora Wrightson


Venue name: Blue Whale
Address: 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
Ste 301
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8pm-2am
Price: $10 cover, varies
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I'm definitely not going to say that Blue Whale is the only place in LA where you can catch Kamasi Washington jamming out with Kendrick Lamar and FlyLo on hand - but I will say that, if it's not the most intimate, I would appreciate you inviting me to whatever house parties you are attending because they sound rad. There are some rules at Blue Whale, the calendar and ticketing system can be wonky, the seats aren't super comfortable and the drinks are whatever, but that is all part of the charm.