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Apr 8, 2002 06:03 PM

The Jazz Bakery

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Has anyone heard of the Jazz Bakery? I think it's in Culver City or something. They told me of it because they are opening a store across the street from it. They said that Woody Allen plays there sometimes. I asked what he played, the saxophone?, but she said she didn't know and he's hard of hearing. We were all pretty tired after presenting a luncheon/fashion show/Japanese history event all the darn day and two of us didn't even speak English well.

Do they have food there? If not, anywhere good close?

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    Vanessa On The Town

    I don't know about the bakery, but Woody Allen plays the clarinet.

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    1. re: Vanessa On The Town

      Allen has a regular Monday night gig at (I think) Michael's Pub in NYC. He played at the Bakery ONCE, to promote the release of "Wild Man Blues." Don't hold your breath for a return engagement.

      The food at the Bakery is for the most part of the "convenience" variety, and you can't take it into the showroom (thank you, Jazz Bakery). This is a place for serious music fans, though the seting is informal and the jazz isn't for the most part too esoteric.

      The address, which nobody's quite gotten around to printing, is:

      3233 Helms Avenue
      Culver City (310) 271-9039.

      It's in sort of an alley between two buildings. Plenty of street parking available.

      Ads every week in the Weekly, New Times and L.A. Times, at the very least.

    2. The Jazz Bakery is a club on Venice Blvd. in the old Helms Bakery complex in Culver City. It has drinks (although not hard liquor) and little if no food (which as I recall is not particularly good). The (plastic) chairs can be a little uncomfortable but you get to hear great jazz pretty close up. Foodwise, I've been known to make a Tito's run before heading here for the music. Don't know if Woody's ever played there but it's possible. My understanding is that he primarily plays clarinet in a sort of Dixieland Jazz combo, generally at a particular (unremembered)club in New York. Jazzwise, this is the main alternative to Catalina's in Hollywood. The Bakery generally works out a little cheaper since you don't have to buy drinks.

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      1. re: mc michael

        Woody played there one night last year as part of a promotion for his then latest movie opening. I think he plays semi-regularly at a club in Manhattan someplace (Greenwich Village, maybe?) The NY boarders would know.

        1. re: LBQT

          He used to play at Michael's Pub on the Upper East Side

        2. re: mc michael

          Please consider dining at Red Sea, an Eritrean place not terribly far from the Jazz Bakery. The vegetarian entrees are terrific, and far better than the meat dishes. Red Sea has live jazz on Fridays and stays open very late on the weekends--till two, I think.

          Red Sea Restuarant
          6001 Washington Blvd (2 blocks east of La Cienega)
          Culver City, CA 90232
          (310) 202-7425

          See Woody play his clarinet in Barbara Koppel's ironically titled documentary, "Wildman Blues."


        3. I've never been to the Jazz Bakery, but right next to it in the Helms Bakery complex is a little French place called La Dijonaise. I've had brunch & snacks there, and it was pretty tasty, and reasonably priced.

          1. Versailles (good Cuban) is right down the street.

            1. The Jazz Bakery is a bit frustrating because they have oustanding bookings, but it is not a very good place to see a show because of the terrible acoustics and the plastic chairs.