Sam First is a jazz club and cocktail bar, a few minutes walk from the LAX terminals. Featuring serious drinks, local beers and fine wines, spectacular first class lounge-of-your-dreams styling, and world-class modern and straight-ahead jazz.
A LIVE JAZZ EXPERIENCE
Sam First is proud to feature today's best modern and straight-ahead jazz artists five nights a week in a listening room so unique and intimate it'll feel like you're on stage with the band. The combination of the amazing room acoustics and one of LA's most loved Yamaha C7x grand pianos makes for an irresistible listening experience. All shows are currently in-person and nearly all are live streamed so you can watch from anywhere!
ALL SENSES ENGAGED
Our carefully curated selection of craft cocktails, local beers and wines, and bar snacks are the perfect pairings for a night of jazz.
A NIGHT OF FIRST CLASS STYLE
From the industrial interior structures and original photography to the vintage mid-century modern furniture, Sam First provides a space that inspires its musicians and patrons alike.
- Dec 07, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PMHailing from Northeast Italy, Margherita Fava's writing is reminiscent of Kieth Jarret's legendary quartets but with her own unique sound mixed in. Her debut album “TATATU” featuring Greg Tardy and produced by Rodney Whitaker was released in March '23 and received a 4-star review from Downbeat.
- Dec 14, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PMHailing from Rochester, NY, Cottone is one of LA's first call trumpeters with performance credits ranging from Blood Sweat and Tears and Don Henley to Ulysses Owens Jr. and Holophonor. That versatility will be on full display for this show, with music ranging from blues and bebop to soul and funk.
- Dec 20, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PMShai Golan has performed with everyone ranging from fellow saxophonists David Binney, Walter Smith III and Chris Potter to multi GRAMMY-award winning pianist/composer Billy Childs. Join the incredibly gifted saxophonist as he premiers new compositions mixed in with familiar jazz favorites.