1. Email & Comments

  1. #1 by Shura Reininger on March 3, 2018 - 1:56 pm

    Thank you for the lovely event at the LA Athletic Club, Mary Stallings is the best and I have been waiting a very long time to see her. To quote Eric Reed again, “You try and get an 80 year old to get down here !” Well you did !

    Wish I could go and hear her tonight but am going to Royce Hall to hear an old friend ( from when I was a teenager in Africa ), Dollar Brand and a bunch of very fine African musicians. But please put me on your email list for the Jazz Salon.
    Thank you again for organizing all this, Jazz is a very precious thing and needs cherishing.
    Shura Reininger.

  2. #2 by sharon on September 17, 2017 - 4:23 pm

    Dave….following the Crepe Restaurant discussion and your invitation, we walked to the LA Athletic Club to leave our names for Thursday’s performance. And once there, we learned the Dress Code prevented us from attending…..the man at the desk inside the club, when asked, noted that our T shirts, even, if later, paired with skirts, were not deemed “glamorous” enough to let us in the door of the Thursday Night Jazz Salon……with nothing else in our travel wardrobe we had to pass….just wanted to let you know we were up for the adventure and are sorry to have missed a wonderful evening of jazz….perhaps another year when in LA there will be another opportunity…..thanks again for the invitation.

  3. #3 by Minard Duncan on September 12, 2017 - 4:58 pm

    Hello Dave, I have enjoyed your music at the Jazz on the Sand concerts. I would like to be on your email list.

  4. #4 by Cathy Segal Garcia on July 24, 2013 - 11:34 am

    I’m ready for my close up!! When’s the gig?! 🙂

  5. #5 by Janie on June 1, 2013 - 9:45 am

    I am so glad about you Dave and the music that you can make. Love the singing. Maybe some day I can be there live.
    Love Janie G.

  6. #6 by Melisa N. on May 21, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    I have been waiting with baited breath to find out when your group will appear at the Omni Hotel again! For me personally, experiencing the caliber of jazz and the wonderful arrangements –sitting alfresco in the moonlit summer nights with the skyline of Los Angeles floating as a backdrop were truly incredible nights for me to remember. I have told countless people that this exists as a hidden gem in Los Angeles.

    I own my own restaurant, which features live entertainment–but it’s the nights sitting outside of Noe’ taking the whole scene in that make me tell everyone I run into to keep Thursday night open during the summer! I tell them that the food was surprisingly good and affordable and the parking is just $5.00! When people are naturally enthusiastic over something you can’t buy that type of marketing!!! Literally I’m plugging the Omni as much as Nic’s (my restaurant)! It’s honestly because I feel that the entire package is such a wonderful treat that I need to share it with all who I believe would enjoy.

    Overall the experience for me was top. A few suggestions for the hotel would be in table set up—possibly using many small deuces, as opposed to the larger block rectangular tables, would make it easier for customers to see and the servers to service.
    It also seemed as if there could have been more busboy and waiter service. I believe the hotel did a great job, as this was a pilot project for them.
    I don’t know what type of marketing they generally do, but to have this type of event -jazz of this caliber appearing at that hotel – is something to SCREAM about! They should connect with social media and print ASAP as it is a true amenity to The Omni.

    I look forward to seeing you as the Bass-man on the Roof! Honestly I can’t wait and people are calling me to find out what date you will begin–What can I tell them???

    You and The Omni should be so proud of how you collaborated on such an inspirational season. Captivate us again!

  7. #7 by Carey P. on May 21, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    Sunset Jazz at Noé was a real treat. All I can think of as a way to describe those evenings is to compare them with the jazz series at LACMA or MOMA. Enjoying the beauty of jazz, the wonderful service, good food and a beautiful environment is something that only can come in a hip modern urban setting. This is sophistication and style taken to the most wonderful level. The music draws me to the restaurant, so I know that in my case there is definitely a bottom line return for them, but the return has to be measured in a greater sense. How does a city, or a hotel, or a restaurant all define themselves? That’s the key, and what Jazz at Noé says is that the restaurant is more than drinks after business and television screens. To me it says that there is a dedication to refinement, to the arts and to performance. To me it suggests a higher plane, a more sublime enjoyment – living life the way I would like to see it, and that’s something exciting and marvelous to contemplate, and to have realized here in our city.

    Count me in. It was a slice of heaven.

  8. #8 by Joni and Clark S. on May 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    I have been looking forward to another season with “Sunset Jazz at Noe”. My husband and I attended seven of them last summer . We always had drinks and dinner. It is a unique experience in Los Angeles and I cannot wait for it to begin again. Please tell us when we can make reservations.

  9. #9 by Loren on May 21, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Since stumbling on to jazz on the Omni patio last fall, my only regret about your incredible music is that I live in Illinois! Fortunately I return to L.A. often and can’t wait to have another special evening enjoying the Sunset Jazz.

    The downtown setting and the beautiful music are magical, and Noé is one of my favorite restaurants. The seating was so comfortable and I saw so many old friends there that the experience has a special place in my memory. It’s the best spot in downtown L.A. in the evening! Whenever I am in L.A. for any reason I hope that you will be playing there again, so I can bring some friends and relatives. I let as many people know about it as I could, last year and will do so again. My friends Ann and Lyndal from Santa Barbara can’t wait to hear you!

  10. #10 by Nancy on May 21, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    I have been looking forward to this next season at the Omni since your last performance in 2011. There’s nothing like our downtown city lights, good food, drinks, friends and amazing live jazz music! Music that truly feeds the soul, especially after long work days.

    I hope to receive the 2012 Schedule for Sunset Jazz at Noé program. I talked so much about it to my coworkers that we’re looking at setting a date for Happy Hour at Noé. Please keep me informed.

  11. #11 by Bill and Sandy K. on May 21, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    We really enjoyed the “Sunset Jazz at Noe” last summer and would love to attend concerts this year as well. The outdoor venue is wonderful. The hotel made parking very convenient. In regards to the food, it would be very nice if the restaurant menu choices could be served on the patio, as well as the small plates happy hour menu. Bill’s sister, Patty, actually called the Omni last week and inquired about the jazz concerts for this summer.

  12. #12 by Nancy R. on May 21, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    I loved Sunset Jazz at Noe. I only had the opportunity to go twice, but each time was so enjoyable! I loved being able to sit outside, listen to Jazz and have drinks and appetizers with my friends. I actually planned on attending more sessions this Summer so I hope that you bring back the Jazz!

    Food and service were great….one of the nights I went, parking was sold out because of an event – but it would not deter me from attending another Jazz night.

  13. #13 by Rich E. on May 21, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    What was special about Sunset Jazz at Noe, and why I kept coming back, and will come back again:

    – Great music in a great setting.
    – Distinctive atmosphere; the band really engaged with the audience. Much better than most downtown music at hotels.
    – Extremely high-caliber musicians playing in a relaxed setting. Musicians really enjoyed playing together.
    – Nice way to wind down after work: Good appetizers, good drinks, and reasonable happy-hour prices.
    – Easy, convenient validated parking. Very nice compared to other downtown venues.

    Suggestions for making it even better:
    – Add a server? Sometimes it took a while to get served, yet the staff looked like they were all working hard.
    – More happy-hour food selections.
    – Perhaps a special jazz-dinner-room package?

  14. #14 by Dave Ross on November 30, 2011 - 10:12 am

    New Year’s Eve at Omni’s Grand Cafe is going to be great! Nolan Shaheed (trumpet), Paulie Cerra (sax/vocals), Bruce Forman (guitar), Nick Mancini (vibes) and Ruby Presnell (vocals) will be backed by drummer Tony Humecke and me. The room is beautiful, the cuisine is French, and the jazz will be hot! Call soon (213 356-4155) to make reservations. We expect to sell out!

  15. #15 by Silvia Blocker on November 24, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    Loved the show last Thursday. I can’t believe such a wonderful event was happening practically down the street from me and I was unaware of it.(Thanks for turning me on to it Heideh). Can’t wait to here Dave and Friends again. Amazing is not enough of a discription, but I don’t have the words to express the beauty of the music. David you are a rare and beautiful gift.

  16. #16 by Nicki on November 22, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    Dave, Your music is gorgeous and sexy, starry and high as the sky! I’m really enjoying it, and I’m so glad that you’ve pursued this passion throughout your life! So wonderful…
    Love it, love you. Nicki

  17. #17 by admin on November 14, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Winnie: it was so wonderful talking to you! Wouldn’t it be great to get a little trio together, and play some New York clubs? I’m ready! Please give my best to everyone and I hope we get to play together soon!
    Big hugs.

  18. #18 by Winnie on November 14, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    Absolutely wonderful ! Great sound ! You’re a star Dave Ross ! It was delightful to watch and hear your videos.

  19. #19 by David on September 24, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Alex: thanks so much! We had a great time making the music! I will post our next First & Hope gig on this site; plus you are now in my email list, so will receive announcements that way.

    Thanks for listening, and for sharing your comment.

  20. #20 by Alex on September 23, 2010 - 8:06 pm

    Beautiful sound! Can’t wait to take EVERYONE to your next performance : D

  21. #21 by David on August 25, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    Rick, Music is supposed to sooth the savage beast, not make the savage beastly!

  22. #22 by Rick on August 25, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    Sounds sooooooo good Dave. I can’t wait to hear more right here on the floor with someone I adore.

  23. #23 by David on August 21, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    Mike: thanks so much for taking the time to share your nice comments. Gina will be back on the 18th and I’m finding some more exciting musicians, as well. Among other ideas, we’re planning on a tribute to the Dave Brubeck album “Time Out”, with the classic “Take 5”, as well as more of Gina’s Portuguese take on Jobim classics.

    I remember Audrey’s smiling face, seeing Dick, and quickly meeting some guests; so we may have already been introduced, but please say hello on the 18th. Let me know if I can do anything to make the evening more fun for you and your guests.


  24. #24 by Lamike on August 21, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Caught your last show at First and Hope thanks to an Audrey Johnson hosting. Terrific. Gina is over the top. Planning on taking some friends on 9/18 for a repeat.

  25. #25 by David on July 14, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Karen: actually, I was interested in seeing whether we would receive negative comments about the smoke. The musicians don’t like it, particularly the singers, but I’ve been rebuffed when asking them to stop it. Maybe if I’m able to forward comments like yours to them, we’ll get them to stop.

    Thanks for your nice comments about the music. We’ll include a wonderful female singer on the 25th, Gina Saputo (www.GinaSaputo.com), and some different musicians. We plan to mix things up much more, including more instrumentals.

  26. #26 by Karen on July 14, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Loved the instrumentals…especially Mad Men! David, you are amazing!
    If you plan to do more concerts at the Supper Club, do you think the Owner could adjust or eliminate the “smoke?” I understand that he insists on it, but he needs to know that it was a distractive nuisance for the audience…surely not what he intends!

  27. #27 by David on July 14, 2010 - 10:33 am

    I’m selecting musicians and songs for the upcoming July 25 performance at First & Hope. Please submit a Comment and let me know your suggestions. Last month’s artists and songs are listed under the Performances tab above. I hope you can join us on the 25th!

  28. #28 by David on July 10, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    July 10th – we’ve just completed our updated website! The only item left is to upload videos from our last First and Hope show (June 27).

    We hope to see you at our next First and Hope performance the evening of Sunday, July 25. Please leave a comment, so I know there are people out there who enjoy (or not!) our music.


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