David Dean Bottrell on Off-Ramp for November 5, 2011

Jazz at the A Frame - great jazz in Betty Hoover's livingroom

John Rabe

Alto sax player Bruce Babad likes playing at Jazz at the A Frame because he's so close to the audience he can touch them ... and stay hip to whether they're digging his groove.

Courtesy Betty Hoover

Betty Hoover introducing one of the acts at her home jazz salon, Jazz at the A Frame.

John Rabe

Bandleader Bruce Babad, with bassist Luther Hughes, before their gig at Jazz at the A Frame, a private home in the Hollywood Hills that becomes a jazz salon once a month.

Courtesy Betty Hoover

Ginji, the mascot of Jazz at the A Frame, abides by the "no talking, no barking" rule.


UPDATE: Jazz at the A Frame, Betty Hoover's delightful home, might be LA's best jazz club. It's probably the best place to hear jazz ... not cell-phones, talkers, or clinking glasses and plates. Sunday, January 13, Betty's bringing in singer Stephanie Nakasian and bop pianist Hod O'Brien. Rounding out the group: Allen Mezquida, alto sax; Jim DeJulio, bass; Paul Kreibich, drums. An excellent opportunity for us to bring back an Off-Ramp favorite.

The new release from jazz sax player Bruce Babad - A Tribute to Paul Desmond - wasn't recorded in a studio or a local jazz club, but in a private home. It happened in an A-Frame high in the Hollywood Hills, whose owner, a Texan named Betty Hoover, hosts Sunday afternoon concerts every month. For $40 or $50, you get wine, a light lunch, and a couple hours of what some consider some of the best jazz in LA. Off-Ramp went to the CD release party last Sunday.


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