Jan 31, 2024 - Culture

Lou Lou's Club and Ballroom is San Diego's newest jazz club

Zak Najor and Friends at Lou Lou's

Zak Najor and Friends, including Karl Denson, at Lou Lou's on Jan. 27. Photo: Brian Kaufman

San Diego's newest jazz club is open.

State of play: Lou Lou's Club and Ballroom, a 1920s-style jazz and supper club, is the latest unveiling as part of the $31 million renovation of the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard.

Zoom in: The club emphasizes its historic elements — a clamshell stage and sunken dance floor — and has already made a splash with its cocktail program and some early big shows.

  • San Diego breakout stars Thee Sacred Souls christened it last month — a significantly smaller venue than they usually play — ahead of their international tour starting in March.
  • Drummer Zak Najor played the room last Saturday, with his Zak Najor & Friends outlet welcoming fellow Greyboy All-Stars founder Karl Denson to the stage.

What we're watching:

  • Thursday: The Danny Green Trio, a jazz outfit paired with a five-course, prix fixe dinner.
  • Friday: Kimmi Bitter, last year's San Diego Music Awards winner for best country artist.
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