One of my favorite things about the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation—and there are a lot—is Ron Swanson's smooth-jazz sax-man alter-ego Duke Silver (both awesomely played by Nick Offerman). The character even has a band website. As Duke puts it in his online bio, "Jazz sax is a connection to the heavens. Human breath enters, and Angel breath leaves." Sexy. Here are three nights where you can hear some sexy jazz:
One bar hooking San Diego up with good jazz is Seven Grand (3054 University Ave. in North Park). On Thursday, Oct. 10, HM3, a new project made up of bassist Harley Magsino, pianist Joshua White and drummer Charles Weller will play a show in the back room. The trio gets down on jazz influenced by various genres, like hip-hop, rock, R&B and gospel.
You can't talk local jazz without mentioning Dizzy's (4275 Mission Bay Drive in Pacific Beach). The jazz lounge brings the fresh, love-making jams on the nightly, but on Saturday, Oct. 12, the club gets a little bit nerdy. Jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and his Jazzmikan septet will give jazzy interpretations of famous movie theme songs. I have my fingers crossed for a jazz-flute heavy rendition of the Ghostbusters theme. It kicks off at 8 p.m., with tickets going for $15.
The Gaslamp Speakeasy (708 Fourth Ave., Downtown) is one of the newer kids on the jazzy block. Every night, you can check out cool tunes by local and visiting jazz and blues musicians. It's the perfect spot for a chill night. But like many speakeasies, the hot spot has some rules to ensure a good night. First, talking politics or religion is not allowed. Second, if you want to approach a foxy lady, you have to do it with a drink. The owners also don't want to hear bitching about the communal booth seating or how long craft cocktails take to make. Basically, just sit there silently and enjoy your drink. Luckily, Rule 4 isn't "Nobody leaves here without singing the blues." That's right, I made an Adventures in Babysitting reference.