Will Cooks Chapel in Anaheim Become the Next Jazz Hot Spot in OC?
The closing of Steamers Jazz Club in Fullerton last summer still hurts. The iconic venue had been the only spot in OC to catch live jazz seven nights a week. The shuttering of Steamers led to an exodus of jazz aficionados and musicians wandering around looking for a new place to call home ever since. But last Thursday night at Cooks Chapel in Anaheim, a hopeful tune sounded when the Ron Kobayashi Trio took the stage. The concert nights dubbed "Jazz in the Chapel" are brand spanking new and off to a good start. The Tony Guerrero Quintet, ol' Steamers regulars, kicked things off at the venue occupying the ground floor of the Anaheim Packing House two weeks ago. The Ron Kobayashi Trio followed with a show last week. Both performances packed the house. The Scott Martin Latin Soul Band is keeping the momentum going in March.
"Cooks started jazz because it is a perfect space to hear live jazz both acoustically and size wise," says David House, co-promoter of Jazz in the Chapel along with his son Jason. "OC is a jazz desert, like a huge empty space waiting to be filled."
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