Harbor Jazz Ensemble

Bringing exciting music, outstanding musicians, and fun to any occasion!

We are a Southern California event band, offering a variety of jazz combos for hire.

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Harbor Jazz Ensemble


The LIttle Band with a Big Band Sound!

​​​The eight-piece Harbor Jazz Ensemble plays recognizable and engaging jazz classics from the swing era, blues, and pop music - all in big band style. 

Smaller than a typical "big band,"  yet preserving a big band sound, Harbor Jazz Ensemble uses arrangements that showcase harmonies by five horn players, as well as featured solos, and rhythm section of piano, bass guitar and drums.  The band often includes a vocalist.


We invite listeners and dancers of all ages to share our love of this historic American music, always expressing creativity and swingin' good times!


Harbor Jazz Ensemble is proud to be included on the LA County Arts Commission Musicians Roster!

Access the LACAC Musicians Roster here.

Harbor Jazz ensemble - Videos

Harbor Jazz Ensemble with vocalist Almita Delone at the urban garden of Feed & Be Fed, July 2018.

Harbor Jazz Ensemble at 2nd Annual South Bay Festival of Arts,  June 2018.  

Video courtesy of Barbara Barker.

HJE Combos

Lively and Fun!


The musicians of Harbor Jazz Ensemble play in combos of 3, 4, 5 or more, creating lots of entertainment and budget options.

Cool and Casual


HJE Trio and HJE Quartet provide excellent background music to accompany diners or business events.  

Versatile and Professional


Our experienced musicians and diverse repertoire make HJE a good choice for community events, fairs, seasonal parties and dances.

Some HJE combos . . .

HJE Trio of jazz guitar, bass guitar and clarinet.

HJE Trio of alto sax, keyboard and bass guitar.

HJE Quartet of tenor sax, keyboard, bass guitar and drums.

Where You've Seen Us . . .

Feed & Be Fed/The Garden Church, (house band) San Pedro

People's Place, San Pedro

The Canterbury, Palos Verdes

Second Annual South Bay Festival of Arts, Torrance

Diamond Bar County Library

El Segundo Public Library

Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreatiion, OAP

Crafted Port of Los Angeles

Casa Arjona, Long Beach

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, San Pedro

Jackson's Place, San Pedro

Crème de la Crepe, Rolling Hills Estates

upcoming events

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7:00-10:00 pm

HJE Trio  is featured on Jazz Night at Enrique's Cantina, one of the South Bay's best new restaurants of 2018 according to the Easy Reader News.

Enrique's offers "a complete dining experience with ocean views, craft cocktails, ice cold drafts, and dishes from regions stretching across Mexico, Central and South America."

Enrique's Restaurant & Cantina

320 S. Catalina Avenue

Redondo Beach  90277


Enrique's Website


Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

A sparkling French cafe, great for dinner and dessert, beer and wine, and live jazz!  No Cover.

HJE Trio:  Ruri Matthews - sax,  Makoto Miyashita - guitar, Liz Lubin - bass guitar

Crème de la Crepe

550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 145

Rolling Hills Estates  90274


Creme de la Crepe website


Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30-9:00 pm

Celebrate April's "First Thursday" in San Pedro with all the activities, food and music on 6th Street, including Harbor Jazz Ensemble's free concert at Feed & Be Fed urban garden  The 9-piece "little band with a big band sound" includes vocalist Almita Delone. All are welcome!

Feed & Be Fed

429 W. 6th Street

San Pedro  90731


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Harbor Jazz Ensemble