Quality Cafe (jazz club)

Quality Cafe was a historical restaurant and jazz club located at 1143 East 12th Street near the corner of Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.[1] Quality Four, a jazz quartet founded by saxophonist Paul Howard and featuring young vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, was formed in 1924 to play at Quality Cafe.[2] The band soon became Quality Quintet and then Quality Serenades, and was disbanded after a tour with Hazel Myers later in the same year.[3] On June 7, 1924, the venue changed its name to Humming Bird Cafe and became "one of the hottest nightclubs in the area" under this name.[4]

Quality Cafe
Location1143 East 12th Street, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
TypeJazz club, restaurant


  1. ^ Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows (1998). California soul: music of African Americans in the West. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20628-2. p. 52.
  2. ^ DjeDje, Meadows (1998) p. 47.
  3. ^ Clora Bryant (1999). Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-22098-6. p. 11.
  4. ^ DjeDje, Meadows (1998) p. 52 (quote), p. 53 (exact date).