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The Lowdown In HiFi -- 1642 Bar Has Live Jazz

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Emily St. Amand and Dave Sawer perform at 1642's jazz residency on Wednesday nights | Photo by Lisa Brenner/LAist

Emily St. Amand and Dave Sawer perform at 1642's jazz residency on Wednesday nights | Photo by Lisa Brenner/LAist
1642 is hep, happening and hidden from weekday swarm. Away from the pomp and cheeseballery of Sunset Boulevard, the unassuming venue at 1642 Temple Street is a neighborhood bar cushioned between Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown (HiFi).

Recently rehabed, 1642 is a cozy haunt for craft beer lovers, mellow wine drinkers and now, swinging cats. Showcasing dimly lit 40s architecture, exposed brick and polished concrete, they’ve also started up an outstanding jazz residency on Wednesday nights.

Last week, LAist stepped out with The Gaskettes -- a dreamy, lady crew of gold-jacketed moped riders -- and bumped face first into a singing fox with a sax, three gentlemen with guitars and a boomy upright bass. Emily St. Amand, Dave Sawer, Keegan Anglim, Greg Fleischut, and Ellie Athayde have been playing together at 1642 for about a month and promise to have a band name the next time we ask.

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Wanna hear how good they sound? Please enjoy two of the worst videos ever taken. I’d like to think that the poor visual quality and lack of horizontal-ness serves to emphasize the exquisite nature of the audio.

Jazz @ 1642, Part 1

Jazz @ 1642, Part 2