THE LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ, HERMOSA BEACH
Sebastian introduces Mia to ‘pure jazz’ at this nightclub, which has been a hot spot for jazz since 1949, and shares with her his dream of opening his own club. He later gets a job here as a piano player. Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie are among the legends who have performed here. Today the Lighthouse is no longer a jazz-only club; it hosts salsa, country and reggae, too (no cover except special events and $5 after 9pm on Friday and Saturday, 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, thelighthousecafe.net.) Nearby is Hermosa Beach Pier, where Sebastian first sings City of Stars, a recurring song in the film.