L.A. previews Dec. 19-25 -- Dwight Trible, Anthony Ortega, Kingsizemaybe, Thelonious Dub, Josh Cristo.

Sat. Dec. 20 -- NOT HAPPENING, SAYS TRIBLE, CONTRARY TO WEBSITE LISTING. Maintaining the lifeline to jazz’s Afro-spiritual wellsprings: singer Dwight Trible, who always has a great band. At the World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park 90008; 8:30 & 10:15pm; $10.

Sat. Dec. 20 -- I had never heard of saxist Anthony Ortega till Rocco booked him, but his résumé, dating back to the ‘40s, is impressive: Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Bley, Don Ellis, et al. This guy ain’t no photocopy. At Café Metropol, 923 E. Third St., downtown 90013; 8pm; $10 cover, $10 minimum; (213) 613-1537.

Sat. Dec. 20 -- Gary Eaton and Kingsizemaybe are where the rock meets the sod. In the bar of Taix Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90026; 10:30pm; free; www.taixfrench.com.

Sat. Dec. 20 -- Dissonance plus jazz tradition plus Jah groove: Thelonious Dub. At Brenart Restaurant, 53 Union St., Pasadena 91103; 7pm; (626) 796-7460.

Thurs. Dec. 25 -- Vocalist Josh Cristo throws his annual birthday bash with an all-star band including Paul Tarsus, Peter Simon, John Divine and Maria Regina. At the Stable, 666 Bethlehem Blvd., downtown; 3pm; free.