Jazz Concerts in LA – Authoritys’ Picks.
In a town that hosts over
a hundred jazz-profiled venues (some of them holding jazz concerts daily)
and offers a range of 15 to 50 live jazz concerts daily it’s almost impossible
to indicate what’s most valuable. We’ve decided to trust the picks of
lajazz.com, community supported guide to jazz events in LA area.
Audiences can enjoy an array of music as interpreted by some of today's most acclaimed performers in the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2009 - 2010 Jazz Series which combines established stars and the hottest new voices and musicians in today's jazz world. The cool and intimate Samueli Theater is going to be a home of this year’s series (except for one-night-only special performances in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall).
Comprising 15 of today's finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the band has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra for more than 18 years. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works. The orchestra has performed in over 300 cities on six continents, sharing an amazing treasure of musical sophistication and tradition with thousands of passionate jazz fans. On October 1st the band will perform a show with Wynton Marsalis @ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Every few years, a new artist comes along with talent and potential so great that it challenges and redefines the common perceptions of what modern music is and where it's heading. Esperanza Spalding (23 years old) is the new light on the horizon and a compelling bassist/vocalist/composer. This multi-lingual artist possesses uncanny instrumental chops, a siren voice that entrances in three languages and arranging skills that weave together the best of the old school with the progressive. Her debut on the Center’s stage will be November 6 & 7, 2009 @ Samueli Theater.
Herb Alpert is a creator, innovator, musician, producer, artist and entrepreneur - with eight Grammy® Awards, five No. 1 hits, 15 Gold albums and 14 Platinum. He is a legend in the music industry. Lani Hall is a Grammy-winning vocalist who was propelled to international fame as the lead singer for Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. This husband-and-wife team has a chemistry that will ignite in a magnificently crafted evening that includes a wide treasure of American and Brazilian jazz plus popular standards. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Center Debut on December 5, 2009 @ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt’s centennial anniversary will be celebrated in the Center by presenting an ensemble of the finest European and American jazz musicians. The Belgian native and gypsy jazz guitarist, was born on January 23, 1910. Included in this tribute are French gypsy guitar legend Dorado Schmitt, his son and protégé, guitarist Samson Schmitt, French accordion virtuoso Ludovic Beier, French violin master Pierre Blanchard, American jazz bassist Brian Torff and American jazz clarinet and tenor saxophone soloist Ken Peplowski. All of them @ Samueli Theater on January 29 & 30, 2010.
On April 24, 2010 @ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall we’ll be listening to Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour. Pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, guitarist Russell Malone and seven-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Kurt Elling are among the stars in the pantheon of the world's longest running jazz festival. These four artists, each a major jazz power, come together to create a musical experience that celebrates the legacy of this uniquely American musical style and showcases their own amazing contributions.
Other major jazz related attractions in LA area for next few months include:
Tenor saxophonist and living legend Pharoah Sanders performing at Catalina Bar & Grill from Thursday August 27 through Saturday, August 29, 2009. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders' sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.
The Warm Nights, Cool Sounds series at Descanso Gardens' Under the Oaks Theatre will feature Latin-flavored jazz from some of Southern California's finest Latin jazz artists this summer in La Canada/Flintridge. Opening the series on Thursday, July 23rd is the Robert Kyle Brazilian Trio. On Thursday, July 30th the Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Ensemble appears, and on Thursday, August 6th, Mitchell Long brings in a group performing authentic Brazilian jazz and originals. The concerts are free to the public, with admission to the gardens.
For a daily list of jazz events in LA & surroundings go to www.lajazz.com