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MUSIC: Angel City Arts presents the 14th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival October 1-15 with performances from Highland Park to Brentwood at REDCAT, 2220 Arts + Archives, LACMA, the Lodge Room, the Ford, and Skirball Center.

Angel City Jazz Festival 2021

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Date(s) - 10/01/2021 - 10/15/2021
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM


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Angel City Arts presents the 14th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival October 1-15 with performances from Highland Park to Brentwood at REDCAT, 2220 Arts + Archives (formerly the Bootleg), LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the Lodge Room, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Center. This year’s events mark the festival’s return to presenting concerts with live audiences after more than a year of virtual-only events.

This year’s event will host fifteen concerts during the first half of October featuring live performances by the Mark Dresser 5 with Michael Dessen, Joshua White, Mark Ferber, and Chris Speed, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio with Rich Brown and Larnell Lewis, the Corey Fogel Group featuring Judith Berkson, Beth Schenck, and Mattie Barbier, Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones with Matt Nelson, Eva Lawitts, and Max Jaffe, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Bridge to Everywhere, the Cathlene Pineda Quartet, NOICE, the Dan Rosenboom Quintet, and Jon Hatamiya’s Big Band, the Jeff Parker and Elliott Sharp Duo, the Muttdoggs (Mike Watt, Motoko Honda, Joe Berardi) with special guest Petra Haden, Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble with special guest Dianne Reeves, Myra Melford, and the Jamie Baum Septet+1.

Jazz never stands still. It’s constantly evolving and reinventing itself. While some festivals nostalgically look back, Angel City unapologetically looks forward to encouraging and embracing the metamorphosis of the genre. Although a cradle to 1960s innovators such as Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and Charles Lloyd, Los Angeles never consistently hosted a festival dedicated to post-traditional improvisation until innovator Rocco Somazzi founded The Angel City Jazz Festival in 2008. The Angel City Jazz Festival has helped establish LA as a jazz destination through twelve years of live concerts featuring artists such as Bill Frisell, Archie Shepp, Bennie Maupin, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, Ravi Coltrane, Nels Cline, Tigran Hamasyan, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and many others.

Presented in partnership with LACMA, Los Angeles Jazz Society, Orenda Records, The Ford, LA Phil, Skirball Cultural Center, and Chamber Music America.

Angel City Arts is a music presenting non-profit organization committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles.

IMAGE courtesy of Angel City Jazz Festival (Public Domain)

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