Date(s) - 10/14/2021
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
- Big Band
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The Angel City Jazz Festival presents a special concert with Billy Childs’ Jazz-Chamber Ensemble, a groundbreaking project that, as its name suggests, merges improvisation and jazz rhythms with the orchestration and instrumentation of a traditional chamber ensemble.
Dianne Reeves—one of the most acclaimed singers in jazz today—joins the party as a special guest.
Jazz Chamber Group
- Billy Childs – piano
- Larry Koonse – guitar
- Carol Robbins – harp
- Daniel Rotem – saxophone
- Dan Chmielinski – bass
- Christian Euman – drums
- Sara Andon – flute
- Alyssa Park – violin
- Shalini Vijayan – violin
- Luke Maurer – viola
- Timothy Loo – cello
The festival will kick off Friday, October 1 at REDCAT at the Disney Hall in Downtown LA with longtime festival favorite San Diego based bassist/composer Mark Dresser leading a new Quintet with Michael Dessen, Joshua White, Mark Ferber, and Chris Speed, followed by Canadian supergroup the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio with Rich Brown (Dapp Theory) and Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy). The music continues Saturday, October 2 at 2220 Arts + Archives (formerly the Bootleg) with LA’s own experimental percussionist Corey Fogel’s Group featuring ECM recording artist Judith Berkson, followed by NYC based Carnatic vocalist Amirtha Kitambi’s Elder Ones.
The festival’s only free event, in cooperation with Jazz at LACMA, will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra on Friday, October 8. Founded in 1961 by piano legend Horace Tapscott, with over 300 musicians on the roster over the decades, LA jazz luminaries who have come out of “the Ark” include Kamasi Washington, Phil Ranelin, Dwight Trible, Jamael Dean, and Maia and Kamau Daaood. P.A.P.A. is currently led by second-generation Arkestra drummer Mekala Session. Like many ACJF/Jazz at LACMA events, this concert will be a true celebration of Black Los Angeles’ jazz heritage.
Saturday, October 9 will see the ACJF partnering with LA-based recording label ORENDA to present a celebration of their 100 releases with Bridge to Everywhere, the Cathlene Pineda Quartet, NOICE, the Dan Rosenboom Quintet, and Jon Hatamiya’s Big Band at 2220 Arts + Archives. Then Sunday, October 10 will be a jazz treat for music hipsters with Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and seminal experimental musician Eliot Sharp performing as a duo, followed by legendary LA bassist Mike Watt bringing his Muttdogs with festival favorite Motoko Honda, The Fibonaccis’ drummer Joe Berardi, and special guest That Dog/Decembrists violin player Petra Haden, to the Lodge Room in Highland Park.
The penultimate event will see the festival return to its longtime home, the Ford Theater for what is certain to be a sublime evening of Billy Childs’ Jazz Chamber Ensemble with special guest Dianne Reeves on Thursday, October 14. The festival will conclude on Friday, October 15 exploring the distaff side of jazz at the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Center with ACJF stalwart Myra Melford in a solo piano performance followed by acclaimed flutist Jamie Baum’s Septet+1, coming in from NYC for a rare LA appearance.
Angel City Arts is a music presenting non-profit organization committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles.