CENTRAL AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL

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23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 28 & 29, 2018 in Los Angeles to Feature All-Star Lineup and Legendary Greats

 

FREE annual favorite festival returns July 28-29 and includes performances by TC Carson, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Harvey Mason Chameleon Band, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Betty Bryant, Ernie Andrews, Mark de Clive-Lowe and more.

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES—Legendary artists Betty Bryant and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra are among the dozens of performers taking the stage at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 28-29. For more than two decades, the FREE music festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community, celebrating the region’s rich cultural past and turning the spotlight on what was once considered the heart of the Jazz scene.

 

Held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, the citywide signature event features back-to-back concerts from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on three stages. This year’s lineup includes a wide array of musicians, including:

 

2018 LINEUP

 

SATURDAY JULY 28, 2018

 

Myron McKinley Trio

McKinley is a pianist, producer, songwriter, programmer and film score composer for large box office films and television shows. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a University of Southern California alumni, McKinley is the current music director and keyboardist of the legendary R&B Jazz Funk group “Earth, Wind & Fire”

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Pete Escovedo Orchestra

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz-Salsa-Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 40 years.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe

Musical maverick, juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all on-the-fly, brought to life with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling.  Clive-Lowe has contributed to over 300 releases and has been featured at festivals including Montreal Jazz, North Sea Jazz and Uberjazz and is an established globally-touring performer.

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Boogaloo Assassins

Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band with asound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa and Latin Funk records of the 1960s and 70s.

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Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts

The Brazilian singer/songwriter/educator/producer Kátia Moraes began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s with the band O Espírito da Coisa.

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Betty Bryant

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant, dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fans and fellow musicians, is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music.

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TC Carson

He is a jazz vocalist, voiceover artist and actor best known for his portrayal of the debonair Kyle Barker on the hit sitcom “Living Single.”

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Harvey Mason Chameleon Band

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Kenneth Dixon Quintet

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LAUSD Youth Jazz Combo

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SUNDAY JULY 29, 2018

Tierney Sutton Band

8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist. The New York Times wrote: “Aserious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core Salsa. Live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better.

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Connie Han Trio

With her debut Mack Avenue Records album CRIME ZONE, next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han has created an edgy blend of new and old jazz.

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Francisco Torres Latin Jazz Band

He is the trombonist and musical director for the Grammy-Award winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band who hails from the state of Sonora, Mexico but calls Los Angeles, California home.

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Gretchen Parlato

Described as “a singer with a deep, almost magical connection to the music.”– Herbie Hancock.

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Katalyst

The ten piece band has played at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Inner City Youth Orchestra and a host of events and concerts in the Los Angeles area as well as being the creators of the #Inglewoodstock popup concert series

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Ernie Andrews & Richard Simon Band

Ernie Andrews has managed to be both popular and underrated throughout his lengthy career and is also prominent in the documentary Blues for Central Avenue.

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Roy Gaines & Tuxedo Blues

He has toured and recorded with blues greats like Chuck Willis and Ray Charles and did session work for Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker.

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Andrae Alexander

A veteran of The Marine Corps and a pianist in The United States Navy Band of Washington D.C., Andrae is an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, author and performer.

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Katelyn Hunter

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2018 CAJF Talent Promo.cdr

23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 28 & 29, 2018 in Los Angeles to Feature All-Star Lineup and Legendary Greats

 

FREE annual favorite festival returns July 28-29 and includes performances by TC Carson, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Harvey Mason Chameleon Band, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Betty Bryant, Ernie Andrews, Mark de Clive-Lowe and more.

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES—Legendary artists Betty Bryant and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra are among the dozens of performers taking the stage at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 28-29. For more than two decades, the FREE music festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community, celebrating the region’s rich cultural past and turning the spotlight on what was once considered the heart of the Jazz scene.

 

Held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, the citywide signature event features back-to-back concerts from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on three stages. This year’s lineup includes a wide array of musicians, including:

 

2018 LINEUP

 

SATURDAY JULY 28, 2018

 

Myron McKinley Trio

McKinley is a pianist, producer, songwriter, programmer and film score composer for large box office films and television shows. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a University of Southern California alumni, McKinley is the current music director and keyboardist of the legendary R&B Jazz Funk group “Earth, Wind & Fire”

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Pete Escovedo Orchestra

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz-Salsa-Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 40 years.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe

Musical maverick, juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all on-the-fly, brought to life with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling.  Clive-Lowe has contributed to over 300 releases and has been featured at festivals including Montreal Jazz, North Sea Jazz and Uberjazz and is an established globally-touring performer.

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Boogaloo Assassins

Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band with asound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa and Latin Funk records of the 1960s and 70s.

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Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts

The Brazilian singer/songwriter/educator/producer Kátia Moraes began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s with the band O Espírito da Coisa.

Katia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts

Betty Bryant

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant, dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fans and fellow musicians, is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music.

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TC Carson

He is a jazz vocalist, voiceover artist and actor best known for his portrayal of the debonair Kyle Barker on the hit sitcom “Living Single.”

Harvey Mason Chameleon Band
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Kenneth Dixon Quintet
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+ LAUSD Youth Jazz Combo
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“For this festival, we wanted to present a special program unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., who hosts the fan favorite event in Council District 9. “It was important to me that we pay homage to the traditional sounds and historical predecessors while integrating other genre influences.

“This fusion allows us to connect with our devoted jazz enthusiasts while generating a wider appeal and drawing in new fans who will ensure that this continues to be one of the biggest and best jazz festivals in the nation.”

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. In addition to live performances by world-class favorites and up-and-coming artists, the revered summer event includes pavilions focused on arts; Balfour Beatty Youth; GRoW @ Annenberg Health and Wellness; and business/employment services, as well as the participation of merchants and food vendors.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including a complete schedule of performances, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com

Presented by COUNCILMAN CURREN D. PRICE, JR. and The NEW 9th
In conjunction with Coalition for Responsible Community Development
In partnership with Concerned Citizens for South Central Los Angeles

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VENDOR?

The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is looking for new and exciting food and merchant vendors. Our jazz festival with over tens of thousands in attendance is the prime location to come out and sell all your goods and delicious food and desserts. 

Come enjoy the wonderful sounds of jazz from our stages while you make some money.

Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and are approved at the discretion of the Festival organizer.

Regular registration ends Friday, July 6, 2018. 

Note: There are a limited number of spaces available. Vendors that only want to participate on one of the weekend days and late inquires will be placed on a waiting list.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a vendor at this year’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival please complete the vendor application here.

INTERESTED IN BEING A VOLUNTEER?

The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is also looking for music-loving, people-friendly volunteers to help out the days of the festival.  We would love to hear from you if interested please email us via centralavejazzfestival@gmail.com 

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