Barbara Morrison will front a Big Band Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald along with Cathy Segal Garcia as part of this free festival!
International Jazz Day is a world-wide celebration of JAZZ. Concerts and events are happening all over the world, from Albania to Zambia. In Los Angeles, the place to be is the free outdoor festival at the Vision Theater Parking Lot in Leimert Park, near the corner of 43rd and Degnan Blvd. It’s the last day of Jazz Appreciation Month -- Sunday, April 30th, from 1 to 6pm.
Hosted by KJazz D.J. LeRoy Downs, the festival is a collaborative project, produced by KJazz, the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, the California Jazz and Blues Museum, and the City of LA.
It’s a great family event, and your kids will be inspired from the start because the opening act is made up of The Harmony Project’s "Children From The Neighborhood." These “Children” range in age from elementary school to college, and they are there to carry out the three-fold mission of the Harmony Project:
- To promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music.
- To build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music.
- To develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
The Harmony Project has been bringing music into the lives of children from low-income communities for 16 years. Their mission seems to me to exactly parallel the point of International Jazz Day…a terrific way to kick off this festival!
Press photos courtesy of the Harmony Project's website.
Also on the line-up will be percussionists Derf Reklaw and Victor Orlando, Roscoe Lee Owens and the Jazz Zone, and a big New Orleans-style finish with Torre Brannon Reese.
The son of St. Louis drummer Jimmy Owens, Roscoe Lee Owens has formed The Jazz Zone to carry on his father’s tradition of “Keepin’ it Alive.” (That’s the name of his father’s last recording.)
In true festival fashion, there will be crafts, and food and beverage vendors on-site. So, bring the family and join the Los Angeles celebration of International Jazz Day!