LAJC at Angel City Jazz Festival

When creative music impresario Rocco Somazzi made the brave decision in 2008 to launch a brand new jazz festival, he asked the LAJC if we would be willing to help with the operation of one of the stages, and if we would like to pick some groups to perform.  The resulting inaugural event that took place on at the Barnsdall Gallery and Theater in Hollywood, CA was a smashing success, and we were glad to have been a part of it.

Four years later, ACJF has emerged as one of the premier jazz events on the Los Angeles calendar every fall, growing from a single day to close to two weeks of shows at multiple sites, such as the intimate black box confines of Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre (aka REDCAT) in the bowels of Disney Hall, the festive atmosphere of the outdoor stage at L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), and for the first time, there will be shows at the venerable Royce Hall on the campus at UCLA.

-for a complete schedule of events at the Angel City Jazz Festvial, please go to

For the past three years, the signature event of the Angel City Jazz Festival has been at the beautiful John Anson Ford Amphitheaer, tucked away in the Hollywood Hills just across the freeway from its larger and more famous cousin, the Hollywood Bowl.  This year’s show at the Ford features an outstanding lineup, with headline performances by Peter Erskine, Mark Dresser and Bobby Bradford, Ambrose Akinmunsire, and Archie Shepp.  (Click here for more information on this show.)

In the spirit of proverbial icing on the cake, we are happy to announce that we have been invited once again by Rocco to contribute to the festival, with performances on the Edison Plaza just outside the main performance area at the Ford.

ACJF has also extended a 25% discount to fans and friends of the LAJC, which includes you if you are reading this!  All you need to do is to buy tickets online and enter ‘LAJC’ in the discount code box when you are checking out.

Click here to order tickets to the ACJF at the Ford Amphitheater on Sunday, October 7.  Be sure to enter ‘LAJC’ in the discount code box to receive your 25% discount.

Here is the schedule for LAJC artists at the Ford:

4pm:  Go Shlomo
Keyboardist Adam Benjamin, of Dave Douglas and Kneebody fame, has teamed up with drummer Jason Harnell to produce one of the most original duets in LA’s modern jazz scene, mixing unpredictable artistry with ironic humor.  This is a good reason to get down to the Ford a little early before the main stage shows begin at 5pm.

5:30pm: Matt Zebley’s Oversized Quartet
A longtime woodwind player for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Matt Zebley has had a longer history of being a versatile jazz musician, with the ability to play with great creativity in all settings ranging from bebop to free jazz. This set should be an appropriate prelude to Arthur Blythe’s show, as Matt lists him as a significant influence on his playing and career.  His band features the incredible LA veterans trumpeter Ron Stout, saxophonist Jerry Pinter, and two of the best young sidemen in this city, bassist Hamilton Price and drummer Dan Schnelle.

7pm: Brian Swartz Trio with Larry Koonse and Darek Oles
Brian Swartz has been a mainstay on trumpet in LA for many years, playing in an infinite amount of big bands, such as the Luckman Orchestra, the Tom Harrell Big Band and his own large ensemble, which debuted to much fanfare in 2010. He has a record out entitled ‘Three’, which features Larry Koonse on guitar and Darek Oles on bass, two longtime friends and partners on so many of the best jazz recordings and groups to come out of Los Angeles.  The record has been out for a number of years, so this is kind of a reunion show for this trio.

All in all, this is going to be a great day of music, and we hope you take advantage of our discount to come out and enjoy the sights and sounds.


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