The acclaimed Angel City Jazz Festival continues its 2011 run with a FREE event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of their Jazz at LACMA Friday night series. The event will take place on Friday September 23 at 6:00pm and feature a set by the winner of the Angel City Jazz Festival Young Artist Competition and a set by the noted Larry Karush Quintet.
2011 is the debut year of the Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition. All entered ensembles were composed of musicians between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area, consist of between 3 and 10 members, and compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation. The selected finalists River Keefer, the Connor McElwain Group, Shutz Vtet, and the Sears – Gurrola – Yokota Trio will perform before a panel of judges Thursday September 15 at Blue Whale jazz club in Little Tokyo at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street starting at 8pm. The judges for the competition will be festival artists Dwight Trible & Larry Karush, festival producer and Cryptogramophone Label owner Jeff Gauthier, and club owner Joon Lee. This performance is open to the public and the cover is just $5. The winning ensemble will receive a $1000 prize, and perform at LACMA on September 23 as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival.
The Larry Karush Quintet, featuring two percussionists, drums and bass, performs Larry’s jazz/world/new music comprovisations. This program will feature his “Songs for the New City” and the L.A. premiere of the revised version of “The Wheel”, originally commissioned by the City of Los Angeles through the LA Department of Cultural Affairs.
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ABOUT THE ANGEL CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Angel City Arts proudly announces the lineup for the 2011 ANGEL CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL September 22 – October 2, 2011. The theme for the fourth annual festival is Global Jam, with artists representing eight countries at seven events in six venues throughout Los Angeles.
The festival venues include LACMA, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Zipper Hall, The Echoplex, and The Blue Whale. Some of the artists performing at the festival include Armenian pianist and Thelonius Monk competition winner Tigran Hamasyan, Indian saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the African ensemble Burkina Electric with percussionist Lukas Ligeti and special guest D.J. Spooky, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, German vocalist Theo Bleckmann, French artists The Kandinsky Effect, the Australian trio The Necks, and a tribute to Art Ensemble of Chicago legend Roscoe Mitchell and a performance by his trio in celebration of his 71st birthday.
For more information, please see http://www.angelcityjazz.com/.