Jazz, despite any malicious gossip you may have heard to the contrary, remains alive and well in Los Angeles in 2017. Here are some upcoming shows we are looking forward to this summer, starting with one this very evening in Hollywood.
Sylvia Brooks, Catalina Jazz Club. June 7th, 8:30 p.m.
Sylvia Brooks sings with a voice that is clear, sultry and classic. This concert celebrates the release of her third CD The Arrangement, a terrific collection of songs arranged and performed by some of the best musicians in L.A. She will bring many of them with her tonight, including pianists Christian Jacob, Otmaro Ruiz, Quinn Johnson and Jeff Colella.
Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. 8:30 p.m, $20, two drinks or dinner minimum. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com
Dale Fielder Quartet, Hotel Normandie. June 17th, 8:00
The great saxophonist Dale Fielder is in his 22nd year with the Quartet, whose excellent current release is Resilience. The quartet is rounded out by Bill Markus on bass, drummer Thomas White and pianist Jane Getz, who has worked with everyone from Charles Mingus to Nilsson in her storied career. Joining the DFQ for this edition of their monthly gig at the Normandie will be vocalist Rita Edmond.
Hotel Normandie, 605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, California 90005. 8-11 p.m, $20. http://www.dalefielder.com
Angel City Jazz at the Bunker Hill Farmers Market,
2nd and 4th Fridays (through October 12)
The annual Angel City Jazz Festival, held in the first half of October, has brought a who’s who of legendary and forward thinking jazz artists from around the world to stages across Los Angeles County. This year, Angel City Jazz is presenting free afternoon concerts every 2nd and 4th Friday to the Farmer’s Market at Bunker Hill from noon to 1:15 p.m. through October 12th. This Friday, June 9th, the powerhouse avant garde saxophonist Vinny Golia will be featured. June 23rd Angel City presents bassist Miller Wrenn.
Angel City Jazz at the Bunker Hill Farmers Market, 333 S Hope St, Los Angeles, California 90071. 2nd and 4th Fridays through October 12th, 12-1:15 p.m. http://www.angelcityjazz.com
Jazz at LACMA, Fridays through November 3rd
This long running series is one of the great cultural treats of living in Los Angeles, and if you’ve gotten this far, this is probably at most a reminder. Among the upcoming shows catching our eyes are saxophonist Bruce Babad this Friday, June 9th and Grant Geissman on July 7th.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036. Fridays through November 3rd, 6 p.m. http://www.lacma.org/events-calendar?keyword=Jazz+at+LACMA+series&submit=Search