Jazz at LACMA Gives Us Something Cool (and Free) to Do on Friday Evenings

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment


Jazz at LACMA continues through November with a slate of free jazz shows every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Amoeba is a community sponsor of the series. Check out the whole lineup here.

hiroe sekine quintet
Oct. 17: Hiroe Sekine Quintet
- Young pianist, composer and singer Hiroe Sekine has been making waves with her first two releases, produced by the Yellowjackets' Russell Ferante.


theo saunders
Oct. 24: Theo Saunders Sextet
- Accomplished pianist/composer Saunders has played all over the world, on four continents and 25 countries at various jazz festivals and esteemed venues. At this show, he'll perform from Jazz Assemblages, which is inspired by the work or artist George Herms.

Note: There is no Jazz at LACMA concert on Oct. 31.

Mr. ZNov. 7: Mr. Z - Bruce Scott Zaxariades (aka Mr. Z) sings in five languages and plays six instruments, singing a version of jazz music from the 1940s through the '60s.








pan afrikan people's arkestraNov. 14: Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra - Since the 1970s, this community-based orchestra has performed all over the world, first led by the late pianist/composer Horace Tapscott and now by saxophonist Michael Session. LACMA hosts the band in celebration of the museum's exhibit Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, which explores the paintings of the vital Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald Motley and runs from Oct. 19 through Feb. 1, 2015, in the BCAM at LACMA.


janice andersonNov. 21: Janice Anderson - With comparisons to such varied artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Astrud Gilberto, Anderson also founded the Jazz Vespers, an interfaith monthly jazz series at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.


frank vardaros jazz orchestraNov. 28: Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra - Trumpeter Vardaros leads a band that draws from the tradition of such jazz orchestras as those led by Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Count Basie. Vardaros has performend with such artists as Ann-Margret, Clark Terry and Arturo Sandoval.


The series, which also counts KJAZZ 88.1 as a media sponsor, ends its yearly run in November. Bring food, a blanket and chairs to chill out to some jazz on LACMA’s lawn. See you there!

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