Angel City Jazz Festival


2016-10-02 18:00:00
6:00 p.m. October 2
$35 & $60

Location Info:

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
When the late, great bassist Charlie Haden was asked about smooth jazz, he replied, “I play rough jazz.” Jazz gets the rough treatment every fall, when local and international avant-jazz artists converge on Los Angeles for the Angel City Jazz Festival. The festival’s marquee event at the Ford features saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who played with Coltrane and helped to draw him into unexplored sonic regions of time and space. Sanders is joined by drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith, pianist William Henderson and bassist Mike Gurrola. Gurrola, by last name alone, would be a good fit for José “Gurri” Gurria and his Gurrisonic Orchestra, an ambitious, super-sized ensemble that reflects its leader’s joyful, maniacal genius. They will premiere a work commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society, with special guests guitarist Tom McNally, clarinetist Don Byron and Quetzal singer Martha Gonzalez.
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