5. Kamasi Washington
Footsies Bar, February 8th
Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington is a force, and stands as thick as a redwood, which is tough when he is blocking your way to the restroom and he happens to be blasting his horn at that time too. But add in Thundercat on bass, his brother Ronald B ... More >>
Angel City Jazz Festival
LACMA, UCLA, Redcat, Ford Amphitheatre
The theme of the fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival is "artists and legends" which might as well be the theme for L.A.'s whole jazz scene in October. Legendary L.A. trombonist Phil Ranelin hits LACMA on Friday n ... More >>
This summer, the Mars rover Curiosity will finally reach its destination after a nine month journey. Tomorrow, while the space module prepares to roam the red planet looking for dust, signs of life and a perhaps a good place to put our stuff once the Earth is destroyed, pianist Josh Nelson will be a ... More >>
Alex Sadnik Quintet
Better than...going swimming in Long Beach.
Saxophonist Alex Sadnik is not a household name but he's trying. Aside from booking and playing a handful of rooms around the Long Beach area, he has embarked on a more globally minded project -- a podcast. ... More >>
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Anthony Wilson Quartet
Better than... the guy from 24 Hour Party People playing guitar all night.
Last night, before a full house, guitarist-composer-arranger Anthony Wilson began his four ... More >>
Guitarist and L.A. native Anthony Wilson has been a part of the jazz scene since his birth. His 93-year-old father, bandleader/raconteur/legend Gerald Wilson, started swinging before World War II and hasn't stopped, but the younger Wilson grew up in a musical landscape as indebted to Peter Frampton ... More >>
John Pisano Guitar Night w/ Mundell Lowe
Better than ...Nancy Reagan's 90th birthday.
John Pisano has been a fixture in Los Angeles for a long time. His tasteful tones have backed musicians like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Chico Hamilton, but for over fifteen years now he has ... More >>
Blue WhaleWalter Smith III
Blue Whale, December 17
Joon Lee, the modest personality behind Little Tokyo's Blue Whale, is an indispensible part of the local jazz community who books some of the most daring acts in Los Angeles. Saxophonist Walter Smith III, a hard-swinging transplant, was one ... More >>