Creative improvisers of music in Los Angeles are familiar with the name Rocco Somazzi. The Swiss-born impresario got his start programming adventurous music at various clubs in L.A., then stepped it up in 2006 with the inaugural Angel City Jazz Fest at Barnsdall Park, a hidden oasis just south of Los Feliz. The festival returns this year to Barnsdall for the finale of what has become an annual two-week celebration of art and music throughout the city. Somazzi, now assisted by Cryptogramophone founder Jeff Gauthier and the Jazz Bakery, continues to shine the spotlight on innovative musicians who are otherwise rarely accorded their due. Featured performers include Josh Nelson, Aruán Ortiz, Craig Taborn, Taylor Ho Bynum, and a tribute to saxophone legend Arthur Blythe. A second stage will showcase fine artists from Orenda Records, the fledgling label primed to extend Somazzi's vision outward and upward.

Sun., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/28/14)

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