Jazz at LACMA features the art of jazz as practiced by leading Southern California artists. Celebrating over twenty years at LACMA, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable offerings. Jazz at LACMA is a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians and has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project, and Ernie Watts. Over 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November.
Jazz at LACMA is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Broadcasts are made possible through the support of the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl with additional support from the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Promotional support is provided by media sponsor KJAZZ 88.1.
The schedule below reflects the first half of the Jazz Series.
Jazz at LACMA opens its 24th season with a tribute to LACMA’s first jazz concert, which featured Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. As part of LACMA’s 50th anniversary, this special Cannoball concert features longtime drummer Roy McCurdy, trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, alto saxophonist Andrew Speight, tenor saxophonist Rickey Woodard, pianist Llew Mathews, and bassist James Leary. As one of the most popular alto saxophonists, Adderley is best remembered for his 1966 hit, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and his recordings with Miles Davis, including “Kind of Blue” and “Milestones.”
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 6 pm
MAXJAZZ recording artist John Proulx’s (pronounced proo) third release has been garnering national and international acclaim. His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. Proulx has performed with musicians such as Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole, Marian McPArtland, Bill Cunliffe, Michael Feinstein, and Sara Gazarek. He performs at clubs worldwide, including a four-month engagement at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency in Manhattan.
John B. Williams Quintet
Friday, May 8, 2015 | 6 pm
Bassist and band leader John B. Williams pays tribute to his mentor, Horace Silver, with his newest recording. Through the course of a career that has spanned nearly 50 years, Williams has performed and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Smith, Sir Roland Hanna, Benny Carter, Louie Bellson, Freddie Hubbard, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and many others. He was the house bassist for late night TV icons Johnny Carson and Arsenio Hall and was a member of the Nancy Wilson Trio for 25 years.
Jon Mayer Trio
Friday, May 15, 2015 | 6 pm
Pianist and recording artist Jon Mayer began his career with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dionne Warwick. As a band leader, he has been joined by legendary artists such as Ron Carter, Ernie Watts, and Billy Higgins, and his live and studio recordings are staples on jazz stations across the country. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Mayer proved himself to be a musician of considerable technical abilities with a mature, engaging improvisational sense and an extreme sensitivity to the music going on around him.”
Friday, May 22, 2015 | 6 pm
To celebrate the CJS Quintet’s 15 years together, the veteran ensemble presents 15 special-anniversary performances at 15 different venues across the country. Their “15 for 15” performances showcase the style of music for which CJSQ has been known. The CJS Quintet, which writer Don Heckman describes as “hard-driving bebop leavened with soulful blues,” evolved from the musical alliance and camaraderie between saxophonist Chuck Johnson and trumpeter James Smith.
Friday, May 29, 2015 | 6 pm
Jazzed Media is excited to announce the release of vocalist Julie Kelly’s eighth recording, Happy to Be, featuring some of the top West Coast jazz musicians, including Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney, Nick Mancini, Tom Warrington, and Walter Rodriguez. “Great tone, magnificent phrasing and the innate ability to sing with the band and nat around them has Happy to Be one of the more entertaining vocal releases this year,” says Critical Jazz. Kelly has performed at venues such as the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Sunset Jazz at Newport Summer Series, and North Coast Brewing.
The Phil Norman Tentet
Friday, June 5, 2015 | 6 pm
For over 15 years, the Phil Norman Tentet picks up where the Birth of the Cool bands left off. The group explores new ideas through arrangers and composers Bob Florence, Dave Pell, Alan Broadbent, Roger Neumann, and Kim Richmond, among others. Their recordings are a staple of the Jazz Times’ top 50 and feature some of our city’s finest jazz soloists.
Clayton Cameron Sextet
Friday, June 12, 2015 | 6 pm
Clayton Cameron’s dynamic career has crossed many barriers in the world of music. From Sammy Davis Jr. to Tony Bennett, Clayton continues to push the envelope of contemporary drumming and brushes to their limits. Cameron has also worked with other legends including Frank Sinatra, Billie Joel, Sting, James Taylor, k. d. Lang, Elvis Costello, and Ricky Martin.