Sun, September 28, 2014
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2014-09-28 6:30 pm
Azar Lawrence Trio at Angel City Jazz Festival at Barnsdall Art Park
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20
This closing event at Barnsdall Art Park's Outdoor Stage is part of an all-day concert presented on two stages. For more information, please visit: http://angelcityjazz.com/venues/barnsdall-park
The 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival is presented by The Jazz Bakery.
BRAD DUTZ QUARTET (2:30pm)
Brad Dutz – marimba, vibes & hand persussions
Jim Sullivan – clarinet & contra bass clarinet
Dr Paul Sherman – oboe & english horn
Chris Votek – cello
The Brad Dutz Quartet blends 20th century acoustic classical chamber music with elements of improvisation and jazz. The combination of marimba and cello mixed with bass clarinet and oboe treat the listener to an unusual palate of instruments rarely heard in new music. The quartet first carne together in 2005 for a New Music Festival at the Red Cat Theater. BRAD describes the group; "I wanted a chamber group that was acoustic and jazz-influenced as well as classically based with unusual colors". The compositions and instruments create that. They have played concerts and held master classes at Cal institute of the Arts, Saddleback College, Chapman College, Cal state LA, Cal state LONG BEACH, McGroarty arts center and quite a few venues around southern california including the Open Gate Theater series at the Eagle Rock Community Center. With this instrumentation, the music sounds very unique. The compositions have many different tonal centers and ostinatos, mixed with 20th century classical chamber group forms. Some of the pieces have sections for them to improvise over, bridging the jazz and classical genre. The Quartet recently released their follow-up to their debut "When Manatees Attack"  recording, intriguing and consistently colorful set called "Whimsical Excursion Boats". It is not an overstatement to say that no other group sounds like this one.
GAVIN TEMPLETON TRIO (3:30pm)
Gavin Templeton – alto sax
Richard Giddens – bass
Gene Coye – drums
“Gavin Templeton has captured another alluring vision of the ever-evolving sound of L.A.” - Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
"Templeton boasts an assured yet adventurous voice, sometimes with nods to Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill." - Josef Woodard, DownBeat Magazine
Gavin Templeton is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, woodwind player and composer. He has been recognized as "a pivotal force in the L.A. progressive jazz scene" (Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz) for both his personal contributions to new music as well as his collaborations with a variety of internationally recognized performers and composers. Templeton has recorded alongside Nels Cline (Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists), avant-garde jazz legend Vinny Golia, and Grammy nominated big band leader Alan Ferber among many others. As a solo artist and composer, Templeton has released three different albums over the last three years to critical acclaim, and, as a performer, Templeton is quickly becoming an in-demand concert artist. He will be performing as a featured artist at the 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival and at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival with the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet.
MICHAEL WHITE TRIO (4:30pm)
Michael White – violin
Leisei Chen – voice, vocals, percussions & qigong
tba – guitar
Michael White is a truly original and groundbreaking violinist in the realm of jazz. He is also a composer, educator, innovator, and major recording artist formerly on Capitol, Columbia, Impulse and Elektra/Asylum records. In the 1960s, he introduced his unique violin style into the jazz scenes of the Bay Area and New York, playing with luminaries such as John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders among many others. In the early 1970s, he was a founding member of the ﬁrst fusion group, the "Fourth Way". He released ﬁve albums with the Michael White Quartet on Impulse records, and toured throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed in Lagos, Nigeria with Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. He continues to play with Pharoah Sanders, appearing on Sanders' 1996 album Message From Home. In 1998 he released an album of duets with Bill Frisell entitled Motion Pictures.
DANIEL ROSENBOOM QUINTET (5:30pm)
Daniel Rosenboom – trumpet, piccolo trumpet and flugelhorn
Gavin Templeton – saxophones, flute and bass clarinet
Alexander Noice – electric guitar and FX
Kai Kurosawa – bear trax and FX
Dan Schnelle – drums
Daniel Aaron Rosenboom (b. 5/7/1982) is a creative and prolific trumpet artist, composer, and producer. Named the “Face To Watch” in Jazz for 2013 by the Los Angeles Times, he has been recognized with grants and awards from ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the American Composers Forum, and the Meet the Composer foundation. Rosenboom has recorded six full-length albums under his own name, and the most recent, Fire Keeper, will be released on Orenda Records on March 18th, 2014. Additionally, he has released three full-length albums with his “hardcore-Balkan-jazz-rock” group PLOTZ!, four full-length albums with his “spontaneous composition” jazz-rock group DR. MiNT, and has appeared as a featured collaborator on albums by Vinny Golia, Harris Eisenstadt, Trevor Anderies, Dorian Wood, David Rosenboom, RootSystem, Geoff Gallegos’s NineNet, Killsonic, Got Monk?, and The Industrial Jazz Group.
AZAR LAWRENCE TRIO (6:30pm)
Azar Lawrence – sax
tba – bass
tba – drums
Azar Lawrence has been a force since he graduated from high school, releasing several albums of his own before the age of twenty-five; Bridge Into the New Age, People Moving People, and Summer Solstice, Shadow Dancing and People Moving. In recent years he released Legacy and Music of John Coltrane, Speak The Word and Prayer For My Ancestors. During the eighties he wrote and performed for Earth Wind Fire, on their highly acclaimed release Powerlight. He collaborated with Earth Wind & Fire’s leader Maurice White. Azar is known to bring jazz to popular music and he can also be heard on the late Frank Zappa’s music to playing in Busta Rhyme's video, In The Ghetto. His credits are numerous from early on one being the highly acclaimed Grammy award winning album; Marvin Gaye’s, Hear My Dear.
Also during the eighties Azar began melding his sound with what some have described as "psychedelic Jazz Funk" and began to write songs even more seriously than when preparing for his first three projects while recording for Fantasy records. He began working with Chuck Jackson who is known in part for his role as producer for all of Natalie Coles hit recordings. They co wrote twenty songs all of which were placed on projects such as Stanley Turentine’s, Coming Home. He formed the band, Chameleon, which recorded for Electra Records. Patrice Banks, Chocolate, of Grande Central Station was a member of that team. Recent productions Azar can be heard on are 'The Cookers, Cast The First Stone' - 2011 and 'Platinum' The Headhunters - 2011. Hitting hard live and in recorded music these days Azar has written new compositions as a follow up to his 2010 release, (that received several Best of' 2010's) 'Mystic Journey.' He's co-produced a new CD with Seth Abramsom, Grammy Winner and Artistic Director for the Jazz Standard in New York.
In addition to the spectacular music, there will be food, beer and wine vendors.
•Metro Red Line: Vermont & Sunset Station
•Metro Bus Rapid: 780 and 754
•Metro Bus regular: 2, 302, 180/181, 204, 206, and 217
•There is limited parking available in the parking lot by the entrance to the Art Park
•Street parking at the bottom of the hill is free on Sundays
Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard