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Angel City Jazz Festival

The Angel City Jazz Festival, like many jazz festivals, is a celebration of indigenous talent. The ACJF in particular places a special focus on new and emerging west coast and international artists, as well as the more established members within the genre. The ACJF is a two-day outdoor occasion, taking place in the 1200-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, one of the oldest and grandest venues in Los Angeles. The John Anson used to be called the Pilgrimage, and even hosted a jazz series in the 1960’s and 70s called “Jazz at the Pilgrimage.” This series hosted hip west coast jazz names like Chico Hamilton, Oscar Brashear, Buddy Collette, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Don Ellis. Following in the Pilgrimage’s footsteps, Rocco Somazzi founded the ACJF in 2007, and held it at Barnsdall Art Park before moving to the John Anson Ford. This year’s festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend (September 6th-7th) from 4PM-11PM.

Sunday’s performers will include Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Larry Karush, Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble, Jesse Sharps The Gathering with Dwight Trible, Satoko Fujii Tour and Plays Monk. The festival’s Labor Day performers include Bennie Maupin and Dolphyana, Motoko Honda & Oguri, Larry Goldings Trio, The Nels Cline Sisters with Jeff Parker, Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet and Alex Cline’s Band of the Moment.

The Cost:

Tickets are available on the Angel City Jazz Festival’s website as well as at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre box office. Tickets per day cost $30, ($60 for both days) but tickets go up to $35 per day after August 30th. Children under 18 and students with ID gain admission to the festival for $12.