Central Avenue Jazz Festival Presents 2019 Artist Lineup of Legends and Rising Stars

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Legendary artists Barbara Morrison & The Bu Crew and John “Dandy” Rodriguez and the N.Y. L.A. Salsa Dream Team are among the dozens of musicians taking the stage at the24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 27-28. For more than two decades, the FREE music festival has been a favorite among the millions of people who have enjoyed the revered summer event over the years.

Held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, the street fair, held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., features smooth and soulful sounds across four stages, mouthwatering food, a beer garden, eclectic mix of vendors and information booths, pavilions and more!

“This year’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival will be an experience you won’t forget!” said Councilman Curren Price, who hosts the signature event in District 9. “It is a celebration of music, history and community.

It was important to me that we pay homage to the historical predecessors while integrating diverse musical groups. From traditional to contemporary sounds, fusion and Latin jazz, we’ve developed a lineup like no other.”

The annual event in South LA pays homage to the region’s rich cultural past and turns the spotlight on what was once considered the heart of the jazz scene. This year’s dynamic lineup includes a wide array of musicians, including:

2019 Lineup

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sheléa has a voice that stirs the soul and hands that effortlessly glide over the keys. Sheléa represents a return to true artistry that has garnered much attention and adoration from legends throughout the music industry. Her sultry sound is an exciting oasis in an age of auto-tune. Blending traditional pop, jazz, R&B and soul, Sheléa brings a contemporary edge to classics and a classic touch to contemporary pop standards. In March 2019, Sheléa will star on PBS, joined by special guests David Foster and Greg Phillinganes, in the concert special QUINCY JONES PRESENTS: SHELÉA.

Barbara Morrison is known for a melodic voice and a three-and-a-half-octave range. She interprets a familiar jazz and blues classics repertoire in a unique style and also sings original contemporary tunes. One example of her original music is “I Wanna Be Loved,” co-written with Michael Cormier, which is a musical theatre production about the life and times of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues.

A multi-instrumentalist of the highest caliber, Justo Almario has mastered the soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet and flute. Justo has worked with the biggest names in music including Freddie Hubbard, Patrice Rushen, Herb Alpert, Dave Grusin, Abraham Laborial, George Duke, and Gospel music stars Andre Crouch, and Bebe Winans.

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s Multi-Grammy winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Wirth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound with an expansive roster of next-level musicians.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Azar Lawrence began his jazz career at the renowned Dorsey High School Jazz Workshop. After high school, he played in Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Arkestra, and played weekly with George Cables, Candy Finch, Larry Gales and Woody Shaw in Los Angeles at local club, L.B. West on 54th St. Before long, he performed with the Ike & Tina Turner band, the Watts 103rd Street Band and War. The 19-year-old musical genius then joined John Coltrane drummer.

Chris Dave is one of the most revered and in demand musicians of his generation. His eccentric approach to the drum set and his ability to adapt to any musical setting, whether jazz, hip-hop or R&B, has put him in a category of his own. He has been around the world and back, playing and recording with some of music’s most established and iconic artists.

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

Growing up in Los Angeles, from a young age, Darynn Dean was taught by jazz singer Barbara Morrison and pianist Howlett Smith. No stranger to jazz, her grandfather, Donald Dean Sr., is a renowned drummer (Les McCann, Carmen McCrae and Eddie Harris), her father, Donald Dean Jr., is also a drummer (Kenny Burrell, Rickey Lee Jones). Now, Darynn has set her sights on taking her place in the family legacy and climbing the imposing mountain of jazz greats.

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people from across the United States. In addition to live performances by world-class favorites and up-and-coming artists, the local event includes pavilions focused on Arts; Health & Wellness; Youth & Families; and Business & Jobs. For more information and regular updates, visit www.centralavejazzfest.com.

2019 Artist Lineup At A Glance:

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For the first time in it's history, the festival has partnered with local medical experts to host a series of workshops known as "Health Talks." To learn best practices and tips on how to improve your and your family's well-being, check the schedule below.

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Councilman Curren Price Hosts One of SoCal’s Hottest and Longest Fireworks Display

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In celebration of Independence Day, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price will host a FREE, all-day family festival, culminating with a 20-minute fireworks show in Expo Park. The picnic-style event, which gets underway at 11 a.m. on the South Lawn, features games and activities for the entire family, such as face painting, a rock climbing wall and inflatable jumpers. The holiday celebration will include contests and prizes for attendees, as well as a wide variety of culinary specialties and plenty of tasty treats available for purchase.

Entertainment begins at noon with live performances kicking off at 2 p.m. with the sounds from one of Southern California’s most talented R&B singer-songwriters Candice Boyd, finalist from the reality television competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom;” Selenamos, the hottest Selena Quintanilla Tribute Band in Los Angeles; and West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer Rodney O, plus other special guests!

The Fourth of July community festival in the NEW 9th concludes with one of the most impressive and patriotic fireworks display in front of the Natural History Museum around 9 p.m. Each year the event draws tens of thousands of people. Free general admission tickets are available here.

Below are some tips to help families make the most of this years’ experience:

  1. Parking is LIMITED, skip traffic and GO METRO. Take the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station. Exposition Park is right across the street. Click here to plan your trip.
  2. Don’t want to miss out on BBQing with the family? That’s OK! Small patio barbecue grills are allowed in the DESIGNATED GRILLING AREA ONLY. Rules will be strictly enforced.
  3. Pack a blanket and sweater for the evening. The fireworks extravaganza will come to life at dusk so you'll want to be cozy when the main attraction begins.

For more information, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.

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Economic Development Committee Backs Fair Work Week Proposal

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The City Council’s Economic Development advanced this week a Fair Work Week proposal by Councilmember Curren Price, which would impact 147,000 retail workers in Los Angeles.

“When I worked to pass the City’s minimum wage policy, I heard from people that raising the minimum wage was good, but that it didn’t mean income security if they didn’t receive enough hours,” said Price, who introduced the motion in March. “The Fair Work Week policy would bring stability, predictability and flexibility to people working retail jobs in LA.”

The new policy, which would affect retail businesses in the City with 300 or more employees, outlines six key regulations including: written and posted work schedules, two weeks’ notice of work schedules, right to request a flexible schedule/right to decline hours without retaliation, predictability pay, right to rest between shifts of 10 hours and access to additional hours.

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Reward Offered: Justice for Victor McElhaney

On May 22, Councilman Curren Price introduced a reward motion in the amount of $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old USC student Victor McElhaney. 

"It’s disheartening to know the killers are still on the loose while a family and entire community continues to grieve in search for answers," said Councilman Price. "I hope today’s action sends a clear message: We are committed to finding these killers and bringing them to justice." 

If you heard or saw anything, don’t be afraid to come forward. The safety of our streets and future of our children and families depend on it. Submit a tip by contacting LA Crime Stoppers.

(Picture below is from a "peace stand-in" that was held on the corner of Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard where Victor was gunned down)

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Welcome to your District 9 Home, Neighbors!

On May 20, Team Price welcomed our newest neighbors from the Paul R. Williams Apartments with a special housewarming event. The Paul Williams Apartments on Jefferson Boulevard offer 41 affordable housing units for individuals and families. The development by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation features community rooms, a computer lab, and landscaped courtyard with fruit trees and gardening space.

"There is an urgent need for low-income rental housing in LA, and I will continue to do everything I can to address this crisis at home," said Councilman Curren Price, who hosted the special event. 

A majority of the households that moved into the complex were from District 9. To learn more about affordable housing opportunities coming up in District 9, call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.

To see coverage of this special event, please click on the image below. 

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Urban Agriculture Program Brings Community Farm to CD 9

On May 18, Councilman Curren Price attended the ribbon cutting for the South LA Community Farm in celebration of their one-year anniversary.  

This is the first urban farm in the City under the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ)—a statewide program that allows property owners to lease their land to food growers and receive tax benefits. This initiative makes it possible for local organizations such as All Peoples Community Center and the American Friends Service Committee to work with property owners and bring fruitful projects to the area.

"Through the UAIZ policy, we are able to repurpose vacant and underutilized land in our city to increase healthy food access, expand green space, reduce blight and bring economic opportunities to our communities," said Councilman Price. "Urban Ag Incentive Zones provide a very important tool to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods."

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Stop Gun Violence Rally: "Enough is Enough!"

On May 15, Councilman Curren Price, Chief Michel R. Moore, 77th Street Community Police Station and dozens of community residents gathered for a peace rally in the wake of a gang-related shooting at Vermont Square Park that injured four people, including a 5-year-old girl. 

"The uptick in violence rippling through our South LA community is robbing my peace of mind and our neighbors’ sleep," said Councilman Price at the peace rally. "Sadly, last night a 5-year-old girl became one of the latest victims. This is unacceptable!"

Team Price stands in solidarity with the victims of this tragic act of violence. Now more than ever, we are encouraging our community to speak up if you or someone you know witnessed the shooting. You can report anonymously by calling the LAPD hotline at (800) 222-8477. 

Click below to see footage from the peace rally.

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Bringing Hope to Hope Street: A Bridge Home in CD 9

On May 10, the Los Angeles City Council approved the emergency bridge housing facility on 2817 S. Hope St. in District 9 to help people living in nearby encampments.

The local temporary housing program will provide beds for up to 100 homeless men and women at a time. The new bridge housing site will also offer storage for residents, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, meals and 24-hour security.

“With our City facing such an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, we are making strides in the right direction to house our most vulnerable members of the community,” Councilman Price said. “The Hope Street facility will not only offer a safe place for people to lay their heads, but more importantly it is a space that is being built on compassion, hope and a clear pathway toward the restoration of dignity.”

Currently, there are more than 3,200 homeless individuals residing in District 9. The Hope Street site is located in an area of the City where there are more than 1,000 homeless individuals living within a 1.5 mile radius.

To respond to the crisis and immediate need for shelter, Councilman Price sought $6 million to establish the temporary bridge housing facility in his District.

The temporary facility in District 9 is part of a City and County of Los Angeles collaboration and will be funded through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. The citywide effort aims to get Angelenos off the streets and on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing until permanent housing is secured. As part of this plan, there will be increased Sanitation and Police services, as well as comprehensive outreach to engage homeless individuals living in close proximity to the CD 9 bridge housing site.

To learn more about “A Bridge Home,” visit www.lamayor.org/ABridgeHome

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Happy Mother's Day South LA Moms!

On May 13, we threw a party for South LA’s finest: Our moms. Thank you to the more than 1,300 ladies who joined us at our Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Convention Center.

CD 9 moms: You are loved. You are appreciated. Because of you, our families and communities are stronger. 

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NOW Accepting Applications for Y.I.E.L.D. Student Program

Calling all local high school students in the Ninth District! Any plans this summer to further your education and fulfill long-term goals? Make sure to apply for Councilman Curren Price’s Youth Innovative Entrepreneurial Leadership Development (Y.I.E.L.D.) Program before the May 24 deadline (see application below). 

The FREE week-long summer program will take place June 10-14, giving our District 9 youth an opportunity to interact with industry professionals across varying fields such as architecture, clean technology, trade, video game development and much more. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, create new friends and make contacts for possible internships.

For more information, contact Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org or call (323) 846-2651.

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