23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival to Feature All-Star Lineup and Legendary Greats

FREE annual favorite festival returns July 28-29 and includes performances from Betty Bryant, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Ernie Andrews, TC Carson, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Harvey Mason Chameleon Band and more

LOS ANGELES—Legendary artists Betty Bryant and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra are among the dozens of performers taking the stage at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival July 28-29. For more than two decades, the FREE music festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community, celebrating the region’s rich cultural past and turning the spotlight on what was once considered the heart of the Jazz scene.

Held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, the citywide signature event features back-to-back concerts from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on three stages throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup includes a wide array of musicians, including:

2018 Lineup

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Myron McKinley Trio/McKinley is a pianist, producer, songwriter, programmer and film score composer for large box office films and television shows. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a University of Southern California alumni, McKinley is the current music director and keyboardist of the legendary R&B Jazz Funk group “Earth, Wind & Fire.”

Pete Escovedo Orchestra/Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz-Salsa-Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 40 years.

Boogaloo Assassins/Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based, 12-piece Latin band with a sound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa and Latin Funk records of the 1960s and 70s.

Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts/The Brazilian singer/songwriter/educator/producer Kátia Moraes began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s with the band O Espírito da Coisa.

Betty Bryant/A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant, dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fans and fellow musicians, is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music.

TC Carson/TC is a jazz vocalist, voiceover artist and actor best known for his portrayal of the debonair Kyle Barker on the hit sitcom “Living Single.”

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tierney Sutton Band/8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist. The New York Times wrote: “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”

Spanish Harlem Orchestra/The two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core Salsa. Live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better.

Connie Han Trio/With her debut Mack Avenue Records album CRIME ZONE, next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han has created an edgy blend of new and old jazz.

Francisco Torres Latin Jazz Band/He is the trombonist and musical director for the Grammy-Award winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band who hails from the state of Sonora, Mexico but calls Los Angeles, California home.

Gretchen Parlato/described as “a singer with a deep, almost magical connection to the music.” – Herbie Hancock

Roy Gaines Tuxedo Blues/He has toured and recorded with blues greats like Chuck Willis and Ray Charles and did session work for Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker.

“For this festival, we wanted to present a special program unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., who hosts the fan favorite event in Council District 9. “It was important to me that we pay homage to the traditional sounds and historical predecessors while integrating other genre influences.

“This fusion allows us to connect with our devoted jazz enthusiasts while generating a wider appeal and drawing in new fans who will ensure that this continues to be one of the biggest and best jazz festivals in the nation.”

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. In addition to live performances by world-class favorites and up-and-coming artists, the revered summer event features four pavilions, including the Balfour Beatty Youth Pavilion; GRoW @ Annenberg Health & Wellness Pavilion; an Arts Pavilion; and a Business Development & Employment Resources Pavilion. Dozens of merchants and food vendors will be available all weekend long.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including a complete schedule of performances, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com.


Congratulations on Turning 50, Brotherhood Crusade

Councilman Curren Price recognized Brotherhood Crusade on June 12, 2018 on their 50th anniversary of providing critical human and social services to tens of thousands of Angelenos. For five decades, this nonprofit organization has worked fervently to remove barriers to success and increase opportunities so that everyone has a shot at a better life.

Since its founding, Brother Crusade has assisted communities with a variety of programs—ranging from educational enrichment and academic assistance services, at-risk youth prevention programs, health education, life and social skills training, and domestic violence help, to name a few.

"The resolute leadership and firm dedication from our valued nonprofit partners who work daily to fill important gaps for our children, families and seniors cannot go unnoticed," said Councilman Price. "Thank you Brotherhood Crusade for your vision, passion, service and love of community!"


Summer Lunch Program: Free Meals in Public Parks Kick off Next Week

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will launch the FREE summer lunch program on June 11. The healthy lunch program is open to children ages one to 18, helps families save money and encourages use of public parks through Aug. 10.

No application or proof of income is needed. Families can just bring their children to one of the participating City of Los Angeles parks in Council District 9 below. Food is served on a first come-first served basis.


Hundreds Attend 3rd Annual Mujeres Empowered for Success Latina Conference

About 600 guests attended on June 2 the 3rd Annual Mujeres Empowered for Success Latina Conference in Council District 9. 

The community event promotes the development, progress and success of Latinas in South Los Angeles. Over the course of the day, attendees were treated to motivational speakers, insightful discussions, live entertainment, a job and resource fair. 

"I hope the women who joined us found the conference to be enriching on a professional and personal level," said Councilman Curren Price, who hosted the event at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College. "My wish is that the ladies who did attend continue to learn, grow and go on to achieve their goals!"

For more information on future events in CD 9, call the District Field Office at (323) 846-2651.

To see all the pictures from this year's event, click here


Save a Life Rally Brings out Hundreds

I was moved this morning by the loud and large turnout at the “Save a Life” rally in support of temporary homeless housing facilities.

Please know that in Council District 9 we are working fervently to address every layer of the homeless crisis in front of us. From establishing the first safe parking program in Los Angeles; launching a mobile toilet and hand washing station; bringing mobile showers to help people living on the streets get clean. Now, here’s some more news! Next week, we’ll be rolling out a new laundry service that will allow people experiencing homelessness to wash and dry their clothes for FREE.

On a larger scale, you might have heard that my Office has authorized building more than 295 units of permanent supportive housing in the Ninth District over the course of the next several years. And, my staff, with input from local community stakeholders, are vetting possible locations for an emergency shelter and examining bridge housing solutions. Rest assured that I will continue to update and inform you every step of the way, and we will make sure constituents have a direct line to provide feedback.

If you have any questions about homelessness or any other local issue, please call my Constituent Services Center at (323) 846-2651. Remember, any one of us could fall into homelessness at any time, and our actions to combat this epidemic ought to be guided by love, compassion and respect.


Local Worker Hire Meeting on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Did you know the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is bringing thousands of new jobs to the 9th District? On May 23, local residents will have the opportunity to learn about how they can take part in the construction of the $1-billion museum. Employers and union representatives will also be available to answer questions. 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity for a career in construction!

To RSVP visit: LucasMuseumLocalHire.Eventbrite.com

More information at www.LucasMuseumConstruction.org or by calling Councilman Price's District Field Office at (323) 846-2651.


Fourth Of July 2018

Councilmember Curren Price will play host to the annual 4th of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show with a picnic style event on the South Lawn at Exposition Park. Enjoy live music, games and activities for the kids, delectable food and an over-the-top fireworks show on Wednesday, July 4 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. See you there!


Join Me in Celebrating LAFC Day in the City of Los Angeles!

A year and a half ago, my District was presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be the home of the next Major League Soccer franchise.

To celebrate the completion of the Banc of California Stadium and in advance of the team's home-opener this Sunday, we declared today, April 27, 2018, Los Angeles Football Club Day in the City.

In its inaugural season, the LAFC has electrified Angelenos from all walks of life, giving them a purpose to root for something bigger than all of us. It has fostered community identity and pride; and strengthened the cross cultural tapestry that makes this City the greatest in the world!  

Since 2016, South LA is a buzz about what it would mean to have the sport in our backyard and the significance of this $350 million stadium--dubbed the cathedral of soccer. The value extends beyond sports and entertainment, shops and restaurants. It triggered investments in and around Expo Park and changed the lives of local residents who obtained employment through this development. This is not just a stadium, but an economic engine that is also helping minority- and women-owned businesses in the area! 

LAFC: This is your day and our way of saying, “Welcome to your new home!”


LAFC Soccer Team Comes Home!

On April 18, the NEW 9th celebrated the long-anticipated ribbon cutting of Banc of California Stadium—the new $350 million  home of the Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).

“It’s been incredibly exciting for me and my constituents to drive past Expo Park and see this majestic soccer stadium rise from the rubble,” said Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. “I'm especially proud to say this project exceeded a 40 percent local hire commitment and is contributing to the growth of our small- and women-owned businesses in the area.

Thank you LAFC for bringing the beautiful game to the Ninth District. Now, let's go out and make some history.”


City Council Adopt Plan to Create Fair Sidewalk Vending Program


April 17, 2018 


LOS ANGELES – Five years after Councilmember Curren Price and José Huizar introduced a motion to legalize Sidewalk Vending,  the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan on April 17 to direct the City’s Planning Department and City Attorney to write the ordinance. The Council backed a plan introduced the day prior in the Economic Development Committee (EDC) - chaired by Councilmember Price, with Huizar and Joe Buscaino as members. Price introduced an amendment in EDC to find common ground in developing an enforceable and fair Sidewalk Vending Ordinance by rejecting a proposal that would allow brick-and-mortar business owners the power to veto sidewalk vendor licenses. Instead, committee members, and today the full City Council, favored a plan that would establish a formal hearing process, allowing adjacent property owners to voice concerns and submit appeals to proposed vendors based on health and safety issues.

“Today, the City of Los Angeles took historic, brave and decisive action that is long overdue,” said Councilman Price. “We enter the last leg of a long race and are one step away from delivering a fair and balanced sidewalk vending policy that protects vendors, allows business input, and gives Council the ability to weigh in on their district's needs.

“It wasn’t an easy victory, but it was well worth the fight because the status quo was simply not good enough. It wasn’t helping aspiring micro-businesses, wasn’t helping brick-and-mortar businesses, and it definitely wasn’t helping the communities whose health and public safety we must protect.”

The Economic Development Committee on Monday approved details of what would be the first-ever citywide sidewalk vending program. In addition, committee members asked for the development of enforcement protocols, including possible confiscation of goods and equipment, to ensure the health and safety of the community. With Tuesday’s City Council vote, an ordinance could be in place by July 1, 2018, with the program expected to be fully operational in 2019.

"This is seminal vote for the City of Los Angeles and the thousands of immigrant and low-income Angelenos who work as sidewalk vendors and have asked us for five years to regulate them so they can get permitted, come out of the shadows, feed their families and become part of the City’s economy,” said Councilmember Huizar.  “We have tried to craft a plan that takes all perspectives into account and I have always said, if you want sidewalk vending or if you don’t want it, you should support a legal ordinance regulating it. Continuing on the path we have been on for decades is an exercise in futility. This is what was needed.”

Of America’s 10 biggest cities, Los Angeles is the only one that does not have a process for street vendors to sell legally. Chicago, Portland, New York, Austin do.

And sidewalk vending is already part of Los Angeles’ culture and underground economy. A 2014 study from the Economic Roundtable shows that LA’s sidewalk vendors generate $434 million in economic output annually. The same study found that for every $2 earned by a sidewalk vendor, an additional $1.72 in economic activity is generated.

In 2017, the City Council voted overwhelmingly to decriminalize sidewalk vending in response to the Trump Administration’s policy that places undocumented immigrants with criminal charges in jeopardy of being deported. Since then, close to 1,500 pending misdemeanor charges against sidewalk vendors have been dropped.

Click here to hear a message from Merced who was at today's City Council meeting, and is one of tens of thousands of sidewalk vendors in Los Angeles. 

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