Central Avenue Jazz Fest Returns with Silky Sounds, Multicultural Foods, Interactive Pavilions and Fun for All

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For more than two decades, the FREE Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community. Returning on July 28-29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the revered summer event honors the historic rich cultural past of Central Avenue—once considered the epicenter of Jazz music. 

The citywide signature event features dozens of performances from Jazz greats and rising stars across four stages along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. However, the festival offers so much more, including interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings to leads on job opportunities, and even soccer matches for the kids.  

Patrons visiting the pavilions will be treated to:

  • GRoW @ Annenberg Health & Wellness Pavilion will provide free and confidential medical services for everyone in the family including health, vision and dental screenings. Healthy eating tips will be provided, along with cooking demonstrations.
  • Arts Pavilion curated by LA Mancha Gallery, featuring cutting-edge artwork from top artists in Los Angeles, as well as live art demonstrations from local muralists and graffiti artists.
  • The NEW 9th Business & Jobs Pavilion inviting emerging and established business owners, entrepreneurs and job seekers to obtain important information that will guide them down the path to success.
  • Balfour Beatty Youth Pavilion where children can enjoy fun soccer games presented by Street Soccer USA, learn the basics of traditional Cuban Rumba provided by Latin Percussion and a chance to create your own acrylic painting led by the non-profit organization Art Active. There will also be carnival games and arts & crafts.

The two-day celebration will have an array of food trucks and vendors that will provide a variety of multicultural dishes, such as Mexican barbecue, Jamaican cuisine, vegan options and Soul food for purchase.

“We want people to come for the music but stay for the unique experience!” said Councilman Curren Price. “Where else can you get a free summer concert complete with medical screenings, enjoyable physical activities and art classes? This festival truly has something for everybody.”

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people to enjoy live entertainment from legends and up-and-coming artists. This year’s all-star lineup includes the following performers:

Festival parking is extremely limited and public transit and ride sharing is highly recommended. For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including artists’ bios, vendor information and shuttle service, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com or call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.


Vital Information to Know for the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The upcoming 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. along Central Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.

The two-day festival will celebrate the legacy of jazz on historic Central Avenue featuring music, games, food, art, and informational tents hosted by a variety of non-profit organizations. In addition, a list of food vendors and organizations can be found at www.centralavejazzfest.com. 

Also, please find VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION below, regarding street closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect beginning Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. until Monday, July 30 at 4 a.m.

  • Central Avenue between MLK Boulevard and Vernon Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic. 
  • The following side streets (both West and East sides) will also be closed to vehicular traffic between Central Avenue and the alley entrance: 40th Place, 41st Street, 41st Place, 42nd Street, 42nd Place, 43rd Street and 43rd Place.

All cars parked on these streets will be cited and towed; please refrain from parking in the aforementioned areas to avoid citation.

For more information, please contact the CD 9 Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.


South LA Celebrates 4th of July with a Bang

Thousands of Angelenos joined us at Exposition Park to celebrate America's birthday at this year's Fourth of July Community Festival and Firework Show. 

Attendees enjoyed a magnificent Independence Day filled with delicious food, carnival games, booths, merchants and live music entertainment courtesy of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Yoyo, Latin-Jazz and Salsa band Conganas, R&B singer Jade Novah, and others!

But the cherry on top was seeing our beautiful, diverse families from every background gather to celebrate our nation's fundamental principles and central democratic values.

To view all photos from the 4th of July festivities, please visit the CD 9 Flickr page here.


Happenings at Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center: Free Services, Food and Activities for the Month

Have you stopped by the newly renovated Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center in the NinthDistrict? It is a one-stop shop for older adults (at 7600 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 90003) offering a variety of crucial, FREE services in South Los Angeles.

From loteria to latin dance, movie time to arts and crafts. These fun activities are available to local residents at no cost. The multipurpose center also offers free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Check out this community jewel that is allowing us to better serve our seniors. Take a moment to review the activity schedule and lunch menu for this month, which will surely pique your curiosity!



Free Movies in the Park Kicks off with Screening of Coco

Guess what's back again? Council District 9 is delighted to announce our 5th Annual Movies in the Park Series beginning at Trinity Recreation Center (2415 Trinity St., Los Angeles 90011) on Friday, Aug. 3 with a screening of the movie Coco, beginning at sunset. 

The FREE family-friendly events (details for the month below) feature snacks and refreshments so make sure to bring your loved ones, friends and neighbors. I hope that can join us for what will be a fun-filled evening and memorable summer in South LA. 

For more information on this or other community events, please call our Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.



Michel Moore Becomes the Los Angeles Police Department's 57th Police Chief

On June 27, 2018 the Los Angeles City Council confirmed the appointment of Assistant Chief Michel Moore to be the next Chief of Police.

I asked him poignant questions about police relations in minority communities; the recruitment of people of color and women; and asked how he was going to regain the trust of the community, young men of color specifically.

Chief Moore assured me and the Los Angeles City Council that he is committed to improving police relations and creating a strong foundation for future leaders to build on. He spoke about the Cadet program and making sure youth have positive interactions with police officers at a young age. He also talked about training sensitivity being fundamental from the top brass to the rank and file.

I look forward to working with our new police chief to improve the conditions of South Los Angeles, and every Angeleno.


Three Things you Need to Know About this Year’s 4th of July Festival in CD 9

The 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show will return to Expo Park at the South Lawn. Join host Councilman Curren Price and tens of thousands of friends and neighbors as we ignite LA's skyline and launch a pyrotechnic celebration on Wednesday, July 4.

In preparation of the local Independence Day celebration, here are some pointers to help you make the most of your experience:

1. Parking is LIMITED and public transportation is strongly recommended. Use the Metro Expo Line to the Expo Park/USC Station. More information. More information at www.metro.net/riding/trip-planner

2. Early arrival is suggested. There will be live music, food and family-friendly activities beginning at 11 a.m. so make sure to make the most of your day. 

3. Don't forget to pack a blanket and sweater for the evening. Remember, the fireworks extravaganza will come to life at dusk, around 9 p.m., so you'll want to be cozy when the main attraction begins.

Please note, live entertainment will begin at 12 NOON presented by the City of Los Angeles & KJLH Radio. See below for details. 

Performances by:


Jade Novah 


Tyler Conti 

Maurice Smith 

El Tropi Corillo de Los Ángeles

Iman Europe 


Guadalupae D'Lushus & Sambalushus Dancers

Lastly, if you're a vendor interested in having a booth at this year's festivities, please contact Rick Miller at (310) 914-0015 or Rick@allaccess-la.com.



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.

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