The Angel City Jazz Festival – LA’s only non-commercial jazz and new music festival – was founded in 2008 by music promoter Rocco Somazzi. That year the festival presented 13 acts, including Satoko Fujii, Wayne Horvitz’ Sweeter Than The Day, Leni Stern, Elliot Sharp, Andy Milne, Motoko Honda, Alan Pasqua, Nels Cline & Arthur Blythe in one day on 2 stages at the Barnsdall Art Park. From 2009, Cryptogramophone’s founder Jeff Gauthier became a festival coproducer and the festival moved to the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Since then the festival has grown into an essential multi day celebration of cutting edge Jazz at some of the most exciting & prestigious venues in Hollywood and Downtown LA, like REDCAT, Zipper Hall, the Blue Whale, the Aratani Theatre and Barnsdall Art Park.
The 2015 festival is presented by Angel CIty Arts, a non-profit organization committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles by producing concerts by established and emerging music innovators who have achieved exceptionally high levels of musicianship and brought forward a significant contribution to the evolution of jazz and improvised music.
The Angel City Jazz Festival consistently features the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians working today, balancing established jazz artists with emerging talent, and focusing on west coast creative jazz, past, present and future.
The 2015 festival is made possible through generous contributions by the LA County Arts Commission, The Herb Alpert Foundation, MediaThe Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, LA Jazz Society, LACMA, CalArts, The Ford Theatres and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.
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