42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

30 Sep 2018

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12:00 – 16:00

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On Sunday, September 30, Watts Towers continues its longstanding tradition of celebrating soulful world music at its Annual Watts Towers Jazz Festival, which is free and open to the public, bringing the community and visitors together to celebrate the arts. Presented by City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center, an all-star line-up of world-class musicians, singers, and dancers will take attendees on a musical journey at the 42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 30 from 10 - 6 p.m. Sunday’s festival is hosted by Masters of Ceremonies Kamau Daáood and James Janisse, and kicks off with the Yoruba ground blessing by Alaadun to unite all cultures. Guitarist Darrell Crooks & Heaven will follow, highlighting the theme of connection with a touch of soul and gospel. Saxophonist Keschia Potter and Friends will kick the afternoon into gear with an artful blend of jazz and funk. Maiya Sykes’ vocals will then light up the stage with an authentic mix of jazz, pop and, hip-hop. Next up will be Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans who are known for their fast tapping musical gumbo. Violinist Karen Briggs will deliver an eclectic performance of fierce musicianship you will not want to miss, and Jazz Mentorship Program All-Stars featuring Patrice Rushen, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Reggie Hamilton, Justo Almario, Nedra Wheeler and Clayton Cameron will deliver "straight-ahead jazz'  to the stage and close out the final day. The festivals' activities are complemented by exhibitions at the Noah Purifoy & Charles Mingus Galleries featuring, "The Conductor" by Chukes and, an installation of musical instruments from around the world at the Dr. Joseph & Bootsie Howard Gallery.There will be supervised children’s activities from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and food and beverages along with arts and crafts will be for sale throughout the day. Both festivals take place at Department of Cultural Affairs' Watts Towers Arts Center Campus at 1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002. For more information, please call 213.847.4646, or visit wattstowers.org.  


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