The Best Jazz Concerts to See in L.A. This Month
Friday, August 10th
Saxophonist Dale Fielder has been honking around Los Angeles for some time now. He has recently gravitated towards the underappreciated majesty of baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Friday's appearance in front of LACMAs 202 streetlamps will be a preview of his newest album in tribute to Adams' co-led quintet with trumpeter Donald Byrd of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Fielder's long-time rhythm section of Jane Getz on piano, Trevor Ware on bass and Don Littleton on drums could not possibly disappoint.
Sunday, August 12
Saxophonist Tia Fuller is a hard-driving composer equipped with a fiery mastery of her horn. Fuller also works as a member of Beyonce's band but she brings an inventiveness and grit that goes beyond the sequins and stilettos. The Levitt Pavillion stage, which has hosted a lot of great Sunday night jazz shows, has mostly focused on local musicians. The New Jersey-based Fuller is a rare treat and the added bonus is that the show is free.
Sunday, August 19th
Catalina Bar & Grill
The 93-year-old Gerald Wilson is a national treasure who has called Los Angeles home for a long time. If nothing else, his inviting stage presence and importance to the history of the genre makes him worth witnessing. The fact that he has one of the baddest big bands in Los Angeles and put out a tremendous Grammy-nominated album last year pretty much seals the deal.
Wednesday, August 22nd
Esperanza Spalding and Anita Baker
This is kind of a funny show. Spalding, who is making the rounds of her genre-smashing recent release Radio Music Society, is paired up with quiet storm artist Anita Baker. Maybe it isn't so funny. After all, it's two crossover successes who are in command of their sound and vision, trading notes on dominating R&B radio. This is probably a great opportunity for Spalding to reach out to an audience who still actually buy CDs.
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