By Jack Grimshaw
The names Cannonball, Coltrane and Art Pepper do it for you? Always wanted to see the Bill Holman Band, the Steve Hufstetter Big Band, the Carl Sanders Be Bop Band, the Gerry Gibbs Quartet and Frank Capp--on the same bill?
You up for 12 straight hours of straight-ahead live jazz guaranteed to leave your heart pounding, your head ringing and you a better person (as it's all for a good cause)? Then you owe it to yourself to experience an unprecedented day of jazz at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott this Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., there'll be continuous live jazz in three rooms, plus raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, vendors and a whole lot more.
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Along with the Cannonball/Coltrane Project, Fred Selden Plays Art Pepper + 11 and (deep breath) the Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra featuring Bill Watrous, you'll see the Med Flory Big Band with Supersax, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra and beaucoup other sizzling lineups. They've all donated their services.
The good cause? That would be the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, which recently learned it has to vacate its premises in the California State, Long Beach Music Department by the end of the year. Under founder and director Ken Poston, the Institute promotes concerts and many other activities, and maintains one of the largest jazz archives in the world--130,000 records, thousands of CDs, books, tapes, magazines, music ... the list goes on. It's a major resource for scholars, students, researchers and the general jazz community, all lovingly tended by a guy many remember fondly for his 11 sterling years at 88.1 KLON (now KKJZ), the premier West Coast jazz station based on the CSULB campus.
Moving out is costing some $20,000 (Starving Students don't come cheap these days). The good news is, negotiations are wrapping up with another university and there should be a new home for everything by the deadline.If you're up for a major jazz experience, there are two ticket levels, both giving full access to all events. (Me, I'm going for the priority seating and and full buffet dinner. Bebop makes me hungry, man.) Check it all out at www.lajazzinstitute.org or call (562) 985-7065, or just show up and sign up.
Planning on a few cold ones and don't wanna drive home? Call the hotel at (310) 641-5700. See you at the bar.