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A Sincere Thank You for Your Support

The bandstand at Cinema Under the Stars on Feb. 29, 2024, just minutes before Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project took the stage to cap-off our month-long celebration of the Coltrane Legacy back in February. These events, where we come together over food, drink, and music — as a community — don’t happen without your appetite for them. For so many reasons, we need them more now than ever; your dedicated and continued support makes it all possible. Photo by Chad Fox.

By Matt Silver

Hey there, Jazz88ers. It's been a whirwind of a last ten days, but we made it. The 2024 Spring Membership Drive has concluded. We welcomed new members — some had been listening for years and chose this week to take that next step; some, like one woman I remember speaking with who was in town visiting from North Carolina, were excited to find something new that they might now make part of their everyday lives. And we heard from many familiar names who've been riding with us for all or part of the last 50 years.

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Jazz at Tio Leo's

Holly Hofmann's jazz series continues this month at Tio Leo's Restaurant and Lounge at 5302 Napa St. at Morena Blvd. Jazz at Tio Leo's is happening every Sunday evening from 5-7pm and features Southern California's finest jazz musicians in a quiet, spacious setting with full bar and Mexican cuisine. There is also plenty of free parking. See this month's schedule below:

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Spring Membership Drive 2024: We Look Back at Norman Granz's Legacy and Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Jazz at the Philharmonic

We can’t bring you back to the grand auditoriums that hosted installments of Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic, but we’ll come closer than anyone else.

By Matt Silver

This July 2nd will mark 80 years since Norman Granz presented the very first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP). So named because it was held at Los Angeles's Philharmonic Auditorium, then the 2700-seat home of the LA Phil, JATP was the first, the biggest, the longest running, and the most socially impactful jazz concert series of its kind.

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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, April 18th

  • Paul Smith (Piano) was born in San Diego, CA, 1922–2013.
  • Buster Williams (Bass) was born in Camden, NJ in 1942.
  • Warren Chiasson (Vibraphone) was born in Cheticamp, Canada in 1934.
  • Sam Noto (Trumpet) was born in Buffalo, NY in 1930.
  • Johnny St. Cyr (Banjo, Guitar) was born in New Orleans, LA, 1890–1966.
  • Jan Hammer (Keyboards-Various, Synthesizer) was born in Prague, Czechoslavakia in 1948.
  • Chris Barber (Trombone, Band Leader) was born in Welwyn Garden City, England in 1930.
  • Han Bennik (Drums and Percussion) was born in Zaandam, The Netherlands in 1942.
  • Mark Sherman (Vibraphone) was born in New York, NY in 1957.
  • Steve Hobbs (Vibraphone) was born in 1956.
  • Judy Wexler (Vocals-Lead) was born in Los Angeles, CA in 2222.
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On This Day

April 18th in Jazz History…

  • Red Allen cuts "K.K. Boogie" for Okeh Records in 1941.
  • Artie Shaw recorded "Summertime" on Bluebird Records in 1945.
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