Free Jazz Concerts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles – August
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The Hammer Museum’s free JazzPOP music series celebrates its sixth year of outdoor concerts in the Hammer courtyard in Los Angeles. Veteran artists and bold new voices perform original, adventurous music that combines inventive composition with improvisational prowess and propulsive groove. Musician Lisa Mezzacappa, JazzPOP’s curator, programs diverse artists with a special focus on musicians with West Coast roots. During the concerts, guests may also enjoy signature JazzPOP cocktails from a cash bar, as well as dinner from the Hammer Cafe. There will be four three concerts in the Hammer Museum courtyard in Los Angeles this month as a warm-up to this fall’s Angel City Jazz Festival, starting this Thursday with Bay Area-born bassist Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors ensemble. Released in 2008 on the daring local label Cryptogramophone, Sickafoose’s most recent album was one of that year’s best with atmospheric, Americana-dusted flourishes reminiscent of Bill Frisell and an easy-swaying groove braced by woozy brass and top-flight violinist Jenny Scheinman. Though seldom seen on the West Coast since moving to Brooklyn in 2005, Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors is also scheduled to perform at REDCAT as part of the Angel City festival’s lineup in late September.
The rest of the JazzPOP’s lineup includes:
Bass clarinetist Aaron Novik’s Thorny Brocky (Aug. 11)
Empty Cage Quartet (Aug. 18).
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024