Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The 14th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival is about to begin

Are you ready for brilliant Jazz music, yummy food and unique street vendor merchandise in Los Angeles’ most historic Jazz location? Well here is your chance. The 14th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival is back celebrating the different styles of Jazz in a street fair atmosphere. On July 25th and 26th between 11am and 7pm, come on out to the historic Central Avenue (cross street 42nd street) which is known in Los Angeles for its rich jazz and blues history.

This festival celebrates different types of jazz music including Latin jazz and the blues. The celebration begins Saturday morning with a discussion lead by Clora Bryant, one of the first woman trumpeters. Performing Saturday will be musicians such as vocalist Raya Yarbrough, the Eric Reed Trio and the salsa Latin Jazz vocalist Adonis Puentes. Sunday features remarkable groups including Jazz America, the Littleton Brothers and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. A variety of artists are showcased throughout the weekend at different times.

Oh and by the way, the Central AvenueJazz Festival has more than just jazz to offer! Many of the food and merchandise vendors come out exclusively for this event because they know it is just that good! So if you want a chance to try this great food and browse through these crafts do it now otherwise you have a whole year to wait. As far as food goes, there is everything from TNT Shrimps, Jambalaya Man, tacos, smoothies salads and the renowned Cobblermania; while I have yet to try this cobbler let me tell you stories of its greatness make my mouth water.
Merchandise vendors range from clothing, sunglasses, hats, oils and one of a kind jewelry.

If you are not a huge jazz fan but like music, you can think of it as an annual farmers market where you have to come and grab everything fast before it goes away. Also, if you are into photography, this is a fabulous chance to capture some great street activity and excellent musicians for free. That’s right admittance is free! All you have to do is get yourself down to Central Avenue and 42nd street this weekend! Look for parking on the surrounding streets and be prepared to walk. But there is the Metro - just use metro trip planner.

The first photo was taken by Ed Fuentes and to view more of the 2008 Central Jazz Festival go to his flickr set.

The second photo is credited to Curt Gibbs and to view more of his 2008 Central Avenue Jazz Festival photos please go to his flickr set.

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