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Concert: Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble - Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA - 5/10/08

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Pianist and composer Billy Childs, an eight-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner, works his musical magic with his Jazz-Chamber Ensemble in the Art Deco splendor of San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre on Saturday, May 10, at 4:00 pm.

The Da Camera Society's San Pedro Mini-Festival offers a pre- and post-concert self guided tour of the town's historic core, pre-concert walks through the theater with docents on hand to discuss the colorful history of the Warner Grand, and screenings of recently restored film shorts from the Golden Age of Jazz at 3:15 pm, just prior to the concert.

After playing with Freddie Hubbard for six years, Billy Childs' solo jazz recording career began in 1988, when he released the first of four critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill Jazz label. His Grammy nominations have been in categories as diverse as Best Instrumental Composition, Best Performance by a Jazz Group, and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist. The Jazz-Chamber Ensemble is his newest venture--an attempt to blend and bridge classical and jazz idioms. “I didn't coin the term, 'jazz chamber group.' It's got a long history, from David Brubeck's Octet in the late '40s, and the Modern Jazz Quartet used that approach," Childs has said in an interview. While the name and approach may not be new, Childs' instrumentation for his Jazz-Chamber Ensemble is somewhat unusual: piano (played by Childs), classical harp and guitar, along with string quartet and saxophone.

When the Warner Grand Theater opened, Jack Warner christened it “The Castle of Your Dreams" and the richly decorated interior offered a journey of the imagination into exotic worlds far removed from daily life. The Warner Grand is the only one of three similar theaters built by Warner Brothers left intact.

Concert: 4:00 pm
Film shorts at 3:15
Self-guided tours before & after the concert
Tickets: $43, $39, $35
Warner Grand Theatre, architect: B. Marcus Priteca & A. T. Heinsbergen, 1931
478 West Sixth Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

For further information or to purchase tickets, call 213-477-2929.

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