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Jazz Bakery Receives NEA Art Works Grant

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To support Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that The Jazz Bakery Performance Space will receive its fourth NEA Art Works Grant. This new award of $25,000 will support performances and youth outreach events as part of its “Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends” series. Artists invited to perform in this series include: Kamasi Washington, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Anthony Wilson, Nels Cline and Alex Cline. Additional support for this program comes from the Herb Alpert Foundation.

“The Jazz Bakery is honored to receive this prestigious NEA grant, which will allow us to continue our highly acclaimed Concerts and Conversations series,” said Jazz Bakery founder and Artistic Director Ruth Price. “This program allows us to reach out to underserved youth who are interested in the arts, by connecting them with successful artists and role models from their own communities.”

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as The Jazz Bakery, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“Concerts and Conversations” is part of The Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feast programming and is hosted at prestigious venues throughout Southern California. Last year’s series included performances and youth outreach events by vocalist Dwight Trible. flutist Hubert Laws, percussionist Poncho Sanchez, the John Clayton Trio with vocalist Ernie Andrews, and pianist Alan Pasqua's trio.

Upcoming 2017 Jazz Bakery Movable Feast concerts include:

June 16: Ambrose Akinmusire at the Moss Theater @ New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village

June 24: Buster Williams & Something More at the Nate Holden Performance Center

July 8: Pat Martino at the Moss Theater @ New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village

August 16: Alan Broadbent at the Moss Theater @ New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village

November 4: Steelhouse featuring Edward Simon, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade @ Zipper Hall

November 19: Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan at the Moss Theater @ New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village

The Jazz Bakery, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017/2018, is currently conducting a capital campaign to complete its new Frank Gehry-designed performance center in Culver City, which will house expanded programs for artists and jazz enthusiasts alike.

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