The Los Angeles Jazz Collective is bringing an impressive collection of jazz artists together for a three-day festival at one of the newest and most promising additions to the Los Angeles jazz club scene. The players that have agreed to perform on the festival represent an emerging generation of jazz musicians in Los Angeles, artists who place a premium on creative improvising and original writing. Among the Los Angeles based artists to perform will be saxophone luminaries Bob Sheppard and Vinny Golia, trumpeters John Daversa, Brian Swartz, Josh Welchez, and Dan Rosenbloom, guitarist Steve Cotter, and pianist Gary Fukushima. Out of town guests include Leonard Thompson on piano, guitarist John Ehlis and his ensemble, and saxophone great and former Southern California native Matt Otto.
Since opening its doors in 2010, Blue Whale has become a favorite among musicians and listeners alike in Los Angeles. Blue Whale's owner, Joon Lee, has combined his interests in jazz and architectural design to create a club that has recently been recognized in Downbeat Magazine's 2011 150 Great Jazz Rooms" International Jazz Venue Guide.
The LAJC was founded in 2008 as an organization dedicated to the promotion and display of jazz as an important art form, with the intention of providing a forum that will foster greater community among the many artists who consider jazz to be their main form of expression. A main goal of the collective is to promote regular events throughout Southern California that feature music by member-artists, as well as music from notable guest performers and music from student-led ensembles from local area schools.
The LAJC Memorial Weekend Festival is the latest in a series of artist-produced and artist-sponsored events organized by the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, events which have served to highlight the vast amount of hidden talent that exists in and around (and often times in spite of) the largest music industry in the world.