Curated by Performances à la Carte, Jazz ‘n Paz brings three intimate jazz concerts with some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians to the Neighborhood UU Church in Pasadena. Taking place on Sunday afternoon at 5 pm, the series will open September 16 with 2 +1, featuring Jamie Perez, Lyman Medeiros and Nolan Shaheed. The second concert will showcase Lolly Allen & Friends on October 7; and the last one, on November 4, will be a Latin/world jazz performance with Will Brahm & Homenaje, bringing different cultures and people together through their original music.
2 + 1: September 16, 2018
2 + 1 will feature Jamie Perez, vocals, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and joined by legendary jazz trumpeter Nolan Shaheed. Rounding out the ensemble will be familiar sax and piano favorites, Martin Mathews on saxophone and flute, and pianist Chad Edwards. As a fixture with Steve Tyrell’s band, Medeiros is one of the most sought-after bass players and Perez is an award-winning versatile vocalist and songwriter. Together 2 + 1 creates a mix of textural improv and interpretation of jazz standards and originals that is highly evocative and a sure delight.
Lolly Allen & Friends: October 7, 2018
Award-winning vibraphonist and composer Lolly Allen with special guest, superstar Rickey Woodard on saxophone; Mike Alvidrez on bass; and Gary Fukushima on piano. Allen has performed with top jazz musicians including Terry Gibbs, Bob Mintzer, Rodney Whitaker, Maria Schneider, and The Jazz Composers Alliance. In 2016 she was the first woman to be awarded the L.A Jazz Society’s Vibe Summit XXIII Honoree Award, and in 2017 was invited to present legendary vibraphonist Terry Gibbs with his Hall of Fame Induction at the World Vibes Congress. She has performed at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party, WGBH FM’s “Eric in the Evening,” and Ron DellaChiesa’s Jazz Songbook. Allen is recording her second album as bandleader, and performs internationally as a soloist and with her quintet. Woodard and Fukushima are both powerhouse jazz musicians with big followings.
Will Brahm & Homenaje: November 4, 2018
Having always loved music from different cultures around the world, guitarist Will Brahm formed his world music group Homenaje, which means “Tribute” in Spanish, and released their debut album “La Mariposa y el Mentiroso” in 2017, featuring all original compositions. Brahm tours extensively with his music and also plays with the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group and has worked with artists including The Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit. Led by Brahm, the group pays tribute to the support and unity of different types of music and cultures from all around the world. With roots of jazz, Cuban, African, Venezuelan, Israeli, and classical music, they strive to bring different cultures and people together through their original music. Homenaje consists of Will Brahm on guitar, Ahmet Turkmenoglu on bass, and Latin Grammy Winner and LP Artist Diego Alvarez on percussion and cajon.
Advance online purchase of Jazz ‘n Paz tickets include Subscription Series tickets with reserved seating at $60 for all three concerts or $25 for individual concerts (no reserved seating). Tickets for individual concerts will be $28 at the door (cash only and based on availability).
The Neighborhood UU Church is located at 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103. For tickets and more information you can visit https://www.jazznpaz.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 626-296-9843.
Performances à la Carte is a collaborative arts events producer with a mission to create unique, original live performances utilizing multi-arts genres to showcase the diverse artistic community in the greater Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Crescenta Valley area and to connect the arts with social needs and issues that serve the public interest.
Photo: Will Brahm & Homenaje will perform on Jazz ‘n Paz Nov.4’s concert
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