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Thursday, August 6

JazzPOP: Ross Hammond’s Humanity Suite

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

8:00pm

"Hammond's opus is a remarkable effort ... it'll remind you why you started loving jazz in the first place." – Michael Roberts, Jazziz Magazine

"A monumental stew of improvisation and emotional force from guitarist Hammond and band..." – George Grella, The Brooklyn Rail

Guitarist/bandleader Ross Hammond has been at the center of the Sacramento jazz scene for more than a decade, playing infectious music that combines dreamy rock-inflected grooves with expansive free jazz escapades. His acclaimed Humanity Suite, inspired by the work of artist Kara Walker, features a sextet of heavyweight California improvisers.

Ross Hammond – guitar
Vinny Golia – winds
Catherine Sikora – tenor saxophone
Clifford Childers – trombone
Kerry Kashiwagi – acoustic bass
Dax Compise – drums

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Friday, August 7

MONK’estra

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Led by conductor/arranger John Beasley, the 15-piece modern jazz band MONK'estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s unique quirkiness. Offbeat accents and punchy dissonances can be found in MONK'estra's fresh arrangements of Monk’s and other classic and original compositions. Beasley’s contemporary twist incorporates Afro-Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, hip hop, big-band instrumentation, and stunningly atmospheric ensemble textures, all powerfully driven by a propulsive rhythm section.

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Breakin’ Down the Beat: A Night of Spoken Word

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

7:00pm

Honoring the Beat Generation of the ’50s and ’60s, a new generation of poets broadens the spectrum of spoken word: their lyrical performances reveal the intersections between text, song, movement, and media. Questioning social consciousness, ringing voices of justice, and promoting cultural awareness, this eclectic group demonstrates the visceral power of poetry.

Featured poets include: Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ise Lyfe, Rachel Kann, Mayda Del Valle, Aleshea Harris, and Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

Make a night of it! Visit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and hear live music performed by Patsy Moore and Friends at 8:00 p.m.

Presented outdoors, lounge-style, with cocktails and snacks available for purchase.

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