Tomorrow LACMA opens its 23rd season of Jazz at LACMA with Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. Every Friday, the BP Grand Entrance plays host to musicians from throughout Southern California as they fill the space with their seasoned sounds. In many ways, the start of Jazz at LACMA in Los Angeles is a way of ringing in the long months of warm weather and leisure in this city. (After all, we do need a respite from L.A.’s harsh, unbearable winters.) From April through the close of Jazz at LACMA in November, Los Angeles’s denizens come out in the tens of thousands not only to take in the music, but also to catch up with friends over a picnic, grab a drink at the Stark Bar, or, for the multitasking-ambitious types, to see our exhibitions and permanent collections on view in between a set or a bite of pizza.
Jazz at LACMA is one of three music programs that are offered at the museum throughout the year. Every Sunday, LACMA hosts the chamber-music series Sundays Live, which brings local, national, and international musicians to the Bing Theater. On Saturdays, Latin Sounds, a more-recent addition to the roster of music programming at LACMA (it began in 2006), features world-renowned artists who share the latest sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and our fair city. Latin Sounds makes great use of the public spaces in Hancock Park to create a festival-like environment. Held at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater, Latin Sounds harnesses the fun that comes with summer and creates a festival-like atmosphere in a relaxing outdoor space.
Through your support, LACMA will be able to continue its rich music programming for Angelenos to enjoy for free.