Upcoming Jazz and Blues Events not to Be Missed

If you love music, blues and jazz in particular, consider visiting the following events that are scheduled to take place this year.

Jazz Wednesdays

If you happen to be in Laguna Beach, CA, on Wednesday, April 13, don't miss a chance to hear Hammond B-3 sensation Akiko with Jeff Hamilton performing on drums and Graham Dechter on guitar.

California Jazz & Wine Fest

The 5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest held on April 17, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village) promises lots of good music performed on two stages and unlimited tasting of gourmet foods and wines, craft brews and boutique spirits. Tom Scott, a world-class saxophonist, composer, arranger and three-time Grammy-award winner, is headlining the live show. The proceeds from the live entertainment will be donated to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Tickets cost $100 per person for general admission and VIP admission costs $150 per person. Only 1,500 tickets will be available. Guest must be at least 21 years old to attend the event.

SantaCruzBluesFestival - The Westlake High School Jazz Band on the California Jazz & Wine Fest (2015)

SantaCruzBluesFestival - The Westlake High School Jazz Band on the California Jazz & Wine Fest (2015)

Evening with Jazz & Blues Legend Barbara Morrison

This is another jazz and blues event in Laguna Beach, CA. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Barbara will perform with her Trio in a special concert organized to support free music outreach programs to students in Laguna Beach. The price of the tickets ranges from $35 to $40. Concerts are held from 6:00-8:00 pm. A full bar and buffet dinner menu will be served for the visitors.

Tigran Hamasyan Luys i Luso

SantaCruzBluesFestival Tigran Hamasyan Luys i Luso

SantaCruzBluesFestival Tigran Hamasyan Luys i Luso

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Tigran Hamasyan will give the only performance in the U.S. that will take place at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. Originally trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan skillfully combines a variety of music influences like rock and Armenian folk music. His last four critically acclaimed albums received world-wide recognition and each was followed by a busy touring schedule. His recent repertoire is greatly influenced by Armenian sacred music from the 5th to 19th centuries, but due to his unique interpretation it has

SantaCruzBluesFestival Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez

attained some modern perspective. The music performed features enthralling hymns and sharakans as well as breathtaking chants arranged for piano and accompanied by the voice of the pianist himself. Together with 8 members of the Yerevan State Chamber Choir Tigran starts an extensive tour during which he is going to perform this sacred music in a number of European churches.

Jazz at The Grand with Poncho Sanchez

On Friday June 17, 2016, as part of a summer concert series benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson, the renowned musician Poncho Sanchez will perform in The Palm Courtyard at The Grand Long Beach. This outdoor event is sure to impress every music fan that is passionate of jazz. Boasting two dozen recordings, several Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award Poncho Sanchez is known for blending Latin jazz, salsa, swing, bebop, and other genres in his dazzling performances. His musical tastes were shaped by the sounds of classic jazz, Latin jazz and American soul he heard in the suburb of L.A., where he grew up.