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18th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival (No Host Meetup)

I did this event as a meetup in July of last year and no one showed up but me as far as I know. No one likes jazz & bbq??? I highly recommend this event.
Link to this year's event:
Be sure to click on "artist line-up.
Below is my historical description about the event from last year:
This festival salutes the great legacy of west coast jazz and the legendary African-American musicians who made Central Avenue, from the 1920' to the 1950's, the epicenter of west coast jazz when Central Avenue was alive and happening with numerous jazz clubs hosting all-night jam sessions for an integrated audience, because people from all over Los Angeles would come down. Supposedly, a very young Clint Eastwood would come down a few times.

The festival will take place around the area of the historic (and newly renovated) Dunbar Hotel by the corner of Central Avenue and 42nd Street. During it's heyday, just about every famous African American musician and entertainer who was passing through LA would stay at the Dunbar, because they were not allowed to stay in hotels in any other area of Los Angeles...only perform there!
If you like jazz...and Los Angeles history, you might enjoy this weekend event.
Link to the History of the Dunbar Hotel:

Link to a short video about the history of the Dunbar Hotel:

LA Times article on the Dunbar Hotel[masked]

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  • Rudy

    OK – I won't dwell on the disappointing turnout by meetup members (over 900!) for this particular event, but the silence has been loud & unmistakable the last 2 years - most members aren't interested in this event. I'm surprised because so many members express an interest in the diversity of the people, cultures, etc. of this city, and with that in mind, I thought more would attend the last 2 years. I even included links to put the event in historical context. If I'm still organizing this meetup site next year, I'll seriously reconsider if I want to schedule this event again.
    For me, when the young African American singer sang the jazz standard, Body & Soul, and a Latin jazz band played in front of a diverse crowd, all in front of the historic Dunbar Hotel...LA history & culture never sounded better!,0,1756814.story

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rudy, I understand how you feel about people saying they are going to go and then not showing up. I did not go because I do not like crowds and I did not feel comfortable in the area. I like to take pictures and that is more what I go for. I am sure there would have been loads of things to take pictures of, but festivals are not me.

      August 2, 2013

  • Rudy

    Except for Cyndi and I, did anyone else who RSVP’d (or didn’t) go to this event? I was looking forward to reading few more posts…

    July 31, 2013

    • juanita

      Unfortunately, I had to work unexpectedly. I heard from some coworkers that it was great though. I guess I'll have to wait until next year.

      July 31, 2013

  • Rudy

    Got there around 3:00pm and stayed for about 2 hrs.
    Got to hear half the set from Cuba L.A. - band was hot! Got all the salseros up onto the dance floor.
    Heard a good part of Ashley Chanel's set. Wonderful singer with a good young band! Her version of Body and Soul was fantastic!
    The historic Dunbar Hotel is well on it's way looking great again. It's not totally completed but the senior units are now open and there was even a small jazz combo playing inside the hotel atrium.
    Nice vibe, great music...really enjoyed it.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Rudy

    ...unfortunately I wasn't able to stay long enough to listen to the Gerald Wilson Orchestra; he wrote & performed the original version of Vivia Tirado, which became a top-40 hit in the early 70's for East L.A. band, El Chicano. You can type in the title in the Youtube search to hear both versions.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • cyndi

    could stay only awhile but the vibe was so friendly and people enjoying themselves so much that i can hardly wait for next year's festival.

    July 28, 2013

  • JJ

    sorry, I cannot make it this time. Thanks for the invite. tomorrow probably is better day for me. Thanks

    July 27, 2013

  • Rudy

    For those of you who might be interested, there is 4-CD box set on the music of Central Ave in it's heyday! It might be out of print, so you might want to look for it at Amoeba records, or check your local public library. There is also a book as well.

    2 · July 25, 2013

  • Linda

    This sounds like a fun event! I've never been to the Dunbar. Just to make sure I'm clear: are we all meeting on Saturday at 11:30am? And if so, where exactly? Thank you!

    July 24, 2013

    • Rudy

      I made this a “No Host” meetup, which means I personally won’t be meeting up with other members at a specific time & place. I plan to attend if I can, but I don’t know what time I will get there. I’ve learned from the past that all-day events like these are best left open-ended. Plus, there is often a big disparity between the number people who RSVP and those that actually attend. However if any other members want to coordinate with each other me about meeting up…that’s’s great!

      1 · July 25, 2013

  • Tish

    Would carpool from Santa Monica - love Jazz and love history. This is great excuse to get downtown which we Westsiders seldom do.

    July 20, 2013

    • David

      You know 41st and Central is not downtown right?

      July 21, 2013

  • diana

    This sounds fabulous. Does anyone from the Westside want to car pool?

    July 7, 2013

  • Nancy F

    Hedy is my guest.

    June 21, 2013

  • Nancy F

    I am really looking forward to this event! Is there anyone attending who lives anywhere near N. Hollywood/Burbank/Toluca Lake/Hollywood area who would like to carpool or take public transit?

    June 19, 2013

  • Margaret M.

    I love Jazz.

    June 19, 2013

  • juanita

    Thanks for posting this, it's going to be great. This will be my first time attending but I always hear what a great time I missed. See you there.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like jazz and BBQ, I just don't like crowds. I, also, don't know how comfortable I feel with the area.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jeannette

    Thanks for the info. I would love to go, but I'll be traveling to my home country Venezuela.

    June 18, 2013

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