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LAJI Woodchoppers' Ball

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ANNOUNCING OUR MAY 2018 FESTIVAL:
WOODCHOPPERS BALL

Celebrating the Music and Musicians that Created
the Woody Herman Orchestra Legacy

May 24-27
Bonus Event May 23

Four Points Sheraton LAX
9750 Airport Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Note: new phone # (909) 939-0777

  • A Multitude of Concerts
  • Bonus Event for full registrants (very limited availability)
  • Rare films, panels and special presentations
  • Many Herman alumni on hand to participate in the various alumni bands


Wednesday, May 23 (Free to the first 100 registrants)

Carnegie Hall 1946
Woody Herman Alumni Band with Special Guest Ken Peplowski

A special concert presentation of the music performed at the 1946 Carnegie Hall Concert. The First Herd was at it's peak and the Carnegie hall performance was one of the most important Big Band Concerts of all time. Two extended works were premiered including Ralph Burns' Summer Sequence and Igor Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto. Those works will be performed in their entirety along with other first Herd classics such as Blowin' Up a Storm, Bijou, Wildroot and more.

The Festival:

The Woody Herman Orchestra Directed by Frank Tiberi, Terry Gibbs, Ken Peplowski, Alan Broadbent, Harry Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Dan Barrett, Bobby Shew, Larry McKenna, John Fedchock, Ron Stout, Mike Brignola, Jerry Pinter, Scott Whitfield, Gary Anderson, Jim Rupp, Mark Lewis and more.

Featured Concerts:

  • Woody Herman Orchestra Directed by Frank Tiberi
  • Woody Herman Alumni Band: Music of the First Herd
  • Music of the Woodchoppers
  • Characteristically B.H.: Celebrating Bill Harris with Dan Barrett
  • Woody Herman Alumni Band: Music of the Second Herd
  • Remembering Al, Zoot, Herbie, Stan and Serge featuring
  • Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen
  • Woody Herman Alumni Band: Music of the Third Herd
  • Scott Whitfield Plays Carl Fontana
  • Bobby Shew Meets Larry McKenna
  • Woody Herman Alumni Band: The Phillips Years
  • Woody Herman Alumni Band: Road Father
  • The Jeff Hamilton Trio
  • The John Fedchock Big Band

And More...

The Platinum VIP registration fee is $450 or $425 for Jazz Institute members. The VIP registration also includes reserved priority seating which is assigned in the order received. Call now and plan to join us.

May 24-27
Bonus Event May 23
Four Points Sheraton LAX

Note: new phone # (909) 939-0777


The special rate for festival attendees is $115 per night. You can reserve your rooms by calling: 1-800-368-7764

OR CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM ON-LINE

The Sheraton also has a free shuttle to and from LAX.

Hotel stay not included in registration fee.

How to purchase tickets:

There are three ticket choices to attend the festival

PLATINUM:
VIP Registration is $450 ($425 for members) includes priority reserved seating

GOLD:
$425 ($400 for members) includes reserved seating.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS:
Individual event tickets range from $10-$35


VENDORS:
Call (909) 939-0777 for more information.
(Note - new phone #)



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NEW!
Jack Goodwin donates his priceless Warne Marsh Collection!


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Membership

In addition to producing a number of live jazz events throughout the year, The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is the largest jazz archive and research center on the west coast and one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute is a 501c3, tax exempt, public benefit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Basic membership is $50 per year

Click here for a printable, faxable membership form


ALL MEMBERS RECEIVE:
*The special "Members Only-Limited Edition" CD
*Advance notice and discounts to all events

We also encourage monetary donations beyond the $50 membership level. All contributions go directly to the maintenance and operation of the Jazz Institute Archive. We also welcome donations of all types of jazz materials including recordings in all formats, books, magazines, paper items, artwork

Members Only CD
Currently there are 4 "members only" CDs to choose from. Quanities are extremely limited.

  1. HOWARD RUMSEY'S LIGHTHOUSE ALL STARS ON THE AIR - LAJI 0010
    features unissued radio broadcasts of the 1957 All Stars live from the Lighthouse. These broadcasts come from a short lived Los Angeles radio program called Nightlife that aired on KMLA on Wednesday nights at 11:30. This edition of the All-Stars featured Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, Frank Rosolino, Victor Feldman, Howard Rumsey and Stan Levey.

  2. ASCENT OF THE COOL
    Rare and Unissued Chet Baker from the 1950s
    LAJI 009

    Chet Baker, Ascent of the Cool features rare and unissued recordings that document Chet's early years on the west coast. These recordings come from a variety of sources all of which are part of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute archive. The recording quality varies from track to track but the historical importance makes up for whatever flaws may exist. The sessions range from Chet's first known recording in 1949 to an appearance on the Stars of Jazz Television program in 1956. We've programmed the disc in chronological order which creates a fascinating listening experience. We hear Chet grow from a 19 year old trumpet player who is just beginning to find his way around the horn, to a full fledged jazz giant fully in command of his instrument.

  3. SHORTY ROGERS AND HIS ALL STAR GIANTS
    LIVE AT THE RENDEZVOUS BALLROOM 1952 VOLUME 1
    LAJI 007
    Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bob Enevoldsen, Hampton Hawes, Joe Mondragon, Lawrence Marable and June Christy. An unprecended gathering jazz stars captured live at the beginning of the west coast jazz movement.

  4. SHORTY ROGERS AND HIS ALL STAR GIANTS
    LIVE AT THE RENDEZVOUS BALLROOM 1952 VOLUME 2
    LAJI006
    Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bob Enevoldsen, Hampton Hawes, Joe Mondragon, Lawrence Marable and June Christy.

Click here for a printable, faxable membership form

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Our mission is to collect and preserve jazz materials and make them accessible to scholars, students, researchers and the jazz community. To accomplish this, we actively acquire new materials and continue to seek out important private collections. We also provide a setting where musicians and their estates can donate or loan their materials with the assurance that they will be preserved for future generations.


One of the things that makes the LAJI unique is that we actively use the materials in the Archive by maintaining a busy schedule of outreach activities including concerts, festivals, broadcasts, publications and the release of important recordings on compact disc. Member support along with private and corporate gifts play a vital role in keeping the Jazz Institute alive. Please consider becoming a member today.

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