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                          Angeles Jazz Institute Committed to preserving, promoting and perpetuating Jazz FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
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PHONE: 909-939-0777

Announcing Our Final Multi-Day
Big Band Jazz Festival

DATES: May 26-28, 2023!

The Creative World of
Stan Kenton

Celebrating the musicians and the music that created the

Legacy of Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton

After 32 years of producing multi-day jazz festivals it's time to wrap it up. We are going to present one last multi-day festival that will bring things full circle and be one of the best ever.

It all started in 1991 with Back to Balboa which was an unprecedented gathering of music and musicians. We've done several more Kenton themed events since that time each having it's own unique concept.

This time we plan to put it all together in one package to present the full spectrum of Kentonia with a massive array of concerts, panels, films and presentations.

There will be concerts of the original music written for the various Kenton Orchestras played by a variety of all-star bands featuring numerous Kenton alumni.

We will also feature concerts by important Kenton musicians leading their own bands playing their own music.

Also, in honor of Stan Kenton's importance in the advent of Jazz Education, we will feature a different University Big Band each day playing music from the original Junior Neophonic library.

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

View additional membership benefits

Our Mission

Full Calendar Details Soon

BONUS EVENT (only a few spaces left so register now!)
Thursday, May 25, 2023

BACK TO BALBOA...ONE MORE TIME!

As an incentive to your full registration passed we've created one of our exciting bonus events available for free to the first 50 registrants.

No Kenton event would be complete without a trip to the place it all started.

Includes transportation, lunch, and all events.

BACK TO BALBOA

A day long celebration at the place where it all began.

Presentation: The Rendezvous Ballroom Memorial Day 1941
(Includes rare unheard broadcast from 1941 plus other memorabilia)

Concert/Lunch: Rendezvous with Kenton at the historic Balboa Pavilion.

Presentation: The 1957 radio and television broadcasts.

Tour of Kenton historic locations on the Balboa Peninsula

Special Event at the Stan Kenton Memorial Gazebo at the waterfront park.

Tentative Event Schedule

Friday, May 26, 2023

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Individual Tickets Form Available Soon

May 26-28, 2023 Four Points Sheraton at LAX.

(909) 939-0777

TICKETS:

VIP FULL REGISTRATION

includes priority seating and bonus event.

$450 for LAJI Members

$475 for non-members

Seats assigned on a first-come, first-served basis!

Register now to get the seats you want!

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE

To register call (909) 939-0777

*Films, Panels and Special Presentations

Membership Benefits

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

Our Mission


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.

Click here for a printable, faxable membership form