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Trad jazz is alive and well in Los Angeles.
The JRW revives traditional New Orleans style dixieland music and brings back enjoyable memories of mainstream jazz.
That means we strive to celebrate the incomparable music composed from the turn of the 20th century through 1950.
For musicians, the "Workshop" format provides ample opportunity for spirited discussions of the prospective next tune's history, key choices, chord progressions, and favorite styles and tempos -- then, of course, how to play it. Sometimes, after candid review, they will play it again. Maybe, another time in a different way. Often, there is more to the evening's entertainment than just the tunes.
For audience members, who are "mouldy figs," there are frequent echoes of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, George Lewis, Bunk Johnson, Kid Thomas, and Jelly Roll Morton, who, along with many other unheralded players, created the sounds and energy of this classic improvised music.
9535 California Ave.
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Drive to a block and half
Every Thursday Night
From 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Nothing fancy, but plenty of chairs
Informal attire is typical.
New Orleans style
jazz and more
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If it sounds good,
it is good.
The Jazz Revival Workshop is an informal meeting of specially invited musicians to play with others interested in a similar genre of jazz music. Usually, there will be a different lineup of Southern California area players at each session. Musicians are encouraged to play as creatively as they wish. However, musical themes are suggested from time to time.
Dancers and listeners are encouraged to come and enjoy a relaxed evening of jazz. While the musicians are professional, the evening is not a "paid gig". The players are there because they want to be. Simply put, they like playing with each other. You can hear it in the tunes.
The American Legion Hall in South Gate, near the center of Los Angeles, is easy to find. It's hospitable and has ample, off-street parking. The Jazz Revival Workshop is inexpensive. But don't come for the economy. Come for the art form.
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