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Grand Annex Brings Jazz to the LA Harbor Area

Jazz "Festival" to feature Grace Kelly, Dustbowl Revival, Matt Gordy Sextet and Alex Smith's Tribute to the late Paul Smith

Throughout the month of October 2014, the Grand Annex will present a 4-part Jazz “Festival” spanning four separate nights starting October 10th through October 18th.  With up and coming jazz saxophonist GRACE KELLY headlining and swing masters like DUSTBOWL REVIVAL kicking off the series, the festival offers a range of styles for jazz fans and new jazz fans.

On Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., the Grand Annex Jazz Festival will present the DUSTBOWL REVIVAL.  Awarded the “Best Live Band in LA” in 2013, the band is quickly rising on the folk charts.  Known for their energetic live sets, Dustbowl Revival merges jug-band, gospel, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930s to form a spicy roots cocktail.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., the Grand Annex presents MATT GORDY SEXTET.  Matt Gordy is an LA-Based drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger.  He returns with his sextet to the Annex stage after a tour in China, leading up the U.S. Jazz Delegation at the Changsha Music Festival.  A special treat for jazz standard fans, Gordy’s group is fronted by LA Vocalist on the rise, ANDREA MILLER.  Gordy has shared the stage with icons such as Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight, Peter Frampton, and Tony Bennett. Andrea Miller is a known session singer; her voice can be heard on recordings by Disney/Pixar, Samsung, Warner Brothers, and EMI among others.

On Saturday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., the Grand Annex presents GRACE KELLY.  A saxophone player since the age of 10, Grace Kelly has hit the jazz world by storm.  At the age of 22, this straight ahead jazz sax phenomenon has released eight albums and her originals have hit the top of the Billboard jazz charts.  Kelly has recorded and/or performed with such notable musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Huey Lewis, Questlove, Harry Connick Jr. and Dave Brubeck.  

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., the Grand Annex presents the ALEX SMITH GROUP.  Alex and his band perform a night of jazz standards and stories paying tribute to his grandfather, the late great jazz pianist Paul Smith.  Known for his 20 years as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and conductor, Paul Smith also recorded with a who's who of classic jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Torme and more.  His grandson, Alex Smith, now carries on his name in the jazz world as a renowned Los Angeles drummer and music teacher.

Event Info:
General Admission $20 adv. / $25 door
Cabaret Table Seat $25 adv. (subject to availability)
Cafe Deck VIP $30 adv. - includes Table seat plus bar ticket (subject to availability)

Special 4-concert pricing for the Grand Annex Jazz Festival:
Buy Cabaret Table Tickets to 3 Grand Annex Jazz “Festival” concerts and receive the 4th show for free ($100 Value)

Tickets available at www.grandannex.org or 310.833.4813 between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

A first-rate Los Angeles/South Bay music and arts destination, the Grand Annex is an intimate 150-seat space to see and hear live performances.  The Annex features a wide range of artists and genres including world music, Latin beats, bluegrass, jazz, and popular favorites. The Grand Annex is a project of Grand Vision Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Grand Vision Foundation’s mission is to inspire and engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor/South Bay Community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences centered on the historic Warner Grand Theater and the Grand Annex in downtown San Pedro.  As a part of its mission, the Grand Vision Foundation seeks to pay all their artists more than a fair rate while still keeping ticket prices low for the Greater Los Angeles community.

Article Posted: 9/29/2014

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