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Dean of African American composers, William Grant Still is the composer most associated with the Harlem Renaissance. His First Symphony combines classical form with the blues progressions and rhythms of popular African American music. The symphony will be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Thomas Wilkins as conductor.
Enjoy and dance to live music from UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble. Directed by Dr. Paul De Castro, this ensemble focuses on diverse Latin jazz styles and Cuban popular music with an emphasis on instrumental Latin jazz solos. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available and select galleries will remain open.
Travel in a jungle safari with Clarence “CHAZZ” Ross and his 26 African Djembe Drums! Drums not only emulate animal sounds but also raindrops, sea breezes, earthquake rumbles and cracks of thunder. Everyone has the ability to create rhythm. Let your playfulness and imagination soar as you join in the fun with Chazz. A sensory experience for all ages.
In the Roaring Twenties, there was a great outburst of African American art and culture centered in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Composer William Grant Still was a big part of this, writing for jazz bands and radio shows before moving to Los Angeles to work in films. He filled his symphonies with the sound of the blues and African American spirituals.
Critically-acclaimed reggae artist and educator Aaron Nigel Smith invites the whole family to sing and dance to the songs of joy and freedom. Aaron is delighted to return to his former hometown for a performance and live recording of some of his best-known children’s songs. His reggae rhythms encourage families to sing, dance, and play together.
Drawing from New Orleans traditional Jazz, R&B, Funk & Mardi Gras, the Louisiana-rooted Los Angeles-based Mudbug Brass Band is dedicated to the “Second Line” tradition of the Crescent City. In 2011, three Louisiana natives, whose sole purpose was to entertain crowds throughout Southern California formed this 8-piece brass ensemble.
Hailed as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” trumpeter Etienne Charles returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout Carnival festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebration to the stage.