The Vijay Iyer Trio performs in Germany in 2010. (Monique Wustenhagen / BVMI )
Now entering its fifth year, the Angel City Jazz Festival has announced its full menu of happenings for the fall under the theme "Artists & Legends."
Once again tabbing multiple venues around the city and co-presented by the Jazz Bakery in association with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the festival pairs contemporary artists with their influences in an ambitious, seven-night run of shows.
The festival begins Oct. 5 with a concert featuring winners of the festival's young artist competition with the Phil Ranelin Sextet. The next day features a panel discussion called "Honoring and Breaking With Tradition" followed by a performance from a trio of guitarist Anthony Wilson, organist Larry Goldings and drummer Jim Keltner.
A multi-act festival-style concert is again scheduled at the Ford Amphitheatre on Oct. 7 with a lineup that includes drummer Peter Erskine joined by nephew Damian Erskine, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire with his band and fiery saxophone veteran Archie Shepp, followed by a headlining set from Shepp's own quartet.
The festival returns to REDCAT the following Friday with a solo performance by Marilyn Crispell, as well as a duet with fellow pianist Myra Melford, who will also perform with a new ensemble including Japanese Butoh dancer Oguri joined by trumpeter Ron Miles, guitarist Liberty Ellman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
In a pair of shows that were previously announced as part of CAP UCLA's schedule at Royce Hall, the weekend concludes Oct. 13 with guitarist Bill Frisell playing the score of the film "The Great Flood" and the next day with a variety of ensembles led by pianist Vijay Iyer, who will be joined by his inspiration in saxophonist Steve Coleman. Ticket information will be available soon at angelcityjazz.com.
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