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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1997
Central Avenue, once the heart of black Los Angeles, will return to a distant era this weekend when a mile-long stretch of the historic street will be closed for the second annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on Central between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to hear the sounds that once drew musical giants and jazz fans from around the world to the area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For saxophonist Teddy Edwards, the chance to perform at this weekend's Central Avenue Jazz Festival might be considered a return engagement. But the famed Central Avenue that Edwards cut his musical teeth on decades ago no longer exists. Gone are the late-night jazz clubs, the fancy eateries and the theaters that forged a magical era in the Los Angeles jazz scene. "We had wonderful moments there, but they are memories," said Edwards, 73, who last played on Central Avenue in 1948.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996
Hundreds of Los Angeles residents representing a wide range of races and religions gathered Wednesday for an interfaith prayer breakfast to kick off a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The breakfast was at Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams district, whose pastor, Rev. James Lawson, was a close friend of King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1997
Central Avenue, once the heart of black Los Angeles, will return to a distant era this weekend when a mile-long stretch of the historic street will be closed for the second annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on Central between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to hear the sounds that once drew musical giants and jazz fans from around the world to the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For saxophonist Teddy Edwards, the chance to perform at this weekend's Central Avenue Jazz Festival might be considered a return engagement. But the famed Central Avenue that Edwards cut his musical teeth on decades ago no longer exists. Gone are the late-night jazz clubs, the fancy eateries and the theaters that forged a magical era in the Los Angeles jazz scene. "We had wonderful moments there, but they are memories," said Edwards, 73, who last played on Central Avenue in 1948.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It only took the flip of a switch Saturday evening to set a three-block section of South-Central Los Angeles ablaze with festive Christmas lights. But there was much more than that to the energizing that was taking place along 92nd Street between Central Avenue and Avalon Boulevard. One hundred families hoping for brighter days for their community resurrected a 30-year-old neighborhood tradition of lighting their street with thousands of twinkling holiday lights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996
Hundreds of Los Angeles residents representing a wide range of races and religions gathered Wednesday for an interfaith prayer breakfast to kick off a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The breakfast was at Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams district, whose pastor, Rev. James Lawson, was a close friend of King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It only took the flip of a switch Saturday evening to set a three-block section of South-Central Los Angeles ablaze with festive Christmas lights. But there was much more than that to the energizing that was taking place along 92nd Street between Central Avenue and Avalon Boulevard. One hundred families hoping for brighter days for their community resurrected a 30-year-old neighborhood tradition of lighting their street with thousands of twinkling holiday lights.
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