The 12th Annual Jazz at Palms Court, an outdoor jazz event benefiting the Venice Community Housing Corporation, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 12th, at 733-743 Palms Blvd., Venice.
The program, held in a garden courtyard, includes a champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an afternoon concert from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The champagne brunch will feature vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia.
Headliners for the afternoon concert are Three More Sounds — a trio formed to carry on the popular tradition established by pianist Gene Harris”s Three Sounds.
The Taumbu International Ensemble will provide music for an Afro/Latino Jazz Party.
There will also be a silent auction where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on gift certificates for fine dining, vacation getaways, art and jewelry.
The proceeds from the event help to support the Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC).
Founded in 1988, VCHC is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs that work synergistically to foster stable, self-reliant individuals, families and neighborhoods, according to organization officials.
These programs include:
– the Affordable Housing Program — development and maintenance of 161 housing units throughout Venice and Mar Vista;
– an infant/toddler development center — providing childcare for children ages three months to three years old;
– YouthBuild — offering job training and leadership development for 17 to 24 year olds;
– a transitional employment program;
– ClayWorks for Kids — an after school arts program for pre-teens;
– L.A. bridges — a gang prevention program for at-risk Mark Twain Middle School students; and
– HandyWorker — a program providing free home repairs to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.
CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA — Brunch performer Segal-Garcia is a recording artist, educator, and composer who has performed for more than 20 years with hundreds of jazz musicians.
Segal-Garcia is a founding member of the Jazz Vocal Coalition, a group of educators and singers dedicated to helping jazz singers at all levels.
Segal-Garcia will be accompanied by pianist Karen Hammack. Hammack has performed with numerous jazz musicians.
She is active in jazz education for youths and performs at schools in the Los Angeles area with the Bobby Rodriguez Jazz Adventure Series.
HENRY FRANKLIN — Jazz bassist Henry Franklin is making his fifth appearance at Jazz at Palms Court.
Franklin is leading the Three More Sounds ensemble.
As a child, Franklin studied clarinet, piano, and tap dancing, but was drawn to the bass at an early age and has played bass exclusively ever since.
Franklin has toured with musical artists Freddie Hubbard and Count Basie and has received a gold record for his performance with Stevie Wonder on The Secret Life of Talking Plants.
Playing drums for Three More Sounds are Henry and Carl Burnette. The Burnettes were members of the Three Sounds, a trio led by Gene Harris.
Bobby Pierce is the pianist in the ensemble. Pierce has performed with the James Moody Quartet, Clark Terry, Art Blakey, and several others.
TAUMBU INTERNATIONAL ENSEMBLE — Producer, composer, musician, artist, craftsman, and director and originator of the Taumbu International Ensemble is Taumbu.
Taumbu, 60, was born in south-central Los Angeles and has spent more than 40 years in the music world performing and recording with groups from many countries.
Taumbu”s international musical experiences have resulted in the formation of the unique style of the Taumbu International Ensemble.
The Taumbu International Ensemble”s saxophonist is Michael Session. Session is also from south-central Los Angeles. Session studied music at Los Angeles City College and joined the Horace Tapscott Pan-African Peoples Arkestra in 1974. Session has worked with many jazz musicians, including Art Davis, Bobby Bradford, and Billy Childs.
Steve Smith, on trumpet, is currently a member of the Pan African Peoples Arkestra and the Michael Mcdaniels Jazz Ensemble, in addition to being a member of the Taumbu International Ensemble.
Other members of the ensemble include trombonist Phil Ranelin, pianist David Amper, and bassist Jeff Littleton.
VCHC development director Kristen Lasarkis expects that the Jazz at Palms Court event will generate more than $70,000 for the VCHC.
ìLast year about 400 people attended the event — this year we are expecting between 400 to 500 people,î said Lasarkis.
Tickets for Jazz at Palms Court are $100 for the brunch and afternoon concert or $25 for the afternoon concert.
Reservations, (310) 399-4100 ext. 106.