Jivin’ in Bebop, a jazz festival presented by the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, will take place at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester, Thursday through Sunday, May 24 through 27.
The event, a celebration of big band bebop and progressive jazz, focuses on the most adventurous and innovative big band arrangements of the 1945-49 period, festival director Ken Poston said.
“This is a one-time opportunity to hear much of this music performed live,” said Poston. “The music is extremely modern and still quite relevant today. Due to its rarity, much of it may never be played again.”
During the four-day festival, 18 concerts, three presentations, five film shows and three panel discussions will be featured.
Concerts on opening day, May 24, will include Big Band Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite with Bill Cunliffe and an all-star big band led by Ken Peplowski performing Duke Ellington’s music of the period including “Liberian Suite” and “Perfume Suite.”
“Over the years we have found very talented musicians who really love this music, and they form the nucleus of the big bands we use,” Poston said.
“They are very special and have to be able to adapt to a variety of styles. The leaders are also very important for they need to really know the music and put a lot of work into preparing for the festival. We are lucky to have many of the very best, for this is not music that one hears every day.”
Individual event tickets range from $10 to $35.
For a complete schedule of performances, www.lajazzinstitute.org. Information, (562) 200-5477.