Encores in Big Band Jazz, the latest festival of classic sounds organized by archivist/historian group the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, will feature a performance by Maynard Ferguson, one of the biggest living names in classic jazz, and musical tributes to Stan Kenton and Woody Herman legacies.
The four-day festival, which also features panel discussions and jazz film screenings, is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 25th to 28th, at the Four Points Sheraton at LAX, 9750 Airport Blvd., Westchester.
Tickets are $10 to $40 per festival event or $350 for a full four-day festival pass.
Thursday events include “Keepers of the Flame — Maintaining the Legacy” panel discussion on Woody Herman with panelists Mike Vax, Frank Tiberi, Mike Brignola and Joel Kaye at 4 p.m.; a concert by the Mike Vax Orchestra featuring Stan Kenton Orchestra alumni at 5:30 p.m.; and a concert by the Woody Herman Orchestra, directed by Frank Tiberi, at 8:30 p.m.
Friday festival events include jazz film screenings at 9:30 a.m.; a panel discussion, “The Bob Graettinger Story,” presented by Robert Morgan and including panelists John Graettinger and Max Cramer, at 10:45 a.m.; a concert by the Cal State University Long Beach Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jeff Jarvis, at noon; a concert by the Buddy Charles Big Band at 1:30 p.m.; a panel discussion, “Double Trouble — Alumni of Both Bands” with panelists Al Porcino, Bill Trujillo and Bill Holman at 3 p.m.; a concert by the Bill Holman Big Band featuring a tribute to Woody Herman at 4:30 p.m.; a concert, “Cuban Carnival Artistry in Rhythm Meets Artistry in Gillespie: A Presentation of Afro-Cuban Jazz,” with two big bands focusing on the Afro-Cuban jazz works of Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday starts with jazz film screenings at 9:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion on the Terry Gibbs Big Band with panelists Terry Gibbs and Al Porcino at 10:45 a.m.; a concert by the Cal State LA Jazz Orchestra directed by Jeff Benedict at noon; a concert by the Al Porcino Big Band at 1:30 p.m.; a panel discussion, “Trumpet Giants,” at 3 p.m. with Maynard Ferguson, Al Porcino and Buddy Childers at 3 p.m.; a concert by The Four Freshmen at 4:30 p.m.; a concert by The Terry Gibbs Dream Band at 6 p.m.; and Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau headlining the night with a 9 p.m. concert.
The final day of the festival starts with jazz film screenings at 9:30 a.m. Sunday; a panel discussion, “The Woodchoppers,” with panelists Ron Stout, Don Rader, Bobby Shew, Dick Hafer and Roger Ingram, at 10:45 a.m.; a concert by the Cal State Fullerton Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chuck Tumlinson at noon; a concert by the Collegiate All-Star Junior Neophonic, directed by Jack Wheaton at 1:30 p.m.; a panel discussion, “The Kentonites,” with panelists Carl Saunders, Steve Hufstetter, Mike Suter, Dale Devoe, Kim Richmond, Joel Kaye, Lennie Niehaus, Roy Weigand, at 3 p.m.; a solo piano concert by Bob Florence at 4:15 p.m.; a concert featuring “The Music of Woody Herman’s First Herd” at 5:30 p.m.; and a concert, “Big Band Broadway,” featuring The Stage Door Swings directed by Lennie Niehaus, and Stan Kenton’s arrangement of West Side Story, at 8:30 p.m.
Registration, (562) 985-7065.