The 15th annual Sweet & Hot Music Festival featuring jazz, blues and other music genres of the 1920s through 50s will be held Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, Sept. 3 through 6 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.
The festival music line-up includes swing, big band, classic jazz, and traditional blues, as well as New Orleans and Chicago-style jazz. Dancing on four dance floors and a myriad of other activities are also planned.
Sweet & Hot organizers tout the event as the only Labor Day Weekend jazz festival in Southern California.
This year’s event will offer renowned performers, such as Herb Jeffries, The Jack Sheldon Orchestra, Banu Gibson, Rebecca Kilgore and special guest performer Ernestine Anderson. In addition, The Friday Night “Swing’s the Thing” dance and the “Saturday Night Dance” with Johnny Vana’s “Big Band Alumni” will be featured, as well as disco dancing.
These are just some of the more than 200 musicians and over 20 bands and 50 guest artists scheduled to appear in 180 scheduled events.
“Something really entertaining this year will be the Mills Brothers with John Mills and Elmer Hopper,” Festival Director Wally Holmes says. “We’re also featuring the songbook of Marilyn and Alan Bergman with Alan Bergman and Ian Bernard, as well as a tribute to J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, with John Allred and Russ Phillips.”
Another of the expected highlights of the four-day festival will be the return appearance of the Hues Corporation performing some of their popular songs from “The Great American Rhythm & Soul Song Book.” They plan to sing favorites from Gladys Knight, Sam Cook and The Temptations, among others, as well as their own mega-hit “Rock the Boat.”
Popular R&B group Pieces of Eight will also join the performers as well as the Zen Boogie Band, playing music influenced by the hits of the 1920s through 40s.
Music starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues beyond midnight in eight venues throughout the hotel (times vary each day).
The Sweet & Hot Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to perpetuating the music of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. In addition to producing the festival each year, the foundation encourages young musicians to take an interest in this type of music by offering scholarship grants from proceeds raised by the event to various jazz education programs, for Los Angeles area high school students.
Some jazz legends will be honored at the foundation’s special “Walk of Fame” tribute, with a two hour music-filled show on Thursday night, Sept. 2. There is a special price of $25 for this Walk of Fame event.
Tickets for the four-day festival are: Friday, $35; Saturday and Sunday, $45 each; and Monday, $25. All-events badges for the entire four-day festival are $100 and patron badges are $295.
Information, hotel music festival office at (310) 641-5700, or www.sweethot.org/.