The 14th annual Sweet & Hot Music Festival featuring music of the 1920s through 1950s, including swing, big band, classic jazz, and traditional blues, as well as New Orleans and Chicago-style jazz, will take place over Labor Day weekend.
The festival is scheduled Friday through Monday, September 4th through 7th, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. The event also features swing dancing and a myriad of other activities.
This year’s festival will offer world-class performers, such as Ernie Andrews, Herb Jeffries, The Jack Sheldon Orchestra, Banu Gibson, Rebecca Kilgore and special guest performer Ernestine Anderson, an event spokesperson said. 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 who are scheduled to appear in 180 scheduled events.
“Something really entertaining this year,” says festival director Wally Holmes, “is a tribute to the great Johnny Mandal, with special guest performances. We’ll also have a colorful Vintage Ball with Mike Henebry’s Crazy Rhythm Orchestra.”
Another of the highlights of the four-day festival will be the return appearance of the Hues Corporation with their songs from “The Great American Rhythm & Soul Song Book.” They plan to perform favorites from Gladys Knight, Sam Cooke and The Temptations, among others, as well as their own hit “Rock the Boat.” Popular R&B group, “Pieces of Eight” will also join the line-up.
Music starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues beyond midnight in eight venues throughout the hotel (times vary each day). Listening and dancing to live music, as well as shopping for rare records and nostalgic memorabilia, are some of the reasons that the event has attracted music enthusiasts from all over Southern California, as well as from around the United States, the event spokesperson said.
The Sweet & Hot Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to perpetuating the music of the 1920s through 1950s. 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.
Six jazz legends will be honored at a special Walk of Fame tribute near the hotel pool, with a two-hour music-filled show on Thursday night, September 3rd. There is a special price of $25 for this Walk of Fame event.
For the four-day festival, ticket prices are: September 4th, $35; September 5th and 6th, $45 each; and September 7th, $25. All-events badges for the entire four-day festival are $100 and patron badges are $295.
Information, www.sweethot.org/, or the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel at (310) 641-5700 (ask for the Music Festival Office).