The 13th annual Sweet & Hot Music Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 29th, through Monday, September 1st, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Boulevard in Westchester.
The event features the music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, including swing, big band, classic jazz, and traditional blues, as well as New Orleans and Chicago-style jazz. Swing dancing and a myriad of other activities are also included.
This year’s event will offer world-class performers, including Ernie Andrews, Herb Jeffries, The Jack Sheldon Orchestra, Banu Gibson, Rebecca Kilgore and special guest performer Ernestine Anderson.Ý
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.
In all, more than 200 musicians and over 20 bands and 50 guest artists are scheduled to appear in 180 events.
“Something really special this year,” says festival director Wally Holmes, “is that we’ll be playing the first public performance of an unreleased master recording by Chet Baker.”
Another of the highlights of the four-day festival will be the return appearance of the Hues Corporation and the popular songs they perform from The Great American Rhythm & Soul Song Book. They will 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 keep the Sweet & Hot Festival rockin’.
Music starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues beyond midnight in eight locations throughout the hotel at various times.
Listening and dancing to live music, as well as shopping for rare records and nostalgic memorabilia, are among reasons the event attracts music enthusiasts from all over the Southern California area, as well as from around the United States, say organizers.
The Sweet & Hot Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to perpetuating the music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. 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.
The foundation began honoring legends in classic jazz when it originated in 1996, by placing permanent bronze plaques with their names in the ground surrounding the pool and garden area at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. To date, the names of 62 jazz legends have been placed around the pool, known as the Sweet & Hot Music Walk of Fame, featuring such greats from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Benny Goodman to Cole Porter, Lionel Hampton and Billie Holiday.
Six of these jazz legends will be honored at a special Walk of Fame tribute, with a two-hour music-filled show Thursday night, August 28th. There is a special price of $20 for this Walk of Fame event.
For the four-day festival, ticket prices are $35 for Friday; $45 each for Saturday and Sunday; and $25 for Monday. All-events badges for the entire four-day festival are $95 and patron badges are $275.
Information and the full scheduled lineup, www.sweethot.org/.