Full Circle

  • Friday, September 19

    Local legend and bassist extraordinaire with a top notch trio of local luminaries. 

    • Roberto Miranda - bass
    • Theo Saunders - piano
    • Fritz Wise - drums
  • Saturday, September 20
    Aratani Theatre

    A brilliant double-bill with Dwight Trible and John Beasley.

    Youn Sun Nah - voice
    Ulf Wakenius - guitar
    Dwight Trible - voice
    John Beasley - piano
  • Sunday, September 21

    Featuring Myra Melford and Jenny Scheinman.  Sponsored in part by a grant by Chamber Music America. On a double bill with Satoko Fujji and Kappa Maki.

    • Jenny Scheinman - violin
    • Kirk Knuffke - trumpet
    • Myra Melford - piano
    • Chris Lightcap - bass
    • Allison Miller - drums


  • Monday, September 22
    Blue Whale

    An evening of music by artists from the 9Winds catalog curated by Vinny Golia, and featuring Bobby Bradford Quartet and Steve Adams Duo.

    • Steve Adams Duo
    • Bobby Bradford Quartet
    • Vinny Golia Ensemble


  • Thursday, September 25
    Blue Whale

    2014 Doris Duke Impact Award winner. On a double bill with Slumgum.

    • Matana Roberts – saxophone
    • Gabriel Guerrero – piano
    • Kevin Tkcaz – bass
    • Tomas Fujiwara – drums
  • Friday, September 26

    NEA Jazz Master  on a double bill with Cathlene Pineda.

    • Toshiko Akiyoshi – piano
    • Paul Gill – bass
    • Aaron Kimmel – drums
  • Saturday, September 27
    Zipper Hall

    12 world class instrumentalists realizing the utopian dream of its creator, the composer/improviser/performer Wadada Leo Smith.

    The Anthony Braxton Trio will follow

  • Saturday, September 27
    Zipper Hall

    ...One of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years, performing his Diamond Curtain Wall Music.

    • Anthony Braxton – saxophone
    • Taylor Ho Bynum – trumpet
    • Kyoko Kitamura – voice

    ​Opening the concert is Wadada Leo Smith's Silver Orchestra

  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Outdoor Stage
    Daniel Rosenboom has been named the “Face To Watch” in Jazz for 2013 by the LA Times
    • Daniel Rosenboom – trumpets & flugelhorn
    • Gavin Templeton – woodwinds
    • Alexander Noice – electric guitar and FX
    • Kai Kurosawa – bear trax and FX
    • Dan Schnelle – drums
  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Outdoor Stage

    A local legend who has performed with McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw to name only a few.

  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Outdoor Stage

    The groundbreaking violinst who has performed with the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and was a founding member of The Fourth Way.

    Michael White – violin
    Leisei Chen – voice, vocals, percussions & qigong
    Jason Schimmel – guitar 

  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Gallery Theatre

    ...architectural structure of sounds incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation. 

  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Gallery Theatre

    Nelson's writing is modern, in the here-and-now, and crafted with a broad harmonic vocabulary that helps to create a rich musical mélange. 

    • Josh Nelson – piano
    • Dontae Winslow – trumpet
    • Brian Walsh – clarinets
    • Larry Koonse – guitar
    • Dave Robaire – bass
    • Dan Schnelle – drums
    • Travis Flournoy - video projections
  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Gallery Theatre
    Fresh off his West Coast Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Bynum has assembled an allstar cast:
    • Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
    • Nicole Mitchell – flute
    • Jeff Gauthier – violin
    • Jeff Parker – guitar
    • Michael Dessen – trombone
    • Mark Dresser - bass
    • Alex Cline – drums
  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Gallery Theatre

    Solo Piano - ECM recording artist and winner of a 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist award.

  • Sunday, September 28
    Barnsdall Art Park - Gallery Theatre
    • Oliver Lake – alto saxophone
    • Bob Stewart – tuba
    • Gust Tsillis – marimba
    • Nick Rosen – bass
    • Dave Binney – alto saxophone
    • Dwight Trible – voice
    • Queen Bey – voice
    • Andy Langham – piano
    • Cecil Brooks III – drums
    • Alex Cline – drums

Barnsdall Art Park Celebration 9/28

The 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival will come Full Circle on Sunday, September 28th with a special all-day event on two stages, celebrating the return to beautiful Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, the home of our very first festival.  Enjoy food from Gypsy Eats and Taqueria El Severo, beer from Angel City Brewery, and a nice selection of fine wines, with free outdoor concerts to affordable special programming at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.

Bike to the Barnsdall
Our friends at Fleet Street Bikes will provide bike valet services. Arrive by bike and save 30% on any of our Barnsdall passes listed here or 50% off the Taylor Ho Bynum/ Craig Taborn show. Enter code 'bikesforjazz' when ordering. You will need to show a bike valet stub when retrieving your pass or ticket. First 10 bikes to use the valet will receive a free t-shirt!


The 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival is September 19th to the 28th at LACMA, REDCAT, The Blue Whale, The Aratani Japan America Theatre, and Barnsdall Art Park.  The 2014 theme "Full Circle" highlights our committment to L.A.'s jazz community, and our return to Barnsdall Art Park, the site of our first festival in 2008. Artists include NEA Jazz Masters Anthony Braxton and Toshiko Akiyoshi, and jazz luminaries Craig Taborn, Wadada Leo Smith, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Azar Lawrence, Michael White, Araun Ortiz, Youn Sun Nah, and many others.  

Click here for a full schedule.


Young Artist Competition

The Angel City Young Artist Competition gives young LA based musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will perform live on Friday, September 19, 2014 at LACMA to open the Angel City Jazz Festival.

Support the Festival

Angel City Arts is a non-profit organization that needs your support to produce the Angel City Jazz Festival every year. We are musicians and people who love music. Please become part of our musical family and help support the arts in LA.