Music. Jazz artists. Asian Americans. Say what? For the first time in Los Angeles, the Asian American Jazz Festival will celebrate the world premier of creative and artistic achievements of Asian American and Asian jazz artists.
From October 30th to November 1st, the three-day festival will feature Japanese pianist Hiromi, Filipino singers Charmaine Clamor and Mon David, and popular Korean band, Prelude. Sixteen Asian American and American artists will perform at Café Metropol on Friday and Saturday. The main event will be held at the Democracy Form amphitheater at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, the first of November. Tickets range from $20 to $100 and are available for online purchase. Support the community, creativity and culture: http://www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com/ticketing.html.
Asian Americans have been performing jazz music since its beginning, but the distinct Asian American jazz sound developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Hybrid music of Asian American jazz derived from combining jazz with ancestral experiences, cultural relevance and Asian instruments. From 1981 to 2006, the San Francisco Asian American Jazz Festival promoted the musical movement; likewise, the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival created a forum for artists to showcase their talents.
by: Malina Tran