Along with sunny days and hotel pool parties, summer in Los Angeles means that it’s free outdoor concert season, and more often than not, some of the biggest names in the industry come out to give back to the community.
On a whim, the girlfriend and I decided to battle mid-week rush hour traffic to see Kamasi Washington perform at Wine & Jazz, a summer concert series hosted by KJazz 88.1 FM and the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Kamasi, an L.A. native, is one of this generation’s musical geniuses, inspiring a renewed interest in jazz from today’s youth with soulful compositions and personal flair.
He’s been quickly gaining traction among mainstream music lovers, especially with the release of his first solo album, The Epic.
On this perfect summer evening, a huge, diverse crowd was treated to almost two hours of non-stop entertainment from some of the most talented musicians the industry has to offer.
With Hollywood & Highland being a hot spot for tourists, I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the audience came specifically for the concert. Culture is alive and well in a town too often obsessed with “flash, boom, bang!”
We’re so lucky to live in a city where our homegrown talent often blossoms into the best in the world.
There are two more concerts remaining in the 2015 Wine & Jazz series, with performances by Bob Reynolds on July 21st and the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band on July 28th.