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Angel City Jazz Fest to Showcase Six Nights of Performances

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Big sounds will be buzz from multiple venues over the next week as jazz notables Henry Grimes, Wadada Leo Smith, Ravi Coltrane, and John Abercrombie highlight this year's Angel City Jazz Fest.

The festival kicks off tonight at REDCAT with a much anticipated performance by bassist Henry Grimes and a formidable combo including trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, and LA-based vocalist Dwight Trible. Grimes made a name for himself with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, and free jazz pioneers Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Cecil Taylor decades ago, before vanishing from the scene in 1967 and roughing it for the next three decades in downtown LA. Dwight Trible, who has made a name for himself over the years as a prodigal performer and vocalist, opens the show with pianist John Beasley.

Sunday's program at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater features a fully-fleshed out evening of jazz and experimental music, with five notable groups performing over the course of the evening.