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Arts and Entertainment

Stumbling Into Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon

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The beauty of living in Los Angeles is that no matter where you are going or what you are doing, you will stumble across something unexpected, something new, something you had no idea was happening but find yourself participating in once you've discovered it. Impromptu-style. With complete strangers. A lucky accident that presents itself while you are busy conducting your everyday life.

Case in point: because we buy independent, we made our way to Vroman's on Sunday for a quick in/out book & magazine purchase. The parking at Vroman's is excellent, the leafy green patio and Spanish-tiled courtyard is always inviting and now there's a Famima!! up the street. Perfect for late Sunday errand-running, right? So imagine our surprise when we pull up, park the car, step outside and hear gorgeous jazz riffs wafting across the parking lot to greet us. We wondered: What the heck is that? Has Vroman's turned up the outdoor speakers to previously unused levels? Is a lone musician trying to make a buck or two?

As we approached, we could see white chairs, all lined up and full of Sunday errand-runners just like us sitting in the late afternoon shade & dappled sunlight, reading books and soaking up the music. A sign out front and a sign behind the stage gave us more information: the yummy sounds that floated over the warm summer breeze was one of the jazz concerts that The Playhouse District is hosting at the Vroman's Stage every Sunday through September 30th.

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Books + jazz + outdoor goodness + free admission makes for a lovely surprise to stumble upon whilst running your weekend errands. Only in Los Angeles...and only for the next eleven weeks.

Jazz band line-up, details and photos after the jazzy jump...

July 22 -- Dave Culwell Trio featuring Multi- Instrumentalist James King
July 29 -- Paul Lines trio featuring vocalist Liela Avila
Aug 5 -- Trumpeter Nolan Shaheed
Aug 12 -- Chuck Manning Quartet featuring vocalist Liela Avila
Aug 19 -- Vocalist Cheryl Barnes
Aug 26 -- Trumpeter Elliott Caine and his Quintet
Sept 2 -- PJI’s Jazz Camp All Stars
Sept 9 -- Richard Glaser Group
Sept 16 -- Guitarist Kenton Youngstrom Featuring Harry Scorzo
Sept 23 -- San Gabriel Seven
Sept 30 -- Carl Randall Quartet

When: 5-8pm
Where: Vroman’s Stage - 695 East Colorado Blvd.
How Much: Free!
More Info: Playhouse District Concerts






Photos of Jotty Johnson and Friends by Callie Miller for LAist