The Angel City Jazz Festival – LA’s only non-commercial jazz and new music festival – was founded in 2008 by music promoter Rocco Somazzi. That year the festival presented 13 acts, including Wayne Horvitz’ Sweeter Than The Day, Leni Stern, Motoko Honda, Alan Pasqua, Nels Cline & Arthur Blythe in one day on 2 stages at the Barnsdall Art Park. From 2009, Cryptogramophone’s founder Jeff Gauthier became a festival coproducer and the festival moved to the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Since then the festival has grown into an essential multi day celebration of cutting edge Jazz at some of the most exciting & prestigious venues in Hollywood and Downtown LA, like REDCAT, Zipper Hall, the Blue Whale, the Aratani Theatre and Barnsdall Art Park.
The Angel City Jazz Festival consistently features the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians working today, balancing established jazz artists with emerging talent, and focusing on west coast creative jazz, past, present and future.