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Bronzeville, Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, CA

The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) is doing a multi-media event entitled "Bronzeville, Little Tokyo" commemorating the historic Los Angeles neighborhood and its profound history. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and at the close of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans into World War II internment camps. As a result, Los Angeles' Little Tokyo became a vibrant, albeit overcrowded, African American mecca from 1941 until the Japanese returned to reclaim the neighborhood in 1945.

I have been asked to create original music for an animation / event, and assemble a small ensemble on the evening of April 29 to play the music of that era (including Charlie Parker who performed, recorded in several Bronzeville Little Tokyo clubs and even lit a huge bonfire there on the corner of 1st and San Pedro). Here are 2 links on the topic:

http://bronzeville-la.ltsc.org/

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/19/516064700/how-little-tokyo-of-los-angeles-changed-into-bronzeville-and-back-again

Sax - Josh Johnson

Piano - Mark DeClive-Lowe

Bass - Trevor Ware

Drums - Dexter Story