$25.00 admission. Tickets may be purchased here.
Proceeds benefit the Parkside Economic Development Corporation in providing scholarships to deserving youth.
Tribute to The Jazz Crusaders
During the 1960's jazz began to incorporate elements of funk, R&B and Latin music while retaining much of the song form and instrumentation of the more traditional swing & be-bop styles. This change was lead by a few groups, but none more powerfully than The Jazz Crusaders. Collectively, they took the blues based saturation of Texas and melded that with the gospel and soul from the church to create what many dubbed "Soul Jazz". Originating in Houston, in 1960 they adopted the Jazz Crusaders moniker and move to Los Angeles where they become one of the most successful jazz groups of the decade, recording more than a dozen albums. Their signature became precise tenor sax and trombone horn lines that retained their swing while incorporating funky jazz rhythms. In 1970 the group changed its name to The Crusaders and pivoted from soul jazz to a more fusion based sound with driving marching band horns and more improvisational funk.
This concert will feature the compositions of The Jazz Crusaders interpreted by some of LA's finest jazz musicians. Proceeds of the event benefit Parkside Economic Development Corporation.. Parkside is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Leimert Park, CA. Each year Parkside awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to local high school graduates with extenuating needs.
Trevor Ware - Bass
Eric Reed - Piano
Justo Almario - Tenor Sax
Duane Benjamin - Trombone
Roy McCurdy - Drums