Angel City Jazz fest lineup includes Pharoah Sanders, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ornette Coleman’s ‘Skies of America’ tribute

Rudresh Mahanthappa and drummer Dan Weiss onstage in L.A. in 2014.
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

With this weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival right around the corner, the Angel City Jazz Festival -- the city’s other, more unfettered jazz celebration – has revealed its lineup for this fall.

Now in its ninth year, the festival again will sprawl around Los Angeles, with nine concerts at seven venues that stretch from the Hollywood Hills to Santa Monica from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16.

Always open to exploring the more experimental and cutting-edge aspects of jazz and improvised music, this year’s installment includes performances by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, guitarist Mary Halvorson’s trio Thumbscrew, guitarist Julian Lage on a bill with adventurous pianists Kris Davis and Craig Taborn, and a pairing of two trios led by the forward-looking saxophonists David Binney and Steve Lehman.


The festival will also host the West Coast premiere of a tribute to Ornette Coleman’s landmark symphonic piece “Skies of America” by bandleader José Gurría’s Gurrisonic Orchestra, which will be joined by Coleman sideman Tom McNalley on guitar.

Other highlights include saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock in a duo with drummer Tom Rainey, an “Extreme Bass Night” that includes Kamasi Washington sideman Miles Mosley and Tim Lefebvre, the young L.A. band Holophonor, Joel Harrison’s project Spirit House with drummer Brian Blade and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, whose band will perform from his lauded Charlie Parker-inspired 2015 album “Bird Calls.”

The festival began in 2008 in a collaboration with Angel City Arts and the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery, which is working toward a permanent home in Culver City. More information is available at Tickets are available now apart from the two events scheduled at the Edye at the Broad Stage, which will be available in July.

The full lineup is below:

Sept. 30

Young Artist Competition Winner + Holophonor Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 6 p.m. Free

Oct. 1

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey, Vinny Golia Ensemble. Clausen Hall at L.A. City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., 8 p.m. $15-$25

October 2nd

SPIRITS with Pharoah Sanders, Adam Rudolph and Brahim Fribgane; Gurrisonic Orchestra with Don Byron, Martha Gonzalez, Justo Almario and Tom McNalley. Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East. 6 p.m. $35-$60


Oct. 7

Steve Lehman Trio; David Binney Trio. Edye @ Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m.

Oct. 8

Julian Lage solo; Craig Taborn & Kris Davis Duo. Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave. 8 p.m. $15-$25

Oct. 9

David Gilmore solo; Samuel Blaser & Gerry Hemmingway. Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St. No. 301, 9 p.m. $15-$20

Oct. 14

Extreme Bass Night: With Steuart Liebig, Mike Valerio, Tim Lefebvre, Miles Mosley & Tony Austin. Edye @ Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 8 p.m.

Oct. 15

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s “Bird Calls”; Joshua White & Codes. Clausen Hall at L.A. City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., 8 p.m. $15-$25

Oct. 16

Thumbscrew; Joel Harrison: Spirit House. Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 8 p.m. $15-$25

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