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Wednesday jazz series opens with Billy Mitchell
By Joy Childs, Sentinel Contributing Writer
Published June 6, 2012


Billy Mitchell, one of the premier jazz pianists of our time, kicked off a Wednesday Jazz Series on June 6. He appeared with the high energy Jazz Leaders, which featured Bobby Rodriguez on trumpet; Rickey Woodard on sax; Ryan Cross on bass; Bobby Matos on percussion; and Paul Kriebich on drums.

Mitchell has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Heineken World Music Festival; he was also featured in the critically acclaimed “Bird,” directed by Clint Eastwood, who’s a huge jazz fan.

Additionally, Mitchell’s authored a book titled “The Gigging Musician.”

Most significantly, Mitchell founded the Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy, a program designed to increase participation of inner-city students in music and arts scholarship competitions.

Next Weds., June 13:  Street Corner Renaissance, an a cappella group

Where: 4323 Leimert Blvd. (park in the rear of the building)

For additional information, call 323-296-6694

 

 

Categories: Jazz 'round LA

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