A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and wow! Enjoy 10 evenings of live music presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and some friends for a wonderful evening under the Descanso oaks. Concerts are free with admission. Lawn seating is first-come, first-served. No reciprocal gardens admissions.
June 20 | Josh Nelson
This pianist is a highly respected artist who is also Natalie Cole’s accompanist. His concert at the Blue Whale was #2 on a list of the 2012 Top LA Jazz Concerts in LA Weekly.
June 27 | Robert Kyle Brazilian Band
Kyle has become known for his unique warm sound, melodic style, and his ability to harmoniously cross musical borders. He is a returning favorite.
July 4 | Graham Dechter
Guitarist, composer and arranger Dechter’s sophomore release, “Takin’ It There,” climbed to #1 on the JazzWeek charts in 2012.
July 11 | Scott Martin
Enjoy Latin soul jazz performed by this saxophone player who has worked with Poncho Sanchez.
July 18 | Aubrey Logan
A singer, trombonist, and songwriter, Logan is the winner of the Jazz Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She is currently recording her debut album, produced by Patrice Rushen.
July 25 | Bossa Zuzu
This fresh young group lead by Dan Reckard is making a name for itself performing Brazilian jazz – a returning favorite from last season.
August 1 | Nolan Shaheed
A top studio musician, Shaheed has worked with Marvin Gaye, Count Basie, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Anita Baker, Carole King, Tom Waits and Freddie Hubbard.
August 8 | Sammy Miller
At the ripe old age of 21, Sammy has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Bobby Watson, David Benoit, and Ozomotli. He is pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York.
August 15 | Kristin Korb
Bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb tours internationally as a performer, clinician, and guest artist with numerous jazz ensembles. Now based in Denmark, her Descanso return is eagerly anticipated by local fans.
August 22 | Betty Bryant
A sensation last season, this jazz great closes out the summer series. “Bryant’s steady, rolling, soulful musical sprees are always textured with ideal measures of torchy passion, elegantly whimsical good humor and a trace of Kansas City’s uncut and communicative blues sensibility,” the LA Weekly reported.