LA is a vast metropolis where hundreds of languages are spoken. Part of this cultural mosaic is the huge number of local shows that keep popping up. I want to mention ten upcoming shows that caught my eyes and ears.
Baili is a superb young singer and pianist who has a growing following. She does both indie and jazz material with verve and aplomb. This is her LA debut.
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Rodriguez was one of Cuba’s musical titans, producing some of the tastiest and most powerful music during the 1950s and 60s. This show features top LA Latin stars
One of my favorite Brazilian musicians, this is my 2nd Up Close! concert. I’ll be up there on stage as we listen to Dori perform songs from his famous family and talk about Brazil and its rich musical history.
One of the more unpleasant interviews I’ve experienced, yet an original and iconic pianist. Also one of the most passionate fan bases of any jazz musician.
Bosnian-born Gypsy jazz & funk at its best.
Films, Music to celebrate a vibrant culture. Music includes iconic superstars like Hugh Masakela, the Mahotella Queens, and newer acts like Jozi’s Zulu hip hop mix.
A blend of jazz and Ethopian grooves, this large collective put on one of the best show this past Summer. A must see!
If you like Tinariwen, you will love the desert blues and modal grooves of Terakaft, one of my favorite Tuareg bands.
Malian superstar’s return to LA.
An accomplished drummer and teacher, Cuban Dafnis Prieto has won Latin Grammies, and a MacArthur Fellowship as well. Here is a chance to hear him in a small venue, the black box theater in the Disney Hall complex downtown.
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