The August Music Events Calendar at LACMA is jam-packed (no pun intended) with 3 series – Sundays Live, Jazz at LACMA and Latin Sounds – hosting free, no reservations weekly concerts all month long. If you’ve been wanting to snag some culture-cred, or at least learn how fake it at your next high-brow soire, then read on.
Sundays Live – Bing Theater; Sundays, 6pm. Podcasts and live streaming available: www.lacma.org/music
August 14 – The Lyris String Quartet
Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, Opus 80.
August 21 – Capitol Ensemble
Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K. 575; Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Opus 38.
August 28 – Daniel Rothmuller (cello) & Bernadene Blaha (piano)
Chopin: Sonata, Opus 65; Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Opus 38.
Jazz at LACMA – BP Grand Entrance; Fridays, 6pm.
August 12 – The Tall & Small Band Featuring Pete Christlieb and Linda Small
Tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and trombonist Linda Small lead this 11-piece jazz band featuring L.A.’s finest. Known for a 20-year run with The Tonight Show, Chrislieb also enjoyed a brief but enjoyable stint with Count Basie.
August 19 – Cross Hart Jazz Experience
Led by bassist/composer Ryan Cross and drummer Lorca Hart, the Cross Hart Jazz Experience takes a fresh approach to jazz standards with high-energy arrangements.
August 26 – The Ron McCurdy Collective
Swing, funk, and spirited improvisations abound with this rare combination of jazz trumpet and vocals in the spirit of Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer. Led by trumpeter Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the University of Southern California.
September 2 – Michael Session Sextet
Michael Session returns to LACMA with his all-star sextet. Firmly rooted in classic Blue Note, the sextet’s front line plays crisp harmonized arrangements based in blues and uptown bebop.
Latin Sounds – Hancock Park; Saturdays, 5pm.
August 13 – Rogelio Mitchell
Award-winning Panamanian born artist Rogelio Mitchell has drawn from the musical styles of the Caribbean islands calypso, reggae, soca and jazz to create a unique sound rich in rhythm and harmony.
August 20 – Lucky 7
Inspired by the multi-ethnic music fusion of 1950s and 60s Spanish Harlem, Lucky 7delivers the high energy sounds of the classic mambo. This uniquely American-made style draws the best of the Cuban son, African-American jazz and Puerto Rican soul.
August 27 – Justo Almario Afro-Colombian Ensemble
Renown saxophonist and composer Justo Almario has been fusing Latin, Afro-Cuban, South American, funk and jazz genres for over 35 years. working with such legendary artists as Mongo Santamaria, Freddie Hubbard, and JLo.
September 3 – Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Lemvo’s seamless and infectious blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) supports fan-praise of the Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm.