The California Jazz and Blues Museum
Jazz and Blues Museum offers engaging programs for all
Jazz Hot Seat
One-on-one interviews, performance and Q&A with jazz and blues greats. The shows are master-classes for students, televised on local cable TV, allowing the students to ask questions of guests, who are the very greatest and most regarded performers and creators of jazz and blues. It is an opportunity for artists to give back, while offering precious insights to a new generation of performers. The guests are invited to give short performances.
I Wanna be Loved
“I Wanna be Loved: Stories of Dinah Washington” - Barbara Morrison relives the stories of the music legend Dinah Washington in an excellently staged performance piece written by Michael Cornier and Ms. Morrison. Backed by the excellent Jimmy McConnell and his 18-piece orchestra, Barbara Morrison embodies the mood and sensibilities of the great Dinah Washington. The show continues to impress audiences and critics alike with its uniquely crafted presentation paying tribute to Dinah Washington, and proving “What a Difference a Day Made.”
California Jazz and Blues Museum exhibitions – California has long been considered one of the most important jazz locations in music history. The California scene fundamentally changed the way jazz is played, and established California as a center of jazz in America. Some of the most population jazz bands in the world were formed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in California. Some of the best-selling jazz music in the world was created in California, incorporating new approaches and musical techniques from around the world, developing the style of “cool jazz” or “West Coast jazz” movement of the 1940s and 1950s. California jazz and blues music is a goodwill ambassador, known throughout the world. Jazz and blues musicians are also well known for their positions against racial discrimination. The museum features ongoing exhibitions of important historical information about California jazz and blues music, its great performers, and its important place in California and music history. Founder and President Barbara Morrison brings her 21 years of experience as UCLA Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology – Jazz Studies to shape the exhibits and programs.
Broadway in Leimert Park
Annual “Broadway in Leimert Park” event - Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a jam-packed lineup of tributes to all the greats, from Ella and Dizzy to Holiday and Sinatra and beyond. Each show features local jazz and blues favorites who'll each take a turn saluting the world's most famous jazz vocalists and musicians. Broadway in Leimert Park is produced by the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the California Jazz and Blues Museum in this historic section of the city Los Angeles.
Jazz IN THE ALLeY
Jazz in the Alley – Held the last Sunday evening of every month, Jazz in the Alley is a unique opportunity for local businesses and residents to come together for free entertainment. Held in the alley behind the California Jazz and Blues Museum, the open microphone stage allows new talent an opportunity to learn from accomplished jazz musicians who also attend.