Arts & Entertainment

Fall Concert Series: Jazz ‘n Paz

Will Brahm & Homenaje. – Courtesy photo

Curated by Performances à la Carte, Jazz ‘n Paz is back with its’ fall intimate jazz series of three concerts with some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians.

Advance online purchase of Jazz ‘n Paz tickets include Subscription Series tickets with reserved seating at $60 for all three concerts or $25 for individual concerts (no reserved seating). Tickets for individual concerts will be $28 at the door (cash only and based on availability). Neighborhood UU Church is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103. For tickets and more information please visit; email; or call (626) 296-9843.

2 + 1:  Sept. 16

2 + 1 features Jamie Perez, vocals, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and joined by legendary jazz trumpeter Nolan Shaheed. Rounding out the ensemble will be familiar sax and piano favorites,Martin Mathews on saxophone and flute, and pianist Chad Edwards. As a fixture with Steve Tyrell’s band, Medeiros is one of the most sought-after bass players and Perez is an award-winning versatile vocalist and songwriter. Together 2 + 1 creates a mix of textural improv and interpretation of jazz standards and originals that is highly evocative and a sure delight.

Lolly Allen & Friends:  Oct. 7

Award-winning vibraphonist and composer Lolly Allen with special guest, superstar Rickey Woodard on saxophone; Mike Alvidrez on bass; and Gary Fukushima on piano. Allen has performed with top jazz musicians including Terry Gibbs, Bob Mintzer, Rodney Whitaker, Maria Schneider, and The Jazz Composers Alliance. In 2016 she was the first woman to be awarded the L.A Jazz Society’s Vibe Summit XXIII Honoree Award, and in 2017 was invited to present legendary vibraphonist Terry Gibbs with his Hall of Fame Induction at the World Vibes Congress. She has performed at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party, WGBH FM’s “Eric in the Evening,” and Ron DellaChiesa’s Jazz Songbook. Allen is recording her second album as bandleader, and performs internationally as a soloist and with her quintet. Woodard and Fukushima are both powerhouse jazz musicians with big followings.

Will Brahm & Homenaje:  Nov. 4

Having always loved music from different cultures around the world, guitarist Will Brahm formed his world music group Homenaje, which means “Tribute” in Spanish, and release their debut album “La Mariposa y el Mentiroso” in 2017, featuring all original compositions. Brahm tours extensively with his music and also plays with the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group and has worked with artists including The Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit. Led by Brahm, the group pays tribute to the support and unity of different types of music and cultures from all around the world. With roots of jazz, Cuban, African, Venezuelan, Israeli, and classical music, they strive to bring different cultures and people together through their original music. Homenaje consists of Will Brahm on guitar, Ahmet Turkmenoglu on bass, and Latin Grammy Winner and LP ArtistDiego Alvarez on percussion and cajon.

Performances à la Carte is a collaborative arts events producer with a mission to create unique, original live performances utilizing multi-arts genres to showcase the diverse artistic community in the greater Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Crescenta Valley area and to connect the arts with social needs and issues that serve the public interest.

Singer, songwriter and artistic director of Performances à la Carte, Carla (Jamie) Perez, is considered a very versatile singer, a performance artist of eclectic tastes and total vocality. Although she studied with some of the world’s most renown classical singers/teachers, she considers her first voice teachers and interpreters of song growing up to be jazz greats Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald and admits she frequently gave “Frankie” a spin (all via vinyl). Though the music of Jazz and Broadway were her first loves, her father, a lover of jazz but a devoted operaphile, persuaded her (or else) to pursue a career in classical music, which she did very successfully for 30 years. She is delighted to return to her roots and sing some of the jazz music she “cut her teeth on” (literally – she teethed on jazz album covers as an infant). Through her artistic endeavors with Performances à la Carte, she continues to create collaborative projects that promote artists, serve the public interest and that fuel her passion for beauty, authenticity and social justice.

September 6, 2018

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