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South Pasadena Library Presents “Chasing Trane” Screening and Live Jazz

 A Free Event

For Arts Crawl on Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m.

For the South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl and for Black History Month, on Saturday, February 16 the Library and the Friends of the Library present a Film/Live Jazz/Art Show that starts in the Community Room at 6:00 p.m.

It will showcase an art exhibit of paintings by Sam Pace and a live musical performance by Mark Hatch and Group 5.  “Chasing Trane,” the acclaimed documentary about extraordinary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane with start at 7 p.m. followed by a Q & A with John Scheinfeld, its award-winning director.The Arts Crawl is a ‘night on the town’ for the community and venues galore will be open around the downtown area of South Pasadena.
For more info about theLibrary event please call 626 403-7350. For more info about the Arts Crawl:

Group 5 is led by Mark Hatch on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument). Mark is a former South Pasadena resident now based in Seattle. Shortly after graduating from college, Mark started his career with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and then went on to become musical director for Chaka Khan. He has also performed and recorded with Rufus, Aretha Franklin, Flora Purim, Louie Bellson, and many others.
“Chasing Trane,” the compelling and provocative documentary on John Coltrane, the legendary jazz saxophonist nicknamed “The Heavyweight Champion of the Universe” will be showcased at 7 p.m. The film is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. It uses archival footage and Coltrane’s music, some of it unreleased, to explore the extraordinary career and pioneering musical advancements of Coltrane who passed away in 1967 at only age 40. Featured commentary by Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Coltrane Family members, and a host of top flight jazz musicians, as well as Denzel Washington whose voice is used for Coltrane’s spoken lines.The acclaimed film eloquently documents how Coltrane, after making his mark in bebop and hard bop, became the leader in the free jazz movement.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena.   Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary and admission is free.
The event is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Special thanks to Atomic Records, 210eastsound, the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation, South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, SPACE, and Videotheque.



as Vegas, NV – Performer extraordinaire Akiko Tsuruga and triple-threat talent Katie Thiroux will perform at the 19th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party February 14, 2019 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. Tickets are available by calling 949.205.1252 and by visiting

The Newport Beach Jazz Party began 19 years ago and continues to excite devoted fans with world-class live jazz performances, by the world’s premier artists. The customary loose party atmosphere continues to keep the event fresh and fun for attendees.

Akiko Tsuruga is revered by her peers like legendary alto saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, who calls her the queen of the organ, and Dr. Lonnie Smith who claims, “Akiko is here to stay!”

Her debut album, SWEET AND FUNKY won “Best Album of 2007” in DOWNBEAT magazine and her albums continuously reach the top-ten on the National Radio Jazz Charts.

Katie Thiroux is a triple-threat talent in bass playing, singing and composition. A force in jazz for over 30 years, her hard-swinging bass styling, buoyant vocal finesse and compelling compositions earned her a loyal following worldwide. Music legend Quincy Jones’ praise for Katie is plain and simple, “this girl is it,” he decrees.

The Newport Beach Jazz Party is produced by Porchlight Hospitality’s Paul, Sue and Chris Lowden. Porchlight Hospitality is responsible for producing and programming this prestigious long-standing music series. Porchlight Hospitality, LLC, a division of Archon Corporation, is a full-service entertainment company with a heavy focus on Jazz and Country music. Porchlight’s footprint in the jazz world is significant among artists, managers, record companies, concert producers, bookers, talent buyers and social media marketing experts

Performances à la carte presents collaborative concerts, productions and events encompassing music, dance, theatre, fine art, visual arts, culinary arts, literature and drama to showcase the diverse talent within San Gabriel and Crescenta Valleys and throughout Los Angeles County. 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). Through her artistic endeavors with Performances à la Carte, Perez continues to create collaborative projects that promote artists, serve the public interest and that fuel her passion for beauty, authenticity and social justice.

Opening on February 24th, the first of three concerts presented on the fourth Sunday of each month features Black Market Reverie, a unique combination of New Orleans Bayou and French Cabaret Jazz with Lyman Medeiros on Bass and Renee Myara on vocals, followed by the legendary Barbara Morrison and her Trio on March 24th, and the final concert on April 28th with Eclectic Collective, featuring Jamie Perez with the Nick Mancini Collective, a nine-piece band including such jazz front-runners as saxophone tour de force, Danny Janklow and the amazingly gifted jazz pianist Michael Ragonese, in a concert of improv standards, originals and Elton John tunes that will blow your mind.



Red Ticket

Jazz ‘n Paz
Spring 2019 Intimate Jazz Concert Series

February 24
Black Market Reverie

March 24
Barbara Morrison and her Trio

April 28
Eclectic Collective

5:00 pm
Neighborhood UU Church
301 North Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Series subscriptions are now on sale, offering a discount from individual concert tickets.



Santa Barbara, CA, January 18, 2019Jazz at the Lobero is pleased to welcome the John Pizzarelli Trio to the Lobero Theatre on Tuesday, March 5. World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz. Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Tickets for the John Pizzarelli Trio are on sale now at Section A tickets are $49, section B $39 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $105. Prices subject to facility fees. VIP tickets include premier seating, pre-performance reception and listing in the event program.