New Los Angeles Jazz Series to Benefit Local Charities


CONTACTS: Photos, questions or interviews with the following, as well as the artist, are quickly available: Edythe Bronston, President, The California Jazz Foundation, 310-600-1565, Sam Milgrom, Mr MusicHead Gallery owner, 323-876-0042 or LeRoy Downs, local jazz celebrity host, 424-210-5299 or Frederick Smith Jr., festival co-organizer, organizer, 310-365-1865 or Rob Woodworth, Public Relations and Marketing, 415-846-9432, or

Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 2018 – Just Jazz Series, kicking off Wednesday, May 23rd with the highly notable and internationally recognized Walter Smith Quartet will benefit a new charity organization every few weeks.

In an environment which will rival any jazz venue currently in L.A. and across the country, the Just Jazz Series has chosen an eclectic environment and well known charity to offer a series full of musicians who are of the highest level of cutting-edge jazz in the scene today. Benefitting charity organizations will rotate every three weeks with the first three dates focus on the The California Jazz Foundation (, a charitable, nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis. Established in 2006, the Foundation was formed to fulfill an unmet critical need to help these talented artists who have given us so much pleasure over the years – often with so little reward.

“The California Jazz Foundation is committed to providing access to quality social and economic services for all eligible applicants. We do so through a team of caring, knowledgeable professionals in collaboration with community partners.”

Mr Musichead Gallery, the venue for the series, is a brand new space for presenting jazz in L.A. The gallery space not only offers an interesting backdrop of music-related art and photography of all genres and styles, but also includes a covered outdoor patio which will host pre-show parties with a live music transmission over the internet and interviews with the evening’s musicians. (The current photography exhibit with a dedication to Prince is reason enough to attend within itself.)

The series is also proud to be working with sponsors from the local L.A. community, including a brand sponsorship from Gretsch Drums, Guitar Center, and a partnership with the legendry Los Angeles “fine foods of Mexico” establishment, the next door El Compadre restaurant, who will be providing food and drinks for the opening event.

“With a mission of sustaining and supporting the spirit of improvised music and the true culture of jazz, we are committed to presenting a world class jazz experience in an intimate setting on world famous Sunset Boulevard” – Sam Milgrom, gallery owner.

Walter Smith III : In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats. Walter is a member of several legendary groups (recording and/or touring) including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Jason Moran’s In My Mind:Monk at Town Hall, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, the Christian McBride “Situation”, and the Christian Scott group to name a few. Smith has performed all
over the world participating in virtually every international festival as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and The Kennedy Center, and has appeared on over 100 recordings that have been released worldwide. Smith released his 5th album as a leader, “Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland, including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

Walter Smith III is an inspired young saxophonist and composer with a lot to say…” – Joe Lovano · jazz legend, Saxophonist, and Composer

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When: Wednesday’s, beginning this coming Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 Doors Open: 6:00pm Drinks & Appetizer Reception: 6:30pm Live Music: 7:30pm

From 6:30pm to showtime, before each show, tune into “The Jazzcat” LeRoy Downs as he spins one hour of supreme, eclectic jazz live on direct from the Mr Musichead Gallery! He will play music and interview the weekly artist as jazz patrons are arriving for the performance, enticing listeners to come on out and be a part of the jazz experience. “Tune in and Bluetooth the show on your way down to the performance!”

Upcoming Concert Schedule: May 23rd Walter Smith III & Friends May 30th John Beasley Trio June 6th Joshua White Trio June 13th Steve Lehman June 20th Eric Revis June 27th Terreon Gully Other upcoming artists include Gerald Clayton, Geoffrey Keezer, Terreon Gully, Bob Reynolds, Nicole Mitchell, Marquis Hill and many more…

Where: Mr Musichead Gallery 7420 W. Sunset Blvd (across from Guitar Center) Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-876-90046

Ticket Info: A limited number of tickets are available via EventBrite at and at $25 Reserved Seating $20 General Admission

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