If you live in Los Angeles then you’ve seen the posters emblazoned upon walls scattered around the city. Bold, white lettering set against a black backdrop. JAZZ IS DEAD. The name, provocative and unrelenting with its subject matter, sticks with you long after you’ve continued with your day. “Is Jazz really dead?” you ask yourself, as you scan through the radio station searching for something genuine, something you can’t find.
These posters originate from Figueroa Street in Highland Park, a stretch of land known more for its rapidly changing real estate than it’s acknowledgement for what came before. But unlike the developers walking down those same avenues, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhaamad and Art Don’t Sleep founder Andrew Lojero, keeps one eye locked in on the ever-changing future with the other looking back at the past, appreciating their elders and those who shaped the rich annals of music’s past.
Jazz is Dead is not only one of LA’s most exciting live music series but it’s also the premier jazz event in the country. Taking place at the Lodge Room, a relatively new Highland Park music and comedy venue situated in a Masonic Lodge built in the 1920’s, it’s re-branded and rebuilt the relationship between jazz music and Los Angeles, a relationship so horrifically spat upon in 2016’s La La Land. In a city overrun with options, it adds another solid argument to the age-old question of ‘what should we do tonight?’ ‘See a jazz show?’
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