Jazz Masters: A Tribute to Kenny Burrell
The World Stage Performance Gallery is bringing the Jazz Masters series from their Leimert Park home to the Ford stage for a big band benefit concert and tribute to guitar legend Kenny Burrell. With music direction by Grammy®-nominated pianist John Beasley, the event will be an evening of contemporary large ensemble sounds made up of the finest jazz musicians in L.A., with Burrell’s Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimitedand Beasley’s MONK’estra. Legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour and acclaimed singersGretchen Parlato, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dwight Trible will join in the tribute to the guitarist and composer in an evening that recognizes Burrell’s prolific career as well as his continued support of arts education. Named a 2005 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts for his exceptional contributions to the field of jazz, Burrell made his debut recording as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s sextet in 1951 and continues to play music grounded in bebop and blues. The event is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. Metro is a community partner.