By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles, Ca.)-Health authorities gathered and shared information about the Novel Coronavirus during the early stages of the pandemic. Most of the major global music festivals were postponed out of a sense of caution. The festivals were subsequently cancelled due to the severity of Coronavirus.

        Several months later, producers of several festivals offered fans a glimmer of hope when they announced that they were going to showcase their festivals online, virtual festival experience.

        Locally, the producer of the Leimert Park Jazz Festival encourages everyone to Save The Date, celebrate jazz, community and the cultural heritage of the historic South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park-VIRTUALLY!

        Music aficionados can enjoy the festivities on Facebook Live, at 12:00pm, Saturday, August 29, 2020, for the sizzling, Summer event that is going to be entertaining and fun.

        The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is one of LA’s premiere FREE summertime events. In past years, the former Sutro Avenue Summer Soiree was a block party on a resident street in Leimert Park with a jazz stage, wine lounge, community resourse zone, kids zone, health & wellness zone and more.

        Now known as the Leimert Park Jazz Festival, the event will take place virtually in 2020 due to the COVID19 global pandemic.

        Event organizers hope to be able to bring the community together in 2021 for an in-person celebration in the neighborhood with food, drink, dancing, and lots of wonderful community engagement.

        In the meantime, get ready to enjoy an afternoon of great entertainment, interviews, art competition showcase, special edition festival merchandise, hosted by LeRoy Downs, aka, The Jazzcat.

        The stellar line-up of musicians assembled features Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz, Michael O’Neil & Friends, Sy Smith featuring The Myron McKinley Trio, MFUO (Groove in Swahili) and amazing vocal stylings of Dwight Trible.

        For more information visit https://www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com While on the site, RSVP for a chance to win official jazz festival merchandise. Bookmark FB/IG@Leimertparkjazzfestival.com #Leimertparkjazzfest

        Don’t leave just yet, continue to browse the site, https://www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com click and browse the Shop link, to view the cool, jazz merchandise, learn more about the jazz musicians and listen to some of their music.

        If that isn’t enough, festival organizers took the guess work out of what to eat. Click on Community Resources link to view a list of participating restaurants and to take advantage of the restaurant promotion. Leimert Park Jazz Festival has partnered with some of the best local restaurants to bring you a 20% discount on orders placed on the day of the festival. Please note that the discount is available on the day of the festival and that orders can be picked up in person. What a deal! Leimert Park Jazz Festival provides the entertainment, you set up the vibe in your home, while you enjoy lunch from one of your favorite local eateries, or this allows one to discover the great cuisine found in Leimert Park.

        SAVE THE DATE! August 29, 2020, For more information visit https://www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com