By Ricky Richardson | Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles, Ca.)- The Leimert Park Jazz Festival (LPJF) returns again for a live in-person show, Saturday, August 27, 2022. Formerly known as the Sutro Avenue Summer Soiree, the Leimert Park Jazz Festival is the premiere event that music aficionados need and want to attend. The festival takes place in the heart of African American culture- Leimert Park Village.

        Baldwin Hills Crenshaw South Upper Deck is the location for the event that is sure to deliver good music, scrumptious food and fun in the community.

        The South Upper Deck, near Baskin Robbins, IHOP and Staples, is fast becoming a go to venue for cultural events in Leimert Park Village. Several wonderful events were held during the first 6 months of 2022. The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is just one of many outstanding events scheduled in the upcoming months. Doors open at 11:30am with performances scheduled from 12:20-8:45pm. This is a free festival; a limited number of VIP tickets are on sale now! Visit https://www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram.

        Leimert Park Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz, community and cultural heritage of Leimert Park. Its mission is to build and strengthen community while celebrating and showcasing the artistic spirit of the historic Leimert Park neighborhood in South Los Angeles. LPJF continue to play an important role in ensuring the vibrant South LA community of Leimert Park remains culturally significant for years to come!

        This year’s lineup features nationally and internationally renowned artists to thoroughly entertain with amazing performances. Jazz lovers and music aficionados don’t want to miss this premiere jazz festival.

        The stellar line-up consist of The Jazz Collective ft. Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Edwin Livingston, Smokin’ set of Latin Jazz by Pete Escovedo and Family, John Beasley & Monk’estra Big Band, Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz accompanied by members of the Lula Washington Dance Theater’s Youth Dance Ensemble, Kamau Daaood & A Band of Griots- Teodross Avery, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dexter Story and Trevor Ware, The Leimert Park Experience ft. Dwight Trible, Ryan Porter, Cameron Graves, Aaron Shaw, Ian Martin and Lyndon Rochelle, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Youth Jazz Band and a special tribute to the late great Barbara Morrison and Derf Reklaw. LeRoy Downs returns as Host/Master of Ceremony. 

        The Leimert Park Jazz Festival brings together a culturally diverse audience to enjoy a relaxing day while listening to America’s #1 Artform: JAZZ, performed superbly by local and world-renowned musicians.

        Attendees will be able to browse the Visual Arts Pavilion curated by and managed by Aziz Diagne, Visual Artist and owner of Aziz Gallerie. Congratulations to Peighton Mercier, 3rd Annual Art Competition winner for her entry “It Takes a Village.” The winners and finalists from the 2020-2022 art competition will be onsite with a display of their artwork available for purchase.

        An interactive, engaging Community Resource Zone Kids’ Zone (sponsored by Fender Play Foundation, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, LA Commons, Lucas Museum of Narrative & Greetings from South LA.

        Fulfill your taste buds at the various foods trucks and relax in the Beer and Wine Lounge.

        The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is Executive produced by Diane Robertson in association with The World Stage. For more information visit https://www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com for festival updates, including music artist lineup, performance schedule and important information you should know before attending the festival. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.