The Los Angeles Jazz Society (LAJS) began in 1985 as an educational organization, devoted to spreading an appreciation for jazz music among the city’s youth. The activities of LAJS have grown over the years, today including programs such as Jazz in Schools, which brings professional jazz performances to 45 L.A. public elementary schools during the month of February (Black History Month); The Bill Green Mentorship Program, which provides opportunities for promising young students to study under top area professionals; Jazz Coolcats, a ten-week series of jazz education classes; andJazzgiving, a program which distributes donated musical instruments to area public schools.
In addition to its educational efforts, LAJS organizes a number of concerts and events throughout the year. The Vibe Summit is an annual festival gathering the area’s best vibraphonists in honor of great purveyors of that often underappreciated jazz instrument. The Annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner and Concert, established in 1983, honors great L.A.-based jazz artists for their contributions to the city’s jazz heritage, attracting many area professionals and jazz enthusiasts alike.
In addition to producing various other concerts and events, the Los Angeles Jazz Society functions as a database for all things jazz related in the City of Angels. Its website contains an impressive listing of all jazz events taking place in the greater L.A. area each day, as well as information on venues and prominent local artists.
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: A handful of events presented annually. Website contains a comprehensive daily listing of jazz events in the Los Angeles area
- Ticket Prices: Varies by event.