The 14th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival presents the Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble with Dianne Reeves at the Ford


Los Angeles, CA – September 15, 2021 – Angel City Arts enters week three of its 14th annual Angel City Jazz Festival featuring Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble with special guest Dianne Reeves Thursday October 14 at The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles, CA 90068 at 8 p.m. Information and tickets are available at

Billy Childs became one of the greatest American composers of his time, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – because like Copland, he managed to marry the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the 20th century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range and dynamism. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in influences from jazz, classical and popular music. By the time of his graduation from USC Childs was already a much-requested artist on the LA jazz scene, soon after he was discovered by trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. He has recorded and performed with a number of other influential jazz musicians, including JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson, and Wynton Marsalis. So far in his career, Childs has won thirteen GRAMMY nominations and four awards. In 2006, Childs received a Chamber Music America Composer Fellowship and, in 2009, a Guggenheim Fellowship. He also received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2013 and most recently the American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Award in 2015.

Five-time Grammy winner Diane reeves is the greatest jazz singer in the world. Due to his breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B styles, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in all categories. vocal. Featured in George Clooney’s six Oscar nominations Good night and good luck, Reeves won the Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz for the film’s soundtrack. Reeves recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and has been a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to perform at the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The players of the Child’s Jazz Chamber Ensemble are Larry Koonse on guitar, Carol robbins on the harp, Daniel Rotem on sax, Dan Chmielinski on bass, Christian Euman to the battery and Sara andon on the flute. They will be joined by Reeves with Moira smiley singing and Alexandre gideon present a poetry recitation. They will also be accompanied on certain numbers of The Lyris Quartet, a string quartet that focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. Its members are Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan on the violin, Luc Maurer on the viola, and Timothy loo on the cello.

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About Ford

The Ford is one of the oldest performance venues in Los Angeles, with a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Located in a 32-acre Los Angeles County park and under the direction of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, movies and family events that reflect the communities that make up Los Angeles. Tickets for The Ford, visit here.

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