Central Avenue Jazz Festival Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The free music festival in South Los Angeles honors the city's historic jazz corridor.

Amplifying the Legacy of Jazz Giants

Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Held for the first time in 1996, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival is designed to showcase the legacy of the historic jazz corridor in Los Angeles. Central Avenue, which runs through the South Los Angeles community where the festival takes place, was a mid-20th century hub for jazz and the African American community. The Festival takes place next to iconic locations, including the now-famous Dunbar Hotel, where jazz greats performing in Los Angeles often stayed and performed after hours.

Each July, the festival honors the legacies of jazz giants through multiple stages featuring performances from both world-renowned artists and Los Angeles's own rising stars. The festival also includes four pavilions of community organizations and businesses offering resources and information on issues surrounding health, wellness, arts, youth, business, and employment. This event attracts tens of thousands of visitors and vendors to one of L.A.'s most historic and culturally rich corridors.

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23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival GRoW Health Pavilion