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Luckman Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to jazz masters

In its 10th season, LJO is recognized for its innovative, cutting-edge performances

Pictured: Luckman Jazz Orchestra. (Source: Luckman Complex)

Luckman season

LJO: Tribute to Horace Silver - September 24 at 8 p.m.

Esma Redžepova - October 1 at 8 p.m.

World Arts Day - October 8 from 2-8 p.m.

India.Arie + Idan Raichel - October 13 at 8 p.m.

Émilie Simon + Iva Bittová - October 22 at 8 p.m.

Tinariwen - October 29 at 8 p.m.

Brandt Brauer Frick - November 12 at 8 p.m.

Ray Chen - November 19 at 8 p.m.

Jane Birkin - December 3 at 8 p.m.

Aaron Neville - December 17 at 8 p.m.

LJO: Tribute to Hank Mobley - January 21 at 8 p.m.

Simon Bolivar Brass Ensemble - January 25 at 7 p.m.

CocoRosie - February 11 at 8 p.m.

Cloud Gate II - February 18 at 8 p.m.

Buika - March 3 at 8 p.m.

LJO: Tribute to J.J. Johnson - March 10 at 8 p.m.

Chunky Move - March 17 at 8 p.m.

Anoushka Shankar - April 21 at 8 p.m.

Robert Moses’ Kin - May 5 at 8 p.m.

Nikka Costa - May 12 at 8 p.m.

LJO: Tribute to Charlie Parker - May 19 at 8 p.m.

Celebrating 10 years of smooth rhythmic success, Cal State L.A.’s critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra (LJO) will kick off a season-long series honoring world-renowned jazz masters on Saturday, Sept. 24.

To begin 8 p.m. at the Luckman Theatre on the CSULA campus, the LJO will pay tribute to Horace Silver, a pioneer of hard bop and a major force in modern jazz music.

Discovered by saxophonist Stan Getz, Silver went on to record with legendary artists Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, and Art Blakey. Silver is known for his distinctive, humorous and funky playing style. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles including African and Latin American music.

Picture of Charles Owens. (source: Luckman Complex)
Charles Owens

The 20-member LJO—conducted by Charles Owens—will also be performing tributes to other influential jazz greats: Hank Mobley, J.J. Johnson and Charlie Parker.

A world-class tenor sax, soprano sax and flute player, Owens is also a featured soloist with the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra. Over the years, he has worked with Horace Tapscott, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, James Newton, John Carter and Patrice Rushen.

The LJO—which debuted its invigorating jazz sounds at the Luckman Theatre in 2001—has been cited in international and national press as innovative and cutting-edge. The Los Angeles Times describes the LJO as “one of the country’s finest musical organizations.” In an L.A. Jazz Scene review of an LJO concert performed at Walt Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, writer Bob Agnew praised the finale as “dazzling,” and individual LJO musician performances as “outstanding,” “memorable,” and “superlative.”

Under the leadership of Wendy Baker, executive director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the LJO has also served as a Cultural Ambassador of the City of Los Angeles and has performed in that capacity in São Paulo, Brazil, and Berlin, Germany.

In January 2012, the LJO will honor Hank Mobley’s significant contributions to jazz by playing newly-arranged renditions of his music. Mobley is one of the most revered tenor saxophonist and composers of the hard bop era in jazz.

The LJO will next perform its homage to J.J. Johnson, one of the leading jazz musicians of the post-swing era, in March. Regarded as one of the first trombonists to embrace bebop music, Johnson is a widely recognized innovator in this definitive style.

Culminating its milestone year in May, the LJO will pay tribute to iconic jazz master Charlie Parker. Parker is widely praised as one of the most important and influential saxophonists with an uncompromising artistic direction. He gained recognition for his brilliant solos and innovative improvisations that propelled him to iconic status for the Beat Generation.

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