For over 27 years, Rainbow Lagoon Park has been transformed into a musical arena of sounds performed by jazz greats that have traveled all over the world. In addition, the vendor's cuisine and upscale merchandise in the pavilion has always been guests' favorite area to parlay. Produced by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, each year guests are in awe of the level of performances and the Long Beach Jazz Festival 2015 is no exception!
This year, the tradition continues. Great delicacies, unique couture and once again guests will experience "A Healthy Taste of Jazz" at the Jazz, Health & Wellness Pavilion where mind, body and soul will be nourished.
2015 PERFORMERS: Jeff Bradshaw & Friends with special guests Chrisette Michele and Frank McComb, Earl Klugh, the Stanley Clarke Band, Brian Culbertson, Stephanie Mills, Jonathan Butler, Eric Darius, Down to the Bone, Jazz All Stars featuring Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson and Jackiem Joyner, Andrew Gouche, and Kenny "BabyFace" Edmonds!
Staying true to the roots of jazz, it only makes sense that the 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival's (LBJF) #LBJazzFest theme is "Rooted in Jazz and Reaching Beyond." Kicking off the weekend is Stanley Clarke (four-time Grammy Award winner and undoubtedly one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players worldwide), Sunday, hear the likes of legend Poncho
Sanchez (Latin jazz conga and percussionist great with
traditional Afro-Cuban Jazz sounds) and keeping it rooted in jazz but eclectic,
Keiko Matsui (internationally acclaimed Japanese keyboardist and composer of
smooth jazz, jazz fusion and new-age music) plus many others. LBJF will merge
the jazz, fusion, R&B, and neo-soul sounds for three days.
New to the festival and what will be deemed another highlight is the Exclusive Test Drive experience provided by sponsors The Lincoln Motor Company.
Known as the creme de la creme of all festivals, The 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival #LBJazzFest takes place
August 7-9, 2015 at
Rainbow Lagoon Park. E Shoreline Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802 and will bring style
and finesse consistent with its legacy. Top artists, festive ambience and
always new innovations in festival enjoyment.
Friday, August 7, 2015 - Begins the 3 day extravaganza with performers: The legendary Stanley Clarke Band, smooth jazz guitarist and composer Earl Klugh and Jeff Bradshaw (Philadelphia's influential neo-soul trombone perfectionist) & friends, Grammy Award Winner Chrisette Michele and soul singer/keyboardist Frank McComb.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - The second day of #LBJazzFest begins with the talents of Grammy Award Winner producer
and bass player Andrew
Gouche, then the JAZZ ALL STARS featuring Marc Antoine (Spain's' jazz fusion
guitarist extraordinaire), Brian Simpson (inspired keyboardist, composer,
prolific studio musician/producer) and Jackiem Joyner (known as "Lil Man
Soul" saxophonist and flute player). Up next is the jazz/funk/soul band
Down to the Bone; contemporary jazz saxophonist and composer Eric Darius, Cape
Town, South African acoustic guitar great Jonathan Butler and R&B singer
and stage performer who appeared in the original production of "The
Wiz," Stephanie Mills. Headlining the evening is contemporary
jazz/R&B/funk multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson.
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - THE FINALE!!!!! .... AND WHAT
IT WILL BE! The festival begins with Jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson then the
sultry vocals of Mara Hruby. Up next and always a crowd pleaser, the founder of
LBJF Al Williams and the Al Williams Jazz Society. Internationally acclaimed
Japanese smooth jazz, jazz fusion and new age keyboardist and composer Keiko
Matsui is always a favorite. Gerald Albright, R&B, contemporary and
straight-ahead jazz great known at as a "musician's musician" will
show off his extraordinary saxophone artistry. Next, Grammy Award Winner Poncho
Sanchez (legendary conguero and Latin jazz band leader with Afro-Cuban flair).
Last but not least, the headliner, none other than 11-time Grammy Winner Kenny
The 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival is THE MOST TALKED ABOUT, THE MOST RECOGNIZED and one of Southern California's LONGEST RUNNING FESTIVALS sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Company, Stella Artois, Aspire TV, KTLA 5, Union Bank, McDonalds and Black Enterprise.
WHAT: The 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival.
WHEN: August 7, 8, 9, 2015.
WHERE: Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802