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Los Angeles and San Francisco Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

San Francisco based Curve Entertainment and Los Angeles "Howling Monk Presents" will join forces to assist the Smithsonian Jazz Institute in recognizing some of today’s living legends of jazz.

Curve Entertainment, a Northern California company has put together a top-notch line up of jazz giants for the April celebration, taking place each Saturday night, at the Village Theatre, 4305 Degnan Avenue, Los Angeles, California :

April 3, "Sidewinder" a musical tribute to Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan, features Patrick "Face" Rickman, a special award presentation to Clifford Brown Jr. (KCSM Bay Area’s best radio personality and son of the late Clifford Brown), and Bob Hurst and jazz organist Paul Bryant performing and receiving a United States Congressional recognition of Lifetime Achievement award.

April 10, "The Barons of Be-Bop" is a musical tribute and awards presentation to Hank Jones, Horace Silver, Louis Hayes, and Bennie Maupin, featuring special performances by the jazz giants.

April 17, "Mambo Kings" a musical tribute to Latin Jazz features Hilton Ruiz, Francisco Aquabella, and Papo Vazquez, with a special award presentation to the Latin icons of jazz and a rare musical tribute to Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria.

April 24, "Shades of Monk" a musical and award presentation to Randy Weston, Ronnie Mathews, Richie Cole, and a special music award to Yusef Lateef.

May 1st closes out the series with a "Special tribute to Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald" featuring vocalist RowLewis and Jazz Legend Doug Carn. (Special Guest appearance to be announced) RowLewis will open each show during the series.

"Howling Monk is happy to be a part of Curve Entertainment’s ‘Eras In Jazz’ series," says Ken Moore. "The Howling Monk (Los Angeles) is privileged to have such a golden opportunity like this one; to celebrate these giants and bring Jazz to a higher sense. This is great for us!"

"We are extremely pleased to bring our series to the Howling Monk, having this opportunity to award these legends in the city of Los Angeles is great ", said Melanie Williams of Curve Entertainment. "This special award from US Congresswoman Barbara Lee is further proof of our commitment to recognizing many other great legends and jazz artists who have given so much to music history within their Lifetime.

For further information and tickets for "Eras In Jazz", please contact: Ken Moore (The Howling Monk), 310-671-8551, 4305 Degnan Street, Los Angeles, Calif. (4305 Village Theatre) Additional info, contact: Melanie Williams (Curve Entertainment), 510-228-5507

Note: Smithsonian Jazz Teams with Curve Entertainment Group and Howling Monk Presents. For more information about Smithsonian Jazz, visit:

CURVE ENTERTAINMENT (San Francisco Bay Area) a diversified media company with radio, television, music, and publishing divisions - is known as much for it’s corporate culture as for its leadership position within the Entertainment and Media industries.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Hank Jones, Horace Silver, Louis Hayes, Yusef Lateef, H
  • Event Date: April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2004
  • Subtitle: Eras In Jazz
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