The 2020 Central Avenue Jazz Festival Goes Virtual December 14-17

by City of Los Angeles on December 11, 2020
Musician playing the saxophone

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th anniversary of the celebrated Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which draws tens of thousands of revelers each year, is going virtual. Host Councilmember Curren Price announced that jazz fans from Los Angeles and beyond can stream the virtual event from the comfort of their home December 14-17 at http://www.centralavejazzfest.com/. Angelenos can also watch on LA CityView Channel 35, who will also televise the musical celebration honoring 25 years of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival over four days. 

This marks the first time the music festival, held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue on the last weekend in July, was postponed for the health and safety of our community. 

We regret not being able to gather on Central Avenue as we typically do each summer, however, this is a necessary sacrifice to protect our community during this time,” added Councilmember Price. “We miss gathering with dozens of musicians, jazz fans from all walks of life, as well as the hundreds of small business vendors, exhibitors, and non-profit organizations that support our music festival. However, we’ve developed special programming with great performances and I can’t wait for Angelenos to enjoy the festival while safe at home.”

The FREE event in South LA pays homage to the region’s rich cultural past and turns the spotlight on what was once considered the heart of West Coast jazz. For more than two decades this signature festival has showcased some of the best musicians in the world and this year is no exception.

For more information on this special event, please visit http://www.centralavejazzfest.com/.