Jazz at Drew began in 1991 with an audience of 150 people and grew to accommodate some 15,000 jazz fans annually. This event is hosted by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science – recognized by the Department of Education under Title III B as a Historically Black Graduate Institution and a charter member of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools.
Now in its second year of operation after a long hiatus, the re-emergence of Jazz at Drew signals the return of one of LA’s best kept secrets as an established entity within the community and the greater Los Angeles jazz scene. Festival patrons will enjoy the wonderful sounds of live music, a marketplace, a health pavilion and a food court, including food trucks vendors.
The festival historically honored pioneers of the music world including past artists Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Womack, Brothers Johnson, The Chi-Lites, The Impressions, Lakeside, Jean Carne, Norman Connors, Poncho Sanchez, George Duke, Oscar Brown, Jr., Cedar Walton Sextet “Art Blakely Reunion”, Hiroshima, The Rickey Minor Band and Friends, Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient, Sheila E., Kenny Burrell, Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle, Joe Higgs and many other notable artists.
Former festival sponsors include Honda, Northrop Grumman, American Airlines, Arrowhead Waters, Embassy Suites, LA Renaissance Hotels, Starbucks, Southern California Edison, Wachovia Bank, 102.3 KJLH, 94.7 The Wave, 88.1 KJazz, Our Weekly, La Opinion, LA Sentinel, LA Watts Times, WLCAC, UFCW, and many more.
The event is designed to raise funds to support Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science students through student services, scholarships, student organizations, and the Saturday Science Academy II – CDU’s premier education pipeline program for children and youth K-12.
Charles R. Drew University Campus
1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Take the Metro Green or Blue Line to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station. It’s a 13 minute walk to Charles D. Drew University Campus, south on Wilmington Ave.
Plan your trip on metro.net.