Venue Information

Jazz at Drew is an all-day outdoor fundraiser featuring some of the most prolific names in jazz. It began in 1991 with an audience of 150 people and grew to accommodate some 15,000 jazz fans annually. This annual event is hosted by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a Minority Serving Institution dedicated to meeting the needs of the underserved positively impacting their lives through quality medical education and community engagement initiatives such as this one. 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.

Headquartered in Los Angeles – a former hotbed for all things related to jazz music – Jazz at Drew’s emphasis on showcasing home-grown talent with international appeal has been the distinguishing factor that separates the event from larger jazz festivals in Southern California. More than any other event, it displays LA jazz in a range of styles all while being surrounded by colorful marketplace. Additionally, the University carries on Founder Roland Betts’ vision of leveraging the healing properties of music and medicine to connect various medical communities with the local community.

South Los Angeles remains one of the most chronically underserved areas in Los Angeles County, and its residents frequently have to travel outside of the area for access to quality resources and entertainment. Moreover, they oftentimes find themselves spending large amounts of time and money to gain that access. Equipped with superior artist line-ups and a unique concert experience, Jazz at Drew provides residents in South Los Angeles and surrounding areas with quality entertainment at affordable prices that won’t break the bank!

Former acts to have graced the Jazz at Drew stage include Earth, Wind & Fire, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Womack, Brothers Johnson, The Chi-Lites, The Impressions, Poncho Sanchez, George Duke, Oscar Brown, Jr., Hiroshima, The Rickey Minor Band and Friends, Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient, Sheila E., Kenny Burrell, Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle, Joe Higgs and others. Former festival sponsors include Dignity Health, Cedars-Sinai, 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 re-emergence of Jazz at Drew signals the return of one of Southern California’s premier jazz festivals and a place where Los Angeles residents can unwind, relax and mingle amongst each other and local leaders. Join us for a day of great music for a greater mission!

Festival Location:
Charles R. Drew University Campus
1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Go Metro:
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

Festival Date:
October 6, 2018
12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gates Open at 11:00 AM

Festival Rules:
All personal belongings will be searched at the entrance, so please adhere to all rules to avoid a delay to others during the entry process. All prohibited items will be collected at the gate before entry. Click for a list of prohibited items.

  • Beer and Wine will be on sale at the festival site.
  • All sales are final. No cancellations or refunds. Rain or shine. Lost tickets will not be replaced. No refunds or exchanges.
  • The festival is held in an open-air venue.  NO UMBRELLAS, PARASOLS OR LAWN CHAIRS WITH TOP COVERS – NO EXCEPTIONS.  We encourage you to dress appropriately for the weather – large sunhats, caps, light clothing, etc. First-aid cooling sections will be available on-site for customers that may potentially become overheated.
  • You assume all risk and danger incidental to the event and you agree that the management, its agents, and the performers are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from such causes.
  • No transmission or aiding in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event or performance is allowed.
  • You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or weapons.  You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions herein.

Festival Seating
Festival Parking Map: Please check back. Information will be available soon.
ADA Accommodations 
CDU is a Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus