The 17th annual Jazz at Drew Legacy Music Series and Cultural Marketplace will take place this weekend, Oct. 6-7, at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. The two-day charity event, featuring jazz, R&B, blues and gospel music, highlights the healing art of music and medicine.
The festival, which is held on the university campus located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles, has evolved into a stage for some of the world’s finest artists to demonstrate their commitment to the only historically black medical school west of the Mississippi and one of just four in the United States. The largest event the university undertakes, the festival raises funds for research, scholarships, endowments and facility expansion. Proceeds from the event have historically benefited student scholarships and youth education pipeline programs such as the Saturday Science Academy II.
Returning for the second time to the festival will be Malcolm-Jamal Warner (also known as Theo on the long-running television series The Cosby Show) and his band Miles Long (CD cover pictured). Also performing at this year’s event on Saturday will be the Locke High 40th Anniversary Reunion Band, Drew University All-Stars, Leimert Park All-Stars, Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars featuring Kenny Burrell, David T. Walker Quartet featuring Byron Miller, Clarence McDonald and Leon Ndugu Chancler, Shelia E. and the E. Family Orchestra featuring Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo and Lakeside
Sunday performances will include Demitri Noble and Nobility featuring Mike Hunter, Kamasi Washington, Darryl Harris, and Robert Turner, Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, the Soul Seekers, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Hubert Laws featuring Debra Laws, Cedar Walton Quintet featuring Steve Turree, David Williams, Javon Jackson and Al Foster, Curtis Fuller Super Band featuring Nicolas Payton and Rene McLean with a special 50th Anniversary celebration of Jerry Butler and the Music of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, featuring the Rickey Minor Symphony Orchestra with special guest Jerry Butler and also the Impressions.