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Kenny Burrell Helps Fund UCLA Program

Culver City, California’s Jazz Bakery recently cooked up a plan (hardee har har) to raise funds for the African American Studies program at nearby UCLA. On Sat., Dec. 14 guitarist Kenny Burrell and a band of yet-to-be-named guests will perform at the Bakery, with the proceeds from each $75 ticket going to the aforementioned university program, specifically to its Kenny Burrell Archive of African American Music.

Once sufficient funding has been procured, the archive will chronicle and honor African American music’s wide-ranging impact in L.A. This is just one of many Burrell creations at the university. A UCLA faculty member for 25 years, the guitarist founded the school’s jazz program and also created the school’s (and the nation’s) first regular college course on Duke Ellington in 1978.

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