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Colin Vallon Trio: Live in Santa Monica

Thomas Conrad reviews performance by pianist and his trio at Keyboard Concepts as part of the “Jazz Bakery Movable Feast” series

Colin Vallon Trio with Samuel Rohrer, Colin Vallon and Patrice Moret
Colin Vallon Trio with Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret and Samuel Rohrer

The non-profit Jazz Bakery in Culver City was one of the two or three most important jazz venues in the Los Angeles megapolis for 17 years. It lost its lease and closed in June 2009. Miraculously, it was rescued by a $2 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation. The Jazz Bakery will return in late 2012, in a new performance space on Washington Boulevard, one mile from its old site.

But that still left a 3 ½ year period without a location, so artistic director Ruth Price created the “Jazz Bakery Movable Feast.” She has continued to present jazz in borrowed venues like the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and Keyboard Concepts in Santa Monica.

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