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Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet in Culver City, California

The Jazz Bakery’s “Movable Feast” rolls on

Tomasz Stanko and Gerald Cleaver, Culver City, Calif., 3-15
Tomasz Stanko's New York Quartet in Culver City, Calif., 3-15: l. to r. David Virelles, Stanko, Reuben Rogers, Gerald Cleaver
David Virelles, Culver City, Calif. 3-15
Reuben Rogers, Culver City, Calif. 3-15
Tomasz Stanko, Culver City, Calif. 3-15
Tomasz Stanko, Culver City, Calif. 3-15

On Saturday, March 28, on a balmy evening following a brilliant blue 85-degree Southern California day, Tomasz Stanko of Poland played the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. The concert was presented by the Jazz Bakery organization, in an ongoing series called the “Movable Feast.” For the organization and the series, there is a backstory.

In 1990, Ruth Price, a jazz singer turned music presenter, opened the Jazz Bakery in the Helms Bakery Building in Culver City, just south of Beverly Hills. Price’s previous experiences booking jazz had involved bars and restaurants in Los Angeles and had left her with a distrust for mixing art with booze and food. She founded the Jazz Bakery as a nonprofit, and created a setting for music as intimate as a club but as civilized as a concert hall. For 19 years, the Jazz Bakery was one of the anchor sites for jazz on the West Coast. Its significance was enhanced by the fact that, in stark contrast to New York, the L.A. megalopolis has always, at any given point in time, contained only a few operational jazz clubs.

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