February 29, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Enjoy The Smooth Sounds Of Jazz At Free Sunday Santa Monica Concert Series:

A series of jazz artists are set to perform in Santa Monica as the 8th annual Jazz on the Lawn concert series returns to Stewart Park this Sunday.

Jazz on the Lawn is a free family-friendly event that attracts an audience of all ages.

The Latin jazz and salsa power quartet, Conganas, will be kicking off the event this Sunday.

Headed by ensemble leader, Christian Moraga, Conganas’ ability to effortlessly switch between Latin inspired music, straight ahead jazz, and salsa is sure to captivate the Santa Monica audience.

After studying Latin music privately in Cuba, Moraga then took his musical studies to New York.

Moraga has been living in the United States for seven years and has had the opportunity to play with prominent artists such as Oscar Hernandez and Chaka Khan.

Moraga’s 20 years of experience as a professional has afforded him the opportunity to start Conganas two and a half years ago.

“This is the fist time I have been a band leader,” Moraga said. “It has been a wonderful experience, especially to be with these three other musicians who get along so well with each other.”

Since forming a little less than three years ago, Conganas has been performing consistently in Los Angeles.

“Our consistent gigs in Los Angeles have really helped to establish ourselves as a group,” Moraga said. The ensemble is currently producing an album, which will be finalized, and available at the Aug. 4 event.

“I’m very excited that our album will be available for our Santa Monica audience,” he said.

Moraga said his Latin Jazz ensemble can be described as having influences in an Afro Cuban past, Jazz, and a bit of salsa.

The origins of Latin jazz can be found in Afro Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, while the structure and harmony of the music is based in a jazz context. A typical Latin jazz ensemble, Moraga explained, would have a large ensemble playing a variety of instruments.

With only four members in the ensemble, the biggest challenge for the group is making their music sound as if their band is larger than it is. For this reason, each member of the group plays more than one role.

“The goal of the group is to make it sound like there are more than four people,” Moraga said. “We have reached this goal because when people see us perform they are surprised that there are only four of us.”

Despite this challenge, Moraga said he is pleased with the group’s outcome.

“Our piano player sings, our percussion player also plays trumpet, and I play a particular percussion set while my left foot plays the bell and right foot plays a bass drum,” he said. The group’s commitment to play more than one instrument has brought the band much success, Moraga said.

Performing at the Jazz on the Lawn event will be the first time Conganas will have played in Santa Monica.

“I’ve never played in Santa Monica and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Moraga said he thinks the audience will be receptive to his music because his group typically appeals to a diverse demographic.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play in Santa Monica and I’m thankful to have been selected for this festival,” Moraga said.

The Jazz on the Lawn concert series will take place at Stewart Street Park, located at 1836 Stewart Street.

Rotating dessert vendors will serve frozen treats, including Sweet Lucies, Frosty Shave, Tango Mango and Popshop. Hubert’s Lemonade and O.N.E. Coconut water will provide complimentary beverages, alternating weekly.

The event will continue every subsequent Sunday through Aug. 25 from 5-7 pm.

For more information visit smgov.net/jazz.

2013 Line Up

• August 4: Conganás

• August 11: The Elliot Caine Quintet

• August 18: KoTolán

• August 25: The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band

in News
Related Posts

Leap Day Brings Once-in-Four-Year Deals at Popular Restaurants All Day Long

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’, and More Roll Out Special Offers to Mark the Occasion Leap Day, that rare additional day occurring...

Sweet Lady Jane’s Social Media Tease Continues As Locations Sport Hiring Notices

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Mysterious Posts Leave Fans Eager for the Return, But Questions Linger By Dolores Quintana After resurfacing on social media, the...

Upcoming Ice Cream Shop on Montana Ave. Will Serve Multitude of Vegan Flavors

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

The Company Has Come a Long Way Since Its Humble Beginnings as a New York City Food Truck By Zach...

(Video) Pro-Palestine Protest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Protesters were there to protest the arrival of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi Counter-protesters drove by in a car. @smmirrornews Pro-Palestine...

(Video) Restaurants Replace Glass Front Doors After Late Night Robbery Spree in Del Ray

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Seven restaurants and small businesses in Del Rey and Venice, including Nick the Greek and Dudley Market, were robbed. Council...

SMMUSD Appoints New Asst. Superintendent of Education Services

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Dr. Williamson Will Assume Her Role on March 8, Bringing 17 Years of Education Experience In a special board meeting...

Hollywood Royalty to Shine at 96th Oscars: First Wave of Star-Studded Presenter Lineup Unveiled

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Incredible Lineup of Actors and Previous Oscar Winners Announced Executive producer and showrunner Raj Kapoor, along with executive producers Molly...

Vote Smart, Vote Early: Streamlining Your 2024 Presidential Primary Experience in L.A. County

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Skip the Lines and Save Time – Your Guide to Early Voting Options  In preparation for the upcoming 2024 Presidential...

Iconic Venice Beach Sculpture and Landmark to be Removed, Returned to Artist’s Property

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Since the Money, Effort or Desire to Purchase the Piece Appears to Not Be There, the Artist Wants It Back...

(Video) Heartfelt candlelight vigils in Westchester and West Hollywood for Nex Benedict

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

The non-binary 16 year old student with Choctaw ancestry died in Owasso, Oklahoma after being beaten by three older high...

Sweet Lady Jane Sparks Hope of Return – Popular Bakery Hints at Reopening Across LA

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

After Abrupt Closures, Beloved Bakery Hints at a Comeback, Leaving Fans Intrigued  Sweet Lady Jane, a Los Angeles cake bakery...

Waymo’s LA Expansion Hits Roadblock: CPUC Temporarily Halts Self-Driving Company’s Plans

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

California Public Utilities Commission suspends Waymo’s service expansion for 120 days. California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has put a temporary...

Real Estate Giant Funds LAPD Union Fund to Sway L.A. City Council Election in March

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

Santa Monica Company Responsible for LA’s Largest Mass Eviction Gives $400,000 Santa Monica-based Real estate investment trust company Douglas Emmett...

Santa Monica College Unveils 2024 Spring Jazz Series Lineup

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

Tickets for each concert are priced at $10 and can be purchased in advance The Santa Monica College Music Department...

Downtown Wellness Center Bridges Gap Between Psychedelics and Meditation

February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

The Center Has Partnered With Local Agencies and Gave Free Sessions to Around 500 Veterans in Two Years By Zach...