All summer long, The Hammer Museum at UCLA provides Los Angelenos with a necessary dose of arts and culture through their eclectic and exquisitely curated programs. One of our favorites on the docket: JazzPop!
Every Thursday evening, starting at 8:00 p.m., the Hammer puts on a mini jazz festival, perfect for acute and casual music lovers alike. Expect deep grooves, free jazz explosions, and music drawing from influences as diverse as vintage LA punk, acoustic blues, bebop, and Puerto Rican folk music.
The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas that illuminate the human experience and build a more just world. So come be illuminated!
Thursday, August 3rd – Mark Dresser Quintet
A group that can travel to outer sonic limits of jass and return to earth firmly rooted in the deep pocket of an infectious groove, the Mark Dresser Quintet feature some of Southern California’s most innovative and accomplished improvisers. The bassist/bandleader’s compositions share the same traits as his own extraordinary bass playing — dynamic, rhythmically complex, sonically powerful — and always full of surprises. “… completely fresh and innovative, yet filled with the blues at every turn… a joyride to experience” (All About Jazz).
Nicole Mitchell, flutes
Michael Dessen, trombone
Joshua White, piano
Michael Sarin, drums
Mark Dresser, bass
Thursday, August 10th – Roberto Miranda Quartet
As esteemed sideman with Los Angeles jazz heroes Bobby Bradford, Horace Tapscott, John Carter, and Kenny Burrell, bassist Roberto Miranda is known for his propulsive sense of swing, gorgeous tone, and generosity as an improviser and accompanist. In this rare outing as bandleader, Miranda features his own music for quartet — snakey bebop melodies and blues riffs nested in a weightlessly grooving rhythm section.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, viola
Wayne Peet, piano
Mekala Session, drums
Roberto Miranda, bass
Thursday, August 17th – Steuart Liebig’s Men-Tot Six
Electric bass wizard Steuart Liebig premieres a new sextet, combining the personnel and genre-bending sounds of two of his longstanding groups, the Mentones and the Tee-Tot Quartet. With band members steeped in the Los Angeles underground music scene, including seminal punk, avant-pop, jazz, and experimental music bands, Liebig’s Men-Tot Six traverses familiar musical landscapes — blues, jazz, country — all the while confrounding expectations with imaginative musical mashups that combine dobro and harmonica with drums, bass, and horns.
Dan Clucas, cornet
Tony Atherton, saxophone,
Bill Barrett, chromatic harmonica
Scot Ray, lap steel
Joe Berardi, drums
Steuart Liebig, electric bass
ALL HAMMER PROGRAMS ARE FREE
Ticketing: This drop-in program is not ticketed.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only.