Central Ave Jazz Fest kicks off 15th year in LA

Southland jazz enthusiasts can get their fill of live music this weekend at the Central Avenue Jazz Fest. The annual two-day street party begins tomorrow East Vernon Avenue and East Jefferson Boulevard. The free festival evokes the heyday of a stretch known simply as the “Avenue” from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Veteran blues guitarist Roy Gaines is on the bill. He says he’s fronting a big band for this weekend’s show.

“You know you can make music that have long shelf life," said Gaines. "Like you know, like you can make good cheese and you can put it up on a shelf and it’ll last a long time. You can take it down maybe a year or six months from now, the same thing with music. Music has pulse and beats.”

Gaines said visitors can also expect to hear some swing and a little Latin jazz. Vocalist Ernie Andrews and big band leader Gerald Wilson are also scheduled to perform.

For more details on the 15th annual Central Avenue Jazz Fest, go to http://www.centralavejazz.org.