Upcoming Performances at the Santa Monica Public Library

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

The Soundwaves new music series returns for three outdoor concerts this summer, featuring acclaimed performers presenting unique jazz-inspired music. Each concert is at 3:30PM on the first Saturday of the month, at the Pico Library Annex in Virginia Avenue Park at the corner of Pico and Cloverfield.

The West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio appear June 4. Led by drummer/composer Andrea Centazzo, they perform his compositions, drawing on his long career writing for film and classical groups and contributing to the development of European free improvisation and the Downtown scene alongside artists such as Steve Lacy, Derek Bailey, and John Zorn.

Dan Rosenboom’s quintet follows on July 2. Rosenboom is one of the top trumpet players in Los Angeles, appearing on major film scores, with the LA Philharmonic, and touring internationally with his own bands. He also runs Orenda Records, one of the most important LA-based independent jazz labels, which has released over 90 albums.

Violinist Lauren Baba plays last, with her quintet, on August 6. As a composer, she leads the Baba Orchestra big band. As a player, she has recorded on numerous film scores, accompanied rock and pop stars, and is a member of the Vitamin String Quartet. Her quintet features her as a soloist and improviser.

From 2016 to 2020 Soundwaves regularly presented free concerts of cutting-edge music at the Santa Monica Public Library, supported by the Friends of SMPL and the Amphion Foundation, including collaborations with the Angel City Jazz Festival, Piano Spheres, Jacaranda Music, Microfest, Cold Blue Music, and the Dog Star Orchestra.

The Virginia Avenue Park concerts are free and open to the public. There are no tickets or reservations. Free parking is available and the #7 Big Blue Bus stops at the park.