Firing Up Latin Jazz
Led by trumpeter Bijon Watson, the Latin Jazz Syndicate opens the Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series presented by Laguna Beach Live! at the Hotel Laguna Rose Garden on Wednesday June 8, 6-8 p.m.
Formed to explore the fusion of Latin and world rhythms with American jazz standards, the Syndicate is an all-star group of musicians led by trumpeter Bijon Watson and keyboardist-arranger-composer Carlos Ordiano, who have performed, recorded, or toured with top artists. The group’s infectious rhythms and energy are showcased in a repertoire of contemporary arrangements and original tunes.
Jazz Wednesdays tunes up in the outdoor Rose Garden of Hotel Laguna, 425 So. Coast Highway. Cover charge is $10 and a selection of drinks and food is available for purchase. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; reservations for groups of 8 or more need to be prepaid online or call 949-715-9713. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachlive.org/.
Choreographers Showcase New Dances
The 8th annual National Choreographers Initiative will present its public performance at the Irvine Barclay Theater on July 30 at 8 p.m.
The process for the National Choreographers Initiative begins with a three-week rehearsal in the dance studios at UC Irvine, culminating in a public performance where choreographers and dancers showcase the four new dance works they have created.
Each choreographer is given complete freedom to choose the style and theme of the work. Since its inception in 2004, 28 choreographers have been invited to create new work and 17 of those works have gone on to be performed with various companies around the country. Tickets for the performance are $30 and can be purchased through http:[email protected] or at (949) 854-4646.