Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jazz Heaven Class

by Kim (writer), Los Angeles, September 30, 2007

As one is driving on the busy and congested Crenshaw Blvd. traveling south on a Saturday afternoon between 12 and 2pm, take a breath of fresh air and stop in a cultural haven just a few blocks east of Vernon Ave.

At the middle of the block on Degnan Blvd off 43rd Street is the home of the World Stage sitting in the hub of Leimert Park.

As you enter the door you are invited in to join a Jazz Journey. You find yourself surrounded by the great artists such as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Billy Higgins the father of the World Stage.

Aspiring and ardent pupils are carrying the soulful torch of the spirit of Jazz through their individual creative expression.

Spiritual statements such as "Blues Seven" to Sultry Ballads such as "But Not for Me" are taken on by the musicans.

Concert Flutes, An Alto Flute, Tenor Saxes, Alto Saxes, Clarinets, Trumpets, blend with a tantalizing rhythm section of a piano, bass, and drummer to complete works of art.

But it is more than a performance, more akin to a work of art fashioned, shaped, molded, and birthed after weeks of work.

A community of friends from near and afar are welcomed weekly to learn, grow, and share the essence, euphoria, and love displayed through the music.

Guests are welcomed to sit in and bask in the musical journey.

One is taken back decades to an era of musical genius and driven to places never experienced in music each Saturday.

The World Stage Saturday Jazz Workshop is led by the instructor and bassist Latif. He teaches not only the ABC's of learning to play Jazz but infuses one with the very essence of it.

Musicans from all walks of life come to create new musical life and keep the original flames going for the preservation of a true art - Jazz

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Kim is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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