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Descanso Gardens Music on the Main 2016

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Descanso Gardens and Corniche Entertainment are pleased to announce the line up for summer 2016.

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Thursday, June 9th – Summer 2016 kicks off with a Descanso debut appearance by pianist and producer Billy Mitchell’s 7 piece orchestra. Billy’s groups have appeared at many international festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Heineken World Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, and countless club appearances. His solo career has included appearances in film, most notably Clint Eastwood’s “Bird.”

Louie Descanso Arms

Thursday, June 16th – Dynamic percussionist, vocalist and entertainer Louie Cruz Beltran returns! Louie is a master conguero and performs a fun, energetic and engaging mix of Latin music, Latin jazz, R&B classics, originals and salsa. His appearances at major festivals including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl and Sunset (formerly Concord,) have cemented his reputation as one of the finest entertainers on the scene. Variety called his Playboy Jazz Festival appearance an “unexpected triumph of the day.”
photo by Jane Napier Neely


Thursday, June 23rd – Danny Janklow. Among the fiery young saxophonist’s many awards and accomplishments, Danny Janklow was awarded the first Outstanding “Triple” Soloist Award for Saxophones, Clarinet and Flute given by Wynton Marsalis at the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York.


Thursday, June 30th – A Descanso favorite, Betty Bryant returns for her fifth appearance at the Gardens. Her music is fun, bluesy, and infused with her wry sense of humor and her authentic Kansas City swing. She recently received a San Diego Bravo Award as a cabaret “Icon” and her piano playing and compositions are frequently featured on the CBS daytime TV show “The Young and the Restless.”


Thursday, July 7th – Nolan Shaheed was the musical director for Marvin Gaye, and lead trumpet player with the Count Basie Orchestra. Other acts he has worked with include Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker, Carole King, and Tom Waits. Nolan is a world record holding long distance runner as well as a beloved and immensely engaging entertainer.


Thursday, July 14th – Heartbeat Brazil leader Stephan Oberhoff has performed with and produced for a who’s-who of greats, including Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin – and so many more. He brings in an A List of musicians to perform the beautiful and sensual music of Brazil.

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Thursday, July 21st – Descanso audiences will recognize Mark as the curator of the Music on the Main series, but he is also a veteran performer. Mark makes his onstage debut with a quartet led by pianist Josh Nelson featuring Larry Koonse on guitar. Mark’s long awaited sophomore CD release, 2015’s “Crazy Moon” spent four months on the national jazz charts, and was named as one of the 15 top vocal jazz releases of 2015 by Jazz History Online.

NWG Sara

Thursday, July 28th – We are excited to announce that the 2016 series closes with one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world – the New West Guitar Group, featuring guitarists Perry Smith, John Storie, and Will Brahm. Appearing with NWGG will be the singularly talented and accomplished vocalist Sara Gazarek.”Gazarek balances fancy free notions, effervescence, carefree whims, fragile emotions, precocious pondering and humor in her work.” – All AboutJazz. “A rare chemistry…shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords, tight crackling interplay and complementary playing.” – The New West Guitar Group, Downbeat Magazine.


Music on the Main
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada, CA 91011

Thursday evenings, June 9th to July 28th. 6 to 7:30 PM. Lawn seating, first come basis. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, bottle of wine. Food and beverage available for purchase. Admission $9.00
Students and over 65 $6.00; Children 5 to 12 $4.00; Under 5 and Guild Members free.

All artists scheduled to appear. Lineup subject to change.

Please consider purchasing a Descanso Gardens Guild Membership to support this wonderful community resource!