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Descanso Gardens Music on the Main, Summer 2017

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Descanso Gardens and Corniche Entertainment are pleased to announce the lineup for this summer’s
Music on the Main series.

Thursday, June 15th – Yuko Mabuchi

Yuko started playing piano at the age of four in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. Since her arrival in Los Angeles in 2010 she has gained a loyal fan base and a reputation as a virtuoso pianist who also is extremely entertaining and exciting to watch. Her sparkling technique combined with a natural gift for showmanship recalls the greats of yesterday like Dorothy Donegan and Hazel Scott, while retaining her own fresh, contemporary approach.

Thursday, June 22nd – Dr. Bobby Rodriguez

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Latin legend and Grammy Nominated Artist, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer, entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author and educator. He is an active speaker and clinician who has dedicated his life to helping to promote music. This self described “East LA success story” makes his Descanso Gardens debut.

Thursday, June 29th – Kathleen Grace

Kathleen Grace has forged a remarkable career which has sent her around the globe, playing for a worldwide audience whose diversity reflects her own eclectic musical tastes. Exploring the nexus of jazz, pop and country, Grace is a naturally exquisite singer and songwriter, whose soulful instincts are skillfully honed by her solid experience in jazz and blues.

Thursday, July 6th – Gina Saputo

Gina Saputo is a vocalist, entertainer, clinician and arranger who possesses a warm, rich voice and solid sense of swing. A graduate from the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC where she was awarded the Barry Manilow scholarship for all four years, Gina always connects to audiences with a self assured stage presence, solid musicianship, and a clear, pure sound.

Thursday, July 13th – Lolly Allen

Lolly Allen’s music “…conjures the lanky, leisurely feel of Milt Jackson, her roomy rambles open up the spiritual spaciousness of Walt Dickerson, and her smooth flair for Latin rhythms recalls Cal Tjader.”– Downbeat Magazine. Lolly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and is as entertaining to watch as she is interesting to hear.

Thursday, July 20th – Lado B Brazilian Project

Los Angeles’s highly recognized arranger/producer Otmaro Ruiz and international recording artist Catina DeLuna joined forces in 2015 to release their Portuguese version of “The Girl from Ipanema.” The recording was nominated in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. Otmaro and Catina bring the sensual music of Brazil to the gardens with an all star group.

Thursday, July 27th – Spencer Day

Audiences around the world have enthusiastically supported Spencer Day for over ten years at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Boston, and The Craig Ferguson Show. Spencer is widely regarded for his original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics and lush arrangements.

Thursday, August 3rd – John Altman

John Altman has achieved international success as an arranger/conductor. Among his hit records have been Simple Minds “Streetfighting Years,” Rod Stewart’s “Downtown Train,” George Michael’s “Kissing a Fool,” among many others including perhaps his most famous arrangement – Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” A frequent guest conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John is also a highly accomplished jazz musician, lauded by respected critic Don Heckman as “one of the few film composers with authentic jazz skills.”

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Concerts are Thursday evenings, 6 to 7:30 PM
Lawn seating. Picnics allowed – no pets.
Concerts included with admission to the gardens.

General $9
Seniors 65 and over/Students with ID $6
Children (5 to 12 years) $4
Descanso members and children under 5 are free.