Asian Heritage Jazz Festival at the Aratani

The second annual Asian Heritage Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo (next to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center).

“The Asian Heritage Jazz Festival features some of the most renowned Asian jazz artists in America, who have made inroads on a national and global scale,” organizer said. “This festival strives to showcase the achievements of these artists, and to recognize the many Asian American musicians who have succeeded in embracing jazz, an original American art form.

“Jazz has become increasingly popular in Asia with the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia now the largest attended jazz festival in the world. It is now time to highlight and promote our local artists here in the United States.

“The festival also aims to promote and nurture younger artists who deserve wider recognition, but are unable to break into the mainstream world of major jazz festivals. To further insure the future of the Asian culture in embracing an American art form, the festival also plans to set up music scholarship opportunities to deserving talents.”

The event is produced by Apaulo Music Productions LLC, which has been producing music and concert events for over 15 years. From event coordination to full-scale concert production, Apaulo Music has produced numerous events, such as the Temecula Wine and Music Festival, Pacific Rim Jazz Festival, Grooves at La Quinta, Grooves at the Westin, and over 30 concert events in Hawaii.

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Tickets are $35 (Balcony 2), $40 (Balcony 1), $50 (Orchestra 3, Orange Section), $60 (Orchestra 3, Green Section), $120 (VIP with meet-and-greet reception), and $250 (sponsor).

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