Gardena Jazz Festival celebrates 19 years of melodies – Press Telegram

  • Cameron Evans listens to Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Daley performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz...

    Daley performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Daley performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz...

    Daley performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out during...

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stands during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Andrew Renfroe performs with Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual...

    Andrew Renfroe performs with Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out during...

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stands during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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    Officer Andre “11 David” Carter entertains during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tracey Waters gets help from a longtime friend...

    Tracey Waters gets help from longtime friend Keith Wilson at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Daley performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz...

    Daley performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jonathon Binson performs with Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual...

    Jonathon Binson performs with Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cameron and Chassidy Evans listen to Braxton Cook during...

    Cameron and Chassidy Evans listen to Braxton Cook at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Clippers' Chuck the Condor entertains at the 19th Annual...

    Chuck the Condor of the Clippers having fun at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out during...

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stands during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out during...

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stands during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out during...

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stands during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • State Senator Steve Bradford hangs out with the Soultrain Dancers...

    State Senator Steve Bradford hangs out with the Soultrain Dancers after their performance at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Festival founder and state senator Steve Bradford poses for photos...

    Festival founder and State Senator Steve Bradford poses for photos with his mother, Wilma Bradford, at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, collaborating photographer)

  • The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th edition of the City of...

    The Soultrain Dancers perform at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Decorations greet VIP guests at the 19th edition of the City of...

    Decorations greet VIP guests at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Festival founder and state senator Steve Bradford poses for photos...

    Festival founder and State Senator Steve Bradford poses for photos during the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual City of Gardena...

    Braxton Cook performs at the 19th Annual Gardena City Jazz Festival on Sunday August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

  • Decorations greet VIP guests at the 19th edition of the City of...

    Decorations greet VIP guests at the 19th Annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 28, 2022. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Music lovers gathered on Sunday August 28 in Rowley Park for the 19th annual City of Gardena Jazz Festival.

Jazz Funk Soul performers with Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr. and Jeff Lorber; Harvey Mason and the Chameleons; Marion Meadows and Alex Bugnon, Daley, Braxton Cook and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Band performed from morning till night to end the weekend.

The sounds moved nearby residents who didn’t even leave their homes, growing louder in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The event, started in 2003 by State Senator Steven Bradford, who represents Gardena in the state legislature, drew 10,000 attendees in its fourth year.

The Gardena Festival wasn’t the only music playing this weekend in coastal communities. Long Beach’s Houghton Park hosted the 11th annual Uptown Jazz Festival on Saturday.

Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy in “The Wiz” anchored the day. Another half-dozen acts kept the entertainment going from 11 a.m. to sunset.

The crowd spread out across the northern part of the park, visiting vendors, community groups and food trucks between dancing, visiting the beer garden or sitting and enjoying the music. Ninth District Councilman and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, who organized the event, said the theme of Recover, Rejoice, Reunite carried through throughout the day.

It was Uptown’s first recent jazz festival condensed into a day instead of an entire weekend. But there was no requirement to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests as was the case last year.

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Willie J. Johnson