Legendary jazz artists Poncho Sanchez and David Sanborn will headline the third annual Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival on International Jazz Day—Saturday, April 30. Presented by the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute and Rainbow Productions, the festival will take place on the CSUDH campus at the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. (gates open at 1 p.m.).
“We are thrilled to share our internationalist mission through cultural art at a time when the world desperately needs solidarity,” said Anthony Asadullah Samad, executive director of the Dymally Institute. “The past two years have been physically and emotionally devastating. The city deserves the joy that comes from melodies that speak to the soul. We are using music and art to promote higher education thought.”
The afternoon promises an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, and spoken word on two stages, plus vendors and a world-class arts pavilion. In addition to Sanchez and Sanborn, musical performers include The Original Wailers, Avery Sunshine, Kirk Whalum with special guest Kevin Whalum, Keyon Harrold, the Fernando Pullum Junior Jazz Band, and more.
A signature event of the Dymally Institute, the festival supports the organization’s mission to develop the next generation of political and community leaders who will advocate for systematic change to combat inequality. With the goal of using music, arts and culture for creating pathways to success for African American families across the nation, the Institute is located at CSUDH and prepares students to examine political and economic structures that impact the Black community and other marginalized groups.
All proceeds benefit the Dymally Fellows Program, the Sisters United Mentoring and Leadership Program, and the Presidential Scholars at CSUDH.
Tickets are available through the Dignity Health Sports Park Box Office, via axs.com, or by calling 888-9AXS-TIX (888-929-7849).
For more information, call the Dymally Institute at (310) 243-2204.
Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium, 18400 S. Avalon Blvd. is located on the CSUDH campus in Carson.