The Jazz Bakery, the 23-year-old Los Angeles institution, is laying the foundation for its future home. The new Jazz Bakery Performance Space — slated to open in 2019 — will house a 266-seat theater, an interactive jazz museum and art gallery plus audio/video broadcast/recording facilities. among other features. It will be located next door to the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, Calif.
Models of the new venue were unveiled this past weekend as part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts’ Frank Gehry retrospective running through March 20, 2016. The famed architect (L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall) donated his design services for the Jazz Bakery, which will be built on a $2 million gift of land from Culver City. With a building goal of $25 million, the venue has also received a $2 million seed grant from the Annenberg Foundation.
The Jazz Bakery lost its former 200-seat Culver City rental space, the Helms Bakery building, in 2009. Established in 1993 by founder and artistic director Ruth Price, the venue welcomed such world-class jazz artists as Charlie Haden, McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Toots Thielemans, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride.
Price’s “Movable Feast” concert series continues this fall, and next year the NEA Artworks grant-backed series, “Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends,” will launch featuring Hubert Laws and Poncho Sanchez, among other musicians.