Do you love the sound of the big bands and do love jazz? This year's LA Jazz Institute festival is all about the big bands of the West and features LA's top jazz big bands during a three-day jazz extravaganza with concerts, panel discussions, and historic film showings from the LA Jazz Institute archives. Jazz fans travel to Los Angeles from all over the world to participate in this unique event. This year's theme is "Best from the West - Ultimate Big Band Experience" and features the big bands of Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin, Mike Barone, Steve Huffsteter, Kim Richmond, Roger Neumann, Scott Whitfield, Johnny Mandel, Tom Kubis, Phil Norman, Chris Walden, Rob McConnell and Bob Florence, as well as combos led by Ricky Woodard, Lanny Morgan, Doug Webb, and Carl Saunders. You'll see and hear the best of the best LA big band jazz musicians! 18 concerts in all! See lajazzinstitute.org for more information.