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JOTL 2017 Banner 500pxW Jazz on the Lawn returns for its 12th season!

Grab friends, family and dancing shoes for free concerts in the park. A sampling of genres curated through the jazz lens, free dance lessons, intermission performances (on select dates), and some of the area’s finest food trucks will be presented in the newly renamed Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park).
LOCATION: Gandara Park is located at 1819 Stewart Street. Park amenities include a children's playground, restrooms and limited accessible parking.

BIKE SHARE & BIKE VALET: Take your bike or a Breeze Bike Share rental to the concerts. There's a Breeze station at the park! Free bike valet available in the Gandara Park parking lot, 1819 Stewart Street.

BIG BLUE BUS: Ride Big Blue Bus Route 5 to the concerts, with a stop in both directions on Olympic Blvd. at Stewart St. A roundtrip fare is $2.50--go cashless and download the mobile ticketing app from Token Transit. Plan your trip at

EXPO LINE: Gandara Park is an 8 minute walk from the 26thStreet/Bergamot Expo Line Station. Walk east on Olympic Blvd. and turn right on Stewart Street to reach the park. Click HERE to plan your trip.

PARKING: Free Parking is available after 3:30pm in the Agensys lot located at 1800 Stewart Street, a half block north of the park.

ACCESSIBILITY: A section of parking spots will be reserved for accessible parking in Gandara Park's lot. Vehicles must have a government-issued accessible parking license plate, placard, hangtag or sticker. The entrance to the Park's parking lot will serve as a drop-off location. A parking attendant will be staffing the lot. The park and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you are using a wheeled mobility device, the walking or bike paths can be used to traverse the park. To view the concert, travel over grass will be required. The grass can be uneven. For assistance with accessibility accommodations, contact the Cultural Affairs Division at least one week prior to the event at 310-458-8350; TTY 310-458-8696; or



August 6th, 5-7pm

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Come early for a swing lesson with Marshall Watson Facebook Logo 24px  & Chelsea Beach from 4:30-5pm!

The Big Butter Jazz Band presents their upbeat, catchy, traditional New Orleans jazz that will get feet shuffling and fingers snapping. A free swing dance lesson at 4:30pm will be led by Marshall Watson, professional swing dancer and DJ, along with his dance partner Chelsea Beach.

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August 13th, 5-7pm

The Yuko Mabuchi Group  Facebook Logo 24px
Intermission Performance by the Samohi Jazz Combo 6pm Facebook Logo 24px 

 Contemporary jazz quartet The Yuko Mabuchi Group showcases their variety of influences, from smooth and Latin jazz to international music. A first-ever intermission concert will be presented at 6pm by the SaMoHi Jazz Combo, comprised of advanced jazz students from the larger SaMoHi Jazz Band program.

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August 20th, 5-7pm

Jessica Fichot  Facebook Logo 24px

 Jessica Fichot, French chanteuse and accordionist, will take the audience on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition and into the lands of gypsy jazz, 1940s Chinese swing and international folk.

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August 27th, 5-7pm

Susie Hansen Latin Band Facebook Logo 24px
Come early for a salsa lesson with Laura Canellias from 4:30-5pm

The Susie Hansen Latin Band brings their raucously fun and upbeat salsa and Latin jazz compositions that will bring the audience to their feet. A free salsa dance lesson will be offered at 4:30pm with Laura Canellias.  

Susie Hansen Group
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Last updated: 8/22/2017
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To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.