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Dymally International Jazz & Arts Fest


Enjoy international jazz-Influenced sounds at the 3rd Annual Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival, Saturday, April 30th, from 1 to 10 p.m. Organizers say “The Cause is right, the music is tight.”

Kirk Whalum with special guest Kevin Whalum will be featured as the festival takes over two performing stages at the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium, 18400 S. Avalon Blvd. on the campus  of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson.

This cultural event is the primary charity fundraising event for the Dymally Institute’s Fellows and the CSUDH Presidential Scholars Programs. Proceeds also benefit the Sisters United Mentoring and Leadership Program.

The mission of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute is to build community and institutional memory, through a digital archive, of the history and contributions of African-American elected officials, business leaders, and community leaders who have influenced the progress of the State of California and the nation.

The institute is also designed to help develop the next generation of policy leaders and to engage the CSUDH community through cultural experiences.

International musical acts, an Arts Pavilion, retail merchandise vendors and more will be featured.

Pianist and Singer Avery Sunshine, is another one of this year’s featured artists, who along with headliner David Sanborn; the legendary Poncho Sanchez; the Original Wailers; and trumpeter Keyon Harrold will provide entertainment.

The Fernando Pullum Performing Arts Jazz Band will also be on hand. Based in Leimert Park, the band is from The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to at-risk youth and help them build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility, and achieve academic success.

“I was once a discarded kid, and through music I was able to enhance my life,” said director and founder, Fernando Pullum. “A teacher gave me that gift, and I would like to share that gift with my students and kids from our community.”

In addition to group discounts, members of Goldstar are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount off the price of tickets. For purchasing tickets through Goldstar, go to Readers can also purchase tickets at

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