The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration!

The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration! Honoring the Legacy of Billy Higgins
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The World Stage returns to the Ford Theatres to recognize local jazz legend and L.A. native Billy Higgins. His profound contribution to the Los Angeles jazz community lives on in the work of the musicians he instructed and inspired. Performances by former students and jazz notables will honor Higgins’ prolific career.


Bennie Maupin, Hubert Laws, Patrice Rushen, Carmen Lundy, Dwight Trible, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamau Daáood, Kamasi Washington, Jaha Zainabu, and the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle.

Music Director: John Beasley
Host: LeRoy Downs
DJ: Mark Maxwell

Prices start at:

Adult: $30, $45, $60
Students and Children: $15

To receive a 10% discount off of seats for Tiers 1 and 2, enter the coupon code FRIENDS. This offer ends at 12:00am, Monday, August 18, 2014.

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Featured Video: The Legacy

Artist Bios

Dwight Trible

Recruited by the legendary Horace Tapscott to serve as vocal director of the Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra, he has collaborated with jazz greats like Kenny Burrell and Harold Land, and singers like Harry Belafonte and Della Reese.

-website: dwighttrible.com
-photo: Jeff Shaw


Carmen Lundy

An accomplished singer, composer, actress and painter, she was the Winner of the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

-website: carmenlundy.com
-photo: David Lovere


Bennie Maupin

He is best known for his collaborations with Herbie Hancock and his bass clarinet work on Miles Davis’s classic Bitches Brew.

-website: benniemaupinmusic.com
-“Bennie-maupin-1326016807” by W. Schwertmann – WikiPortrait. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bennie-maupin-1326016807.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Bennie-maupin-1326016807.jpg


Hubert Laws

A graduate of Julliard, this flute & sax player was a member of the Jazz Crusaders, has soloed with numerous orchestras, and was featured on Gil Scott-Heron’s classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

-website: hubertlaws.com
-“Hubert Laws” by Catalin Neacsu Seattle, WA – Hubert-Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hubert_Laws.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Hubert_Laws.jpg


Kamasi Washington

This Inglewood native combines serious jazz chops with an ability to collaborate with popular artists like Snoop Dogg and Raphael Saadiq. The LA Times raves that his upcoming record is going to “turn the world on its head.”

-website: kamasiwashington.com
-photo: Jeff Shaw


Patrice Rushen

She won a solo piano competition at the Monterey Jazz Festival, charted R&B singles in the 80’s, was Janet Jackson’s musical director in the 90’s, and in 2004 was the first female musical director of the Grammy Awards.

-website: patricerushen.com
-“Patrice Rushen 2010” by “Cowboy” Ben Alman – http://www.flickr.com/photos/rj3/4403228726/in/faves-24788065@N02/. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Patrice_Rushen_2010.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Patrice_Rushen_2010.jpg


Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

As musician, composer, and arranger, he has appeared on over 300 recordings, working with everyone from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre and Rihanna.

-website: miguelatwoodferguson.com
-photo: Jeff Shaw


S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi

Formed by Rene Fisher-Mims to spread the knowledge of West African Drum culture, this ensemble presides over a weekly drum circle at The World Stage.

-website: S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle
-photo: Jeff Shaw


Kamau Daáood

A poet, “word musician” and activist, he along with Billy Higgins was the driving force behind the founding of The World Stage. A selection of his poems is collected in The Language of Saxophones and recorded on the CD Leimert Park.

-website: Kamau Daáood
-photo: Jeff Shaw


Jaha Zainabu

A poet and visual artist, she has been featured everywhere from The World Stage to The Getty Museum, and appeared on BET’s Lyric Café. She teaches a weekly writing class at Nishati Vibrations in Inglewood.

-website: Jaha’s World
-photo: via http://www.myspace.com/jahazainabu