Free Jazz in the Park at Bixby Bandshell

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Free concerts in the Bixby Park Bandshell will showcase the greatest Jazz composers.

Friends of Bixby Park is pleased to announce that it will host Free Jazz in the Park concert series beginning Sunday, July 1 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring Poly Jazz Combo. The series will run every Sunday from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. through the end of August. Poly Jazz Combo’s young and talented musicians will present two programs, taking place at Bixby Bandshell: “Great Jazz Composers” in July will highlight the works of Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter and “Masters of Jazz” in August will feature the works of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Myles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon.

“Poly Jazz Combo performed at our annual fundraiser at the Long Beach Museum of Art last February and they knocked everyone’s socks off. These guys are serious about their jazz!” said Friends of Bixby Park President Claudia Schou. 

The jazz concerts are open to the public, and concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket. Friends of Bixby Park has partnered with local restaurants, including Park Pantry, Olives Gourmet Grocer, Café Ambrosia and Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant, to offer concert goers picnic meals for $10 and under.

To order a picnic meal for the Bixby Park concerts, please call:

  • Park Pantry the Original – 2104 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.434.0451;
  • Café Ambrosia- 1923 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA, 562. 432.1098;
  • Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant- 1800 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562. 590. 8773;
  • Olives Gourmet Grocer- 3510 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.439.7758 or  5000 E 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA  562.343.5580.

A portion of the funds collected for picnic meals will be donated to Friends of Bixby Park’s Parcel 1 Renovation Project, slated to begin later this year.

Bixby Park is located on the corner of 1st and Junipero Streets in Long Beach-between Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave. For more information please visit

Friends of Bixby Park thanks Councilman Gary DeLong and Mayor Bob Foster for their support of Free Jazz in the Park.

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