The Jazz Bakery, Southern California’s premiere presenter of America’s great musical art form, and Santa Monica’s New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village, have formed a partnership that will provide a home base for The Jazz Bakery’s regular concerts in the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater.  With a grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, this collaboration will also create a variety of new music enrichment experiences for the students at New Roads School.   

The Jazz Bakery is thrilled to have a new home base at the beautiful Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The scale, location and instructive surroundings are a pitch perfect fit for the fabulous artists that we work with,” said Jazz Bakery founder and artistic director Ruth Price

“We are delighted to welcome The Jazz Bakery as a permanent part of the New Roads School family and the Herb Alpert Educational Village,” said head of school Luthern Williams. “As a cultural, intellectual and artistic hub, New Roads is proud to partner with The Jazz Bakery, bringing world-class performers to audiences in Los Angeles and to collaborate on programming to cultivate a new generation of jazz music fans within our own student body and the larger community.”  

The Jazz Bakery was founded in 1992 by Ruth Price, current President and Artistic Director. In 2009, after 17 years of concerts held exclusively in Culver City’s Helms Bakery complex, The Jazz Bakery began hosting performances in a variety of venues around the Southland, including The Moss Theater.   

The Moss Theater is a 350-seat state-of-the-art venue with acoustics designed by world renowned Yasuhisa Toyota, designer of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Onsite dedicated parking, a spacious lobby and an intimate courtyard are details that enhance concert-goers’ experience. The partners plan to add high quality snack and beverage options for attendees.  

In addition to hosting ongoing concerts, New Roads School and The Jazz Bakery plan to collaborate on a number of other musical enrichment activities that will be offered to New Roads students and young people throughout Los Angeles, particularly those who may not have access to the arts. The Herb Alpert Foundation has provided funding for both of these organizations and sees this partnership as a means to enrich and expand a spirited and inclusive community that supports the arts. Master classes with visiting artists, a Jazz Speaker series, internships and apprenticeships are among the new activities planned by the partners. The Jazz Bakery is also excited to be hosting the Quincy Jones Urban Jazz Camp, a summer program for aspiring musicians, slated to begin in 2019 with a grant from the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium. 

The Jazz Bakery generally offers over 50 concerts per year. Upcoming performances at the Moss Theatre include (subject to change):  

Celebrating 60 Years of Bossa Nova with Sergio Mielniczenko Sat., 10/6
Benn Clatworthy, System 6 “Big Little Band” Sun., 10/7
NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson Sat., 10/13
pianist George Colligan trio Fri., 10/19
Circuit Rider – Ron Miles w/Brian Blade & Bill Frisell Thr., 10/25
Rock the Vote w/ saxophonist Azar Lawrence Sat., 10/27
Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio Fri., 11/16
Les McCann vocalist / keyboards Sun., 11/18
vocalist Carmen Lundy Sun., 12/2
vocalist Kurt Elling quintet Fri., 12/14
Candlelight Carols Judy Wolman’s “Sing Sing Sing Along” Sat., 12/22
drummer Peter Erskin trio Sun., 1/13/2019
trumpeter Jeremy Pelt quintet - Black Art Collective Sun., 1/27
Ralph Peterson Big Band Fri., 2/22
Grégoire Marat w/Kenny Werner Fri., 3/1
NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Fri. 3/29, Sat., 3/30, Sun, 3/31
violinist Regina Carter Sat. 4/13, Sun. 4/14
guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio Sat. 4/20
pianist Alan Broadbent w/ Tierney Sutton Fri. 6/14, Sat. 6/15, Sun. 6/16


Concerts begin at 8 pm.  Admission: $35 to $25 for Students 21 and under. (…Times and prices subject to change.) 

About The Jazz Bakery and the New Roads School


The Jazz Bakery was started in 1992 as a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving America’s greatest musical art form, keeping jazz alive by  presenting Jazz legends and cultivating new audiences and emerging talents. Over the years, it has presented hundreds of the most acclaimed musical talents in the world, including Marian McPartland, Billy Childs, Max Roach, Jim Hall, Charles Lloyd, McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Kurt Elling, Pharoah Sander, Eliane Elias, and Dianne Reeves.  Support comes from ticket sales as well as dedicated donors and foundations. 

New Roads School

New Roads School is a K-12 independent school in Santa Monica, CA. New Roads is a school that looks like LA - a diverse, entrepreneurial community of learners, dreamers, and innovators. Diversity is at our core of our institution, an inspiring, inclusive, intellectually and creatively rigorous learning community that prepares students for college, career, personal fulfillment, civic life, and for contributing to the common good.