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September 26, 2017  


Multi-platinum selling R&B band joined by Sheila E., West Coast Get Down, DW3 and more at South L.A. music festival


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 7, 2017)  — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science announced today the full artist line-up for the 20th Jazz At Drew concert series to be held Saturday, October 7 on the University’s campus. Jazz at Drew’s mission is two-fold: to fundraise for CDU campus initiatives and to provide the South Los Angeles community with excellent entertainment as a part of its commitment to equip the area with the resources it needs to be a successful and thriving community.

Headlining the concert will be legendary Grammy-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire, who are ardent supporters of the fundraiser’s mission as well as the University’s mission of educating compassionate health professionals that are dedicated to eliminating health disparities by providing access to quality healthcare services to underserved populations.  This year's artist lineup will also feature Los Angeles’ own West Coast Get Down featuring Kamasi Washington,Miles Mosley, Cameron Graves, Ronald Bruner and more, drummer extraordinaire Sheila E, Latin soul group DW3, music pioneer Eloise Laws, and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Band who will be starting off the day’s festivities.

As one of the most chronically underserved areas in the county, South Los Angeles is not home to many large-scale concert events. As a result, residents often have to travel to other parts of town to see their favorite acts and spend hundreds of dollars on tickets to attend. Jazz At Drew has a multitude of pricing tiers to accommodate any budget and remain accessible, not just for enthusiasts in the know but also to local residents with a general interest in the festival experience. 

In its prime, Jazz At Drew was regularly referred to by top publications as a “potentsecret weapon for jazz in the Southland.” However, many journalists and high-profile enthusiasts lamented the fact that the event always seemed to have too low of a profile for the caliber of entertainment that it offered. Don Heckman, a veteran of both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, once commented: “One can only hope that this superb event will no longer be an insider’s secret.” Now in its second year of operation after a long hiatus, the re-emergence of Jazz At Drew signals the return of one of LA’s best kept secrets as an established entity within the local community and the greater Los Angeles jazz scene.

Tickets are available now for the 2017 Jazz At Drew concert series at or via phone at (323) 357-3669. For more information on Jazz at Drew as well as artist biographies and photographs, please visit ourFacebook page or
Going Metro? Take the Metro Green or Blue Line to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station.  It’s a 10-minute walk to the Charles R. Drew University campus, south on Wilmington Ave. Plan your trip on



CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. 

Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated, since its inception, more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants and over a thousand other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1000 nursing professionals, including over 600 family nurse practitioners.  CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit, and follow CDU on FacebookTwitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram(@charlesrdrewu) or call (323) 357-3669.


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