Great Music for a Greater Mission: Jazz at Drew 2019 Features Will Downing, the Ohio Players, Louie Cruz Beltran and More

Long-standing community concert returns for its 22nd installment featuring some of the most prolific names in jazz and R&B.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 30, 2019) – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is pleased to announce the full artist line-up for the 22nd Jazz at Drew concert to be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 on the campus of the University in South Los Angeles. This year’s event will be headlined by Grammy-nominated artist Will Downing, and also feature electrifying performances by The Ohio Players, Next, Louie Cruz Beltran and the Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal and Karen Briggs. Opening performance by LA artist, Ms. Toni Scruggs.

The annual concert is both a community event and a fundraiser for scholarships, student support services and pipeline programs that help interest youth from pre-K through high school in underserved communities in math, science and health professions as a career.  CDU, which features a College of Medicine, a College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing has been a champion of health equity and healthcare access to all since its founding in 1966.  The University has graduated or trained over 7,000 physicians, nurses, physician assistants, as well as allied and public health professionals over the last five decades.  

“The vast majority of physicians and other health professionals trained at CDU go on to practice in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles and throughout the nation,” explained CDU President/CEO David M. Carlisle, PhD, MD. “Funds raised by this concert will help the University with its mission of creating healthier communities in under-resourced areas.”

Platinum Sponsors: Cedars-Sinai, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Gold Sponsors: Comerica, ECMC Foundation, UCLA Health Geffen School of Medicine, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, AltaMed
Silver Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Gilead Sciences
Jazz at Drew Scholar Sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Cader Adams, LLP, Frederick Fisher and Partners  
Community Sponsors: Akerman, LLP, Aetna, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital
In-Kind Sponsors:  BizFed
Grocery Outlet, Compton
Panera Bread
Apple Spice Box Lunch Delivery
Not Your Mama’s Kitchen
Dolphin Event Services

Tickets are available now for the 2019 Jazz at Drew concert at or via phone at (323) 357-3669. For more information on Jazz at Drew as well as artist biographies and photographs, please see