By Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian

The acclaimed LA jazz quintet Continuum appears Thursday August 29, at 7:30 p.m, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Santa Monica Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Formed in East LA in 1987, inspired by the great electric bands of the 1970s such as Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as the subtler sounds of Oregon and the ECM Records label, Continuum have developed a body of original work combining complex compositions, exciting grooves, and creative improvisations. This concert will be a special mostly-acoustic performance, in honor of the 99th birthday of bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.

The members of Continuum: Pablo Calgero (reeds), Daniel Weidlein (saxophones), Craig Ochibuko (keyboards), Al Garcia (bass), and Chris Garcia (percussion), are all successful bandleaders and sidemen. Drummer Chris Garcia is especially well-known for his work with the Frank Zappa alumni band The Grandmothers of Invention.

This show is part of Soundwaves, a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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