Chris Jonas Brings "Music from the Deserts" to Santa Monica


February 22, 2024

Santa Monica Public Library's Soundwaves new music series welcomes saxophonist/composer/filmmaker Chris Jonas on March 2 at 3:30PM, for a special performance in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

During the 1990s Jonas lived in New York, performing with creative music legends including Anthony Braxton, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, William Parker, and Cecil Taylor, as well as leading his own groups. Now in New Mexico, his current project is a set of compositions for improvisers with an accompanying film entitled "Music from the Deserts."

Jonas will be joined by three acclaimed Bay Area performers: Cory Wright on reeds, Jason Levis on drums, and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, who is perhaps best known to Angelenos as the curator of the Hammer Museum's Jazz/Pop summer concert series.

Soundwaves was established by librarian/musician Jeff Schwartz and composer Daniel Rothman in 2016 to present cutting-edge music at the Santa Monica Public Library. It has received grants from the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library and the Amphion Foundation. Programs have included collaborations with the Angel City Jazz Festival, Piano Spheres, Jacaranda Music, Microfest, Cold Blue Music, and the dog Star Orchestra. A complete list of shows, with many videos, is at

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Parking is available underneath the Main Library, several bus lines and the Metro E line stop nearby, and there are bike racks. The Multipurpose Room is wheelchair accessible. Please call (310) 458-8600 to request additional accommodations.


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