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Take flight this summer outside the Amelia Earhart Regional Library. Honoring the famed aviator who had lived in North Hollywood and was known for her love of books, this special gathering will include a reading by actors Nancy Ma and Remy Ortiz and a jazz performance by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit education organization with a mission to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters.

Nancy Ma

Nancy Ma is an actress and writer, known for The Affair (2014) and Words Apart (2013).

Remy Ortiz

Remy Ortiz is an actor, known for Instant Family (2018), The Chicago Code (2011) and The Affair (2014).

Jesse Palter

Prolific singer-songwriter Jesse Palter comes from a long line of creative genetics. Her great-grandfather invented iconic award-winning shoes, including the platform, the slingback and the peep-toe. Her great-grandmother was Estée Lauder’s interior decorator. And her grandmother is a notable New York opera prodigy. So it comes as no surprise that when this diminutive dynamo hits the stage, you’re in for a real experience. And like all great art, it’s autobiographical. Like an open book, she’s working out snapshots of her life onstage. Palter wrote all of the songs on Paper Trail, her full-length debut album, with ten tracks of aggressive, piano-pounding pop-rock in the soulful vein of Carole King, Sarah McLachlan and Sara Bareilles.

Max Haymer

Award-winning pianist, arranger and composer Max Haymer has won second prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Haymer has toured with Grammy Award-winning trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval and performed with artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Denise Donatellia, Munyungo Jackson, Barbara Morrison and Mike Stern. He appears regularly at Southern California venues including the bluewhale, Catalina Bar and Grill, Disney Hall, Jazz Bakery, Vibrato and Vitello’s and was named a “rising star” by the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Dave Robaire

Los Angeles native Dave Robaire is widely recognized as a first-choice bassist for many touring artists and is also a regular member of Jane Monheit’s West Coast quartet. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, Robaire is an avid jazz educator and part of the jazz faculty at both California State University, Northridge and Pasadena City College. Most recently, he has taken on the role of Manager of Music at Sam First, one of the city’s hottest new venues for creative music.

Dan Schnelle

Drummer, educator and composer Dan Schnelle one of the most in-demand drummers in the Los Angeles area. Known for an intuitive ability to provide precisely what is necessary for each performance, Schnelle understands how to make other musicians comfortable, while bringing enough of the unexpected to his playing to keep it consistently exciting. Committed to musical excellence, Schnelle has collaborated with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles and beyond including Josh Nelson, Daniel Rosenboom, Anthony Wilson, Laurence Hobgood, Walter Smith III, Joshua White, Sara Gazarek, Larry Goldings, Philip Dizack, Dayna Stephens, Larry Koonse, Ben Wendel and Nick Mancini.

This program will take place at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, at 5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

There is a free parking lot adjacent to the Library as well as free street parking.

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