Jazz guitarist Jacques Lesure to recall Lighthouse Jazz Cafe history

Lighthouse guitarist Jacques performing at the Hermosa pier in 2017, during a celebration of the Lighthouse’s role in “La La Land.” Photo by Kevin Cody

by Emma Lehman

Every Monday night, Jacques Lesure can be found at the Lighthouse Jazz Cafe, on Pier Plaza in downtown Hermosa Beach, hosting jam sessions. The legendary jazz guitarist has performed with Pharoh Sanders, Bernadette Peters, Little Milton, and James Brown. In the Oscar-winning La La Land, Lesure is the Lighthouse band guitarist. 

On Monday, February 28, at 6 p.m., Lesure, who also goes by “The Guitarlosopher,” will discus “The Hipness of Hermosa: a look into the historical significance and impact of The Lighthouse in relation to the Global Jazz Scene.” 

“So many important artists performed and made records here,” he said.

Lesure was invited to give the talk by the Hermosa Beach Historical Society, as part of its Happy Hour with History series. Though the Happy Hour talks generally take place at the Historical Society Museum, Leisure will deliver his talk at the Lighthouse.

The regular Monday night jam session will follow the talk.

Lesure teaches jazz guitar at UCLA, sits on the Inglewood Arts Commission, and serves as a member of the Jazz Educators Network. 

For more about The Guitarlospher, visit JacquesLesure.com.

Tickets to his Monday night talk are $5 and can be purchased at HermosaBeachHistoricalSociety.org. ER


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