Ask Chris: Are There any Tours Devoted to the Jazz History of L.A.’s Central Avenue?

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Q:Are There any Tours Devoted to the Jazz History of L.A.’s Central Avenue?

A: Whenever Duke Ellington or Billie Holiday came to Los Angeles, they stayed at the avenue’s Dunbar Hotel. The landmark still stands at the corner of 42nd Place and Central, and Sean J. O’Connell, the author of Los Angeles’s Central Avenue Jazz, will gladly meet you there for a neighborhood tour. Bring a few friends and he’ll jitterbug you to the Lincoln Theater and the former cribs of Ivie Anderson and Kid Ory. You can reach O’Connell at lajazztours@gmail.com. Just don’t forget to slip the cat 40 clams, dig?

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