Blues legend Roy Gaines with his orchestra closed out the 15th annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, with a heart-felt performance. The festival, held at the intersection of 43rd and Central, each year pays homage to the rich musical heritage of the “Avenoo,” as it was called during its heyday in the 1920s to 1940s.

This year’s event featured the annual panel discussion led by jazz treasure and trumpeter Clora Bryant followed by two days of music from performers including Bobby Rodriguez, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and the Los Angeles Unified School District All-City High School Jazz Band.