Three-decade leader and legend of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms, Poncho Sanchez, lead the line-up for the City of Carson’s annual Jazz Festival scheduled for September 27.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Anderson Park, located at 19101 S. Wilmington Ave. in Carson. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Other jazz bands and artists slated to perform in the annual show include Jazz in Pink, Kristlyn Jazz Quartet, Mekiel Ruben Band, A. Ray “The Weeper” Fuller, Tizer, and Rick Parma-The Saxman.

Aside from non-stop jazz entertainment, the festival will kick-off the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and have free health screenings as a part of the Health and Wellness Expo.

The festival will also feature a wide variety of food, crafts and display booths, a kiddie area with carnival games and stage activities.

For guaranteed seating, V.I.P. seats are available and may be purchased in advance for $75 per person, which includes a meal and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

One of the longest running events in Carson, the jazz festival draws a huge crowd from all over the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, having topbilled such performers as Angela Bofill, Ronnie Laws and other big names in the jazz music industry.

For more information or to purchase a ticket for the event, please contact Dianne Thomas at (310) 632-0756 or Anderson Park after 3 p.m. at (310) 603-9850.