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Tabari Lake Quintet | Performance at Sam First Bar

February 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Photo by Jacob McCalsin

Tabari Lake Quintet
Performance at Sam First Bar
February 3, 2019 – two sets 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tickets: $20 | Get Tickets Now
6171 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

18th Street Arts Center’s eighth Make Jazz Fellow is Los Angeles based bassist Tabari Lake. A native of St. Thomas USVI, Lake grew up admiring the bassists in the local bands that would play during carnival festivities. He began his musical education at the local public school, first on steel pan, then clarinet, and finally finding his voice in the electric bass. Lake’s continued musical growth led him to relocate to the mainland to continue his education and dive deep into classical, and jazz studies. Lake quickly learned that he existed in a dichotomy: both jazz and calypso, both classical and hip hop, both foreigner and American.

Tabari has bachelor degrees of Bass Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production and a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) from Berklee College of Music. He has performed with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Dion Parson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joey Alexander, Victor Provost, Russell Gunn’s Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Tia Fuller, and Sting among others.

During his Make Jazz Fellow Residency, Tabari Lake will debut his first full-length work, set to explore the conditions of Virgin Islands identity and politics through the lens of the young USVI native. Lake hopes to illuminate the beauty of the sights and sounds of “America’s Paradise,” and to spark dialogue about what it means to exist in a constant duality: as a carrier of your culture and as a contemporary artist.

Tabari Lake’s Make Jazz Fellowship is generously funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation.

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Sam First is located on the East side of the building at 6171 W. Century Blvd, right in front of the Marriott Courtyard and West of Hilton Homewood Suites.


For easy access, metered parking is available on Vicksburg Ave and 98th Street as are several nearby parking lots (Quikpark on Vicksburg Ave & Joe’s AutoParks on W Century Blvd). There are eight parking spots in the rear of our building that are marked Sam First and that are available for free parking at the bar first come first serve. On any Jazz Night, Joe’s Auto Park, 6151 W. Century Blvd, will give a reduced rate of $2 an hour for up to four hours when you present your Sam First receipt.   


February 3, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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18th Street Arts Center


Sam First
6171 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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(424) 800-2006
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