In a move that marks a combining of two key presenting powers on the L.A. jazz scene, the Jazz Bakery's board of directors has appointed Angel City Arts' Jeff Gauthier as the Bakery's first executive director. Gauthier will work closely with Jazz Bakery founder and president Ruth Price as the still-itinerant club continues to work toward opening a new space in Culver City.
In addition to being a musician with his own ensemble, Gauthier is a longtime force for good on the local jazz scene. He oversees the Culver City jazz label Cryptogramophone and Angel City Arts, a nonprofit organization founded by Rocco Somazzi that presents shows at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo as well as the annual Angel City Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Bakery will co-present this year's festival, and Gauthier describes his current role with the Bakery as primarily in an administrative capacity, assisting Price with its ongoing "Movable Feast" series as well as the organization's upcoming capital campaign in support of its planned new home to be designed by Frank Gehry.
While Gauthier couldn't speculate as to a timetable for the Bakery's return, he was optimistic about the work ahead. "We have to raise a lot of money to get this to happen," he said, explaining that a design and contractor are already in place. "But there’s a lot of good energy and interest."