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Special Jazz Living Legend Award for pianist Dave MacKay at the LAAC downtown

  • L.A. Athletics Club 646 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA, 90014 United States (map)

For nearly a decade, the Jazz Living Legends Award has been presented to artists who have enjoyed a career of at least 25 years as a jazz professional.  We are excited to announce that on Thursday, February 28th, Dave Mackay will receive the Jazz Living Legend Award!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Questions and reservations should go to Dave Ross, by replying to this email, or to

Dave Mackay

Grammy nominated pianist, singer and composer, right out of college, Dave became the house pianist at George Wein's Boston jazz club, Storyville. Then Dave spent the summer studying with Bill Evans, fresh from the Kind of Blue sessions, at the legendary Lenox School of Jazz. Dave then moved in with Jim Hall, and took phone calls from Sonny Rollins, who was trying to woo Jim, while Jim was too busy wooing Jane. All of this history, by the time Dave was 30.

Dave's compositions have been recorded by artists ranging from jazz great Cal Tjader, to million record sellers The Baja Marimba Band.  Dave has been a fixture at all the famous, as well as the forgotten, LA jazz clubs, in addition to performing at the leading jazz clubs in NYC, Boston and Chicago.

Dave fought the battle to preserve live jazz as part of the Grammy Awards telecast in the 1980s.

A Special Jazz Living Legend Award

Traditionally, the Jazz Living Legend Award is presented between sets at the Thursday Night Jazz Salon, a weekly program at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. However, because of Dave's professional stature, and personal popularity, we are devoting the entire Thursday Night Jazz Salon, on February 28, to honoring Dave. We hope the room is filled with Dave's friends, and that musicians and singers contribute their talents to making it a joyous occasion!

For those who are unable to attend the evening, the entire event will be live streamed, from 7 to 9:30 PM Pacific at:

Visiting the Los Angeles Athletic Club 

The Los Angeles Athletic Club is a private club, and so those who wish to attend Dave Mackay's award presentation will technically be guests of David Ross, a member of the LAAC, and can attend only by reserving a seat. There will be a $10/person cover charge for the evening, food and cocktails will be available for purchase, and three hours of parking will be validated.

The food and cocktails are serious and scrumptious, and terrifically priced, because they are priced for members. 

The Invention Supper Club, at the LAAC, is traditionally elegant. As guests, you are welcome to dress up, and minimum dress guidelines discourage jeans or collarless shirts. 

There will be a tip jar, so, if you enjoy the music, save a little for the musicians. You will hear a bandstand of great players and your tips make that possible. 

For your GPS, use 646 South Olive Street, LA 90014. This will take you to the parking garage entrance. Make sure to bring your parking ticket for validation.