Garden music

Jazz will once again be in full bloom this summer when Gardens of the World hosts its 16th annual Summer Jazz Concert Series.

The free series takes place on Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O.

The first concert Aug. 5 will feature the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra. The 16-piece, Thousand Oaks-based group will Americana songs heard over 100 years ago, including marches, show tunes, vaudeville songs and novelties.

On Aug. 12, Santa Barbara’s Ulysses S. Jasz band will perform authentic New Orleans jazz from the 1920s and ’30s.

The nine-member ensemble will present the works of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, with pop songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer.

The third concert on Aug. 19 will feature sounds from the prohibition and flapper era with Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. Dressed in vintage fashions, Klein will sing and play the ukulele.

The concert series will wrap up Aug. 26 with a performance by the 17-piece Angel City Big Band paying homage to jazz icons and performing modern swing jazz.

Attendees can bring lawn seating and picnics. Smoking, glass containers, alcohol and pets will not be allowed.

Free parking is available along T.O. Boulevard. Across the street, the T.O. Civic Arts Plaza offers paid parking. For details, email or call (805) 557-1135.

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