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  • DILLA JAZZ at The Ford Celebrates J Dilla’s 50th Birthday
  • Jun. 25, 2024
  • DILLA JAZZ Featuring DJ Battlecat and Bilal, Plus J. Rocc and Special Guests, Celebrates J Dilla’s 50th Birthday in an Unprecedented Concert at The Ford

    Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 8PM

    Tickets on sale at

    Los Angeles (June 25, 2024) – On July 18, the Los Angeles Philharmonic proudly presents DILLA JAZZ, a groundbreaking musical experience that celebrates the 50th birthday of the late J Dilla with an unprecedented one-night-only concert at The Ford. This unique event explores Dilla’s rich legacy and showcases the cross sections of boom bap, hip-hop and jazz. DILLA JAZZ is produced in partnership with Just Jazz and Fusicology.

    DILLA JAZZ features Kevin “DJ Battlecat” Gilliam, architect of West Coast hip-hop and legendary producer (Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, The Game, Faith Evans, Tha Eastsidaz); iconic singer-songwriter Bilal; and Beat Junkies co-founder J. Rocc, with special guests Medusa The Gangsta GoddessDaru Jones, Cameron Graves, Cocoa Sarai, DJ Wyldeflower and The Pocket Queen, hosted by KCRW DJ LeRoy Downs.

    The late James Dewitt Yancey—better known as J Dilla—was one of the most celebrated and influential record producers of all time. Before his passing in 2006, he created beats for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Janet Jackson, the Roots, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Ghostface Killah, Common and a host of other artists, who exalted J Dilla’s uncanny and innate ability to defy the conventional sounds of hip-hop by breaking down the boundaries between hip-hop and jazz.

    From his earliest days as a member of Slum Village through his essential solo collection Donuts, Dilla treated hip-hop production like jazz: developing swinging rhythms, embracing imperfection and letting his samples speak to one another.

    Preceding DILLA JAZZ at The Ford, special celebrations of J Dilla will take place July 12 featuring Slum Village and The Pharcyde and July 14 with Common and Pete Rock at Von King Park in Brooklyn.

    For more information on DILLA JAZZ and to purchase tickets, please visit



    The Ford is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles, with a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Situated in a 32-acre park and under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, film and family events that are reflective of the communities of Los Angeles.


    Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Philoffers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today. 

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    HeART of COOL


    Laura Cohen

    LC Media