LeRoy Downs hosts the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival Sept 19th – 21st!!

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57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

The Place to be in the West where it all comes together. The line-up this year is CRAZY STUPID!!!! So much good music that you will be guaranteed not to sleep this weekend!!! A Celebration of the best music on the planet, JAZZ and you NEED to be here!!!! What could be better than 3 days in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula with the BEST in the music!!! You really can’t afford not to come. Whatever it takes!!! This will be an experience that you will treasure for an eternity!!!!!

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It has been such a pleasure to be your host for so many years at Monterey so, let’s do it again!!!!

LD on Stage in Monterey



Friday Night in Dizzy’s Den

Sangam 7:30p


 Red Baraat 9:30p

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Saturday Night Dizzy’s Den

The Philadelphia Experiment 7:15pm

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Christian McBride – Questlove – Uri Caine

Featuring Booker T



Charles Lloyd Gerald Clayton Duo 9pm

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 Billy Childs Quartet 10:45p

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Sunday Night  The Night Club Stage 

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Ambrose Akinmusire 6:30p


Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet with Ellis Marsalis 8:30pm

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This is not the entire line-up. YES, if you can believe it, there is so much more!!!

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 Clip from last years stream with Lou Donaldson

The entire festival is going to be outstanding with a well crafted line-up of extraordinary “Jazz Musicians”! Come to Monterey for the weekend and spend some time with us. I will be over at Dizzy’s Den and the Night Club so make sure to stop by,  say hello and enjoy the MUSIC!!!!!!

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See you here!!!!!

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The George Duke Legacy Project – Win a FREE Yamaha PR7 Digital Recorder

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We are in the final countdown to the official launch on Sept. 28th. That’s when the IndieGogo campaign for The George Duke Legacy Project goes live and you can become involved at various levels and benefits.  In the interim, The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is  presenting a sweepstakes to ‘start the buzz’ on the campaign by giving away a Yamaha digital recorder.


Click the picture above to enter and win  this awesome digital recorder and be an integral part of funding the recording of The George Duke Legacy Project !

George and ChristianFor over eight years, George Duke served as co-music director of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. During his tenure, George appeared in numerous concerts and benefits as soloist with the SJO, and in 2011 composed a new concerto for bass soloist Christian McBride and the SJO.

The project will raise funds through an Indiegogo crowd sourcing campaign for the:

  • Recording of George Duke’s “Bass Concerto” for Christian McBride & the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
  • Creation of the ASCAP/George Duke Commissioning Competition
  • SJO’s ongoing “Music in the Schools” residency programs in underserved communities throughout Southern California


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Click and enjoy the latest interview with HOLOPHONOR on Sounds and Colors Radio!

Holophonor 2014


Click above and listen to the Sounds and Colors interview with Holophonor!

Enjoy the brand new band Holophonor! 2014 graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz take on the future of the music together!


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The Jazzcat has a NEW APP for your mobile devices!!!!

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Yes indeed!! The Jazzcat has a new app that you can download to your mobile devices so let’s roll together. The app is full of content that contains radio archives, performance recommendations, articles, over 150 interviews with you favorite jazz artists and so much more. Download it and check it out!!!

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I built it on a platform called YAPP so here is how you download the app

 1) Click the link http://my.yapp.us/THEJAZZCAT

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Your phone or mobile device will direct you to your App store and ask you to download  the free application YAPP!

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2) Download it! Of course this will require that you remember you password!

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3) Once you do, it will ask you


a) Create a New Yapp?

b) I’ve Been Invited to Yapp or

c) I’ve Created a Yapp.

 The answer is “b” – Click I have been invited to YAPP

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The application will appear and then you can explore!!!

Lots to see, hear and read and I will be updating it all of the with content that I know you will enjoy!



LeRoy Downs





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Concert Celebrating 25 Years The World Stage Honors the Legacy of Billy Higgins

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Listen to LeRoy Downs Aug 9th &16th show on 89.9 FM KCRW.com


 Click Picture Above for Aug 16th show Below to Listen to Aug 9th show


Come join me for 3 hours of cutting edge progressive jazz at it’s finest. It’s not very often I get a chance to stretch for that length of time. If you believe and crave Freedom, Thought, Spirit, Love and Creativity in your music then be with me as we dance on the axis of spontaneity and beam with the sonic colors of sound!

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89.9FM KCRW.com

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Listen to The Jazzcat archives on The Jazz Journey on 88.9FM KXLU.com

Click Pictures below to listen to various shows


More Love, More Music! Jazz, the incredible sounds that allow us to interact with each other through sonic exploration not only of the music but ourselves! Come and spend one lovely hour as we tap into the roads less traveled and experience good, energetic, beautiful and progressive vibrations. It’s always so nice to be on the air playing, blending and creating a great jazz experience for you. Click the picture above and listen live


Click picture above for Sunday July 13th show. Only able to capture 30 mins…

Click Picture on left to listen to July 6th showLDatKXLU below will be archived after tonight!

We will talk about the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary Honoring the Great Billy Higgins concert at the John Anson Ford on August 24th   KXLU

Click KXLU 88.9 banner to listen live!!!

LeRoy Downs is taking the wheel of Eddie Becton’s Jazz Journey! Eddie has given me the keys to the jet again this weekend and said it was cool to ascend, take some sharp turns, and High Fly! I always look forward to sharing great jazz music with you. Should be fun adventurous and beautiful! Listen to June the 6th great hour of progressive loveliness by clicking my picture. TWS New Poster
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have so much to talk about. There are some fantastic concerts that are just around the corner and I don’t want you to miss out! Let’s play some music and talk about it!!!!     4451 Brother Becton might be back next week but if not, we will take flight again!!! You can click the picture of Eddie and I for a show that we did together in Nov of ’13. Please tune in at

7pm PST


89.9FM or KXLU.Com


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3 Hour Radio Tribute to the Great Charlie Haden on KCRW



Bo Leibowitz and I celebrate a life time of music as we dedicate 3 hours to the beloved Charlie Haden on 89.9 FM KCRW.com. Click the picture above to listen…..


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LeRoy Downs TONIGHT Saturday Morning July 12th @ 3AM Tribute to Charlie Haden on 89.9 FM KCRW.com

P1060079 Click Picture above to listen to the Archive of May 17th 2014 show!!! Click picture of Charlie Haden below for the tribute dedicated to the life of the Great Charlie Haden.

May his soul rest in peace!

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Come and join me @ 3AM TONIGHT Friday Night / Saturday Morning as I appear alongside 89.9 FM KCRW.Com Jazz host Bo Liebowitz!! P1060080 P1060081 P1060082 P1060083 P1060084 P1060085 P1060087 P1060088 P1060089 P1060091 P1060095P1060076

  Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs trading sets of the finest jazz!!!

  Saturday July 12th

3am – 6am Los Angeles

 Progressive Jazz Music Lovers from all over the world UNITE!

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To Listen Click KCRW Above

It will be cognitive jazz science as usual as Bo and I trade sets to create an experience in the music. A Pre-eminent, Progressive, Sonic Experience in Jazz!!!! Don’t Sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A New Way to Learn from the Best in the Business with “INTO THE SHED”!!

   Into Shed Musicians

It used to be, once in a blue moon, a student of jazz will get a rare chance to hang backstage with a big named GRAMMY-winning artist who came through on tour. But now, with intotheShed.com (https://intotheShed.com), that same student can access a plethora of big names on a daily basis! intotheShed is an all-in-one platform for creating, promoting, selling and teaching live, high-quality, video lessons, as well as, building a community around the top jazz artists in the world and the people interested in studying with the best.


With so many budget cuts in music programs across the country, many colleges and universities can’t always afford to fly in top jazz artists, but with intotheShed, virtual masterclasses are an affordable, personal and effective reality. We can even facilitate virtual adjunct professors via intotheShed for schools who are looking to offer their students extremely high-end talent, but can’t afford to have such a teaching artist on campus. But with intotheShed, students can still meet with their adjunct professor on a weekly basis even if that professor is on tour in Tokyo.

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There are many different ways to give live video lessons, but there wasn’t a single platform that made the entire process dead simple and brought the best-of-the-best all to one website. In just a few of a clicks, teaching artists can create, schedule, promote and sell a lesson. The buying process is equally as fast and simple and the teaching artist receives payments direct to their bank account in 2 business days. Every step of the process is handled in one place. It’s well organized, secure and the quality of the video is amazing. In our testing, we’ve experienced no lag time and can play together in real time.

  • Send direct lesson requests to the top artists in the world
  • Be notified as soon as your favorite artists open lesson times
  • Scheduling and organizing lessons all in one place 
  • Give 1-on-1 OR Group Lessons
  • Secure, simple payments direct to your bank account in 2 business days 
  • Downloadable Excel report of lessons taught and money earned
  • High-quality video
  • Promoting lessons on social networks are a snap with a single click
  • Creating a community of top artists and dedicated students supporting an environment of learning and growth
  • Study with GRAMMY & EMMY winners, celebrated phenoms, and highly accomplished jazz professionals 
  • Free, easily editable, attractive profile page to promote your artistry and available lessons.

Moving forward, the more successful we become, the more we can give back. We’ll be able to go into troubled schools and provide equipment to have live video lessons. We’ll be able to giveaway free lessons to students and families who can’t afford them. The more people that use intotheShed, the more we can help others, enrich the landscape of jazz education and grow this music we love.

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Where does the phrase “into·the·Shed” originate?

In jazz, when a person goes into the shed, they are said to be diligently practicing with a focused intensity beyond the norm. “The shed” is a time and a place when a musician works to break through whatever wall or limitations they are seeking to overcome and will only emerge when they have done so. intotheShed’s featured teachers, are masters of their instrument, their sound and their artistry and are intimately familiar with the shed. Join us. Get great.https://intotheShed.com

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