LeRoy Downs off to cover the 16th Annual Cape Town Jazz Festival

Capetown Jazz LogoThis is where the music brings the world together! On March 27th and 28th, artists from all over the globe descend upon Cape Town South Africa, the pinnacle of beauty surrounded by gorgeous blue water filling the air with the wonderful sounds of jazz music!

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My trip will consist of a few days in Cape Town followed by a short trip to Durban to explore the food, the culture and the music! durban_1885091bI will return with an article and I am sure a plethora of great information about our brothers and sisters from the motherland. The endeavor should include a Jazz Safari, a South Africa Cooking Safari, wine tasting, a fashion show, a visit to the top of Table Mountain, peruse through local markets and more!

Jazz music, food and culture is the only way to discover and explore any city or country.

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I look forward to seeing you upon my return!

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Kendrick Scott Oracle’s Final Destination the Blue Whale

The Oracle- The word “oracle” comes from the Latin verb ōrāre “to speak” and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction

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Another full house here at the Blue Whale, the best room in Los Angeles for premium quality sound. The benevolent and wise Joon Lee, creator of the club is back in town and the music never wavers.

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Kendrick Scott, the peaceful soul behind the melody, leading an all-star cast of cognition.P1080034Out front Walter Smith III with tenor logistics and Mike Moreno whose guitar fills the room with warm waves of echoing vibrations casting a blanket of love on us.

AG, Aaron Goldberg laying down melodic loveliness as the joy in his notes hold up the sound and reach out to caress us. Joe Sanders, whose tone becomes us as we feel the pulse, caressing and playing as he holds the lady close.
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Then, there is Kendrick, king rhythm, driving all roads with a suspension meets every bump and curve with a barrage of distinction. There is a force, a casual calm breeze with tenacious readings on the Richter scale but, we are not shaken as we willfully embrace the power of the music.

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Conviction, the title track of the last album, is about Kendrick addressing himself and asking questions to see if he is living by the standard and mores that are true and in sync with his being. While he searches to find the truth within himself, perhaps we will take that same look at ourselves, the good and the bad and learn from the experience.

They proceed with a Herbie Hancock composition, “I Have a Dream”. For these cats Heroes and legends have turned into peers. The inspiration has grown a new culture that respects, stretches, reaches and uses the environment of today to tell modern day stories while leaving a foot, or at least a few toes in the soil. One thing that any Master will tell you is to speak and be heard by the distinction of your own voice. Music is an art, a search and a journey that can imitate life and transcribe dreams.  A nocturnal spirit connected to notes and prayers.

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What I love about the Blue Whale is how the concentration of the audience becomes part of the sound. The silence is so precious and the blessings of sound bestowed upon us are so vast. We are a bundle of energy feeding and feeding off of each other. We are living inside the O of Oracle like an atom; one tiny dot in the Universe whose sound travels through the Galaxy emanating light and love.

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There is such a natural and strong bond between the musicians. Friendship and trust are key elements to cohesiveness. Songs are skeletons that are made human every night. They are familiar but never played the same. “Like Water” is a perfect example.
Bruce Lee, Master and lord of the art of Chinese Martial arts says that we should, “be like water my friend”, able to flow and adapt in an every adjusting world. Crash!
Lotus – a tune from the up coming album is sweet and calm as the sun and morning dew produce the elements for life a flower. We listen and imagine life evolving and unfolding before us.

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This band is together as a sound. No antics, no drama, no check me out, only the deepest respect and admiration of the beauty of compositions. Bringing them to life through their performance.

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Some of this new music will be featured on the next new Oracle album for Blue Note Records. Flying Lotus’, a derivative of Coltrane, composition that features the other Kendrick, Kendrick Lamar was performed by Kendrick Scott who composed this piece from Lamar’s rap. Brother Was, the Blue Note wise one, is reviving the legendary label by signing all of the young brilliance and making sure that when you search for that beacon of sound, the one that draws you near and begs the question ‘Who was That” after hearing the most intriguing vibrations, the epicenter is Blue Note records.

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Last set of the tour, the music tonight is on high, titled or untitled, it’s precious. “Milton” is the title of a John Ellis piece, young musicians inspired by young musicians, peers and brothers. Sanders is now is making his instrument weep, tears falling all off of those strings! Aaron’s sense of travel has velocity, while Mike rides on top of the melody. Walter’s tenderness abounds, there are no vocals but the sound sings!
Duke Pearson’s “You know I Care” is a standard but played like an original. Not with new changes and chord structures, but with simplicity, tenderness, respect and ownership.

neo spoonLaden with groove and direction that starts right here and points towards the future. “What the Oracle told you is only for you, Neo”. “Do not try to bend the spoon, that is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth; that there is no spoon”.

 

Be water my friend!

LDMJF

LeRoy Downs

 

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The Jazzcat on 89.9FM KCRW.com Sat March 7 @ 3am

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LD Rockin’ the airwaves at 89.9 FM KCRW.com. Spinnin’ from 3am to 6am question is, ARE YOU WITH ME! I guarantee you will here some of the most spectacular jazz music programmed seamlessly creating an experience we both will enjoy.

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LA, I know most of you are sleeping but, New York, Paris, Brazil, Copenhagen, Chicago, London, South Africa, let’s do it!

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Click KCRW to listen!!!!

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P1060079Bo Leibowitz is taking the night to relax and has given me the opportunity to stretch!!! Let’s see where the music takes us!

Listen and Enjoy!

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LeRoy Downs and Mark Maxwell on Rise 90.7FM KPFK.ORG This Sunday @ Midnight – 3am!!

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Sunday @ Midnight / Monday March 2nd @ 12:00am

Back once again to stretch, share and expand vibrations, positive buoyancy,  encourage, uplift and provoke thought while loving the creators, honoring the masters and blessing those with a thirsty ear for quality sonic experiences. JAZZ MUSIC!!! And to coin a phrase from our President, “Let Me Be Perfectly Clear”, mediocracy, redundancy and popularity are prohibited in exchange for a proclivity of pristine, progressive, organic, quality jazz music!

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It’s always a pleasure to share the airwaves with my man and yours Mark Maxwell. Come and join us as we mix, spin and blend sound experiences. Sunday Night / Monday Morning, the dawn of a new day on 90.7 FM KPFK.ORG

 

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All Music Television :30 Sec Promo

All Music Television :30 Sec Promo from Morning Music TV on Vimeo.

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All Music Television set to launch All New 24/7/365 Digital Music Television Network on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 featuring a series of exclusive, up close, personal and revealing interviews, recorded at the iconic Sonos Studio in Hollywood, Ca. with some of the hottest and brightest young stars in music today, including…

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Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winners Kris Bowers and, Marquis Hill,Los Angeles’ own super sax man Kamasi Washington and up & coming Northern California rapper Cash L3wis.

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Hosted by popular LA jazz radio personality LeRoy Downs and television personality Patricia Cage, All Music Television aims to bring music and musicians back to television. All Music Television is also set to launch a slate of new music programming, including Morning Music TV, Midnight Music TV, Weekend Music TV andBlowing Changes.

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The new shows, music, music videos, live music, festival and concert programming will be available online, 24/7/365 at www.allmusictelevision.net and in Los Angeles in 5.7 million television homes on KDOC 56 and in 923,290 television homes on KSMO 4 in Kansas City, MO. All Music Television programming will also be available on additional US television stations and International television markets in the Spring and Summer of 2015. Stay connected to All Music Television by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and be sure to visit our website to subscribe and receive weekly programming updates, music news, releases and reviews, concert reviews, free music, exclusive artist interviews, live music and more. All Music Television. Your New Television Home For Music. 24/7/365 Music Television For All.

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All Music Television in 2015!

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Hello Everyone,

Here we are at the beginning of a brand New Year with so much beauty ahead of us. Everyone has resolutions, new ideas, new projects, new ways of thinking and being and the real question is, “What are we going to do to contribute” to our planet? Well, All Music Television and Sonos Studios has gotten off to a great start with the first iteration of the All Music Television Network!

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Today we conducted interviews with some monsters in the music who are carving out paths of honesty, beauty and grace with their music and their accomplishments. Sonos Studio is onboard with the concept for a new television network. 2014 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill, pianist Kris Bowers and rapper Cash L3wis all came by the studio to share their knowledge,wisdom and stories about the music.

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Right off a direct flight from Philly and straight to the studio, Los Angeles’ very own Kamasi Washington joined host LeRoy Downs to talk about the new album, playing on the road with Chaka Khan and Harvey Mason and the life of a creative musician!

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The brainchild of television producer Fredrick Smith is to create a television network where people can come and experience all kinds of music.

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Not one that repeats and concentrates on the same popular music that you always hear, but one where young people are speaking, creating, singing and playing music that moves a new generation!

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Patricia Cage is the other host and she spent some great time getting to know Kris Bowers and the impetus behind the the multifaceted pianist.  Coming soon to a television near you! All Music Television! We will keep you posted!!!

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Jazzin’ in the Key of Sea!

Jazzin’ in the Key of Sea™ is the first in a series of multi-media programs that will open the worlds of Jazz, Classical, and great American music to children in an educational and entertaining way. The heart of this multimedia program is a series of animated stories, which teach students in fairly broad age range about Jazz, its history and its legendary performers.

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Make Music LA Holiday Flash Mob Concert at City National Plaza 2014!

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Calling out to all Musicians! Holiday Flash Mob in Downtown LA!!!!!!

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The holiday season is in full swing in Los Angeles and this year LeRoy Downs, the quintessential on-air radio personality and creator and producer of TheJazzCat.net, and president of Make Music Los Angeles will be celebrating a new tradition by producing a Holiday Flash Mob/concert on Dec. 18, 2014 at City National Bank Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. City National Plaza is located at 515 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA.

LeRoy Downs to produce ‘Make Music Los Angeles Holiday Flash Mob’ concert “There is no greater joy than the sights and sounds of the holiday season,” says Mr. Downs, “Earlier this year for International Jazz Day, MMLA participated in a Jazz Flash Mob at Union Station with The Jazz Education Network and Beyond the Bell, Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and later were asked by City National Plaza to help organize one for the Holidays! City National Plaza is also filming the event as a documentary, so this is truly a special occasion for musicians who are interested in furthering the mission of MMLA.”

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Now in its third year, Make Music LA invited Beyond the Bell, Branch of Los Angeles Unified School District and The Jazz Education Network to partner once again to coordinate this special musical event for City National Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. MMLA is calling out to all local musicians who are students, professionals and amateurs along with singers, choirs, groups and individuals to perform Holiday music. The event is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, and primarily wind instruments to join in this celebration. Come down to enjoy the fun, however to participate you must register at MakeMusicLA.org to download the music.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 8.32.03 AMTony White, this year’s Musical Director, will lead the musicians who will perform the songs in the spirit of a jam session. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “This Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” are the scheduled songs to be performed. White is a professional jazz musician, musical director, teacher, and philanthropist whose mastery of the tenor soprano and alto saxophone voices makes him the perfect headliner as well as the perfect mentor.

dorsay-founderDorsay Dujon, the founder of Make Music LA, started Make Music LA mainly because of the need to educate our children. “Music gives kids a sense of purpose. It gives them a sense of well-being and connectedness as they’re working in groups. But more than anything it helps them with everything else they’re going to do. It helps them with mathematics; it helps their cognitive skills, and boosts self-esteem,” says Ms. Dujon. MMLA is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 800 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

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For more information, please visit the Make Music LA Holiday Flash Mob website.

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Written by Paula Edelestein

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LeRoy Downs on RISE with Mark Maxwell Talking about the Holiday Flash Mob!

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Click, Listen, Register, Play, Love, Celebrate!!!!

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This Thursday Dec 18th @ 5pm @

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