Click and Listen to The Jazzcat’s July 25th show on 89.9 FM KCRW!!

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Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

Once again back on the air at 89.9 FM KCRW.COM sitting in for Bo Leibowitz spinning a menagerie of sonic brilliance by many unsung heroes of the music!

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Click Picture above for 3 fantastic hours of JAZZ!!!!

It is an intentional, mental foray into brain, body and sound; spontaneously crafted from organic creativity leading you down the black hole of euphoric ponder. An experience, not just songs played on the radio. What does it all mean? I won’t even know until after the nebulous sonnet has concluded.

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I’m just sayin’ tune in for a great night/morning of good music! As usual I have scoured my record collection and have selected way too many cd’s to carry into the studio but, they will for sure help me in carving out the most delectable sound experience for you!

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July 25, 2015

Saturday Morning

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3AM to 6am Pacific Standard Time

3 Hours of Progressive, Eclectic Jazz for you dome!

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The Light is ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Make Music Los Angeles Mass Appeal Events today!!!!!

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Make Music LA Concerts June 21st All Over Los Angeles!!!!

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Listen to the 3 Hour Tribute to Ornette Coleman with The Jazzcat and Bo Leibowitz on KCRW

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3 hour tribute to the Great

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Bo Lebowitz and LeRoy Downs spinning a musical tribute to one of the most daring, path carving, brilliant innovators in Jazz, Mr. Ornette Coleman.

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His inspiration has lead many on the search inside themselves for true, honest,original  sound! The Texas Blues! May his soul rest in peace!

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If you missed,  click on pictures up top and join us again! Originally broadcast @ 3AM  Friday Night / Saturday Morning on 89.9 FM KCRW.Com  on Strictly Jazz!!

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  Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs trading sets, sharing stories and honoring the life of  one of the finest men in jazz!!!

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  Saturday June 13th

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3am – 6am Los Angeles

 Progressive Jazz Music Lovers from all over the world UNITE!

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To Listen Click KCRW Above

 Don’t Sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LeRoy Downs Hosting Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz at The Blue Whale!

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Saturday June 6th

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Jungle Jazz At The Blue Whale

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With your host LeRoy Downs

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Special Guest Katisse Plays with the Santa Monica High School Bands at Catalina’s!

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The George Duke Legacy Project – Symphonic Jazz Orchestra announces George Duke Commissioning Prize

Major crowd funding campaign pays homage to the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’sco-music director and legendary composer/keyboardist

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To honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO has recently opened the George Duke Commissioning Prize competition to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 17th. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO blending jazz & classical music – and more. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the 67-piece SJO in 2016/17 and entered in to the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

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The late composer and keyboard player, George Duke (1946 – 2013), was a peerless musical innovator and creator, as well as a mentor to many. His output as a recording artist was vast, from collaborations with Cannonball Adderly to Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa to Dianne Reeves, to over 40 albums as a solo artist. Simply put, George Duke had a major impact on the landscape of jazz, r&b, funk, pop and classical music.

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Created in 2002, the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, and George Duke.

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The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra/George Duke Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and the Bart Howard Fund.

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For eligibility and details how to apply for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra/George Duke Commissioning Prize, please visit www.SJOmusic.org or call 310-876-8130.

Los Angeles – George Duke was a musical innovator, creator, and mentor to so many. His legacy as a recording artist is vast, from Cannonball Adderly to Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa to Dianne Reeves, to over 40 recordings as a solo artist. Simply put, George forever changed the landscape of jazz, r&b, funk, pop and classical music.

George-Duke-with-SJO-1-1024x558For over nine years, George Duke served as co-music director of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.  During his tenure, George appeared in numerous concerts and benefits as a soloist with the SJO, and in 2011 was commissioned to compose a new concerto for bass soloistChristian McBride and the 67-member SJO.

 

To honor the memory of George Duke, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is launching the much anticipated “George Duke Legacy Project.”  This project encompasses thespirit of “Playing It Forward,” by celebrating George’s music and creating new musical opportunities for the next generation.  To that end, funds raised for the George Duke Legacy Project will make the recording of his tour-de-force “Bass Concerto” a reality.

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For information about the exciting benefits of being part of this project, please visit our George Duke Legacy Project website by clicking here  or call 310-876-8130.

 

You can be a part of George Duke’s Legacy and “Play it Forward!”

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About the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra

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Created in 2002, the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is uniquely dedicated to:

 

  • Commission and perform symphonic jazz compositions, a musical genre that blends the American language of jazz with European orchestral traditions.
  • Educate and inspire the next generation of listeners through its Music in the Schools residencies, Community Outreach Program, and free student and community concerts.

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Over the course of its 13-year history, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO), lead by music Director Mitch Glickman, has commissioned and premiered 16 new works featuring such leading jazz artists as George Duke, Peter Erskine, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, and The Yellowjackets. Through its Music in the Schools program, the SJO has served over 40,000 young people and their families across Southern California.

 

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.

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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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LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat” May 2nd & 9th shows on 89.9 KCRW.com

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Hello All!

Hope you had a chance to listen to the show, it was really a beautiful 3 hours. I was only able to capture 2 hoursof super fantastic music on 89.9 FM KCRW.com, but please click and enjoy!!

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Click on 1st Logo for May 2nd show, 2nd logo for May 9th show 3 Hours each!!!

As usual I have scoured my record collection and have selected way too many cd’s to carry into the studio but, they will for sure help me in carving out the most delectable sound experience for you!

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Ticket Give-A-Way

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Some real nice surprises for you and invitations to some upcoming performances I know you will dig! So, wherever you are in the world, Paris, Peru, Iraq, Iran, Cape Town, Brazil, London, Italy, Cuba, San Juan, Japan, China, Russia, Bolivia, please check the time zone and tune in!

May 2, 2015

Saturday Morning

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3AM to 6am Pacific Standard Time

3 Hours of Progressive, Eclectic Jazz for you dome!

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The Light is ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Happy International Jazz Day! Check out the 2 hour Re-Broadcast from Paris!!

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Sounds and Colors Interview with Kamasi Washington “The EPIC”

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Click and Enjoy Los Angeles Saxophonist Kamasi Washington as he talks about the new release “The EPIC” hitting the stores next week! Don’t miss the stunning performance on Monday May 4th at The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles!

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The Epic is a 172-minute, three-record set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet

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Featuring: The Next Step
Kamasi Washington (Saxophone)
Ryan Porter (Trombone)
Dontae Winslow (Trumpet)
Patrice Quinn (Vocal)
Cameron Graves (Piano)
Brandon Coleman (Keyborads) Miles Mosley (Upright Bass) Stephen Bruner (Electric Bass) Tony Austin (Drums) Ronald Bruner (Drums) Leon Mobely (Percussion)

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W/ Special Guests:
Battlecat, Dwight Tribble, Rickey Washington, Terrace Martin and more TBA.

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String and Choir Conductor: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

String Section:
Paul Cartwright (Violin)
Tylana Renga (Violin)
Jim Simone (Violin)
Molly Rogers (Viola)
Andrea Witt (Viola)
Ginger Murphy (Cello)
Atryom Manukyan (Cello)

Choir:
Charles Jones
Dawn Norsleet
Mashica Winslow
Nia Andrews
Steven Wayne
Taylor Graves
Thalma de Freitas

DJ Sets by:

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Daddy Kev (Low End Theory), more TBA

21+
Doors Open at 8pm
Regent Theatre: 448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90013

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Click for Directions

Online Tickets and Info: ArtDontSleep.com
$23 Limited Presale Tickets

 

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