LeRoy Downs Hosts the Angel City Jazz Festival Sept 19 – Sept 28th!!

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The Angel City Jazz Festival is in full effect with some of the most progressive and prolific jazz music that Los Angeles has ever seen or heard! This festival is booked with the creative in mind, those seeking more extraordinary experiences in composition, integrity of sound and original, organic vibrations in music.

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Performances this week include:

Thursday September 25th @ The Blue Whale

Slumgum and Matana Roberts Anthem

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Internationally documented, Chicago-born, New York City-based sound experimentalist Matana (m(a)-ta-na\) Roberts, works in many performance/sound mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. A dynamic saxophonist, composer, improviser and mixed media sound conceptualist, she aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit raising traditions of American creative expression in her music and art. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures.

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Friday September 26th @ The Red Cat

Cathrine Pineda and Toshiko Akiyoshi

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.26.26 PM “Cathlene Pineda has the ears, touch & sound of a seasoned player decades beyond the date on her driver’s license – what a surprise to find that she is still at the beginning of her career. Record companies, this is your wake-up call – she’s a player to watch….and a name to remember.” – John Schneider, The Global Village KPFK-fm

Award-winning pianist and composer Cathlene Pineda has carved out a significant career in creative, improvised music, both as a composer, and as a performer. Her extensive classical background combined with a unique approach to harmony makes her a fresh and innovative contribution to the Los Angeles jazz scene. She was recently featured on KPFK’s “Global Village Thursdays” with John Schneider and invited back to perform her original music with her trio.

This performance will mark the premiere of a new work commissiond by the Los Angeles Jazz Society featuring a collaboration with most recent Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Eloise Klein Healy, inspired by her poem ‘Passing’:

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Over the course of a six decade career, pianist, bandleader, and composer-arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi has made a unique and vital contribution to the art of big band jazz and has also made a unique and vital contribution tot he international presence of outstanding female jazz artists!

 

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Saturday September 27th @ Zipper Hall

Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra / Anthony Braxton Trio

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.39.01 PM Silver Orchestra is an ensemble consisting of twelve instrumentalists and was created with a vision that concerns an exploration of musical languages and systems with a developed experimental performance practice for the larger ensemble.

The creative orchestra as a unit is a perfect universe organized by the musical director as a utopian model. This model is also a social organism which functions within the context of democratic ideas and embodies the individual and the collective expressions. Silver Orchestra’s music is the result of the particular view of its creator, the composer/improviser/performer. Sonic-unit fields within the context of the performance space are used to redefine and orchestrate a complex music field where the relations of its instrumental tonalities, sound, rhythm, range, weight, spatial depth, silence, and space (horizontal and vertical); its velocity/density/textural structure (with their rates of evolution scored) are the elements of building a new creative orchestra. With this musical construction, the Silver Orchestra creates a multi-sonic spectrum, that when realized in performance is much larger in sound form than ensembles employing the triadic and harmonic traditions. The rhythm-unit fields play a vital role as to how the sonic fields will shapes the philosophical and psychological meaning that is always inherited within every constructed music object.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.43.19 PMAnthony Braxton is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years, highly esteemed in the creative music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen to Native American music, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement—innovation, spirituality and intellectual investigation. His many accolades include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award.

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Sunday LeRoy Downs hosts performances at Barnsdall Park starting at 2:30pm

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There are 2 stages at Barnsdall park – The Outdoor Stage and the Gallery Theater!

The Outdoor Stage

The Brad Dutz Quartet 2:30 pm

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The Brad Dutz Quartet blends 20th century acoustic classical chamber music with elements of improvisation and jazz. The combination of marimba and cello mixed with bass clarinet and oboe treat the listener to an unusual palate of instruments rarely heard in new music.

The Brad Dutz Quartet first carne together in 2005 for a New Music Festival at the Red Cat Theater. BRAD describes the group; “I wanted a chamber group that was acoustic and jazz-influenced as well as classically based with unusual colors”. The compositions and instruments create that.

Gavin Templeton Trio 3:30pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.14.18 PMGavin Templeton is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, woodwind player and composer. He has been recognized as “a pivotal force in the L.A. progressive jazz scene” (Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz) for both his personal contributions to new music as well as his collaborations with a variety of internationally recognized performers and composers.  Templeton has recorded alongside Nels Cline (Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists), avant-garde jazz legend Vinny Golia, and Grammy nominated big band leader Alan Ferber among many others. As a solo artist and composer, Templeton has released three different albums over the last three years to critical acclaim, and, as a performer, Templeton is quickly becoming an in-demand concert artist. He will be performing as a featured artist at the 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival and at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival with the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet. 

Michael White Trio 4:30 pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.23.31 PMMichael White is a truly original and groundbreaking violinist in the realm of jazz. He is also a composer, educator, innovator, and major recording artist formerly on Capitol, Columbia, Impulse and Elektra/Asylum records. In the 1960s, he introduced his unique violin style into the jazz scenes of the Bay Area and New York, playing with luminaries such as John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders among many others. In the early 1970s, he was a founding member of the first fusion group, the “Fourth Way”. He released five albums with the Michael White Quartet on Impulse records, and toured throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed in Lagos, Nigeria with Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. He continues to play with Pharoah Sanders, appearing on Sanders’ 1996 album Message From Home. In 1998 he released an album of duets with Bill Frisell entitled Motion Pictures.

Daniel Rosenboom Quintet 5:30pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.27.32 PMDaniel Aaron Rosenboom (b. 5/7/1982) is a creative and prolific trumpet artist, composer, and producer. Named the “Face To Watch” in Jazz for 2013 by the Los Angeles Times, he has been recognized with grants and awards from ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the American Composers Forum, and the Meet the Composer foundation.

Rosenboom has recorded six full-length albums under his own name, and the most recent, Fire Keeper, will be released on Orenda Records on March 18th, 2014. Additionally, he has released three full-length albums with his “hardcore-Balkan-jazz-rock” group PLOTZ!, four full-length albums with his “spontaneous composition” jazz-rock group DR. MiNT, and has appeared as a featured collaborator on albums by Vinny Golia, Harris Eisenstadt, Trevor Anderies, Dorian Wood, David Rosenboom, RootSystem, Geoff Gallegos’s NineNet, Killsonic, Got Monk?, and The Industrial Jazz Group.

 

Azar Lawrence Quartet 6:30pm

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Azar is known to bring jazz to popular music and he can also be heard on the late Frank Zappa’s music to playing in Busta Rhyme’s video, In The Ghetto. His credits are numerous from early on one being the highly acclaimed Grammy award winning album; Marvin Gaye’s, Hear My Dear.

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Josh Nelson Discoveries 4:00pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.34.13 PMOn Discoveries, Nelson taps into his inner child to find inspiration through the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, but the pianist’s music doesn’t come off like a reflection of these authors’ retro-futurist tendencies. Nelson’s writing is modern, in the here-and-now, and crafted with a broad harmonic vocabulary that helps to create a rich musical mélange to fire the imagination. His ability to build intricate, interlocking motifs, while simultaneously painting broad swaths of complex colors in swirling fashion makes him a man with few equals

 Aruan Ortiz Trio 5:00pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.37.11 PMAruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.

Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year (2011) for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001). 

 Craig Taborn Solo Piano 6:00pm

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 1.40.32 PMTaborn became one of the most in-demand musicians in New York. Although his time with James Carter would come to a close, the Roscoe Mitchell and Hugh Ragin projects continued and Taborn formed another longstanding collaboration with Tim Berne. He also played in projects for Drew Gress, Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, and Mat Maneri on the jazz side as well as serving as a hired gun for Bill Laswell and Meat Beat Manifesto. In 2004, he issued Junk Magic on the Thirsty Ear label, turning away from the traditional piano trio and incorporating all kinds of electronic elements.

Taylor Ho Bynum’s West Coast Ensemble 7:00pm

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Taylor Ho Bynum has assembled an all star ensemble of west coast luminaries to perform for his Acoustic Bicycle Tour, which is an ongoing performance journey where Taylor travels solely on bicycle, presenting solo concerts and playing with ensembles of area musicians. The endeavor is an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality. There are clear analogies between choosing to travel by bike and choosing to pursue a career in creative music: the trip may be slower and more arduous, but it is ultimately more rewarding in its acoustic pleasures and unexpected delights.

 Arthur Blythe Tribute and Benefit Concert 8:00pm

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He made his big splash on the jazz scene after he moved to New York in his mid-30s and subsequently played with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette and McCoy Tyner. Renown for his ripe, passionate, vibrato-rich sound, Blythe recorded on Columbia Records through much of the 1980s and his most recent recorded appeared on the Savant label between 2000 and 2003.

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He recently underwent a serious kidney operation, which affected his ability to walk and swallow foods. He is also struggling with Parkinson’s disease. While he’s slowly regaining strength at a rehabilitation centre in California, he needs financial support to pay bills and to get the help of a good neurologist.

Proceeds from this concert will be donated to Arthur Blythe to help him cover health care expenses.

 A Big Thanks to Jeff Gauthier and Rocco Somazzi of Angel City Arts for having the vision and tenacity to present cutting edge creativity in Los Angeles

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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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Streaming Live From the Festival

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Friday, September 19

NIGHT CLUB STage

7-8:15pm Gilberto & Getz Claudia Villela & Harvey Wainapel 

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8:45-10pm Christian McBride Trio NIGHT CLUB

8:50-10pm Robert Glasper Experiment With special guest Jason Moran JIMMY LYONS STAGE

Saturday September 20

1-1:50pm Davina & The Vagabonds JIMMY LYONS STAGE

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8:30-9:30pm Eric Harland Voyager NIGHT CLUB

10-11pm Aaron Diehl Quartet NIGHT CLUB

Sunday Night September 21

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2-3pm Jon Batiste & Stay Human JIMMY LYONS STAGE

6:30-8pm Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet NIGHT CLUB

8:30-10pm Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet with Ellis Marsalis NIGHT CLUB

 

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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!!!!

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Friday Night in Dizzy’s Den

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 Red Baraat 9:30p

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Saturday Night Dizzy’s Den

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Featuring Booker T

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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

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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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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

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

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

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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

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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!

Thanks!

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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

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

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

Click Pictures below to listen to various shows

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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

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

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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

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3 Hour Radio Tribute to the Great Charlie Haden on KCRW

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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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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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