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NEW DATE: APRIL 17th – RISE once again with Mark Maxwell and LeRoy Downs on 90.7FM KPFK.ORG!! April 17th at 11pm PST

by on Mar.30, 2005, under News, Radio

Click on the picture above to hear the New promo !!!!

Sorry for the delay on the Rise duo with Mark Maxwell and me. I caught a flu bug that felt like I was in the ring with Mike after someone said that I called him a sissy!

Anyway, Mark and I recorded a new promo that you can listen to above. We still have plans to play some of the most beautiful jazz music for you. Mark is going to bring in some special recordings that even I have not heard before, so you and I are both going to something special to look forward to.

So the words below still apply!

Back to do it one more time, LeRoy Downs will be a special guest host on RISE, the eclectic jazz radio program hosted by none other than the humble facilitator of the sounds of the creator, Mr. Mark Maxwell.

Max and I have picked some very interesting and beautiful music especially for this program. Listen live from all over the world on KPFK.ORG and I guarantee that you will not hear a selection like this anywhere on your radio dial or on the web.

So, if you love great music, and I know that you do, please check it out and tell your brother's wife's sister's best friend's cousin that you went to school with that the only place to be on April 17th is on

90.7 Fm KPFK.ORG

Sunday Night

April 17, 2005

11pm – 2am

If you don't know, you betta

click the On Air picture

to connect to KPFK.ORG


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Build an Ark – "Conversations" at the Natural History Museum!!

by on Mar.30, 2005, under News


Click on picture above for a morphing music sample

Slide Show

What does it take to “Build an Ark”? Noah did it with different animals and

it worked. Well, humans are certainly a different animal, each with their own

distinctive beliefs and routine rituals. Always right and never wrong,

concerned only for their existence and well being while not taking into account

the predicament that their actions may leave others in.


Well, my people, the answer is simple, “Communication”.

There are so many forms of it. The way we speak, the way we dress, the expressions

on our faces, our belief in higher powers of the universe. But, one of the

strongest forms of communication is through music.

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Usually the music we listen to is part of the definition of

our character. It certainly is a strong part of mine, but there do not always

have to be such restrictions on just one music or another. Who ever said that

music should be packaged and put in a box? Music is for the world to enjoy and

Build an Ark

has allowed everyone to come on the boat to triumph in a collaboration of sounds

that span from the Eastside to the Westside, to the Northside to the South.


Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, eastern rhythms and blends of funk

permeated the Museum

of Natural History. Deep into the night, the

people, Black, White, Asian, Latin, young, hip and beautiful all came together

to experience music for the universe. The spirit of love is the common theme as

this group of musicians from different genres of music, with no rehearsal, got

together on the stage and turned the Motha out!


Carlos Nino is the free funk master who had the foresight to

bring all of these cats together to make beautiful music. From folk guitarist,

to African percussion, to spiritual jazz conduits, to horns with eastern

influences all the way through to rappers who speak on infinite love and human beat boxes that spin, scratch

and cut vocal vinyl, Build an Ark

brings love and freedom in music to all the people.


A few of the favorite local heroes like Dwight Trible, Phil

Ranelin, Derf Reklaw, Joshua Spiegelman, Nate Morgan, Dexter Story and Trevor

Ware were on hand. The great percussionist Adam Rudolph was there along with

guitarists, back ground vocals, DJ’s and a whole host of cosmic galactic

influences that created a vibe that was grounded in earthy reality. Sounds like

a contradiction however, the experience was anything but. There were two big

screens blending visual images with images of the players and the music. This

gig was hip and full of musical freedom!

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World be Free is more than just a nick name for a basketball

player it is a concept for living. If the world got down on the battlefield

with music instead of swords and knives, the global village would be one big

party!!! As the artist Patrick Johnson always says “Follow your spirit and  Phree-Ya Mind!”

 LeRoy Downs

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Build an Ark at the Natural History Museum of Art This FRIDAY

by on Mar.30, 2005, under News


Click on Picture above to go to the site!!!

First Fridays at the Natural

History Museum:



Friday, April 1,


7:30 PM to 1:00



For the new

Conversations exhibit, the Natural History Museum invited artists to work with

curators to create new artworks using selections from the Museum’s vast

collections. To celebrate this unique collaborative exhibition, the Museum has

planned an evening of music featuring artists whose work is particularly

informed by collaboration.


Build An Ark – With 18

local luminaries spanning generations and genres, Build An Ark unites once again

for a special extended set of majestic soul-jazz.


– Songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, the one and only Daedelus

shares his avant-electronic love-sound with a small jazz combo for an

unforgettable set of sonic dream vibrations. Expect members of

Kneebody and Jogger onstage.

– DJ Jimmy Tamborello – Famous for his memorable

collaborations in Dntel

and Postal

Service, Jimmy Tamborello will

serve up some of his favorite music from behind the wheels of steel.


Fever – Possibly the best example

of audio alchemy in Los Angeles, Dengue Fever are a group of seasoned local

musicians joined by Cambodian superstar vocalist Chhom Nimol to perform modern

renditions of the vibrant Cambodian rock music of the 60s and 70s. If that

sounds amazing, well… it is!


– Though known for founding Project

Blowed and his work with a variety

of cutting edge L.A. musicians, Busdriver is a musical collaboration unto

himself, effortlessly mixing vocal jazz, theatrics and spoken word deep into

territory yet uncharted by hip hop.


Soundsystem – The cultivated DJ

collective known as Dublab returns to drop science at the Natural History Museum

with mind-melting body-moving DJ sets from Frosty, B+, Kutmah, DJ Allen,

Daedelus, Eric Coleman, Hoseh, Carlos Nino and more. Expect a few surprise

musical guests to grace the soundsystem.

– Video DJs Mekanix

and Victor Solomon will provide all night visual music by mixing images from the

Conversations exhibit with footage from the stage, the dancefloor and the



– Located at

900 Exposition Blvd.,

Los Angeles, CA

90007. Click

for a map.
– General admission

$15, Museum members and students (w/ ID) $12.
– Tickets at

or by phone at (866) 468–3399.
– For more information call (213) 763–DINO or


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Kenny Garrett back at Catalina Bar and Grill

by on Mar.26, 2005, under News



Slide Show


There is no doubt that when the real Kenny G. stands up, Catalina Bar

and Grill gets packed with jazz lovers who know and understand the true

meaning of integrity in the music. This is the second night of Kenny

Garrett’s run here at Catalina’s and he comes fueled with creativity,

inspiration and a dynamic power that continues to plateaus the list of

alto players of his generation.




Kenny is known for

having a killer rhythm section that is rich with fierce and vivacious

energy. These cats play with such intensity that drives the music to

another dimension. This is no laid back rhythm section. I see Kenny

every time that he comes to town and I have always known him to have a

hard hitting drummer with a voice and a message that demands to be

heard! Spitting bullets like Al Capone, Ronald Brunner excites as well

as entertains as he drums up an array of powerful polyrhythms, grooves

and a solid foundation for Kenny to cut, dodge, flow, scream and reign

down his supreme sound.




On bass, Kris Funn was all over it.  He

was throwing down some multi-layered textured chords, rhythmic strums

and perfectly toned harmonics that were so engaging while Carlos

McKinney played some beautiful comps, dropping in his Tynerisms at a

moments notice. The audience roars with excitement after each

intriguing solos. These cats dig into the music as if their life and

reputation were on the line for every note. It is because of this

integrity for the quality of the sound that there is much respect for

this band and their music.




Kenny never keeps

still when he plays. It was hard for me to get some clear shots of him.

He rocks and sways while the most fluid, poignant, prolific and

intensely beautiful notes flow through his alto. You can hear the

homage to the historic lineage of the horn in his sound combined with

the innovation and technical ability that he possesses. The masters

smile as that look down and send their universal love and gracious





Serious about the

music and the future of it, Kenny has all of the elements for the

perfect chocolate. The ingredients include a little soul, funk and

hip-hop mixed in with a hard core straight ahead jazz base to make this

recipe a tremendous success.













LeRoy Downs

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