Archive for March, 2005
NEW DATE: APRIL 17th – RISE once again with Mark Maxwell and LeRoy Downs on 90.7FM KPFK.ORG!! April 17th at 11pm PST
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
April 17, 2005
On April 17th at 11pm,
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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.
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!
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
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First Fridays at the Natural
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
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
for a map.
– General admission
$15, Museum members and students (w/ ID) $12.
– Tickets at www.ticketweb.com
or by phone at (866) 468–3399.
– For more information call (213) 763–DINO or
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.