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Eric Harland on "Live with the Jazzcats" April 4, 2007 @ 5:15pm PST

by on Mar.30, 2007, under Radio

              

LeRoy Downs will be live on the air

One of the most sought after and accomplished rhythm makers in the 21st Century

Eric Harland

KRMLradio.com

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“Monterey Bay's Jazz and Blues station in Carmel California”

The cat who is the master craftsman carving out uncharted territory for master jazz musicians on the upper tier of the game!

Eric Harland

live on KRMLradio.com or on

1410AM KRML radio in Carmel California

Eric Harland

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LeRoy Downs and Eric Harland 2

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LeRoy Downs and Eric Harland

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Eric Harland!

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Listen to an interview with Slide Hampton and LeRoy Downs on "Live with the Jazzcat"

by on Mar.28, 2007, under News, Radio


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Live with the Jazzcat

Hello all, this is LeRoy Downs and each week I will broadcast a live 15 minute segment every Tuesday at 5:15 PM PST on KRMLradio.com and 1410 AM KRML radio in beautiful Carmel California.

Gary

Hamada ,who is a director at KRML Jazz and Blues station, has taken me

on to do a weekly segment that I am sure your are going to enjoy! He

has one hour show Monday thru Friday called

For Locals Only.

On each Tuesday of the month @ 5:15 for about 15 to 20 minutes, Gary will turn it over to me for a segment of

Live with The Jazzcat

Each week there will be an interview of someone special and wonderful in this beautiful art form we call jazz.

I will see you there!

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Hank Jones and Abbey Lincoln Re-Unite in the Hospital – We Send Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers

by on Mar.26, 2007, under News

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 3/21/07 – NY Daily News – Hank Jones & Abbey Lincoln

(Both Hospitalized) 

Subject: Hank Jones & Abbey

Lincoln
 Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 08:29:07

-0700
Finding harmony together
The unexpected reunion of two New York jazz legends
BY

JULIAN KESNER / Daily News

Posted Monday, March 19th 2007,

12:26 AM

Dr. Sandhya Balaram (standing far

l.) and Dr. Daniel Swistel, both heart surgeons at St.

Luke's Hospital, join their recovering patients Abbey Lincoln Moseka and Hank

Jones.
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3/21/07 – NY Daily News – Hank Jones & Abbey

Lincoln (Both Hospitalized)


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Subject: Hank Jones & Abbey Lincoln

 Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 08:29:07 -0700

Finding harmony together

The unexpected reunion of two New York jazz legends

BY JULIAN KESNER / Daily News

Posted

Monday, March 19th 2007, 12:26 AM

Dr. Sandhya Balaram (standing far l.) and Dr. Daniel Swistel, both heart

surgeons at St. Luke's Hospital, join their recovering patients Abbey Lincoln

Moseka and Hank Jones.

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The jazz pianist and jazz singer sat side by side talking softly and exchanging

memories. It had been 10 years since they last saw each other, and 15 since

they recorded a full-length album together. Occasionally, the singer would

break into song, and the pianist would pick up the tune and sing along.

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But there was no piano present, nor a recording studio. The only

background music was the beeping of a heart monitor machine, and air

moving through an artificial respirator down the hall. Their managers

and producers were nowhere to be seen – only doctors and nurses, who

from afar kept an eye on the pair and the reporter sitting beside them.

It was an unlikely

reunion in the most unlikely of places for Hank Jones and Abbey Lincoln

Moseka, two jazz legends whose paths crossed again last Tuesday at St.

Luke's Hospital.

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Jones, 88, has been playing the piano for over 60 years. He recorded with

Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald, among others, and played for “The Ed

Sullivan Show” for many years.

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The 77-year-old Lincoln Moseka grew up in Chicago as Anna Marie Wooldridge (a former manager gave her the stage name Abbey Lincoln). She came to New York in her 20s and sang at the Village Vanguard, later

marrying jazz and bebop composer Max Roach (they divorced in the 1960s) and starring in several films.

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Producer Jean-Philippe Allard jump-started Lincoln Moseka's career in the

early 1990s, culminating with the 1992 album “When There Is Love” –

recorded with none other than jazz pianist Hank Jones over three or four days. The duo

have also performed on tracks for other albums.

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Jones came to New York City in February after

a few months in Japan, where he performed “a few concerts in Kobe”

and spent time relaxing. Two weeks after arriving here, the problems began.

“It felt like indigestion,” he recalled last Tuesday, seated in

Lincoln Moseka's hospital room at St. Luke's, wrapped in a thick bathrobe.

“I didn't feel any pain.”

In reality, Jones had suffered a massive heart attack. St. Luke's cardiothoracic

surgeon Dr. Sandhya Balaram performed bypass surgery on Jones on Feb. 28, and

he's recovering well.

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“He said the only thing wrong with his room was there was no

piano,” said Balaram.

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Lincoln Moseka was rushed to St. Luke's on March 3, not breathing and

suffering heart failure and pulmonary edema (during which the lungs fill

with fluid). St. Luke's cardiothoracic surgery chief, Dr. Daniel Swistel

performed aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery and Lincoln Moseka has been in the ICU since.

“Her recuperation will be a bit slower. She's got more to recover,”

said Swistel.

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Jones and Lincoln Moseka had no idea they were in the same hospital at

the same time, but while Googling their respective album histories,

Balaram and Swistel realized their patients' connection and arranged

for the reunion.

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Jones is expected to be at St. Luke's a couple more weeks, continuing physical

therapy after being discharged. Lincoln Moseka's recovery is more unsure; she

may still be in the hospital when her new album, “Abbey Sings Abbey,”

is released later this year.

Regardless, within minutes of seeing each other again, Jones, Lincoln Moseka and their healing hearts seemed to relax.

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“Old friends should never get separated. A lot of years have gone

by,” said

Jones, adding to Lincoln Moseka, “We should record together!”

“He always makes me feel special,”said Lincoln  Moseka, visibly weak but

 smiling nonetheless. “It's wonderful to see him.”

 

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Slide Hampton on "Live with the Jazzcat" Tue March 27th @ 5:15pm PST

by on Mar.26, 2007, under Radio

           

LeRoy Downs will be live on the air

NEA Jazzmaster whose sound is so profound, they named the instrument after him!

Slide Hampton

KRMLradio.com

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“Monterey Bay's Jazz and Blues station in Carmel California”

The man who makes bonin' another kind of musical elation!

Slide Hampton

live on KRMLradio.com or on

1410AM KRML radio in Carmel California

Slide Hampton

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LeRoy Downs interviewed on "Live with the Jazzcat"1

by on Mar.26, 2007, under News, Radio

                 

LeRoy Downs will be live on the air

without a guest for these weeks so, I got interviewed!

(Click Pictures above to listen to 4 separate interviews with

LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat”)

KRMLradio.com

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LeRoy Downs

“Monterey Bay's Jazz and Blues station in Carmel California”

 Each week I will continue to interview the best in the business

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Willie Jones III back at Catalinas Bar and Grill!

by on Mar.26, 2007, under News

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“Hometown boy makes good” is usually what they say.  Only in this case, hometown boy makes great

music, and good just does not cut it. 

Willie Jones III is his name and I have known about the swing for quite

some time.

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Back at Catalina’s once again and the crowd is filled with

three types: fans, family and the jazz family. Los Angeles has a hard core group of people

who are out at every hip jazz event in town and of course when Willie is

playing, they are all packed down in front.

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Tonight on stage are some of our finest players in LA.  These young cats make waves, names, harmony

and big rhythm for themselves. On trumpet, long time compadre of Willie all the

way down from San Diego, California, Mr. Gilbert Castallenos.  On tenor the warm toned front man who

commands his instrument with ease and proficient tender accuracy, Walter Smith

III. Seems like the power to the third squared all adds up to be the perfect

equation! There ought to be a t-shirt that says “Gerald Clayton kills” with him

as the villain and the piano as the damsel in distress!  Probably not the most PC but an accurate

description of sounds emanating from the piano. On bass, Joe Saunders, a cat

who works the rhythm like four fingers dancing on slippery slopes of, well you

figure it out! And Willie, one of the fasted guns alive; spitting automatic

musical bullets of love!

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Don’t knock the swing because the pendulum moves at both

ends of the spectrum.  Whether a ballad

or a tune fueled with fire, Willie is working his kit to the extreme filling

the space and the place with a garden of beautiful notes. From the music of

Dizzy to Dorham and everything in between; each of these players stand out

individually and collectively.  The chops

don’t stop. The audience is riding every chord like a roller coaster.  The tempo is intense and does not let

up.  So many ideas flowing in and out of

the music; these cats are today’s players and tomorrow’s masters.

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Willie has a brand new disc out on his own label WJ3 and it

is called “Volume Three”. The latest in a trilogy of classic representations of

form and composition ala 21st century swing! A big influence on the

third is the second. Pops, Willie Jones II is always at his son’s performances

in Los Angeles

and is always welcome to the band stand to add to old school thing to the new

swing; getting down with piano on “Here’s That Rainy Day”.

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Life is beautiful when a father influences

his son and they end up making beautiful music together.  Remember this when raising your family to

greatness! Willie Jones III, Volume Three in stores, at clubs, online, you know

what to do!

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Branford Marsalis and his quartet at The Vault 350

by on Mar.26, 2007, under News

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There is a saying that “cracks kills”. The connotation can

be derived by the view you choose to take on the matter. Branford Marsalis and

his quartet have always seemed to amaze me because the sound is that which is

always reaching, searching and fulfilling the music with thought provoking

compositions and yes, they do kill!

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Why can’t everyone play with passion and commitment for

achieving a higher degree of successful attainment? What is also peculiar about

this group is the diverse demographic that attends their performances.  Most of these folks I have never seen before

and I go to many performances here in Los

Angeles.  It

makes me happy and gives me some sense of relief that artistic creation at its

finest has not been substituted for the latest break blockbusters. There is

substance in the music and these people who span the rainbow, young and old

have come in search of the jewels in the music!

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The ballads are so sweet. 

One thing that Branford has that makes his music such a success is that

he has the advantage of having players as friends who have been committed to

being a band and perfecting the quality of the sound.  Practically each member has been a leader of

their own band. Joey Caldarazzo, Jeff “Tain” Watts

and Eric Revis each know individually what artistic creation they wish to

express as well as the butting head pressure of the business. So having that

experience multiplied created a bond of unity, understanding and a like minded

approach to the recordings, the performances and the music itself.

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One thing I love about Branford is that he is a straight up

cat.  He is not concerned about

entertaining and trying to control the emotions of his audience by what or how

he plays.  His interest is based purely

on reality and this comes across organically in his persona, his life and

especially his music.  People are thirsty

for a good dose of nutrients and not all of this fast food crap.

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Tain’s solos speaks to you personally and is not just a

series of practiced exercises that he thinks will sound good or get a great

reaction from the crowd. These cats are inspired by their own inspiration.  They are playing notes that they did not even

know a milli-second ahead of time that they were going to play.  It is these spontaneous combustible precious

notes that take each musician down different roads carving out new maps in the

music each time it is played; same skeletons, different frame, new face.  It is a caramel cluster of musical ingredients

that always add up to the best in audible delights.

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Freedom, colors, aggressive attacks, romantic tones,

cognitive dissonance, complex structures, melodic fragments all amount to an

intelligent enlightened communication packaged perfectly and delivered as our

gifts. Inspiration for compositions can come from a number of incidences but,

weather historic fairytale or nonfiction, the combination of imagination; real

life and humor all amount to dynamic energetic musical experiences.  Go get a dose of BM4! The Branford Marsalis

Quartet!

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