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Kelan Philip Cohran and LeRoy Downs on "Live withthe Jazzcat"

by on Aug.19, 2008, under News, Radio


Click and listen to the interview with Kelan Philip Cohran and LeRoy Downs

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.

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Check Out the Re-Broadcast of Jason Goldman at The New Jazz Series at Wave Street Studios in Monterey hosted by LeRoy Downs

by on Aug.13, 2008, under Events, News, Radio, Television

Wave Street Studios in association with Jazzcat Productions kicks off the 2nd event in a new live jazz series that will be held at the brand new gorgeous facilities of Wave Street Studios in the Monterey Peninsula.

We encourage you  to come down and enjoy the music live as part of our studio audience but, if you can’t make it you don’t have to miss out. You are welcome to watch our live stream right here. Here is a sample of one of the quality performances that you will see at Wave Street Studios!

Jazz on Wave Street – Jason Goldman from livenetworkstv jazz on Vimeo.

Click  above for Video of the performance

Los Angeles based jazz band, Jason Goldman on August 16
Download any tune for $.99!!!

Entrance to this event is $20 in advance or at the door.

$20

Wave Street Studios

774 Wave Street

93940 Monterey

California

Please call 831-655-2010 for tickets or email us at tickets@livenetworks.tv

 

Jason will headline a live concert for a the jazz musical showcase series, and will be broadcast on August 16th at Monterey’s Wave Street Studios.

Tickets are now available for the 3rd show in the jazz series, which

kicks off at 8:00pm and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the studio at 774

Wave Street in Monterey. The series is a Wave Street Studios production

put together by the “Jazz Cat”, LeRoy Downs.

Jason Goldman has gained prominence as a saxophonist, composer and

arranger in the fields of jazz and popular music. He has performed

numerous times with legendary jazz icons Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,

Christian McBride, and Terence Blanchard. Jason has also performed with

producer/singer Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, Chris Isaak, Michael

Feinstein, Queen Latifah and has toured extensively with Michael Bublé.

Jason has arranged for multi-Grammy winning producer David Foster,

Michael Bublé and American Idol contestant Clay Aiken. Currently,

Jason’s arrangements can be heard with Warner Bros/Reprise recording

artist Michael Bublé, from which he has received a gold and platinum

record. Several arrangements, including Mack the Knife, Fever,

Moondance, For Once in My Life and Come Fly With Me are featured on

Michael Buble’s Come Fly With Me DVD (released March 2004), selling

over 500,000 copies. Goldman’s most noted arrangement of the song

Smile, for Bublé, was released on the CD/DVD Caught In The Act in 2005.

Please call 831-655-2010 for tickets or email us at tickets@livenetworks.tv

Entrance to this event is $25 in advance or at the door.

$20

Wave Street Studios

774 Wave Street

93940 Monterey

California

Livenetworks will broadcast this event LIVE at http://www.livenetworks.tv from 7.30 PM PST on 15th of August 2008


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Joe Lovano and LeRoy Downs on "Live with the Jazzcat"

by on Aug.13, 2008, under News, Radio


Click and listen to the interview with Joe Lovano and LeRoy Downs

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.


     
  LeRoy Downs 
Click here for all archived Interviews





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Esperanza Spaulding at Catalina Bar and Grill

by on Aug.07, 2008, under News

Okay, so it’s game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals and I just had to watch the Lakers, right? Bad move, I should have been at the first set to see and hear the hot new bass sensation Esperanza Spaulding. After my basketball disappointment, I headed up to Catalinas Bar and Grill and figured I would cruise in for the last of the first set and then check her out for the second.

Bud walked in and got smacked by the rhythm! I have never seen Catalinas so packed. I mean you walk in the front door and that is it. Standing room only almost did not apply. Esperanza Spaulding is only here for one night and the fans as well as some heavyweight pros came to see what the hype is all about; and this time, you better believe it!  Immediately I heard this voice, young, strong and soaring over the audience. Then I looked up and saw the “Fro in motion”, movin’ and swayin’ while Esperanza’s fingers were workin’ the acoustic. Then I saw the smile. The smile of happiness with the feeling that all is right with life, the music and the world!

I have never seen a young lady with so much poise, so much control, so much charm and in command of not only both of her instruments, she is so tight she has the audience in the pocket! This is the kind of girl that belongs and demands the kind of success and fame that will surely come her way. This is because the talent, the cuteness, the brilliance and the marketability are all natural organically grown in Portland Oregon, packaged and shipped fresh to Berkley and ready for consumption. Not the normal made in Taiwan preservative infested manufactured product that we sometimes get thrust upon us in this music. She is down with the people and it is evident that the people are up on Esperanza!

She has the power to combine multiple languages, genres and generations as she easily reaches the masses up and down the age spectrum. So many of our really talented players get branded and labeled so quickly that the public has already been tainted even before they hear the music. I think we are all born with open ears and as soon as we start listening to someone else’s opinion about the music, weather by critic, radio personality or even best friend, the ability to hear the music becomes clouded and then, the ears start shutting down. Those who are locked into the drama of network news are certainly susceptible to this phenomenon.  However there are those strong personalities, the rule breakers, the kids who color outside the lines, that defy all of these myths and remain thirsty for more meaningful experiences with their music. The truth seekers!

But, weather truth seeker or not, there is no way to put a category dog tag on this young lady. She plays her truth and if that happens to be straight ahead, Latin tinged, funky or popular, you feel as though it is coming directly from her creativity and not a ploy for popularity. She does however recognize this and said that she did write a tune to buy 2 houses; one for her and one for her mom. Youthful ambition and natural talent is the right combination that just might make the damn thang happen!

She told a brief story about Donald Harrison as being one of her mentors. He spoke to her about writing a modern day hit because there have not been any since Cannonball! Well, I am not sure if the masters were writing tunes for hits. Their belief in their own creativity and the feeling of oneness with the music is what sparked success and if Esperanza continues to carry on that philosophy, “Esperanza riunfará y el mundo será bendecido con mucha más música para el alma”!

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Dafnis Prieto and LeRoy Downs on "Live with the Jazzcat"

by on Aug.06, 2008, under News, Radio


Click and listen to the interview with Dafnis Prieto and LeRoy Downs

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.


     
  LeRoy Downs 
Click here for all archived Interviews





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