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Win a FREE Christian Scott CD/DVD Give-a-way!!!

by on Nov.26, 2008, under News, Television

Hello my people and thank you for checking out TheJazzcat.net!

Christian Scott is a wonderful young artist and his latest CD “Live at Newport” is and exciting live sample of his extraordinary talent on trumpet!



I will Give-a-way 1 CD/DVD to the first 2 individuals who answer both questions about the TheJazzcat correctly!

1) Name the artist who inspired me to start writing which lead to TheJazzcat.net



2) Which artist did I do a voice over for on their website promoting their new project?

I can't believe not one person has even tried to guess. Okay here is another clue..
The initials of the artists are GKand CL, can't make it easier than that!
I know these questions do not have anything to do with the great sounds of Christian Scott but, they are tricky and if you have been paying attention, they should not be too difficult to answer!
Clue = I have interviewed them both on “Live with the Jazzcat”


Here is what you do.

1)Email me at TheJazzcat@LeRoyDowns.com with your answer
2) In the subject, please put Christian Scott Contest.
3) Please attach your address so we can send the CD
4) Please attach a photo so I can post the winners up on the site!

Thank you once again for checking out TheJazzcat.net and good luck!

P.S. If you don' t win, you can always buy the disc by clicking on the CD above!

Peace

LeRoy Downs

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Brian Blade and LeRoy Downs on "Live with the Jazzcat"

by on Nov.26, 2008, under News, Radio



Click Picture to hear an interview with Brian Blade 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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will see you there!

     
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Brian Blade on "Live with the Jazzcat" Tues Nov 25th @ 5:15pm PST

by on Nov.21, 2008, under Radio

                      

LeRoy Downs will be live on the air

with a cat that fills spaces with instantaneous percussive ideas taking even the masters of the music to uncharted territory

Brian Blade

KRMLradio.com

Click picture to listen live online!

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

Humility, Divinity and Explosive percussion all in one uniquely polyrhythmic man of jazz!


Brian Blade

live on KRMLradio.com or on

1410AM KRML radio in Carmel California

Click picture below for Brian Blade Interview


Brian Blade

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The Much Loved Drummer Tony Reedus is Now in Heaven

by on Nov.20, 2008, under News

Tony Reedus, 49, top jazz drummer



REST IN PEACE
1959-2008


Tony Reedus, 49, top jazz drummer
Wednesday, November 19,

2008
BY ZAN STEWART
Star-Ledger

Staff

A man with a big heart and a big beat, drummer Tony Reedus

cared for other people the way he cared about making a band swing.

“He

was true blue, he'd do anything for you,” said pianist Mulgrew Miller, who knew

Mr. Reedus as a youth in Memphis, where the drummer was born, and later employed

him in his trio in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“He was

supersensitive,” said his wife, violinist Jenise Grice-Reedus. “He'd see a

person who was sad and would go talk to that person, and would have another

friend for life.”

“He was a funny guy,” said organist and pianist Mike

LeDonne, with whom Mr. Reedus regularly performed. “Just a sweetheart, that's

what Tony Reedus was, and great to work with.”

Mr. Reedus died Sunday of

a pulmonary embolism en route by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in

the Richmond Hill section of Queens. He had collapsed at John F. Kennedy

International Airport after getting off an American Airlines flight from

Bologna, Italy, where he had been performing with LeDonne. He was 49.

Mr.

Reedus lived in Irvington with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter, Cameron.

He had been troubled with undetermined gastrointestinal issues since

August.


A superb musician, Mr. Reedus picked up the drums when he was 13

and broke into the upper echelon of jazz just seven years later, performing and

recording with innovative trumpeter Woody Shaw. In a story in The Star-Ledger in

2006, he likened joining Shaw to a baseball player “going from single-A to the

Show.”

“It was music on such a high level,” said Mr. Reedus.

He

played on Shaw's albums “United” (Columbia) and “Master of the Art”

(Elektra/Musician).

Mr. Reedus also played and recorded with such masters

as trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, saxophonist Benny

Golson, and guitarist Dave Stryker. Mr. Reedus also was a leader who made three

solo albums.

Mr. Reedus was noted for his all-around drum kit acumen —

in particular, his ride cymbal beat. “He had a real wide beat, and his feel on

the cymbal was unique,” said Stryker, whose organ trio included Mr. Reedus for

several years. “He felt great to play with, just really swinging,

dancing.”

Of the importance of that beat, Mr. Reedus said in 2006, “It's

a heavy feeling that makes people want to pat their feet, sway back and forth.

When people come to see you play, they want to escape, they want to feel good.

Music is a celebration of life that comes from the heart.”

Mr. Reedus

returned to college in the middle of his career, earning a B.A. in music from

Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2005. “The day he graduated was one of the

happiest days of his life,” said Grice-Reedus, who plays with the Garden State

Philharmonic and the Plainfield Symphony and leads the Ebony String

Quartet.

Another was the birth of his daughter. “He loved being a father,

being married,” said Stryker.

Linda Grice, Mr. Reedus' mother-in-law,

said: “He loved his family; he took good care of my daughter and my

granddaughter.”

Mr. Reedus' survivors include his brothers Chris and

Keith, both of Memphis.

A visitation will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., with

services at 4 p.m., at the Prospect Presbyterian Church, 646 Prospect St.,

Maplewood. More information is available by calling (973) 763-8955 or visiting

the church's website (prospectchurch.org).

Zan Stewart is the Star-Ledger's jazz

writer. He may be reached at zstewart@starledger.com or (973) 324-9930.

©2008 Star Ledger
© 2008 NJ.com All Rights Reserved.

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Renee Rosnes on "Live with the Jazzcat"

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



Click Picture to hear an interview with Renee Rosnes 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.

Click here for

all archived

Interviews

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Renee Rosnes on "Live with the Jazzcat" Tues Nov 18th @ 5:15pm PST

by on Nov.17, 2008, under Radio

                     

LeRoy Downs will be live on the air

with a woman who brings “Sweet and Lovely” to life in so many more ways than a simple standard could ever do!

Renee Rosnes

KRMLradio.com

Click picture to listen live online!

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

Melody that looks, sounds and delivers in beautiful gigantic piano proportions!

Renee Rosnes

live on KRMLradio.com or on

1410AM KRML radio in Carmel California

Click Picture below for Renee Rosnes interview


Renee Rosnes

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Cecil Taylor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

by on Nov.13, 2008, under News

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Oh my, Grace Cathedral is such a massive and superior place

for the delivery of extraordinary blessings on high. It is gorgeous,

stimulating and stunningly beautiful! After a day of trains to the City, back

to Oakland and

back to the City once again, to just be still was a thrill, but not my heart.

Blood flow would certainly be at an increased capacity once Cecil started to

light it up.

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The Cathedral was packed and luckily one of the ushers

spotted a couple of great seats for me. The lights dimmed and the spotlight was

on the piano. Cecil was not there but, you heard his voice peering from the

unknown. Metaphysically sophisticated rants of poetic verbal reverberations

start off as small waves and pass through the sea of beings getting greater as

they reach the rear of the cathedral. Upon their return you are slightly

surrounded by the single sound which has grown exponentially in clarity and

complexity.

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Into the light he appears still spewing thoughts, words,

phrases, and philosophical equations that froze Dante bronze in his most

popular position. They say great minds think alike but what did they say about

those who think from different angles? Now if you can understand and breakdown

the rhetoric of Taylor, then you really have it going on because this is

Cecil’s world, and the best we can do is be gracious that we are invited

guests. Don’t try to figure out and dissect the blessings, just sit back, be

open, listen and let the love of the music fill your soul!

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Cecil makes his transition of languages and while the air is

still ringing with the sustain of his poetry. The space is filled with audible

thematic cinemas depicting one’s own personal images of past, present and

future. The journey of the dance begins and although your body will not

physically rise, cerebrally you will touch on lands and end up in the “Thinker”

back on the same shores, but in a totally different state. There are galaxies

unknown to man but perhaps Cecil has tapped into the source and is interpreting

its signals. From thunderous chords to sheets of cascading notes, the relevance

of form, structure and composition melt in to one continuous source of positive

energy; like looking at the code in the Matrix. The speed by which the information

is traveling through him to the piano is so fast that the sounds tax the system

creating a vortex between reality and the pure source of inspiration. Yes, he

is human but he is red pill plugged in!

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Cecil blasts off and so much is seen from the portal of his

ship. Musically, he documents his hypothesis, provides sufficient data for his

theories, logs the encrypted information in his journal and the beautiful

cipher is enjoyed yet remains unbroken. The world exists as a drop of water and

the entity gets smaller as the experience approaches infinity. There could be

no more perfect of a place for the spirit, the energy and the music to connect;

the euphoric crossroads of life, journey, destiny, reason and purpose.

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Are all heads bowed, all eyes closed and all bodies swaying?

No, but this particular state acts as conduit where the music directly infuses

into the soul. The number one is a represented as a whole, the entire spectrum.

But, while one has a beginning and an end, Cecil finds his solace in the exploration

of the freedom between the two distinctly identical points! 

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You can practice for hours and days but there is no

memorizing to play a piece of music. The practice is to have the energy and the

strength to let the piece of music play you! The music is all too lovely and

even though the form and structures are different, the in, out, up and down all

pleasantly love and respect each other. If you played every note on the piano

individually, there would be no bad notes, only good. Cecil is like a gourmet

chef who mixes blends and spices all eighty-eight ingredients for health of

body, wealth of mind, nutrients for the spirit all in an intriguing dish to

pleasure the pallet.

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The experience is like the Chinese painting philosophy with

respect to the music. As you listen, concentrate and feel the music, the images

formulate and the ears open wide! If there is any type of distraction the image

is instantly gone and you must go back to the beginning to find a new path to

synchronization. I had my eyes closed and was totally engrossed in the music

until, the young lady next to me, as fine as she was released her toxic Kimchi

carbon monoxide fermentation in my direction and literally blew me out of the

water.

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As I recover I find that it is pretty evident that Cecil can

fill the space with a voracity of chord clusters and plights of splendor that

emphasize that the quartet is not missed. Solo that gets you so high! A

standing ovation to Cecil but, I also applaud an audience of curious listeners

who stayed in full force and did not leave as sometimes unbelievers do. And

just as he appeared from the darkness so does he retire. The musical mystic

that we are forever grateful for!

 

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Curtis Fuller and LeRoy Downs on "Live with the Jazzcat"

by on Nov.12, 2008, under News, Radio



Click Picture to hear an interview with Curtis Fuller 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.

I will see you there!

     
  LeRoy Downs
 

Click here for all archived Interviews

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Aaron Parks at the Jazz Bakery

by on Nov.09, 2008, under News

I love when jazz, thought, adventure and feeling collide in the music. New perspectives and prisms created through the omnipresent consciousness of brilliant youthful aspiration. As Morphus believes, it must be so and with the ingestion of the red pill comes truth as you have never known.

Aaron Parks is calm, low key and super down to earth but, when you look and listen behind the modest temperament of the man, you hear thought and composition crafted like seamless dreamscapes of sound. Sketches of pastel colors and night skies; the transitions are like suites blending tempos and always with such clarity to hear each instrument as the work takes its different shapes.

The way that the piano and the guitar melodies are layered is super rich and of course the bass and percussion fill out the thickness of the sound.” The approach to entry of the compositions is like having you concentrate on one focal point and slowly, carefully without distraction, each instrument shares a fraction of a note creeps into play. The music takes it's time as you are given plenty of opportunity to wrap your mind around the concept as the progression continues.

Mike Moreno takes you to other worlds but it is almost like those other planets are pulled magnetically toward us through the electricity of his sound. I have had a few opportunities to see drummer Marcus Gilmore in the last few months. He thrives for an environment that can fuel his ideas with energetic passion for artistic approaches to common equations. He is mystical and cerebral in transitions especially on “Travelers”.

 

“Mirror Mirror” is a composition written my Mike and Aaron together and they have performed it with each other, but not with never with Aaron’s band. This is a new generation of intelligent youth who see and feel the modality of the music and look beyond the normal forms for the vision and inspiration to create new and broader horizons that you can’t get from a standard. The universe provides the clues to those who are connected and the translators of those prayers, dreams, ideas or visions exude from each instrument to take on new forms of holographic intangible beauty.

Aaron approaches transitions with such delightful delicacy. The touches are so light they defy gravitational pull and float in space opaquely connecting and bonding to all the natural minerals and other nutritious complex carbohydrates that swing!

Aaron’s music is an untold story that keeps unraveling with each sequence of structure, each melodic splay can take you in different directions while leaving little bread crumbs in the forest for you to find your way back. You have your adventure and follow the path back to the light and on the last note, each cat let's their instrument resonate waves of sonic beauty penetrating like warm cascades of loveliness.

However brilliant the music was, the second set was in invaded by some strange sound derived from up in the balcony, my usual nesting spot. It sounded like a dog walking on some window blinds that happened to fall on the floor. Didn't stop the cats though, a few twisted eyebrows of perplexion some smiles that emphasized the irony. The music continued to ascend, shaping phrases and carving out new shapes molding the gold into original form before constructing its “Nemesis”!

Mike left the stage as the trio performed their version of “Blame it on my Youth” it is almost odd to listen to these cats play a familiar standard since we have been so intoxicated by originality but, to hear a canvas reconstructed with new bristles is fresh and rewarding. Resonating notes equal diaphragm movements and all is one!

“Harvest Dance” was originally written on Terence Blanchard’s album “Flow” but done here much differently on “Invisible Cinema” The tune digs deep into some odd meter love while on the journey to the core of the composition.

If you want to take the ride, check out Aaron Parks live and pick up the brand new “Invisible Cinema”  

Live, love jazz music!

LeRoy Downs

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