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Live Broadcast Fundraiser on March 12th! Quartetto Fantastico, NineNet and Rootsystem at the Blue Whale!!!

by on Feb.26, 2012, under News

Click picture above for driving directions

Park in this structure off of 2nd Street bet Los Angeles and San Pedro. Blue Whale is on the 3rd Floor in the corner!


On March 12, 2012 The Blue Whale in association with Moshi Moshi Productions proudly present Fundraising for Children in Fukushima Japan

There comes a time in our lives when we all have to take a moment and think beyond ourselves and with music, we can reach out, touch and make a difference!!!


Featuring music from Quartetto Fantastico

Double Gee and his NineNet as well as the music of Robby Marshall and Rootsystem!

It all comes together for one fantastic night of exhilarating music and art!

There will be live painters creating visuals inspired by the music and it all happens at the epicenter of creativity in Little Tokyo, where originality, truth and provocative new creations prevail, The Blue Whale!!!

Check out “Smokin’ Joe” by the Rootsystem and Opus Moderandi by NineNet!!

The Artists will be painting live to the music!!!

The event will be a Live Broadcast with your host and Master of Ceremonies

LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat”


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DEEDS NOT WORDS The Life and Work of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln!

by on Feb.07, 2012, under News

The William Grant Still Arts Center

The Life and Work of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

ABBEY LINCOLN is an exhibition of the archives, art and interviews on
Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln and their collaboration not only
artistically, but in the struggle for civil and human rights and

“The Jazzcat” LeRoy Downs broadcasted live from

The William Grant Still Art Center on

The exhibition which runs through June 16 is a collection of
Albums, Articles and Art on the two musical icons Max and Abbey.
DEEDS NOT WORDS -The Life and Work of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln is
in conjunction with Music LA African American Heritage Music Education
Program, focusing on teaching music through the music of Max Roach and
Abbey Lincoln.

The exhibit will also feature several events including opening reception , M’Boom Tribute to Max Roach concert, panel discussion and Music LA – Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln  Workshops and Finale Concert.
Opening reception is the first of our concert series and kicks off our DEEDS NOT WORDS programming with

Marcus L. Miller’s Freedom Jazz Movement featuring

Kamasi Washington, Miles Mosley,

Robert Pierce and many special and surprise guests.

DEEDS NOT WORDS -THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAX ROACH AND ABBEY LINCOLN  is not only a look into the creative and artistic careers of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, but also an examination of the artists as intellectuals and active participants in social change. We examine through archive, how Max and Abbey’s art and direct action influenced a movement.


Deeds not Words – The life and work of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

Opening Reception

Saturday February 11, 2012   3:00 pm -6:00 pm

February 11 – June 16, 2012

Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



M’Boom” A tribute to Max Roach Concert
Saturday March 10, 2012 2-4pm

Panel on the DEEDS of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

Moderated by The Jazzcat
March 24, 2012 2-4 pm

Music LA – Nina Simone Concert Finale “Freedom Now”

March 31, 3-6 pm
Metropolitan AME Zion Church
2521 S. West View St.
LA, Ca. 90016 (across the street from WGSAC)



Media Contact:  Ami Motevalli
Director of William Grant Still Arts Center

William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 South West View Street
Los Angeles, CA  90016

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Trio M at the Musicians Institute – The Jazz Bakery Movable Feast!

by on Feb.04, 2012, under News

The three M’s Melford, Mark and Matt represent powerful creativity beyond the third power; mighty indeed. In a day and age where pretty much everything we encounter is presented in a nice little box, the audacity of thought, provocation and implication are so very welcomed especially to an audience of spirits who may be physically grounded but whose conscious is as vast as the galaxy!

People have their concepts of freedom but this notion really comes to life when you here these tones blend as beautifully like a three on one fast break! “Al” is for Albert, and Matt wrote this one for the forget-me-not of the Avant Guard, Mr. Albert Ayler.

“Guest House”, the title track of the latest, was more like the fun house as each player takes their instrument and explores sounds possibilities.  Mark Dresser is awesome at bending and tweaking the notes creating new colors on the pallet. Myra plays a million drops of love that scatter when they hit and come to life in patterns that you can only begin to recognize towards the end of the cognition. Matt continues to make percussive sense and clarity out of each and every equation; the new math is upon us!


Trio M makes love to notes; each deliberate, special and unconditional. This love is respect for the music, for each other and for you: a genuine romantic dance with sound spinning and flowing like the movements of an Alvin Ailey dancer. This is a co-operative venture where each part of the M makes for great writing and musical contributions, as evidenced by Mr. Wilson’s “Hope for the Cause”

“Echoneni” was -named by Mark Dresser after a passage from a novel; delightful, happy sounding and mystical with Marks us of harmonics, Matt says that “Dresser is four strings with an attitude”! Matt incorporates the orient with a western sensibility and Myra serves stimulation by plucking strings and firing off staccato finger dances and frenzied precision elbow clusters on “The Kitchen”

Most of the music tonight can be found on “The Guest House” the latest release from Trio M on the Enja jazz label. “Even Birds have Homes to Return to” is another beautiful Myra Melford composition with Dresser’s lovely angelic and mystical Arco bowing, Matt’s use of bells and chimes and Myra’s harmonic spiraling black swan approach all make for peaceful and romantic cerebral journeys.

Mark and Myra have been traveling to other countries and performing with the cultures’ different local musicians and “Telemojo “ was the offering written for that purpose. Together each member of the Trio combines their talents to construct a sound that emulates a sophisticated carnival crank music box, minus the monkey stretching the unconventional into new dimensions returning unscathed and highly enlightened from the journey.



If your search is to find “the Promise Land” of intelligent sound, then “The Guest House” is one significant stone that must be overturned on the path!


LeRoy Downs

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