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KPFK 2nd Annual Hero Awards on May 6, 2012

by on Apr.18, 2012, under News

KPFK 90.7 announces its honorees for the 2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute.

The Hero Awards is a benefit series for the Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio station. The event honors icons of our time that have left an impact on music and community.

Click picture of Gil above for Promo

This year’s honoree is Gil Scott-Heron (musician/political poet),

A Tribute to Charlie Haden by LeRoy Downs

with special awards to Charlie Haden (musician/activist), Fernando Pullum (musician/educator) and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Pete Seeger (musician/activist) for his contributions as an artist and activist in the U.S.

The 2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute is set to take place on

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


 VIP Reception from 5-7pm with Silent Auction

Confirmed Presenters and Performing Artists include:

•Jackson Browne •John Densmore (The Doors) Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith •Violinist Lili Haydn •Nailah Porter • Roger Guenveur Smith • Rock DJ Jim Ladd, The Haden Triplets, Jack Black, Josh Haden and Spain, John Trudell, Students from the Fernando Pullum Performing Arts High School Jazz Ensemble,  and with a special youth performance from the 32nd Street Jazz Band. Brian Jackson, Music Director (long-time collaborator with Gil Scott-Heron), LeRoy Downs

and Host: Richard Montoya,

The KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute launched in 2010 honoring Jazz legend Billy Higgins. The idea for the series was the result of a heartfelt on-air conversation between KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique and musician Charles Lloyd about Billy Higgins, during which LePique thought it would be relevant for KPFK 90.7 to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of Higgins’ death by celebrating his life and body of work.

She enlisted Kasey Lovelace, Music Consultant and friend of the Higgins family to develop the idea into a full-scale event. Catalina Popescu, owner of Catalina Bar and Grill, honored her long friendship with LePique and Higgins by donating her world-renowned venue for the tribute by Higgins’ esteemed contemporaries such as Stanley Clarke, Charles Lloyd, George Duke, Kenny Burrell, with Music Director John Beasley, among others who performed to a “standing room only” audience. The demand from both the music and public affairs community has prompted the station to continue as an annual award series.

KPFK 90.7 FM is a member station of the Pacifica Foundation, which consists of five radio stations, over 100 affiliate stations, and the Pacifica Radio Archives, responsible for preserving the voices of artists, activists and progressive journalists since 1949, when the foundation was established by peace activist Lew Hill. To further peace through broadcasting activities, Hill determined that radio sponsored by individual listeners would be the best way to ensure editorial freedom. The KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute is a means to both raise funds and advance the Pacifica Mission.

For updates on the 2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute log onto


For general information contact the KPFK Hero Awards Hotline at

(818) 985-2711 ext. 361


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Round Midnight FREE Film Screening and Panel moderated by LeRoy Downs April 28th

by on Apr.18, 2012, under News

Don’t miss the Screening of the 1986 Classic Film

Round Midnight (133 minutes)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Dexter Gordon Stars as Dale Turner

As part of the Black Talkies on Parade film series, The Mayme Clayton Library and Museum will screen Round Midnight, which features a lead performance by legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon.  Gordon portrays the fictional character Dale Turner, a tenor sax player who is slowly losing his battle with alcoholism and is hanging by a thread in 1950’s New York. In Paris he finds that the “Jim crow” racism of the American “color line” does not exist.  His experiences re-ignite his passion for jazz music and life.

The Cats

Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard…….

A panel discussion about the film will be moderated by LeRoy Downs featuring panelists Mark Maxwell, Les Wills, Lloyd Clayton

and Maxine Gordon (wife of Dexter Gordon)

via Skype.

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA

(310) 202-1647‎ ·

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LeRoy Downs Hosts Living Legends Jazz Series April 26th

by on Apr.18, 2012, under News

Come and celebrate two of Los Angeles’ finest musicians

Henry “The Skipper” Franklin

Al Williams

Food preperation by Chef Wendy Austin from 6 to 6:45pm

The performance will commence at 7Pm

at the Regency West in Lemiert Park

3339 West 43rd Street

Hosted by yours truly LeRoy Downs

The Living Legend’s Jazz Series is founded by Linda Morgan and tonight she teams up with    The Sweet and Hot Music Foundation, another one of Los Angeles’ promoters of jazz Merle Kreibich

Purchase you tickets online at

Come out and enjoy some great music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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