This Saturday Come and Celebrate the life and music of Austin Peralta

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So hard to think that this wonderful talent and good friend is now playing in heaven. If you know the soul or have ever experienced the sound, please come and share the love with us at the Memorial Service for Austin Peralta.

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Austin and the family are very dear friends of mine and I am honored to be the host and moderator for the celebration of life and music.

LeRoy Downs

About jazzcat

LeRoy Downs is a person deeply entrenched in the music and driven by passion! Currently he is a jazz broadcaster in Los Angeles on KJazz 88.1 FM. He has also broadcasted on KPFK 90.7 FM, KCRW 89.9 FM, KXLU 88.9 FM, 1410 AM KRML in Carmel and KRML 94.7 FM in the Monterey area. He has been the host of the Monterey Jazz Festival for nearly 15 years as well as The Jazz Cruise, The Playboy Jazz Cruise, KPFK’s Hero Awards Tribute to Billy Higgins, The Angel City Jazz Festival, Terranea Resorts Jazz Through the Generations, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz West Coast competitions, Producer of The World Stage 25th Anniversary Concert, Curator for Jazz for the Holidays series with Arts Brooksfield, Jazz Curator of the Steven James Buchanan Jazz Collection at the Mayme Clayton Jazz Library and Museum, owner and journalist for the website, producer of the made for television pilot “Hangin’ with the Jazzcats” and The Brand New Show on Aspire called "The Jazz Creative"
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3 Responses to This Saturday Come and Celebrate the life and music of Austin Peralta

  1. Carole Jaye says:

    You are always there when someone needs a friend. God Bless this young soul.

  2. Toni Hollander and Lonnie Morse says:

    We can’t absorb the reality of Austin’s passing or the heartbreak for his family and friends. It was such a joy to watch him grow. We ache for all.
    Thank you for hosting this tribute.

  3. Noel Gould says:

    I just found out about Austin’s passing, and I’m in a state of shock. From the first time I met him at West LA Music showing him some keyboards, to the numerous times I heard him play at Bruce Sutherland’s, to the few times I had the privilege of recording him, I recognized Austin as a creative spirit of the highest rank, an outlier in our world, a trend setter, and a fiendishly curious seeker of knowledge and experience. He was cocky in his teens, but in a very endearing way, and only because he, unlike so many others, acknowledged his greatness and embraced it. As he grew older, he matured and became more serious, clearly knowing he was here for a reason, and he leaned into the responsibility of blazing a new and as yet undiscovered pathway using jazz as his primary idiom, but fusing many more forms of musical expression in his cutting edge dialog with the Universe.
    In the wake of his passing, I am honored to say that I knew him, that I respected him, and that we were and still are friends…..

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