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Episode 3 of The Jazz Creative Airs on April 29th @ 10pm PST/ 1am EST on Aspire TV

by on Apr.28, 2016, under Television

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The Jazz Creative 3rd Episode to Air on April 29th on the ASPiRE TV NETWORK

The Jazz Creative Episode 3

April 29, 2016

10PM PST and 1am EST

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Click here to find the Aspire channel in your area!

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The Jazz Giants honoring and paying tribute to Jaco Pastorious!!!!

Bass iconoclast Jaco Pastorius (seen here in 1986) is the subject of a new documentary produced by Metallica's Robert Trujillo.Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 8.14.49 PM

The 3rd episode of The Jazz creative features guests Peter Erskine, Ben Williams, Will Lee, John Beasley, Christian McBride, Brian Blade with performances by Danny Janklow  and Nicole Mitchell!!!

International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day is April 30th

and it is celebrated all over the World. This Year, President Barak and Michell Obama will host the event at The White House and it will be broadcast @ 8pm on ABC TV!!!

CO5A7967-Edit_DSC6571The California Jazz Foundation honors great bassist, educator and composer…

John Clayton!

Click above to watch the Episode 1 & 2 of The Jazz Creative!

The Jazz Creative, the only regularly scheduled music television series to feature both established and up and coming jazz artists, premieres its 2nd episode online at www.allmusictelevision.net and on the ASPIRE TV NETWORK on Friday, April 29th at 10pm (PST)/1am (EST). The ASPiRE Television Network was created by legendary athlete and entrepreneur Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. The new music series is produced by All Music Television, LLC and features in depth interviews and new music from many of the biggest, brightest and popular artists and musicians in Jazz.

Jazzcat AMTV BBHosted and curated by Los Angeles Radio and Television personality LeRoy Downs, the new music series premiers its 2nd episode on the Aspire Network April 29, 2016 at 10pm PST / 1am EST.  The show will feature today’s sung and unsung heroes of jazz whose music, creativity and originality continue to lay the foundation and create the landscape of today’s music. Jazz is a music that has its roots here in America and through the ages has branched out globally literally embracing and assimilating into all countries, cultures, genres of music, and demographics from the boomers to the millennials! All Music Television is taking the power of this music and cross pollinating it with the  television media platform to broaden awareness, expose it’s creativity and to share the wonders of the music visually with a larger audience!

 

About All Music Television, LLC All Music Television produced ‘Live From The Blue Whale’ featuring Matthew Stevens and Gerald Clayton and Christmas Jazz with LeRoy Downs with Danny Janklow, Jazzmeia Horn, Dontae Winslow, Nicole Mitchell Theo Croker and more!  The show reached 40 million+ viewers in 22 of the top 25 US TV markets.

About ASPiRE TV NETWORK

ASPiRE celebrates the African American experience, offering inspirational and motivational programming. It is available to over 37 million television homes on Comcast, Verizon Fios, DirecTV, DISH and AT&T U-VERSE in 22 of the top 25 US television markets. Click here to find the Aspire channel in your area!

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LeRoy Downs hosts FREE International Jazz Day Festival in Leimert Park!!

by on Apr.27, 2016, under News

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KJazz in association with The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center present a FREE International Jazz Day Concert to the people of Los Angeles in the heart of the city, Leimert Park!

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Come Celebrate International Jazz Day with your host

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LeRoy Downs

2pm til 6pm

Performing will be ……

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The John Stephens Big Band

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The Chester Whitmore Big Band 
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Dwight Trible

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BARBARA MORRISON

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Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith at Occidental College!

by on Apr.16, 2016, under Events

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.46.56 PM It is always a special time when the world gets to experience music through the many vast combinations that the world puts together. Tonight at Occidental College near Highland Park in Los Angeles was one of those times indeed!
Occidental_Thorne_HallThorne Hall at the end of the campus at Occidental College game me the impression that I have arrived after the beautiful stroll through the campus.  Our moderator this evening tells a story of G William Hume, a young man who attended Occidental College or Oxy in the early 50’s. He actually worked as director of Throne Hall for many years and was an avid stamp collector. Turns out that he left his estate to Oxy and his massive collection of stamps curated the G William Hume Fellowship of the Performance for the Arts. The existence of this  endowment has traveled through time and has transcended to art. From crazy stamp collections to pristine sound waves that connect directly to our core, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith shape and mold vibrations of beauty into a kingdom of self discovery.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.51.44 PMIn the beginning silence, until there was sound. Two gentlemen walk on the stage, approach their instruments and proceed to engage with the atoms in the universe. Space is the trio as the three dance, play and communicate with our inner beings. The sound is a textile made for Royalty and we get to wear the crown.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.52.08 PMThe notes drift, float, hover and illuminate vibrations of light. If you come to to music with open arms, you receive and abundance of love in return. This is not song or melody or sections in a composition, it is life in a story of sonic expression. Reaching, fleeting, pulsing are the extensions of your being. Velocity, speed and its nemesis in the helix dance of the soul, with the adduction of each drop formulating our entire being bringing us back to the one.

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Landscapes and silent winds swirl across colored pastels to infinate horizons that see beyond planes, that exist and connect to many dimensions. If you are thinking, you have missed the communication. You can only be, there is no other existence. One with the creators. If it were not for this then who would we be?

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.52.30 PMAll roads lead here to peace, to silence, to tension, perplexing curiosity, to resolve or not. What matters is that there is a gift that is graciously given and graciously received.

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Wadada floats like a Monarch spreading wings and flying in cepia tone. Vijay is ballet on ivory and the two create a slow motion snow globe vacuum of transparency where you can see and hear your past and present while looking back from your future. Discovery aboard the vessel of your being.

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From the skies to the depths of the ocean, your search for awareness slips into the realization of the sequence of moments that has lead you here. Your journey ends where it has began and you realize you have already answerd your questions.

Breathe deep, inhale sound and spread love!

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