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Jazzcat Spins on KCRW Starting with a Tribute to Muhal! Listen!!!!!

by on Oct.26, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

The Jazzcat on KCRW Friday Night/ Saturday Morning!!!

Saturday November 4th

KCRW

3am – 6am

 

Click Picture below and listen!!!

We begin with a musical tribute to the founder of the AACM and one of the great masters of MUSIC!

Muhal Richard Abrams

89.9 FM KCRW.com

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The one thing I love is playing and discovering new and exciting music. We live in a world of mediocracy and there is no reason to program music anything less than SPECTACULAR! I consider myself a seeker, constantly on the prowl for extraordinary sounds. Stay tuned for a special eclectic  experience as we paint mosaics with Sounds and Colors! Beauty dancing on the edge of daring and provocative with a splash of nocturnal perplexing orgasmic composition! If you are thirsty for exciting music that you may not have heard or that your certainly won’t here on your average radio station then please, tune in! Creating a new personality for your definition of JAZZ! Signatures ranging way beyond your normal 4/4 patterns and, it DON’T look like your daddy’s music! 21st Century creations mixed with the avant guard beauty of the past makes for a brilliant blend of relevant parallel musical time lines. Homage to the past, Amen to the future!

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Instructions for enjoyment

  1. Come to the music openly
  2. Hear all the notes
  3. Allow yourself to feel the vibration
  4. Do NOT allow mediocre mainstream media to dictate you taste
  5. Seek, explore and settle on nothing less than extraordinary
  6. Let love and intent of the sound guide you to new destinations within yourself
  7. And most of all Enjoy!

ld-on-air-at-kcrwIt is not often that you have an opportunity to hear and enjoy pure, unadulterated JAZZ creativity coming through the airwaves here in Los Angeles.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-34-38-pmThere are but a few heroes that grace the airwaves on a consistent basis. KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz with “Strictly Jazz” and KPFK’s ld-max-on-kpfkMark Maxwell with “Rise” are but a few truly providing a great service for Los Angeles. I am honored to work with and sub for both of them whenever the occasion permits.

Friday Night / Saturday Morning

“The Wee Hours”

November 4th

KCRW

3am – 6am KCRW.ORG

The Jazzcat sitting in for Bo Leibowitz spinning a menagerie of sonic brilliance and whippin’ up magic with lot of great music by the cats you know and some you don’t!

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Bring your enthusiasm for sound and your blank canvas to listen to the colors of jazz unfold, blossom and enlighten! Come on you nocturnals, weather its wine or a cup of java, stay up and let’s jam together!

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NOVEMBER 4, 2017 3am

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Friday Night /Saturday  Morning

3AM to 6am Pacific Standard Time

3 Hours of Progressive, Eclectic Jazz for you dome!

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The Light is ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Musicians Talk Race In America – New series on All Music Television

by on Oct.17, 2017, under Jazzcat Hosting, News, Television

Far too much for Far too long. Jazz music, the healing vibration through times of love, hope, desperation, ignorance and down right stupidity in the highest order of the land. We need to speak on it to release it and we do it from a place of love! Music is the healing source and a place where all colors and vibrations can come together, right now, over me!

                                                                          


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Clayton’s Baaad Bass Monsters Sun Nov 5th @ MCLM!!

by on Oct.15, 2017, under Events, News

(Culver City, CA —) On Sunday, November 5th at 2 p.m., The Mayme A. Clayton
Library & Museum, located at 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City, will present another
of the late Mimi Melnick’s Double M Jazz Salons. The much-anticipated concert will
feature, John Clayton’s Baaad Bass Monsters. The string ensemble, directed by John
Clayton, will feature Edwin Livingston, Lyuman Medeiros, Gabe Noel, Johnathan
Richards and Katie Thiroux, as well as students of David Young and special guest,
Nashir Janmohamed.


Bassist, arranger, composer, educator and clinician, John Clayton has garnered the
admiration and respect of his peers, colleagues and fans, alike. There was plenty of
music at home. John’s mother played the piano and organ in church. The family’s proud
tradition continues today with his brother Jeff, an accomplished alto saxophonist. John’s
son Gerald, has emerged as a gifted pianist in his own right. In 1985, John co-founded
the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton.
John started playing bass at age 16. He attended Indiana University and majored in
music. A pivotal point in John’s early career, occurred when he studied privately with his
mentor, the legendary Ray Brown.

Mr. Clayton served with distinction as the principal bassist for the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, John has taught at USC’s Thornton School of Music. In 1991, the Grammy Award-winning virtuoso, served as the Artistic Director for the Hollywood Bowl. Always in demand, John produced the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and taught at the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop in Colorado.

Throughout his prolific career, John has composed and arranged for Monty Alexander, Hank Jones, Bill Cunliffe, Count Basie, Whitney Houston, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tyrell Stafford and Paul McCartney.

 

November 5th, also marks the third Mimi Melnick Double M Award for Young Jazz Talent, given to an extraordinary artist. Mimi’s brother, Richard Clar and the Clar Family, have established an annual fund for emerging musicians. Each year, other donors have also come forward to enhance the award, totaling $2,000. Eligible candidates are those who have made early contributions to the art form and continue to display great promise. Our format remains the same. We will present this coveted award at 3:00 p.m., at the end of the first set.

Sunday, November 5th at 1 p.m

John Clayton’s Baaad Bass Monsters!

The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

4130 Overland Avenue

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., John will briefly reflect on his life and career,
in an informal discussion with jazz historian Jeffrey Winston. The first of two sets, will
begin at 2:00 p.m.

In 1996, Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick launched her first salon at her Encino home on Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz. She organized the intimate salons to support L.A.’sjazz community. Producer Steve Isoardi notes, “November will bring to an end, the 21st year of Mimi’s unique series!”

“We are very proud and extremely honored to carry the torch”, said Executive Director Lloyd Clayton. The MCLM, collects, preserves, exhibits and celebrates, the vast history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent. Performance Portraits, a poignant exhibit by photographer Bob Barry, includes stunning images of iconic, world-class, artists. It may be viewed before the concert and during intermission. The exhibit is free. Seating is limited. Salon tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased

 

or call, (310) 202-1647.

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Angel City Jazz Festival: Celebrating the Monk Centennial Oct 1st – 15th

by on Oct.13, 2017, under Festivals, Jazzcat Hosting, News

10 Years for Angel City Jazz Festival, a BUCK for Monk, what could be better!

The Onlyous 100 Years

The Angel City Jazz Festival presenting the BEST in open mind Jazz experiences! Yes, it has been a DECADE of outstanding music presented by Angel City Arts and the only answer to the equation of Angel City + Superb Music = YES! This is one of the premier jazz festivals here in Los Angles and if you have been, you know this to be true. If you have not been, well you have your opportunity and we greet you with open arms!

The Angel City Jazz Festival takes place over several weeks at a variety of venues here in Los Angeles. You have so many options to check out the most outstanding music!

 

 

 

Come on out and enjoy all of this SUPER Fantastic Music! 2 weeks of Dynamic Sound!
To kick things off  “The Jazzcat” LeRoy Downs will be hosting at the John Ansen Ford Theater on October 1st with  The Monk Centennial Celebration featuring  the phenomenal Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Manuel Valera, Reuben Rodriguez, Richie Flores and Robby Ameen with Monk’s Afro Cuban Dream!

 

 

 

Followed by the great composer, arranger, pianist and leader of the Monkestra, John Beasley who will be cutting’ it up with DJ Logic, Mark De Clive Lowe, Dentoni Parks and Steve Lehman sampling along with John’s arrangements!

 

And at LACMA: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on  Friday October 6th with the Jeff Parker Quartet and Angel City Young Artists Competition Winners !

Come and get this MUSIC!

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