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The Jazzcat host Jazz Tracks at Union Station with KJazz April 6th!

by on Mar.31, 2019, under News

Saturday April 6, 2019 4pm to 9pm

@ Union Station

(LOS ANGELES – March 14, 2019) — In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Metro Art has partnered with KJazz 88.1 FM to present Jazz Tracks at Union Station, an extraordinary evening of free live jazz showcasing the next generation of artists, headlined by acclaimed jazz trumpeter Christian Scott.

Join us for several hours of premium music on April 6th at Union Station. This is a Free concert that features some incredible talent including …

Christian Scott Atunde Alajuah

Acclaimed performer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, widely praised as a driving force in the resurgent jazz and instrumental movement, is a two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter, composer and producer. Jazziz has described his style as a “melding of various different influences and sounds from the African Diaspora to create a trademark sound of his own.” His 2017 release, “The Centennial Trilogy,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings of 1917. Scott’s new album, “Ancestral Recall,” is
out March 19; and its first single, “Forevergirl,” has been receiving critical acclaim.

Your Host: LeRoy Downs

LeRoy Downs has been an icon in the jazz industry for the past thirty years. The Los Angeles jazz radio program & festival host, journalist, television producer, curator and concert series producer began his career with station 88.1 FM KKJZ and has continued to contribute to the art form a viable contributor

Sarah Gazarek

Vocalist Sara Gazarek has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the next
important jazz singer,” and her music has been celebrated in Critical Jazz, All About
Jazz and Jazz Times. Gazarek has released four well-received CDs; and her latest, “Thirsty Ghost,” will be out in late 2019.

Ryan Cross

Ryan Cross (Ryan Cross Jazz Eclectic) has studied with jazz legend Ray Brown and worked with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Gladys Knight. His music can also be heard in television shows and films.

Black Nile

Black Nile was founded by Los Angeles brothers Aaron (sax) and Larry (bass) Shaw. The band has performed around the world and has played with such artists as Tyler The Creator, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé and Jackson Browne.

Held April 6 from 4-9 p.m. at the station’s historic Ticketing Hall, Jazz Tracks will be hosted by Los Angeles radio/television host, journalist, producer KJazz personality LeRoy Downs. Jazz Tracks includes four eclectic and contemporary jazz performances, a gallery space featuring photography
from legendary jazz photographer Ave Pildas, an exhibition of jazz memorabilia from historian Sean O’Connell, jazz merchandise, poetry, and a jazz lounge.

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 Jazz Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
 Ryan Cross’s Jazz Eclectic
 Black Nile
 Vocalist Sara Gazarek


Guests to Jazz Tracks can also enjoy an exhibition of photographs from legendary jazz
photographer Ave Pildas. Pildas’ work features intimate portraits of jazz greats in live
performance, at small clubs and jazz festivals across the Midwest and is included in the
collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bibliotheca National, Paris; the
University of Arizona; as well as numerous other public and private collections.
Additional festival activities will include scribes from the Poetry Society L.A. crafting
personalized, jazz themed poems; an exhibition of jazz memorabilia from local jazz
historian, author and aficionado Sean O’Connell; professional tarot card readings; jazz
merchandise; and a jazz lounge.
Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting array of arts and cultural events at historic
Union Station. From music and dance performances, film screenings and poetry
readings to experimental and mixed-media presentations, the programs creatively
activate downtown’s primary transportation hub.
Admission is free.
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The Jazzcat hosting a trip to Prague, Vienna and Berlin with KJazz for the Berlin Jazz Festival!!

by on Mar.15, 2019, under News

October 25th – November 4th 2019

Join fellow public radio jazz enthusiasts for a KJazz adventure to the glorious cultural capitals of central Europe. Your jazz journey begins in romantic Vienna, the capital of Austria. There we will visit Belvedere Palace to view works by Klimt and Monet. Stroll the lively streets, visit the Hofburg Palace and enjoy an evening of jazz and wine tasting. Next, we are off to the city of a hundred spires, Prague! The Czechs fell in love with jazz in the roaring 20s and that affair never ended. In addition to visiting Prague castle, the old town, Charles Bridge and sampling some of the Czech Republic’s finest beers, you’ll also enjoy outings to jazz clubs. The jazz adventure continues on to Berlin, Germany’s bustling and uber hip capital. Throughout the 1920s Berlin was considered the cultural center of Europe. Along with Chicago, Paris and New York, Berlin was one of the great jazz centers in the 1920s and 1930s. Today the city is still packed with ballrooms, jazz clubs and top talent. The BERLIN JAZZFEST will be in full swing while we are there and we’ll have tickets! Space is limited.

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