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About The 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 over a decade 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, producer of the made for television pilot “Hangin’ with the Jazzcats” and owner and journalist for the website

Bennie Maupin performing at Fais Do Do on Oct 26th @3pm!!!!

  Jazz is a state of mind.  It’s an entity of people and ideas that fulfill the individual expression it inspires.  Click picture of Bennie to listen to a Sounds and Colors Arts Report!!!!! So what is Bennie Maupin preparing … Continue reading

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Serpents and Strings with Andy Milne and Benoit Belbercq Sunday Oct 26th At REDCAT!

REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts presents  Strings and Serpents  Sunday Oct 26th @ 8:30pm The jazz piano duo Andy Milne and Benoit Delbercq in a concert with Strings   Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared … Continue reading

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LeRoy Downs Hosts the Angel City Jazz Festival Sept 19 – Sept 28th!!

  The Angel City Jazz Festival is in full effect with some of the most progressive and prolific jazz music that Los Angeles has ever seen or heard! This festival is booked with the creative in mind, those seeking more … Continue reading

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LeRoy Downs hosts the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival Sept 19th – 21st!!

57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival The Place to be in the West where it all comes together. The line-up this year is CRAZY STUPID!!!! So much good music that you will be guaranteed not to sleep this weekend!!! A Celebration of … Continue reading

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The George Duke Legacy Project – Win a FREE Yamaha PR7 Digital Recorder

Major crowd funding campaign pays homage to the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’sco-music director and legendary composer/keyboardist   Los Angeles – George Duke was a musical innovator, creator, and mentor to so many. His legacy as a recording artist is vast, from … Continue reading

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Click and enjoy the latest interview with HOLOPHONOR on Sounds and Colors Radio!

  Click above and listen to the Sounds and Colors interview with Holophonor! Enjoy the brand new band Holophonor! 2014 graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz take on the future of the music together!  

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The Jazzcat has a NEW APP for your mobile devices!!!!

Click and Download Yes indeed!! The Jazzcat has a new app that you can download to your mobile devices so let’s roll together. The app is full of content that contains radio archives, performance recommendations, articles, over 150 interviews with … Continue reading

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Concert Celebrating 25 Years The World Stage Honors the Legacy of Billy Higgins


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Listen to LeRoy Downs Aug 9th &16th show on 89.9 FM

 Click Picture Above for Aug 16th show Below to Listen to Aug 9th show Come join me for 3 hours of cutting edge progressive jazz at it’s finest. It’s not very often I get a chance to stretch for that length … Continue reading

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Listen to The Jazzcat archives on The Jazz Journey on 88.9FM

Click Pictures below to listen to various shows More Love, More Music! Jazz, the incredible sounds that allow us to interact with each other through sonic exploration not only of the music but ourselves! Come and spend one lovely hour … Continue reading

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