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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, 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, 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

Jazz Flash Mob in Los Angeles at Union Station on April 30th for International Jazz Day!

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Herbie Hancock: Buddhism and Creativity | Mahindra Humanities Center

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Support Brian Swartz’ Fundraiser for New Album “Portraiture”

This picture of Brian Swartz was taken at my 40th Birthday party. Brian walked in and said “Happy Birthday LeRoy, here is your gift”. It was sheet music with the title “Down with Downs”. I replied, “What is This?” with … Continue reading

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Double M Jazz Salon celebrates the 80th birthday of Horace Tapscott

Double M Jazz Salon Presents Celebrating the 80th birthday of innovative pianist and composer, Horace Tapscott On Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum A tribute band will perform, including Roberto Miranda, bass; Bobby West, piano; … Continue reading

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The California Jazz Foundation Honors Ruth Price!!!!

with your host LeRoy Downs Celebrating Ruth Price with Quincy Jones, The Heath Brothers, The Clayton Brothers, Billy Childs, Dwight Trible, John Beasley and more……   Give the Band A Hand Proceeds for the evening support the CJF’s mission to … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Sets in March at Amoeba Records! LeRoy Downs March 30th @ 1pm!!!

Click the mic above for Promo on Amoeba Jazz Sundays LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat” spinning live @ Amoeba Records   March 30th @ 1pm – 2:30pm Come down and hang for 90 minutes of Jazz love from some of you favorite … Continue reading

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Tonight at Noon! Rise up with Mark Maxwell and LeRoy Downs

  The dance of helix is always on the RISE! Matter in a Sphere of space, harmony, rhythm and implication all center around this faint beacon reaching the nocturnal Universe through the Morris Code of sonic pulsation. The heart and … Continue reading

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Cecile McLorin Salvant Holding Court at Catalina’s Bar and Grill

Wow there has not been this much excitement and anticipation about a singer on the scene in such a long time. This is the energy that should be happening every night of the week here in Los Angeles and around … Continue reading

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Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride and Harvey Mason at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Painted like the perfect picture on stage, beautifully lit in hues of rich purples and periwinkle blues, an extraordinary quartet that is so very comfortable together. Our superstars of jazz, each having played with each other in many different configurations … Continue reading

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Meklit Performing at New York’s Subculture on Friday March 21st

MEKLIT   Friday March 21st 8:00 PM New York’s  Subculture 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs New York, NY 10012 If Joni Mitchell were East African, sang duets with Norah Jones and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco, it just … Continue reading

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