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LeRoy Downs hosts Winter Jazzfest at The New School in New York City!!!!!

by on Jan.09, 2018, under Events, Festivals, Jazzcat Hosting, News

Winter Jazzfest in New York City pops off Wednesday January 10th through January 17th in NYC and you don’t want to miss!!

Indeed it is a marothon of music with JAZZ as the focal point and some of the worlds most incredibly creative minds working their magic through the music! It’s a time to listen, learn, reflect, be grateful, share, come together and stand up for your brothers and lock arms against the mighty foes! Come on out New York and let’s inhale this Music Together!!!

Winter Jazzfest Artists

Click Map above for Specific Winter Jazzfest details!!

NEW SCHOOL TISHMAN AUDITORIUM

63 5TH AVENUE, NYC

6:00pm   Doors Open (to Auditorium)
7:00pm   Adegoke Steve Colson and Iqua Colson / Music of Protest & Love – Dedicated to Muhal
8:20pm   Stefon Harris and Blackout with Casey Benjamin
9:40pm   Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance
11:00pm   Nicole Mitchell Art and Anthem For Gwendolyn Brooks with Jason Moran

Your host LeRoy Downs – Click the Waldo pic to find The Jazzcat in New York City!!!

 

 

 

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Join The Jazzcat at The First Second of a Brand New Year on 90.7FM KPFK.Org!

by on Dec.28, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

Happy New Year 2018!!!!!!!

Let us bathe ourselves in the eclectic sonic vibrations of JAZZ as we bring in 2018; A NEW YEAR. We’ll wash away the negativity, excuses, complaints, ugliness, worries, procrastination, obstacles, judgement, and open up the doorway to light, love, prosperity, health, wealth and wisdom all through MUSIC!

 90.7FM KPFK and KPFK.Org

Sunday/Monday 

NEW YEARS DAY

@ The Stroke of Midnight  to 3am

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Click the KPFK Logo and listen!

LD the Jazzcat back in the “Mad Precocious Swing” bringing you a brilliant palette of sonic cerebral treats for the holidays!  Sitting in for My Main Man Mark Maxwell! You best believe we are going to Rise Up!!! It’s 2018 and an opportunity let the Music be the Magic that makes this OUR YEAR!!!

This music is so precious and I love all of our creative jazz monuments young and old. It is my duty to present the best in the music for an experience in sound!

Click it and Dig it Live!!!!!

Let’s spend some time together, I’ll spin and you enjoy. That sounds like a good deal!

Happy to once again be on the air at 90.7 FM KPFK. Click any pic and Listen Live!!

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90.7 FM or KPFK.ORG

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Listen to The Jazzcat on Christmas on 90.7FM KPFK.Org

by on Dec.23, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, Radio

Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

The Jazzcat on 90.7FM KPFK and KPFK.Org

Sunday/Monday at Midnight to 3am

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Click the KPFK Logo and listen!

LD the Jazzcat back in the “Mad Precocious Swing” bringing you a brilliant palette of sonic cerebral treats for the holidays! It’s not Christmas Jazz but, Jazz for Christmas!!! Sitting in for My Main Man Mark Maxwell! You best believe we are going to Rise Up!!!

This music is so precious and I love all of our creative jazz monuments young and old. It is my duty to present the best in the music for an experience in sound!

Click it and Dig it!!!!!

Let’s spend some time together, I’ll spin and you enjoy. That sounds like a good deal!

Happy to once again be on the air at 90.7 FM KPFK. Click any pic and Listen Live!!

KPFK

90.7 FM or KPFK.ORG

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The Jazzcat on KCRW Saturday Morning Dec 2nd Listen!!!

by on Nov.29, 2017, under Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

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

Saturday December 2nd

KCRWClick Picture above for MUSIC!!!

3am – 6am

The show was slamming’ and just bursting with all of the best creativity that our would of musicians have to offer. Listen to the 3 hours by clicking pictures above or below and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!!!

Peep the Playlist!!!

 

Join me for an eclectic journey spinning and weaving through signatures and steering clear of the neighborhood where 4th Ave and 4th street reside! A cerebral mix of emotions that relish the times past and present.

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!

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”

December 2nd

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!

LD at KCRW

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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December 2nd, 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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Music on the Road Documentary Premiering on FUSE TV Dec 9th!! DON’T MISS!!

by on Nov.27, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Television

The Jazzcat, Voice of the incredible music documentary Music on The Road! Makes it’s television premiere…

Watch Full Episode

The webseries won “Best documentary” at the Baltimore web fest, and “Best music score” at the Dublin web fest this weekend.

Producers and film makers Benoit Percent and Yoanne Le Gruiec from France traveled all across America capturing intimate encounters with musicians in the crux of the fabric of this country.

Music blossoming in our artistic communities is potent and these gentlemen jumped in the trenches with their cameras to give you a visual and an audible of the brilliance that lies in your own backyard. Don’t miss this spectacular documentary premiering on Fuse TV!!

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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!

LD at KCRW

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!

P1060082 P1060081

NOVEMBER 4, 2017 3am

kcrwcom

Friday Night /Saturday  Morning

3AM to 6am Pacific Standard Time

3 Hours of Progressive, Eclectic Jazz for you dome!

idea-light-bulb

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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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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LeRoy Downs hosts the 60th Anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival Sept 15 – 17th!

by on Sep.01, 2017, under Events, Festivals, Jazzcat Hosting, News

60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

 

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This can be the best experience of your life! Celebrating 60 years of the Monterey Jazz Festival! An impeccable line-up to commemorate one of the worlds Greatest Jazz Festivals! The Place to be here in the West where it all comes together like “Effortless Mastery”. Several stages of the world’s masterful jazz musicians all together in one location, the stunning Monterey Peninsula where the beauty of location meets the brilliance of 60 years of jazz! From those you know to those you will come to know, expand your mind and experience a magical weekend of sound! By an means necessary, this is your life so live it. Moments in life you will always remember!

Come by Dizzy’s Den,  let’s hang out and do the music right!!!!

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LD on Stage in Monterey

It has been such a pleasure to be your host for the last 15 years at Monterey so, let’s do it again and continue for a lifetime!!!!

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 Clip from years past stream with Lou Donaldson

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See you here!!!!!

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The Jazzcat Brunch Jam was as Smashing Success!!!!!!!

by on Aug.27, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Television

As you all know by now, I love my Jazz Musicians!! So, I decided to create an environment JUST FOR THE CATS to hang, eat, relax and enjoy! It’s always extremely hard to catch everyone in town and available but, I would say that we had a splendid time! Please enjoy a few photos by Bob Barry and Kristina Dixon of 11One Visuals.

All made possible by The Jazzcat, All Music Television, Tone Mesa, Anne Keeler and Samuel Pace!

If you are wondering about this event, here is an article by Paula Edelstein http://www.soundsoftimelessjazz.com/features.html

Good times certainly had by all. And in the midst of these good times, our little bubble of celestial, sonic heaven, we can’t help but be cognicent of our world at large and the constant peril that persists with the fools whose rose color glasses only see white. This music, this world is a prism of brilliant color and true love sees them all! With that, we took the opportunity to create a new digital series on All Music Television called….

Here are the first two episodes featuring Ryan Porter, Jamael Dean, John Beasley and Billy Childs…

Enjoy your life, Enjoy the music and stay WOKE and stay tuned!!

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