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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.

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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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LeRoy Downs hosts “The Planetary Prince” Cameron Graves @ Hollywood and Highland Tues July 18th @7pm

by on Jun.29, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News

KJazz in Association with Hollywood and Highland present

Cameron Graves
Tuesday July 18th @ 7pm at Hollywood and Highland

Hosted By LeRoy Downs


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Make Music LA on June 21st!! Come out, Participate and Celebrate

by on Jun.10, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News

Make Music LA at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw with Barbara Morrison

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The Jazzcat on KCRW May 27th Spinning Music from 4 Fantastic Record Labels!!!

by on May.23, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

 

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KCRW

Profiling Artists from 3 Great Record Companies

Biophilia Records

Mack Avenue Records

Orenda Records

PI Recordings

Plus a Miles 91st Birthday Medley to close the show

89.9 FM KCRW.com

The music is so potent and it is and ever learning and growing process. So many artists are presenting fabulous works of art and the popular media just keeps playing the same old thing. Radio is a place to entice you to hearing and learning new music that you might enjoy! I learned about music back in the day from labels like Blue Note, Impulse, Riverside and the likes so, this Saturday I will be presenting several artists from these labels along with my regular eclectic programming.

Saturday Morning May 27th 

from 3AM to 6AM

IMG_5046On the edge of the music, balancing between the “was” and the “will be” of sound is where you can always find me doing my absolute best to provide you with an intelligent, thought provoking, artistic, creative endeavor in sound. Jazz is the most confusing word in music and therefore it’s hard to explain in mere words. All we ask, as the purveyors of this music called Jazz is that you…

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  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. Bo Leibowitz with “Strictly Jazz” and ld-max-on-kpfkMark Maxwell with “Rise” are the only two 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”

  May 27th

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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May 27th

Friday Night /Saturday  Morning

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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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Listen!!! Sat Morning 3AM!! Worldwide to The Jazzcat on KCRW.ORG “in the Wee Hours”

by on May.12, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

The Jazzcat on KCRW for 2 More Saturdays!!!!!

KCRW

click KCRW logo and enjoy show for Sat May 20th!!

89.9 FM KCRW.com

Saturday Morning May 20th and 27th 

from 3AM to 6AM

IMG_5046On the edge of the music, balancing between the “was” and the “will be” of sound is where you can always find me doing my absolute best to provide you with an intelligent, thought provoking, artistic, creative endeavor in sound. Jazz is the most confusing word in music and therefore it’s hard to explain in mere words. All we ask, as the purveyors of this music called Jazz is that you…

nye-kcrw-in-studio-w-sam

Click for Video

  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. Bo Leibowitz with “Strictly Jazz” and ld-max-on-kpfkMark Maxwell with “Rise” are the only two 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”

 May 20th &  May 27th

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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May 20th and 27th

Friday Night /Saturday  Morning

kcrwcom

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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The Jazzcat Spinning on The Bridge at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

by on Apr.06, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News

Come on by and get your music on! The Jazzcat will be spinning 3 hours of…

JAZZ Supersonic Sounds!!!!

on the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Bridge. Enjoy the experience of live jazz music along with a display of premier episodes of “The Jazz Creative” and other jazz media sponsored by the AllMusicTelevision Digital Network!

Saturday April 15th

1pm – 4pm

A casual set of eclectic jazz music with some premier jazz musicians dropping by to say hello and share their latest projects!!

Ryan “Papa” Porter

Josef Leimberg

Daniel Rosenboom

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Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial with Jane Monheit and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra!!

by on Mar.08, 2017, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News

On Sunday, May 7, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a special tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday. This 7pm concert will feature guest vocalist Jane Monheit performing with the SJO’s 67-member jazz orchestra, the only ensemble of its kind in the United States.

With support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the SJO will perform a number of Ella’s beloved jazz orchestral arrangements by Nelson Riddle, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Won’t Dance,” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

This one-of-a-kind celebration, which will take place at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at 6200 Atherton Street in Long Beach, will open with a work remembering SJO co-music director, the late George Duke, and feature two exciting world premiere works by Alan Chan and Gordon Goodwin, featuring saxophone soloist Eric Marienthal. The Carpenter Center is home for the SJO as they present a series of free educational and community concerts there called “Arts for Life.” An Arts for Life event will also take place the afternoon of May 7 with hundreds of students from across LA country in attendance.

Photo of Ella Fitzgerald; Agency: Redferns (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

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The 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is uniquely dedicated to the blend of jazz and classical, as exemplified by George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The orchestra, led by music director Mitch Glickman, has performed across Southern California at such venues as the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Royce Hall, the Ford Amphitheater, and more. The SJO has received peer review grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Irvine Foundation, Music Performance Fund, Meet the Composer, the ASCAP Foundation and others. Soloists who have joined the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra include George Duke, Christian McBride, Dave Grusin, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, Justo Almario, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Peter Erskine, Robert Hurst, Phil Perry, Ernie Watts, and The Yellowjackets.

Since its debut in 2002, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has commissioned ten new works, and performed fifteen world premieres. Previous commissioned composers have included George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Lesa Terry, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Darcy James Argue. Each year, the SJO selects a composer to write a new piece through its ASCAP Foundation/ Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize.

In addition to performing and commissioning, the SJO has become an integral piece of music education in Los Angeles County, bringing their “Music in the Schools” program to 170 classrooms totaling almost 4,000 students each week, with a focus on schools in underserved neighborhoods. This year-long program integrates with and enhances students’ understanding of math, reading, science, history, and creative writing. In some of the neighborhoods served by the SJO, like Compton and Watts, the program is in schools that have had no arts education in decades. This program is supported by national and local educational partnerships with Turnaround Arts, the Herb Alpert Foundation, LA County Arts for All, and the Arts Community Network in underserved elementary schools across LA County.

SundayMay 7 

Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial

with Jane Monheit

at the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s 15th Anniversary Concert

at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach

 

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra founder and music director Mitch Glickman notes, “For 15 years we’ve given composers the world’s greatest Crayola box of sounds – the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra comprised of Hollywood’s finest studio musicians, adept at jazz, classical and so much more. By perpetuating this uniquely American form of music that began with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” we continue to move the genre forward and feature some of the world’s finest soloists. And for the past 9 years, we have developed a unique K – 5th grade music curriculum that is now in 12 schools in Watts, Compton, Long Beach, Culver City and Los Angeles. I am continually amazed watching the students compose and perform their own blues songs, improvise on the keyboard, analyze the music of Bach, and sing the music of Duke Ellington.”

Tickets for the event are $35 and $55 and are available. Additionally, there are a limited number $100 of VIP tickets that include a pre-concert reception at 6 pm, followed by preferred seats for the 7 pm concert. Sponsors for the event include the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Turkish Airlines, and KJAZZ Radio.

 

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For more information please see http://sjomusic.org.

 

 

 

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Listen and Enjoy “The Jazzcat” New Years Eve Throw Down on 89.9 FM KCRW.com

by on Dec.30, 2016, under Events, Jazzcat Hosting, News, Radio

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Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

New Years Eve was a BLAST!

Saturday Morning December 31st from 3AM to 6AM

KCRW

89.9 FM KCRW.com

IMG_5046On the edge of the music, balancing between the “was” and the “will be” of sound is where you can always find me doing my absolute best to provide you with an intelligent, thought provoking, artistic, creative endeavor in sound. Jazz is the most confusing word in music and therefore it’s hard to explain in mere words. All we ask, as the purveyors of this music called Jazz is that you…

nye-kcrw-in-studio-w-sam

Click for Video

  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!

sam-paceAlso live in Studio TONIGHT Artist Sam Pace will let the music inspire art from blank canvas to jazz brilliance! Sam created this piece called, ” The Street of Dreams” and if you look close, guess who is hosting the Thelonious Monk Sextet!!!!

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So as you can see, the music will be on, the art will be on, and a whole lot of creativity will be spiritually and nocturnally seeping in to your subconscious as we approach 2017. With as much love, inspiration and positivity as we can bring forth, this energy is our gift to help keep us healthy, strong and SAFE as we face uncertainty ahead.

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 Saturday Morning December 31st from 3AM to 6AM

KCRW

 

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. Bo Leibowitz with “Strictly Jazz” and ld-max-on-kpfkMark Maxwell with “Rise” are the only two 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 New Years Eve Morning Dec 31st

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Judah Man did all the social media! Check out on Instagram

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3am – 6am KCRW.ORG

KCRW

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

Dec 31st, 2016

Friday Night /Saturday New Years Eve Morning

kcrwcom

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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