Visible Sound Sessions TONIGHT and Tomorrow Nov 16 & 17th

Tom Reyes

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Jazz on Television for Christmas? I Think, YES!!!!

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Win Tickets to see “The Gathering” Sun NOV 8th at the Mayme Clayton Library!

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“The Gathering Kick Starter Campaign”

Hello Friends!
After several years and through many challenges Tom Paige and Emily Koonse their small team are close to completing one of the documentaries he has been working on…

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The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz.

The Gathering film Kickstarter video from Tom Paige on Vimeo.
Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.15.18 PMMany of you know Tom and Emily have been working with some amazing musicians in the Los Angeles area for years. Many of these players share deep connections to the Leimert Park cultural region of Los Angeles and the local jazz and improvised music scene of LA. The name of the group, The Gathering, was inspired by a cultural center not far from Leimert Park. On Nov. 5th we launch our Kickstarter campaign, which is do or die as to whether the funding succeeds, and they really need all the help they can get to succeed. There are several ways to help. This is a virtual event that anyone can attend by joining and helping in the following ways:

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– On Nov. 5th, visit the Kickstarter campaign and pitch in.
– Like and Share the FB page:
Sign up for the mailing list:

The Kickstarter link will be live on November 5th on this page and the website. There are many great perks for those that contribute, including copies of the completed film when done, digital downloads and CDs of the orignal album release from 2008, and several other packages.

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Please visit the website at to learn more about the historic event captured on camera when Jesse Sharps bought together a stellar group of established and emerging musicians from the LA scene, including core members of Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, for an incredible day of music, performance, and collaboration.

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“The Jazz Creative” New Weekly Music Television Series Launches Across the U.S. September 20

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The Jazz Creative: Weekly Music Television Series

Launches Across the U.S. September 20th

All Music Television Network bows its first program produced by Emmy-winning veteran Frederick Smith Jr. and hosted by celebrated jazz personality LeRoy Downs!


LOS ANGELES – Showcasing today’s biggest and brightest stars blending jazz, blues, hip-hop, funk and soul, “The Jazz Creative,” a new weekly 30-minute music television series, will begin airing on September 20, today announced three-time Emmy Award-winning producer Frederick Smith Jr., founder and president of All Music Television Network. Over the next three months, the show will be available online and to 25 television stations reaching 20+ million households in many of the top 150 DMAs, including New York and Los Angeles.


Hosted by Los Angeles radio personality LeRoy Downs, the Jazzcat, “The Jazz Creative” is expertly curated and produced with exclusive interviews and intimate performances by emerging and established artists. The Jazz Creative will be filmed on location at clubs and venues around the country like our first episode filmed from the Blue Whale in Downtown Los Angeles, a widely regarded home to the sounds of a new generation of groundbreaking artists.

“With hot young musicians such as Gerald Clayton, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin leading the way, we believe ‘The Jazz Creative’ will be the start of a new era for this most resilient and beloved style of music,” said Smith. “Jazz is America’s original art form and continues to reflect our diverse culture.”

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GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Matthew Stevens are profiled in the first show, with saxophone sensation Kamasi Washington, trumpeter Marquis Hill, pianist Kris Bowers and 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival artists and highlights slated for future episodes.

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“The Jazz Creative” will air after “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS) in select markets. The series will also be available by subscription online at and on digital platforms including Roku, Apple TV and other OTT devices and services. Click below for local listings!where-does-lfbw-air/c13f3


Aimed to appeal to millennials and boomers alike, the program presents rising stars and music legends captured live in concert and in conversation at the world-famous jazz clubs, venues and festivals around the globe. Downs, a Los Angeles jazz radio program, will also debut the online jazz radio station “Sounds and Colors Radio” in November.


Charles Lloyd“LeRoy Downs is passionate about jazz and brings the experience of a lifetime of listening,” said 2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd.

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All Music Television Network (AMTV)


All Music Television LLC is an independently-owned production and distribution company based in Los Angeles that specializes in the development, production and distribution of music and sports related television projects for local and network broadcast, cable, digital, social media and ancillary distribution markets. Global in reach but local in taste, AMTV is a new source for everything music.

Frederick Smith Jr.

Three-time Sports Emmy Award winner Frederick Smith Jr. is the founder and president of All Music Television LLC. He helped launch NBC’s “NBA Inside Stuff” and served as the Los Angeles producer for NBA Entertainment. For 20 years at CBS Sports, Smith was responsible for many of the most iconic and enduring images in the history of televised sports. For 17 years, he worked on CBS’ “Late Late Show” as a video editor and producer. In 2001, Smith founded, which became the pre- eminent high school and college video recruiting service in the nation and was sold to Maxx Athlete. He has produced and directed shows, games and videos for ESPN, CBS, BET, NBA, NBC and Fox Sports.

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From left: Host LeRoy Downs, the Jazzcat, GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton and Emmy-winning producer Frederick Smith Jr. of “The Jazz Creative.” (Photo: Bob Barry Jazzography)

LeRoy Downs

Known as “The Jazzcat,” Downs has broadcast in Los Angeles on KJazz 88.1 FM as well as KCRW 89.9 FM, KPFK 90.7 FM, KXLU 88.9 FM, 1410 AM KRML in Carmel and KRML 94.7 FM in the Monterey area. For the past 15 years, he has hosted the Monterey Jazz Festival and has been Master of Ceremonies for the Angel City Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Cruise, KPFK’s Hero Awards Tribute to Billy Higgins, The 2015 KJazz Summer Benefit concert and several of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competitions, among other events.

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“Live From the Blue Whale” host LeRoy Downs, the Jazzcat (left) and All Music Television Founder and President Frederick Smith Jr. (right). (Photo: Bob Barry Jazzography)


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Angel City Jazz Festival presents Lisa Mezzacappa’s Glorious Ravage and Mark Dresser at The Redcat

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Thinking of life, it’s meaning and my place in it. The music allows us to search and discover our inner beings while resonating with the extraordinary pulsation that showers our bodies with emphatic joy. Body fornication, I open my eyes and feel like I just got caught. But no, the orchestration continues and we are all anonymous in the intrigue of avant, cacophonous serenity.
Spoken words, mixed with fruit, rainbows, strange birds and exotic dancing flowers, one can only imagine what seems impossible, can make artistic and creative sense when you come with arms and minds open to the music.


Bruce Lee said “Be Water My Friend”; fluid, permeable, translucent and adaptable to all elements. Notes and formulas, telling stories of blooming vegetation, plants  and flowers fertilized with the growth of sound vibrations. Phats and sharps, shards of movement, essential nutrients and the mores of the Motherland, danger among the beauty of life’s evolution, one foot deep in the groove while hands and spirits soar to the heavens.


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The numbers of musicians have decreased for the Mark Dresser Quintet but ,the vibration is still as vibrant and bright! On drums, Kjell Nordesen from Sweden lights up his kit with a solo of great diversity while Joshua White is  percussion on strings with intensity and rhythmic dimension; a supporting a cast of the only best. Mark Dresser is one of our premier creatives on bass”Not Withstanding” . Compositions composed with intrigue, space and a freedom that dances in, around and through all signatures.  This particiular title written in conjunction with the great Rudresh Mahanthapa.


“Hobby Lobby Horse” is a new piece which sounds fantastic featuring Michael Dessen and Nicole Mitchell out front on trombone and flute respectively. Lots of room in this configuration for everyone to express themselves throughly and completely in statements that are their own characters in short stories well crafted by Mark. From the light into the darkness and back, Nicole’s mesmerizingly haunting sound is a captivating force all its own. These are Masters of music and sound who play on emotion and have us existing in multiple paradigms. “Parawaltz” is sheer beauty and laments in euphoric amore’.

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Time for “Digestivo”, the sweet and tasty treat after every good meal. Pick a high or piccolo, either way Nicole is dropping soul over rich rhythms combined with Dessen’s “singing the blues” trombone, makes the music a perfect delight!

Joshua WhiteJoshua is ballet on 88! Dancing, diving, pushing and caressing the melody; the E-ticket ride weaving through the fabric of sound ingenuity! Music for those who dare!

The whistle blows, the Union calls and the show is done, but there is so much more!!!!

The Angel City Jazz Festival has only just begun! More incredible shows for all who are open and ready to receive the blessings that beautiful intriguing music can bring!

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Wallace Roney at Catalina’s Jazz Club Tonight and Tomorrow Sat Sept 5 & 6



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99,999 signatures by October 01, 2015 for Make Music Day!!!!

Dear Friends, Musicians and Lovers of Music!

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Please click the picture above and add your name!

Make Music Day celebrates a national commitment to making music and the importance of access to music education for all! It will recognize the benefits and importance of music making as an essential form of creative expression! Express your support for designating June 21st, the Summer Solstice as Make Music Day!!! 

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99,999 signatures by October 01, 2015

With the White House will review the petition and respond! “We the People” is a new feature on and it allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response. You can view and sign the petition by clicking the “We the People” picture above!

Designate June 21st as Make Music Day !!!

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This petition is on behalf of the Make Music Alliance a non-profit organization, our partners of professional, amateur and student musicians, composers, schools, instrument manufacturers, music publishers, community organizations, municipalities, and a range of other institutions and individuals. Make Music Day celebrates music education and recreational music making by creating free out-door performances for the public across the country annually on June 21st.

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Thank you for considering this request. Please forward this petition to all in your network.

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In addition children from the age of 13 can sign this petition. A music education is vital to our children their families and our communities. Together we can make this happen.

Thank you,

Dorsay Dorsay Dujon Founder/Chief Executive Officer Make Music Los Angeles

Phone: 323-377-7444



Make Music Alliance, Leadership Committee Political Outreach Co-Vice President, Silver Lake Improvement Association Member Support Music Coalition, NAMM Member Arts for LA

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Come and celebrate the Birth of the Really Cool, Bennie Maupin! For 75 years our world has been given the gift of music through the perception of this extraordinary gentleman!

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at The Blue Whale

Saturday night August 29th


Two new players in the game… Chitown in the house!!!!

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Jeff Parker and Josh Johnson

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Of course featuring the brilliance of ..

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Patrice Rushen, Darek Oles, Munyungo Jackson and Gene Coye

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LeRoy Downs honored and privileged to be your host!

A joyous occasion and great opportunity to see and here our very own Bennie Maupin and explore the enchantment of his adventurous sound; present and future with a giant footprint in the past!

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Please be respectful…..

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Sunday August 30th Come celebrate The World Stage!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

A FREE gathering of Leimert Park artists sharing, shining and performing…

The World Stage is in danger of losing their home in Leimert Park. This Sunday we will be holding a Roll Call of Artists and Performers to celebrate the unique beauty of the community, its artists, and the spaces in which their work is created.

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Some of the many performers appearing are: Dwight Tribble, Michael Sessions, Jerry Quickley, Phil Ranelin, Billy McCoy Trio and more more more. We want anyone who cares about Leimert Park and the World Stage, or is at least curious, to share in the artistry and the love so many community artists have for the space created by the founders, Kamau Daáood and Billy Higgins in 1989.


The artists will share their reflections on Leimert Park Village, and select compositions that represent important and resonant connections between the music and the community of Leimert.

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We want you to come celebrate this cultural gem with us to support our common cause and enjoy beautiful music.

Organized by: Dwight Tribble, Leila Hamidi, Jerry Quickley, Carlos Niño and Corazón del Sol
Attached is a link to a LA Weekly article on the situation with The World Stage.

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Kamasi Washington Talks Jazz in the 21st Century!


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