Omar Sosa appearing at the Blue Whale November 18


November 18th at The Blue Whale

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Click to visit Omar’s new YouTube Channel

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An Evening at The Stage: An Open House Fundraiser – Saturday Oct 22nd!

An Evening at The Stage:


An Open House Fundraiser

Saturday, October 22, 2016


As many of you already know, THE WORLD STAGE  has moved into a larger and renovated space (across the street from the original location) with a state of the art sound system.


Come out and get to know, or get reacquainted with, this cultural gem in Los Angeles. Your support will ensure it is enjoyed by generations to come. The Open House Host Committee planned this event with the goal of raising $5000 to pay for the design, materials and installation of an exterior lighted sign for the new location. Excess amount raised will go directly to TWS’ operation costs.


The suggested minimum donation is $30, which includes performances to showcase the talented artists at THE WORLD STAGE followed by a wine and cheese reception. Donations in excess of the suggested minimum are welcome and guests who donate an additional $100 or more will be invited to a private reception and performance at the sign unveiling celebration.


4-5pm: Get to Know The Stage: Meet its Board Members, Workshop Facilitators, Artists & Supporters


5-6pm: Experience the Talent: Performances by Dwight Trible, Jazz Vocalist and Executive Director of The World Stage; S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi’s Women’s African Drum Circle; The Billy McCoy Band; and other artists to be announced

6-7pm: Mingle: Wine & Cheese Reception

s-h-i-n-e-mawusiWe are hoping to raise money ($5000) for a lighted sign to go above our storefront to showcase our new location. Any excess amount raised will go directly to TWS’ operating costs. 

Please make your online donation today. 


When and if you make your payment, please indicate that you were contacted by me for this event– since we are trying to keep track of our RSVPs. If you are unfortunately unable to make the event, we would still graciously accept a donation towards our goal. 


PS— if you feel so inclined, we would greatly appreciate you to circulate this invitation to those who you feel would like to support The Stage! 


Also, please find further details regarding our schedule of events and the rich history of TWS on the invitation. Donations will also be accepted at the event.

I hope to see you at our event!

With Warmest Regards,

Mari Hashimoto

Board Member,  The World Stage

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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at the Angel City Jazz Festival

rdresh It’s in the blood. The sound of a country and the rise in spirit of the five human elements riding and stirring up the peace before the storm, BAM! Sensational alto rhythms in massive frequency present themselves like Morris code translations from a parallel Universe of intellect with message to enlighten.


bird-calls“Bird Calls” the latest work of art from Rudresh Mahanthappa based not as a tribute, but more like premises of inspired improvisations grounded in the cognition of Charlie Parker but, fashioned in the form of 21st century and beyond Rudreshisms that represent new shapes and textures for the thought provoking music of now.
Who is this cat on Trumpet? Adam O’farrell fearlessly moving through rhythm with the reverse polarity of a magnet repelling cliché and adducting seamless creativity as they forage through originality.

rdrsh1Bird calls, a progressive step into future based on past communications. No quotes, but an advance on formula; genius to the next power.
Thomson Kneeland is the super melodic voice on bass, Dan Weiss on drums and joining us once again adding extravagant improvisations and solid support, brother Joshua White on piano.

cparker“On the DL” based on Charlie Parker’s, “Donna Lee”.
“Talin is Thinking” inspired and written for his son sounds like pathways inside the brain of an inquisitive young one discovering truths and developing theories as he questions the world.

Josh elevates to levels on the highest plane when he takes his solos breaking the sound down into micro fragments and SPLASH, 23 golds back into the mix!


One of the premier nights of intentionally curated sound brought to you by Angel City Arts, always forward thinking, employing mind expanding artists to broaden the horizons of an ever changing landscape of sound. There are only a handful of us here in Los Angeles with the ODACITY to present cutting edge, presentations for thirsty ear Angelenos and for the last 9 years, The Angel City Jazz Festival has been one of the front liners.

Next year will mark a decade to the dedication to supreme jazz music presentation here in Los Angeles and we expect you and everyone else to show up and join us on the front line for the sound battle of superior vs a city, a state and a country of mediocrity. Live, Love Jazz Music!


LeRoy Downs

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Codes featuring Joshua White at LACC for The Angel City Jazz Festival!!


A sound delicate and deliberate, a groove rooted in African soil, a story told nightly at 6, 9, 10 and 11 for the decades of our lives. Society and the life that we live here as Kings of art, music, culture, dance, invention, sport, entertainment, education and the likes fail to uphold the beauty as a whole and tend to suppress, intimidate or try to eradicate a power and spirt that is omnificent.

Inside perspectives that come to shining light fruition, in the eye of the cyclone, calm, loving and peaceful with a tumultuous exterior. Joshua White and his extraordinary band delivers a multitude of sensation at the 9th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival.


Southern Cop was based on a poem by Sterling Brown poet and Los Angeles legend and vocal pipeline to the stars Dwight Trible delivers the narrative and connecting heaven and earth through ascending sonics.

mooreralph_7519Our brother Ralph Moore,  classically piercing the veil of theimg_7196 epidermis combining his sound with our natural body waves.
Jonathan Pinson dropping poignant precious bombs of joy as his energy, smile and incredible sense of creativity work in unison with bass player Dean Hulett.


Joshua White pounding and caressing uncharted templates with breathtaking passionate deliveries. A vessel of beautiful sound driving and supporting an all star ensemble transforming the audience here at LACC’s Claussen Auditorium to the palm of the hands of the music! img_7186

From poem, to a spiritual to soul twisting fate, we are all at the mercy of the whims of the melody. Lifted, emersed and delivered unscathed by the crash, the lessons in the music are full of truth, tragedy and love. There is no turning off the picture, no turning the other way, you must feel and become the sound like one drop of crimson in a pot of purity that stains, leaving us all with the Blues.

Undoubtedly one of the most talented and creative musicians of our times. Don’t sleep on this giant because guaranteed there are new paths carved in the music. Follow the footsteps now and be a part of the discovery, or wait and get on the train everyone else, either way, your future will be enlightened!!!


LeRoy Downs

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Angel City Jazz Festival!! Two weeks of stunning Music Sept 30th – Oct 16th


Listen, Learn, Love, Enjoy the music that you never hear will change your life!



ld-ford-angel-cityCome on out and enjoy all of this SUPER Fantastic Music! 2 weeks of Dynamic Sound! screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-46-11-pmLeRoy Downs will be hosting at LACMA the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to kick things off this Friday Sept 30th with the Angel City Young Artists Competition Winners and the LA/Chicago Project!

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-46-33-pmAlso at the John Ansen Ford Theater on October 2nd with  The Great Pharoah Sanders and the Gurrisonic Orchestra with Don Byron and Martha Gonzolez!

Come and get this MUSIC!

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Jazz at Drew on Saturday Oct 1st!!!!

Jazz at Drew 2016

Click Below and Listen to Drum Master Ndugu Chancler


talk about his band for Jazz at Drew

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Photos by Rashid Kafele

Performers for this years Festival include….


Come out and ENJOY!!!

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Listen to the Jazzcat Coltrane Tribute Show!!!!


 Celebrating the 90th Birthday of John Coltrane


A 90th Birthday Trane Celebration

Click any Picture and Listen!!!


maggielepiqueMaggie Lepique will start the celebration off at 11am to 1pm with Coltrane give-a-ways and some special guest talking about experiences with the great John Coltrane



LeRoy will continue with the 2nd half of the celebration at 8pm


Tune in and enjoy and experience from one of the most prominent Masters of the Music



Tonight it’s not the A Train to Harlem, it’s the Coltrane to inner peace and spirituality!

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!!

June 17, 2016 Show


90.7 FM or KPFK.ORG


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LeRoy Downs hosts the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival!!

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59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

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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 the best music on the planet, JAZZ and you NEED to be here!!!! What could be better than 3 days in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula with the BEST in the music!!! You really can’t afford not to come. Whatever it takes!!! This will be an experience that you will treasure for an eternity!!!!!

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


LD on Stage in Monterey

It has been such a pleasure to be your host for so many years at Monterey so, let’s do it again!!!!


 Clip from years past stream with Lou Donaldson

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See you here!!!!!

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Special Bobby Hutcherson Broadcast Saturday @ 3am on 89.9

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Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

We have lost a tremendous radiant being. Bobby has meant so much to me in my career as a musician, father figure and friend. Of course his vibraphone resonates throughout the Universe but, so does his smile, his laugh and his presence.

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Special 3hr Bobby Hutcherson Broadcast

Listen Live

Saturday August 20th

(Late Friday Night/Early Saturday Morning)

3am – 6am


Wherever you are in the world, Paris, London, Tokyo, Brazil, Chicago, Amsterdam I promise that if you tune in, you are going to hear some great music, some musicians talk about how Bobby influenced them and, you get to hear from Bobby himself from an interview we did way back in the day. Love, Laugh, Cry, LISTEN….

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Teddy Hutcherson, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, LeRoy Downs

A night to honor our beloved hero of the music, dear friend and sweetest man in Jazz!

Bobby Hutcherson 

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Aug 20th, 2016

Saturday Morning


3AM to 6am Pacific Standard Time

3 Hours of Progressive, Eclectic Jazz for you dome!


The Light is ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rest in Beautiful Peace Bobby


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