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Christmas Jazz with “The Jazzcat” LeRoy Downs

by on Dec.20, 2016, under News

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Merry Christmas to you all; All lovers of music, all lovers of JAZZ!!!

This year once again we give to you as our gift 30 minutes of great Jazz Music for the Holidays! It’s a great show to watch on Christmas morning so please watch, enjoy and PLEASE share with your family and friends!!

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Happy Holidays from All Music Television 

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LeRoy Downs “The Jazzcat” in association with All Music Television has produced a special holiday gift for you, Jazz on TELEVISION!!! AMTV logo
This holiday season, we present to you once again “Christmas Jazz with LeRoy Downs”. Christmas Jazz is JAZZ for Christmas, original music by some extraordinary musicians who have come together to share their talents with you!

Photographs on set by Bob Barry Photography

The show will feature performances by …

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Theo Croker, Nicole Mitchell, Danny Janklow, Dontae Winslow and the Winslow Dynasty, The Cameron Graves Trio and Introducing 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition Winner Jazzmeia Horn! Special appearances by Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Don Was, Christian McBride and Peter Erskine. WOW!!!!

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Enjoy Christmas Jazz with LeRoy Downs!!

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!!

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“A Drummer’s Story” the NEW Book by Warren Benbow

by on Dec.16, 2016, under News

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Warren Benbow’s new book ‘A Drummer’s Story’ chronicles the life of a young musician just out of The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. His story recounts the changing world of jazz in the 1970s amongst the racial and political shift in America. Warren’s coming of age memoir features his adventures with legendary musicians such as Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Betty Carter, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer and how they influenced his musicianship.

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Rob Wallis- Hudson Music – Pres. Drum Guru App – Founder

lenny-white“A Drummer’s Story is a walk through Bed Stuy., and Brooklyn in the 60’s and 70’s, and on to the High School of Music & Arts in NYC. Through his gigs with Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Sonny Sharrock, Warren covers the NYC music scene from The Apollo, The Fillmore East and Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and everything in between. Warren has touched on a huge variety of the music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – from the civil rights movement, the assignations of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King into john Lennon, the summer of love and Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled banner at Woodstock. A lover of music from James Brown and Aretha to Miles Davis, The Beatles and Ringo to drummers Art Blakey and John Bonham. Warren covers his life thru the streets and thru the music….”

Lenny White-

An American jazz fusiondrummer best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. ‪ White has been described as “one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion” ” Warren Benbow’s words give you a literary landscape of the most influential musical periods of the style of Jazz in the last century. He’s lived in it and continues to live an eventful life”.

Warren Smith- Jazz, and classical percussionist, and educator.

“I was privileged to read Warren Benbow’s book. I have known Warren, it seems, for most of his professional career. His narrative is quite interesting, especially to another musician, as well as a fellow percussionist. Seeing similar or shared experiences thru the eyes of another musician is always an interesting adventure. Warren’s story is reminiscent of my own early years in New York City. This book chronicles the constant evolution of the music world thru the last few decades. Warren tells of the influence of technology upon the music, as well as the ever-changing styles and developments of the innovators, musicians and composers who most influenced the direction of African-American Music during the 20th and early 21st centuries. His breadth of experiences, and the way he uses them to navigate a successful career, is a must read for young musicians. I am sure that anyone who starts this book will find it hard to put down, from cover to cover. Great job Warren. We need more active musicians to tell this story from the inside…”

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The Dynamic Duo Trading Sets of back to back JAZZ on 89.9 KCRW.com Sat Dec 10th

by on Dec.04, 2016, under News

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-34-38-pm Join us, Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs as we approach a brand New Year with the most precious diversity in the sounds of the music, JAZZ. What on Earth does that mean? Well be curious and tune in!!!

Saturday December 10th

3am – 6am Los Angeles

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If you love to dig deep inside the music from all angles and directions, dimensions and extensions, vibrations and sensations then, come and join us @ 3AM Friday Night / Saturday Morning on December 10th. And if you love popular music, then good for you!

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  Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs trading sets of the finest jazz!!!

  Saturday December 10th

3am – 6am Los Angeles

 Progressive Jazz Music Lovers from all over the world UNITE!

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It will be cognitive jazz science as usual as Bo and I trade sets to create an experience in the music. A Pre-eminent, Progressive, Sonic Experience in Jazz!!!! Don’t Sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rhythm Times 3! LeRoy Downs hosts Jazz DTLA featuring 3 Great Drummers

by on Nov.29, 2016, under News

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Los Angeles!!!! Drummer some! That’s right, Rhythm times 3 as we open the space for the mighty Los Angeles drummers that have covered the gammot in music! Come listen, eat celebrate and enjoy a part of your history!!

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Located inside Au Lac Restaurant

710 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012

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LdextravaI’ll be your host along with cathy_homeMs Cathy Segal Garcia and we guarantee the you will have a splendid night of music! I hear the food is fantastic so come on down, parking is easy and the music will be on high!

Look forward to seeing you tonight and we will be swinging’ the thing!

Click any picture for Tonight’s Details!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Music on the Road – Meet a New Generation of Musicians across America!

by on Nov.03, 2016, under News

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Embark on a roadtrip across the US to meet a new generation of musicians who reinvent genres and are looking for new sounds. From New York to New Orleans via Chicago and the Wild West,  Music on the Road takes you to the against-comings of American culture.

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From east to west, Brooklyn Los Angeles  Music on the Road is a musical web series that headphones to make the most of spatial sound. Guided by the voice of the American radio host LeRoy Downs, immersed in the environment and the community of each of the artists, enjoy the tempo of the 2016 America!

New York Episode 1                                   Detroit Episode 2

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Chicago Episode 3                                      Nashville Episode 4

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Memphis Episode 5                                  New Orleans Episode 6

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Austin Episode 7                                          Far West Episode 8

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Los Angeles Episode 9                               San Francisco Episode 10

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Yoann Le Gruiec is cinematographer and director. He recently worked on various documentaries for the American channel PBS, the last was Solar Impulse , The perpetual flight. Benoit Pergent Benoit Pergent was notably editor and cameraman for a New York television show sofa . Since he has made short films and documentaries mounted. He also wrote a thesis on film by Steven Spielberg. #MOTR

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Xenogenesis Suite: A Musical Tribute to Octavia E. Butler

by on Oct.28, 2016, under News

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So excited to be here at the world famed Huntington Library and on such an incredible occasion! The Nicole Mitchell‘s Black Earth Ensemble, tonight comprised of premium musicians from Chicago Los Angeles, New York all coming together in celebration of Octavia E. Butler‘s futuristic four part Xenogenesis Series!
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Science Fiction novelist Octavia Butler, wrote the stories and blended the races of humans with their alien counterparts. A take over, a revival, a resurrection and an exploration into other worlds of complicated strife and triumph.

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Inspired by her work, Nicole has composed an array of compositions that delve into the mastery illusion of images, thought provoking alienonic, futuristic creativity that all are sonically being expressed and channeled through the brilliance of one woman’s imagination called The Xenogenesis Suite


Nothing is off limits when it comes to the music. The search to connect Earth with extraterrestrial life forms. A call for sounds beyond our realm, a beam of light shining down exchanging energy as we tap into each other’s galaxies. Some might say experimental but, this is music with intentional sound creating synapse firing thought into existence!

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The Black Earth Ensemble: Anthony Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Eric Reeves, Avreeayl Ra, Mankwe Ndosi, Ras G, Stephanie Richards, David Boykin

Like a galactic star cluster traveling out through the Universe discovering new sources and exchanging nuances throughout their journey. The Black Earth Ensemble does not cater, does not reminisce on nostalgia, nor entertain resolution. They are not here to comply but, to teleport us into alternate realities, new ways of feeling and thinking, discover of our own intellect and to ponder on the possibilities. Comprehension, we can all spin our own individual Pollock and provide our version of the image.

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Look at the cookie cutter world we live in full of rules, routine, complacency, anger and self hatred. Music heals, transcends, and sometimes dares us to challenge ourselves and others. Openness and curiosity are good things. Exploration is a must if you seek to discover truth through any art form. Feel now and understand later, the answers reveal themselves.

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The Ensemble allows you to lower your wall of insecurity and judgement and let the light and love in. These instruments speak and within the sound are hidden jewels, treasures for you!

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Listen, can you “Smell the Fear”?  Our minds have been trained since infancy to think, hear and feel a certain way. Have you ever questioned that? These musicians thrive on uncharted territory, pealing back layers to unveil, absorb and as a gift, return it in an interpreted unspoken language for all to understand.

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Imagery is a humans greatest gift. Our thoughts, dreams and introspective intuition can turn into brilliant reality. Through art, through dance, through music; what did not exist before now lives and breathes among us. eadim-huntington-library-1

A soundtrack to imagination, Nicole Mitchell and this compelling version of her Black Earth Ensemble has my mind is dancing and my body exhaling! From words to music, read and create!

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

by on Oct.21, 2016, under News

An Evening at The Stage:

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An Open House Fundraiser

Saturday, October 22, 2016

4-7pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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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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