3 Hour Radio Tribute to the Great Charlie Haden on KCRW



Bo Leibowitz and I celebrate a life time of music as we dedicate 3 hours to the beloved Charlie Haden on 89.9 FM KCRW.com. Click the picture above to listen…..


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LeRoy Downs TONIGHT Saturday Morning July 12th @ 3AM Tribute to Charlie Haden on 89.9 FM KCRW.com

P1060079 Click Picture above to listen to the Archive of May 17th 2014 show!!! Click picture of Charlie Haden below for the tribute dedicated to the life of the Great Charlie Haden.

May his soul rest in peace!

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Come and join me @ 3AM TONIGHT Friday Night / Saturday Morning as I appear alongside 89.9 FM KCRW.Com Jazz host Bo Liebowitz!! P1060080 P1060081 P1060082 P1060083 P1060084 P1060085 P1060087 P1060088 P1060089 P1060091 P1060095P1060076

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

  Saturday July 12th

3am – 6am Los Angeles

 Progressive Jazz Music Lovers from all over the world UNITE!

New York  London  Chicago  New Orleans  Tokyo  Paris  Istanbul  Brussels  Moscow Washington Poland Copenhagen TUNE-IN!!! Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 11.31.43 AM

To Listen Click KCRW Above

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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A New Way to Learn from the Best in the Business with “INTO THE SHED”!!

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It used to be, once in a blue moon, a student of jazz will get a rare chance to hang backstage with a big named GRAMMY-winning artist who came through on tour. But now, with intotheShed.com (https://intotheShed.com), that same student can access a plethora of big names on a daily basis! intotheShed is an all-in-one platform for creating, promoting, selling and teaching live, high-quality, video lessons, as well as, building a community around the top jazz artists in the world and the people interested in studying with the best.


With so many budget cuts in music programs across the country, many colleges and universities can’t always afford to fly in top jazz artists, but with intotheShed, virtual masterclasses are an affordable, personal and effective reality. We can even facilitate virtual adjunct professors via intotheShed for schools who are looking to offer their students extremely high-end talent, but can’t afford to have such a teaching artist on campus. But with intotheShed, students can still meet with their adjunct professor on a weekly basis even if that professor is on tour in Tokyo.

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There are many different ways to give live video lessons, but there wasn’t a single platform that made the entire process dead simple and brought the best-of-the-best all to one website. In just a few of a clicks, teaching artists can create, schedule, promote and sell a lesson. The buying process is equally as fast and simple and the teaching artist receives payments direct to their bank account in 2 business days. Every step of the process is handled in one place. It’s well organized, secure and the quality of the video is amazing. In our testing, we’ve experienced no lag time and can play together in real time.

  • Send direct lesson requests to the top artists in the world
  • Be notified as soon as your favorite artists open lesson times
  • Scheduling and organizing lessons all in one place 
  • Give 1-on-1 OR Group Lessons
  • Secure, simple payments direct to your bank account in 2 business days 
  • Downloadable Excel report of lessons taught and money earned
  • High-quality video
  • Promoting lessons on social networks are a snap with a single click
  • Creating a community of top artists and dedicated students supporting an environment of learning and growth
  • Study with GRAMMY & EMMY winners, celebrated phenoms, and highly accomplished jazz professionals 
  • Free, easily editable, attractive profile page to promote your artistry and available lessons.

Moving forward, the more successful we become, the more we can give back. We’ll be able to go into troubled schools and provide equipment to have live video lessons. We’ll be able to giveaway free lessons to students and families who can’t afford them. The more people that use intotheShed, the more we can help others, enrich the landscape of jazz education and grow this music we love.

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Where does the phrase “into·the·Shed” originate?

In jazz, when a person goes into the shed, they are said to be diligently practicing with a focused intensity beyond the norm. “The shed” is a time and a place when a musician works to break through whatever wall or limitations they are seeking to overcome and will only emerge when they have done so. intotheShed’s featured teachers, are masters of their instrument, their sound and their artistry and are intimately familiar with the shed. Join us. Get great.https://intotheShed.com

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Listen to Helen Sung with LeRoy Downs for Jazzcorner.com

Anthem-For-a-New-DayPianist Helen Sung is an artist who was born classical and grew up a jazz player. The Houston born composer, educator and swinging pianist was first introduced to the music in college and once intrigued by its rhythms, harmonies and sense of freedom, she switched her classical major to study jazz. Accepted as part of the first iteration of The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Helen soaked up all of the lessons from Jazz Masters such as Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Ray Brown, Jimmy Heath and many others. Her latest record “Anthem For A New Day”, features Reuben Rogers, Obed Calvaire, Ingrid Jensen, Seamus Blake, Regina Carter, John Ellis, Paquito D’Rivera. This JazzCorner.com InnerView is sponsored in part by the DC Jazz Festival. For more information visit http://dcjazzfest.org

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Nat Hentoff: The Pleasures of Being Out of Step coming to New York and LA!

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Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.

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At the core of the film are three extraordinary, intimate conversations with Hentoff. Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. Interwoven through it all is the sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures at the height of their powers.


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Listen to Dianne Reeves with LeRoy Downs for Jazzcorner.Com

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Dianne YellowIf you have ever heard one note from the great Dianne Reeves, you know she has you at hello! Her new album, “Beautiful Life” touches on several aspects of music and plays on the strings of our sensibilities, Mixing in her love of collaboration, Dianne has teamed up with a stunning array of peers including Esperanza Spaulding, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Gregory Porter, Gerald Clayton, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Bona and her producer Terri Lyne Carrington. In this JazzCorner.com InnerView, LeRoy Downs talks with Dianne Reeves about “Beautiful Life” sponsored in part by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. For more information visit: http://pittsburghjazzlive.com

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Miles Ahead: The Movie

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Blue Note at 75 Concert: Master Wayne Shorter and his Quartet

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis’ quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter’s harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

Many of those pieces were first recorded on Blue Note way back when, so it only makes sense that Shorter’s “new” band (of more than a decade now) is back on the label. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, he and his quartet — with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade — visit those themes and launch beyond them.



Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Suraya Mohamed, Patrick Jarenwattananon; Audio Engineer: Duke Markos; Videographers: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion, Christopher Parks; Special Thanks: Jason Moran (Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center), Blue Note Records, Mark and Rachel Dibner of the Argus Fund, The Wyncote Foundation; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann


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Make Music Los Angeles June 21st 2014 Celebrate and Participate!!!

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sounds and Stories: Jason Moran, the Blues and the Youngsters!

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