Kamasi Washington Talks Jazz in the 21st Century!


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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee’s Feathers Featuring Irvin Mayfield Aug 25th at The Grammy Museum


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August 25th at the Grammy Museum

 grammy museum logoOver the course of a four-decade career, GRAMMY-winning jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards while re-envisioning jazz classics. Dee Dee photoShe’s performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Dizzy Gillespie, and has released a series of critically acclaimed albums, including Dear Ella, her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald that received a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Bridgewater also won a Tony Award for her role as Glinda in 1975’s The Wiz, and received a British Laurence Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Lady Day. As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger.Feathers Set for release on August 11, Bridgewater’s latest album, Dee Dee’s Feathers, is a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song collaborations with Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The album is an homage to the people and culture of New Orleans in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Bridgewater and Mayfield to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion surrounding their career and new album, followed by a special performance featuring Bridgewater, Mayfield and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.

Dee Dee’s Feathers, a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song and the collaboration of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), is set for release August llth, 2015, via OKeh/Sony Music/DDB Records. studioRecorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios, a studio in a reconverted historical church in the heart of the city that was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the release of “Dee Dee’s Feathers” will be accompanied by tour dates worldwide including stops at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Barbican in London and New York City’s famed Apollo Theatre on Halloween, “It was at the groundbreaking ceremony of the future site of the Jazz Market where I had the idea of a collaborative recording,” said Bridgewater.DeeDeeIrvin“I thought that Irvin Mayfield, NOJO, and I needed a musical ‘calling card’ so to speak, a product that epitomized the joys of our accumulative collaborations. When I shared the idea with Irvin, the seed was planted. After several emails, Irvin’s song suggestions, song keys picked out over the phone, we found ourselves at Esplanade Studio exactly one month later. Under Irvin Mayfield’s skillful leadership, band members had done the arrangements, and over the course of three days we recorded, filmed, bonded, laughed our way through the most extraordinary recording experience I’ve had. dee dee and Irwin smileThe music turned out so good, with my dear friend Dr. John blessing us on a day’s notice, Bill Summers’ magical percussive layers, and a host of well- known NOLA characters. I knew Irvin and his band- mates had bathed me, immersed me, baptized me in the waters of the Mississippi, and exposed me to the roots of New Orleans. For me this album is a celebration of life itself.” Added Mayfield, “This album is a testament to the continued relevance of New Orleans not only as a thriving city but also as a muse for communicating truth, love and beauty. Dee Dee Bridgewater leads us through a new artistic moment while answering a mandate created over a century ago by Jazz geniuses like Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong.  DeeDeeDeeShe proves through her art that New Orleans is not just a city but more importantly an idea that can make your heart and soul feel better. “Although steeped in history, Dee Dee’s Feathers is at the same time a modern exploration of the music and culture that makes New Orleans a city and place unlike any other. Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 11.07.42 PMTraditional songs such as “Big Chief” (featuring guest artist Dr. John), “Saint James Infirmary” and “What A Wonderful World” – all songs indicative to and steeped in the culture of the Big Easy – co-mingle with new compositions such as “Congo Square” and “C’est Ici Que Je T’aime,” transporting the listener on a sensory voyage through the city, whether dancing in a Second Line or frequenting a storied bordello in the heart of the city’s French Quarter. The launch of the CD and tour will also be tied-into the opening of NOJO’s New Orleans Jazz Market later in 2015. The first solely-dedicated space for Jazz and Education in New Orleans, Bridgewater will serve on the Board of Directors for the facility and has made a commitment to furthering music and education in the city in tandem with the facility.


Also being released in tandem with Dee Dee’s Feathers is Mayfield’s new book,New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, a 304-page coffee table book that includes seven CDs of live music recorded at his Bourbon Street Jazz club, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The book reflects on Irvin’s unique experiences as a New Orleans native, a Jazz musician, and the many influences in his life including countless musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers, and other mentors. Unifying and grounding the various stories, poems, and essays are two central concepts that permeate the book: jazz & love. Illustrating Mayfield’s well-crafted words is a collection of some of the most culturally significant photography and artwork by master craftspeople such as John Scott, Gordon Parks, George Rodrigue, Herman Leonard, Greg Miles, and Erika Goldring, and the book features an introduction by biographer Walter Isaacson, a foreword by novelist Ernest Gaines, and an afterword by trumpeter and jazz-master Wynton Marsalis


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Click & Listen to The Jazzcat on 89.9 FM KCRW Saturday Aug 22nd show


Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

Last night on the air at KCRW was really great. For all the LA sleepy heads!

Click and listen to Aug 22nd show


We have our winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You for listening!

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First 3 people to click the pair of tickets below will check out the show!


“Dee Dee’s Feather’s”

Click the ticket picture below and WIN!!!!!

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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!


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!


I’m just sayin’ tune in for a great night/morning of good music! As usual I have scoured my record collection and have selected way too many cd’s to carry into the studio but, they will for sure help me in carving out the most delectable sound experience for you!

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Aug 22, 2015

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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Heartfelt Birthday/Get Well Fundraiser for Master Conguero, TAUMBU Sat Aug 15, 2015





“Taumbu” (ne’ Hal Ector, August 11, 1944, in Los Angeles) – legendary conguero, bandleader, composer, educator, craftsman and visual artist – will be given a Heartfelt Birthday and Get Well Fundraiser which will take place on

Saturday, August 15, 2015,

 1:00PM – 5:00PM, in Leimert Park at

The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts

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Center, 4305 Degnan Boulevard, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

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The Concert features Alumni of The Taumbu International Ensemble, including Matt Amper, Dwayne Augustine, Don Littleton, Phil Ranelin, Michael Session, Jessie Sharps and Steve Smith; The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble; also The Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Band and many other stellar musicians including: Andrew Acosta, Justo Almario, David Amper, Pablo Calogero, Rafael Feliciano, Dawan Muhammad, Derf Reklaw, Eddie Resto, Manny Silvera, Dwight Trible,

Admission: $20 = Suggested Minimum Donation

Those who cannot attend, but wish to contribute to TAUMBU can go to his Gofundme website: 


This event is co-sponsored by Don Littleton, Phil Ranelin and all the musicians performing gratuitously with Love in support of their colleague, friend and champion of this great music, Taumbu. It is also co-sponsored by the following in-kind supporters:

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Ken Moore and Howling Monk, Barbara Morrison and The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, Dalili Pierson and Rebuild Crenshaw Arts Committee and the entire Leimert Park arts community.

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TAUMBU-Master Conguero & Percussionist

Taumbu was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a producer, composer, musician, visual artist, craftsman and founder, director and leader of The Taumbu International Ensemble. He has over fifty years in the music world performing and recording with numerous groups from many countries. It is from this rich accumulation of experiences [in folklore and Jazz] that he formed the exciting and exotic Taumbu International Ensemble. With his ensemble, he has performed around the world, including Haiti, Mexico and the Virgins Islands, etc His performance credits include Horace Tapscott, Archie Shepp, Guy DuRosier and Joe Henderson.

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Taumbu’s mastery of the instrument is enhanced by his deep knowledge of the history and spiritual philosophy which accompany the myriad African rhythms he calls upon during performances. He produced and published the band’s exciting CD Song to the Ancestors and another CD Encantado. Taumbu is also a gifted visual artist, master bamboo flute maker and he has taught percussion workshops in Mexico. Taumbu is also known internationally as an instrument maker and instructor. He has made web instructional videos on how to make and play bamboo flutes and shekeres. Born from the ashes of the Second World War, raised in the urban jungle of South Central Los Angeles, Taumbu believes that, “this music is a testimony of our survival and our struggle for a place in this world.” He plays congas and percussions on the film soundtracks of I Build The Tower, Watts Prophets, The Gap, and Masters of Invention, an H.B.O. Documentary which used his original composition “Song to the Ancestors” as its theme song.

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Both his self-produced CDs are very sought after and have been chosen on various radio programs as records of the week/month/year. Taumbu’s recording credits include Sweet Baby J’ai, Henry Franklin, Richard Buxton, Randy Tico, Dale Fielder, Phil Ranelin, Lorraine Fielder, Onaje Murray, Horace Tapscott, Dawan Muhammad, Nopalera and Splash. Taumbu is featured prominently on Ranelin’s A CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE VERY BEST KIND due to Ranelin’s insistence upon a strong African rhythmic foundation as part of the identity of The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble. To visit Taumbu’s web art gallery and for additional information, please visit: www.taumbu.com.

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Click and Listen to The Jazzcat’s July 25th show on 89.9 FM KCRW!!

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Hello Beautiful Jazz People!

Once again back on the air at 89.9 FM KCRW.COM sitting in for Bo Leibowitz spinning a menagerie of sonic brilliance by many unsung heroes of the music!


Click Picture above for 3 fantastic hours of JAZZ!!!!

It is an intentional, mental foray into brain, body and sound; spontaneously crafted from organic creativity leading you down the black hole of euphoric ponder. An experience, not just songs played on the radio. What does it all mean? I won’t even know until after the nebulous sonnet has concluded.


I’m just sayin’ tune in for a great night/morning of good music! As usual I have scoured my record collection and have selected way too many cd’s to carry into the studio but, they will for sure help me in carving out the most delectable sound experience for you!

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July 25, 2015

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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Make Music Los Angeles Mass Appeal Events today!!!!!

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Make Music LA Concerts June 21st All Over Los Angeles!!!!

MMLA LOgoMMLA June 21 Free concert



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Listen to the 3 Hour Tribute to Ornette Coleman with The Jazzcat and Bo Leibowitz on KCRW

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3 hour tribute to the Great

Ornette Coleman

Bo Lebowitz and LeRoy Downs spinning a musical tribute to one of the most daring, path carving, brilliant innovators in Jazz, Mr. Ornette Coleman.

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His inspiration has lead many on the search inside themselves for true, honest,original  sound! The Texas Blues! May his soul rest in peace!

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If you missed,  click on pictures up top and join us again! Originally broadcast @ 3AM  Friday Night / Saturday Morning on 89.9 FM KCRW.Com  on Strictly Jazz!!


  Bo Leibowitz and LeRoy Downs trading sets, sharing stories and honoring the life of  one of the finest men in jazz!!!

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  Saturday June 13th


3am – 6am Los Angeles

 Progressive Jazz Music Lovers from all over the world UNITE!

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To Listen Click KCRW Above

 Don’t Sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LeRoy Downs Hosting Munyungo Jackson’s Jungle Jazz at The Blue Whale!


Saturday June 6th

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Jungle Jazz At The Blue Whale

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Euro Zambrano, Karen Briggs, Jimmy Haslip


With your host LeRoy Downs

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Special Guest Katisse Plays with the Santa Monica High School Bands at Catalina’s!

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