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Herman Riley at the World Stage on May 14th!

by on May.12, 2004, under News

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        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  Clint Rosemond

                                                                                                 (323)  290-6565






     (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Los Angeles, CA—)  On May 14, 2004 The World Stage will present Herman Riley


during the fourth segment of a unique series, World Stage Stories.  As a vital part of the


World Stage’s education component, these intimate portraits are designed to enlighten as


well as entertain.  This extraordinary reedman plays the clarinet, oboe, English horn, 


flute and baritone sax but is best known for his mastery of the tenor saxophone.  


     A native of New Orleans, Herman majored in music at Landry High School. 


Riley was also a key member of Southern University’s famed marching band.    


     In 1962, Herman was named Outstanding Solo Artist at the Monterey Jazz Festival.


Riley has performed and recorded with giants like Lionel Hampton, “Philly”


Joe Jones, Junior Cook, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Benny Carter, Ray Brown,


Oliver Nelson, J.J. Johnson, Woody Herman and Nelson Riddle, among others.


     As a versatile, first-call recording artist, Riley’s phone rings often.  He is quite


comfortable in any setting, having backed the likes of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Jessie


Belvin, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, “Big” Joe Turner and the Jackson Five.   


     Mr. Riley will actively engage the audience with personal anecdotes from his


distinguished career.  He will also field questions from the audience and perform.


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     Produced by Jeffrey Winston and Chet Hanley, World Stage Stories will inspire young


musicians, students and educators alike while it explores the evolution of America’s


indigenous art form. 


     Winston is a free-lance writer while Hanley hosts Jazz in the Modern Era,


a live broadcast from the campus of Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.  The show


airs every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 36.  It features insightful interviews, archival


films and rare recordings.


     The World Stage, a non-profit educational and performance arts gallery, is located in


the heart of Leimert Park, the cultural hub of L.A.‘s African American community.  


Founded in 1989 by master drummer Billy Higgins and poet Kamau Daáood, it remains


a vital lifeline for emerging and established musicians, writers, singers and storytellers.       


The venue nurtures at-risk youth through workshops, mentoring and hands-on exposure


to the performing arts.


     World Stage Stories, a popular oral history series, will return next fall.  “The


musicians will appreciate the recognition and researchers might also find it valuable for


their needs,” said Executive Director Clint Rosemond.


     The World Stage is located at 4344 Degnan Blvd. in Los Angeles, just one block east


of Crenshaw.  Admission is only $ 5.00 and each program begins at 8:00 p.m.  For more


information, call (323) 290-6565.



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