The Jazzcat

"Down with Downs" a tune composed by Brian Swartz for LeRoy Downs

by on Feb.20, 2008, under News

About five years ago, I was an on-air program host with 88.1fm KKJZ, our jazz station here in Los Angeles. During that time I celebrated my 40th birthday party and invited all of LA’s musicians to come on out for a 40th Birthday Party Jazz Jam! Many of the jazz musicians came out and we had a great time!

Trumpeter Brian Swartz came and handed me two sheets of paper and said that this is your gift. It was two pages of notes, musical notes, it was a song and on the top of the page it read, “Down with Downs”!

What an outstanding gift! I wanted to hear it but, the musicians that were at the party did not play the tune. A few months after, Brian invited me down to the Jazz Bakery where he was going to feature the tune that night! I was honored as he introduced the song and gave me a shout out in the audience. But, then they proceeded to play, “Down with Downs” and it was SLAMMIN’!


Brian has just recently recorded a rough mix with his group The Gnu Sextet that sounds just as great and you can check it out when you visit my Myspace Page.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Are you “Down with Downs”
I hope so.


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