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"Down with Downs" Selected as Grand Prize Winner in the Jazz Catagory for Songwiting Contest!

by on Mar.27, 2010, under News

You may not know but Los Angeles trumpeter, educator and songwriter, Brian Swartz won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition with a song he composed with his favorite program host in mind, me!

LeRoy Downs
Click photo above for a free download of “Down with Downs!!!!!!”

What an honor it is to have a piece of music crafted after the spirit of my dedication to jazz and all that it represents. “Down with Downs” is a kick ass piece of music and the theme, tone and temper of the music reflect the type of vibe that I created on the radio when I worked the overnight shift back in the day at 88.1 fm KLON, now 88.1 fm KKJZ.

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Message from Brian

Voting for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest “Lennon Award” opens

March 26th, 2010! As you may already know, my song, “Down with Downs,”

was selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the Jazz Category for the 2009

JLSC, Session I.  Now I’m going head to head with the winner of Session

II for the “Lennon Award” in the Jazz Category.  If I win that, I will

compete for the “Maxell Song of the Year” and the chance to win $20,000

plus other prizes. THIS IS NO JOKE, my friends! You can vote for my song

once a day until April 26th, 2010 so please follow this link and vote

every day!

Brian Swartz

click pic above to vote

If you all would not mind giving Brian a boost and voting for “Down With Downs” everyday! It would be great to have one of LA’s wonderful musicians win this prestigious award and have the prizes go towards the invention more creative jazz music!

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