The Jazzcat

The Angel City Jazz Festival October 4th -13th 2013!!

by on Oct.05, 2013, under News

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 11.56.43 PM


The most “Progressive Music Festival” that Los Angeles has ever known now in its 5th year continues to be on point with the music. Come out and experience Jazz music at its finest! 


Friday October 11, 2013

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.40.57 AM

Redcat theater



Symposium –

New Technology in Jazz and Journalism

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.44.39 AM Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.45.24 AM Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.46.18 AM Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.48.04 AMScreen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.22.24 AM

Technology now allows musicians to emulate and manipulate any sound, to collaborate from long distances, to learn from people they’ve never met, and to deliver their music instantaneously to international legions of networked listeners. How have these changes affected a spontaneous art’s quality and depth? Who and what stands to benefit — and to suffer?


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM



Jim Black, Tim Lefbvre and Chris Speed

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.58.18 AM Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one of the world’s most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis.

Tim Lefebvre is quickly carving out a bold and progressive vision of what a contemporary bassist can and should be. Fashioning a leadership role in avant-garde jazz and funk circles, Tim is also a capable and reliable sideman routinely called upon by today’s leading innovators.

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. His bands include Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy , Pachora and The Clarinets. Throughout the nineties Speed worked with many pioneering bands in the creative new music/downtown scene.


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM



John Hollenbeck and the Claudia Quintet

The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz since their founding Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.58.34 AMin the late 1990s. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia to be a ‘band’ with a sound not only determined by the compositions and the instrumentation, but with the actual players who perform the music.

This concept is why Claudia has had an immediately identifiable sound since its inception. In that sound, the exceptional artistry and individuality of each musician is skillfully revealed throughout Hollenbeck’s original compositions.


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM



Saturday October 12, 2013

The Blue Whale

7:00 PM

Icons Among Us –

Jazz in the Present Tense PART 3

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.22.53 AM


8:30 PM 


CANCELED Terence Blanchard Quintet


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM


Sunday October 13, 2013

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.40.57 AM

Redcat theater



Icons Among Us –

Jazz in the Present Tense PART 4

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.22.53 AM



Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM





Dafnis Prieto Sextet

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 2.23.49 AM

 Cuban born drum virtuoso Dafnis Prieto performs movements of his award winning Chamber Music America commission “The Emotion Series: Taking the Soul for a Walk,” with his accomplished sextet including Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Felipe Lamoglia (alto/soprano saxophones), Manuel Valera (piano), and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).

Dafnis Prieto, drummer, composer, and educator,  has electrified audiences with his dazzling technical abilities and rhythmically adventurous and groundbreaking compositions. A classically trained musician who absorbed from an early age the multifaceted percussive traditions of his native Cuba, Prieto transposes elements from his Afro-Cuban musical heritage onto a jazz drum kit, incorporating congas, timbales, and the layered rhythmic patterns of rumba and son.

 Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM

Friday Oct 4, 2013

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.30.53 AM

at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA

6pm: 2013 Young Musician Competition Winners



Nicole Mitchell’s Sundial Ensemble

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.03.02 AMNicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. With contemporary ensembles of varying instrumentation and size (from solo to orchestra). As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2013….





LACMA Hosted by LeRoy Downs


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM


Saturday Oct 5, 2013

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.29.11 AM

at UCLA’s Royce Hall


John Scofield Uberjam

Electric guitarist John Scofield returns to Royce Hall. This time around, he presents his 
Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.09.59 AMraucous, electronic-infused Überjam Band featuring Andy Hess on bass, rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, and Tony Mason behind the drum kit. Together they create a dizzying fusion of jazz, funk, atmospheric and electronic music. 

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM



Dave Holland Prism

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.10.18 AM

Dave Holland—one of the greatest upright bass players in jazz history—debuts his aptly-named Prism project in Los Angeles with this performance. The band features ingenious keyboardist Craig Taborn, former SFJAZZ Collective drummer Eric Harland and Kevin Eubanks, a brilliant guitarist who led The Tonight Show band for years.

Combining the celebrated virtuosity of Taborn on electric and acoustic pianos and the soulful fire of Eubanks in the front line with Harland’s matchless finesse and expressiveness, this decidedly plugged-in quartet is an explosive outlet for Holland at his best.



Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM

Sunday October 6, 2013

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.33.16 AM

At the John Anson Ford Theater


4pm & 5:45 Pm Film Part 1 and 2


Icons Among Us –

Jazz in the Present Tense 

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.22.53 AM

The inaugural movement of the series directly challenging perceptions of what jazz is and what it is becoming by examining its innovative new voices as well as their influential forebears. We discover the primary questions associated with the jazz artists’ quest to define themselves and their art form. They bravely communicate their allegiance to the present time in the face of jazz legacies that are monumental. The new voices as well as the powerful journeymen weigh in on their search for mentorship and its powerful effect on success.

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.22.24 AM

Our dialogue unfolds with Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Russell Gunn, Matthew Shipp, Avishai Cohen, Bill Frisell, Greg Osby, Robert Glasper, Bugge Wesseltoft, Aaron Parks, Lionel Loueke, Frank Lacy and David King, featuring interview appearances with Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lavano and George Wein.

Film Producer John Comerford


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM



Richard Sears featuring Tootie Heath

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.17.28 AMPianist and composer Richard Sears grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. In 2005, Richard received a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Shelly Berg, John Clayton, and Alan Pasqua.

Special guest is jazz legend Albert “Tootie” Heath. The younger brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath,  Tootie Heath has long been a top hard bop-based drummer with an open mind toward more commercial styles of jazz.


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM

6:15 pm



By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.35.10 AMnominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world.

Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Ageshow, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert.


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM

7:30 Pm


Yosvany Terry Quintet

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.36.07 AMBorn in Cuba, the musician-composer-educator incorporates American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce performances and compositions that flow from the rhythmic and hard-driving avant-garde to sweet-sounding lyricism. He brings his inimitable style to stages all over the world, performing regularly with the Yosvany Terry Quartet and Yosvany Terry and the Afro-Caribbean Quintet, as well as with the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet and Eddie Palmieri and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. Yosvany has also worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Chucho Valdes, Silvio Rodriguez, Branford Marsalis, Paquito de Rivera, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Avishai Cohen, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cassandra Wilson, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Wycliffe Gordon, Dafnis Prieto, Taj Mahal, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Murray, Joe Lovano, and Paul Simon.



Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 1.12.18 AM



Greg Osby and Anat Cohen

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.38.40 AM
Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years.

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group



Ford Theater Hosted by LeRoy Downs


Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 12.48.55 AM


Leave a Reply

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!

Visit our friends!

A few highly recommended friends...