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Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) was officially on March 5th this year, and by far the best place to be to celebrate it was in New Orleans. However, if you couldn’t make the trip to the Crescent City the Soul Rebels brass band brought the party to Los Angeles’ Theater at The Ace Hotel two and a half weeks prior. The party oriented audience enthusiastically greeted the hard-hitting octet as they quickly got down to business with ripping and multi-layered brass forays for Rebel Rock, which also included the band soulfully, singing and rapping. Anthem-like “504” New Orleans’ area code kept the party going with all the crowd up and dancing, along with a funky horns aplenty instrumental.

Less than halfway into the show provocative singer Macy Gray with two backup singers joined the band for vintage-styled modern soul song “I Try” that was extended into two songs and set the audience into orbit. Afterwards the Soul Rebels continued grooving with an intoxicating mix of jazz, modern soul and hip-hop with a horn blazing instrumental. For dramatic tension the group slowly segued to Phil Collins explosive ending classic “In The Air” brass band style with everyone singing along. The excitement continued with sousaphones Manuel Perkins, and trumpeters Julian Gosin and Marcus Hubbard being featured for a new song.

The final part of the concert was all about the other special guest Big Freedia who inserted muscular vocals and stormed the stage as the brass band raged away. Freedia continued with commanding scatting/rapping to keep the audience going, while also doing call and response with them hip-hop style. Wrapping up the show the singer and band wailed away doing Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” to receive an over the top standing ovation, with a soulful encore following. The Soul Rebels definitely know how to party, with the only thing missing was some New Orleans trad songs.



Brooklyn-based by way of the University of North Texas, Snarky Puppy made their second appearance at Disney Hall, and this time performed with The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Vince Mendoza. Although considered an emerging band, the ten-person group has actually been together fifteen years, recorded 12 albums, won
Grammys, and has an extensive fan base domestically and internationally. “Thing of Gold” opened the concert, mostly featuring Shaun Martin’s inter galactic-like synthesizer playing and Bob Reynolds’ resounding sax, with light symphonic backing. Contrastingly, for “Tarova” the orchestra was much fuller, while synthesizer with the brass, including trumpet with effects and a percussive jam segment highlight by Bob Kilgore and Alex Acuna was funkier and thematic, all to the crowd’s delight.

Drumming continued with “GØ” for the solo intro before jaunting guitar, brass and symphony took over. “Even Us” from the large band’s upcoming new record gave the orchestra a break and had a light spiritual theme, accented by organ, sax, trumpet and percussion. Kilgore and Acuna were featured again for the start of Brazilian styled “Semente” that reveled with stunning brass with a resounding trumpet solo, and lush strings that was impressive. Funky jazz rocking large band grooving returned with “Grown Folks” as the horns melded with engaging layering and soling. “Lingus” maintained the jazz/funk jamming, with a touch of jam-band featuring guitar, brass and Mendoza’s orchestration to garner a standing ovation. For the encore Middle Eastern themed and guitar driven “Shofukan” was conjured up, and strongly meshed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Brit, Sarah Brightman was a star of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musicals and also his wife for six years during the ‘80s. In 1990 the soprano singer/dancer/actress split from the mega producer and went out on her own to headline concerts, while still doing musicals and operas, along with explorations into world music and adult pop. She recently appeared at the Dolby Theatre with an orchestra, dancers and soloists to showcase songs from her newest CD Hymn. Much like a musical or major stage production, Brightman’s concert featured elaborate staging, dramatic lighting and energetic dancing, with many dazzling dresses and gowns.

Musically, the singer falls mostly in classical romantic category, with touches of opera and pop interspersed, beginning with “Gothica / Fleurs du mal.” Brightman’s interpretation of theatre music and pop tunes made up a good part of the concert with songs such as “Stranger in Paradise,” “Hijo de la Luna,” “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen, “La Wally,” “Time to Say Goodbye” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” The title track to her new album, a Barclay James Harvest cover was a high point, along with a heartfelt rendering of “Ave Maria.”

Christopher Watson is very affable, capable and versatile singer/songwriter/guitarist from New York, who is fast emerging. He’s able to play almost anything and has the vocal pipes to pull it off too. However, Watson tends to be mostly modern soul/Bill Whiters oriented with bits of blues, folk, gospel and indie music mixed. Since being in So Cal for less than five years he’s made lots of friends and immersed
himself in a variety of projects. Some of them have been being on NBC’s The Voice, performing at the brand launch party of Genesis Motors hosted by Conde Nast, and doing a Nationwide summer tour documenting the songs and stories of local artists called The Unknown Tour.
At Hotel Café friends and family, including his mother surrounded him for a quick showcase. It encompassed introspective “I Just Want to Know Myself,” soulful “Your Love is The Sweetest Thing,” and funky soul jam “I Love The Botty/Bootie)” featuring the singer with band grooving away and cutting up. For more info go to:



Over twenty years ago versatile and adventurous multi Grammy-winning guitarist John Scofield recorded A Go Go with the highly eclectic trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, which exposed a new and younger audience to the veteran guitarist. Since then Scofield, who has essentially played and recorded with everyone including Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Joe Lovano, periodically returns to funk and jam band explorations. With that in mind, the guitarist performed with the rocking funk band Lettuce from New York. Members of the band are: Adam Deitch-drums, Adam Smirnoff-guitar, Erick “Jesus” Coomes-bass, Nigel Hall-keyboards/vocals, Ryan Zoidis-saxophone and Eric “Benny” Bloom-trumpet.

In anticipation of the UCLA Center For The Art of Performance concert at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, many of the attendees were up and ready to dance to the irrepressible funky sounds of Lettuce, who soulfully grooved away and soloed. They intermixed reggae, funk and rock, with jazzy and soulful brass chorus, along with percussive sections all much to the audiences delight. “Cool” from their upcoming record was similar, but with more of a driving rock-funk emphasis.

Upon the arrival of Scofield things heated up tremendously as the guitarist added gritty riffs, and Lettuce stepping up their game to sound like a mix of the Meters and James Brown’s horns and rhythm section. The guitarist went into The Dramatic’s “What You See is What You Get” that was less intense, yet more melodic to work quite effectively. Going back to 1984 was “Pick Hits” that worked very well with the format as the guitarist and band skillfully soloed. Drummer Deitch who has worked with the guitarist before was put through his paces with the band tastefully supporting for funked up “Jungle Fiction” as Scofield jammed angularly for his 2002 release Überjam. Somewhat more conventional was a tune from Miles Davis’ 1975 Live in Tokyo recording. For the show’s conclusion Lettuce’s rocking “Flu” with the guitarist and band wailing away was played.

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Israeli-born and New York-based guitarist Oz Noy appeared at Catalina’s with his powerhouse trio that included Jimmy Haslip-bass and Dave Weckl-drums. They quickly got down to it with a hard-hitting, blues rocking jam, featuring Noy wailing away and even inserting orbital effects. With new CD Booga Looga Loo on the verge of being released the guitarist showcased new tune “Chocolat Souffle.” It was a mid-tempo shuffle, easily suitable for dancing, bolstered by smoking bass and guitar solos that impressed the audience.

Returning to new material the trio ventured into a long atmospheric piece filled with ripping guitar runs and effects, based on Monk’s “Bemsha Swing” and “Evidence” (not on the record). A little later, Noy and band mates segued to more rock and blues styled jamming that showcased the guitarist command of effects, while the others energetically supported him to blow the house away.

Taking a break from intense jamming was a tangy version of Brian Wilson’s classic “God Only Knows” with a spacey guitar-opening segment included. Going back to Noy’s previous recording Who Gives a Funk was James Brown gem “I Got You” with Weckl laying down extensive smoking drumming, and guitar scorching. Wrapping up a hot and very enjoyable show was blues/jazz slanted “Grooving Grant” written for Grant Green featuring angular and soulful playing from Noy, along with Haslip soloing vigorously. For more info go to:



Drummer/composer/band leader Antonio Sanchez, best known for his long association with guitarist Pat Metheny’s various groups, appeared at the Soraya, formerly known as V-PAC on the Cal State University Northridge campus. The concert was titled Bad Hombre, taken from President Trump’s campaign in which he was disparagingly describing Mexican immigrants. Contrarily, Sanchez born and raised in Mexico, who became an American citizen three years ago embraced the term as a badge of honor. He even used it as a title for one of his albums. With his band Migration comprised of John Escreet-keyboards, Matt Brewer-bass, Chase Baird-reeds and Thana Alexa-vocals/wife performed pieces from recordings Bad Hombre and newest Lines in the Sand, a continuation of the theme with more focus on innocent and helpless immigrants.

The beginning of the concert was quite disruptive, with a sampling of sirens, screaming voices and shouting officers, resembling an ICE raid. That’s was “Travesta (Journey) Intro” from Sanchez’s latest CD, while other tracks, both assaults and tranquil moments, were also featured. Included was “Bad Hombres y Mujeres” also on the newest album that spotlighted Alexa’s beyond belief wordless singing and scatting intro with her husband banging away on drums and continued robustly with full band. As would be expected a thunderous and crowd-pleasing drum solo was embedded into the piece. Other
numbers such as “Home” showcasing the singer and the optimistic new title track hoping for better U.S./Mexico relations rounded out the concert, which generated a passionate standing ovation.

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Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Orchestra, one of the leading proponents of big band Latin jazz and a multi Grammy winner brought their powerful and enticing rhythms to the Soraya, formerly VPAC on the Cal State Northridge campus. Pianist/bandleader/composer O’Farrill put the mighty ensemble through the paces beginning with Dizzy Gillespie’s very popular and pioneering “A Night in Tunisa” to get the audience going as the orchestra blazing away.

Afterwards O’Farrill’s legendary father Chico’s sophisticated and yet also soulful “The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suites, I, 2 and 3,” written for Dizzy Gillespie was featured and showcased trumpeter Jim Seeley. The nearly 20 minute piece was warmly received and followed up with a newer and explosive composition “El Maquech” full of dazzling solos from Fandango at The Wall that was literally recorded at the Mexico/US Border at San Diego with musicians from Mexico, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, the U.S. and other places on both sides of the wall who were thoroughly mic-ed up.

Conversant and charming bandleader O’Farrill returned to the suite mode with “Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” coincidentally the 2016 Grammy-winner for Best Instrumental Composition. It was in effect an inclusion of all the countries of South America and their own versions of Latin jazz all influenced by the rhythms and textures of Cuba and Africa bolstered by robust percussion and dynamic brass choruses and solos that impressed the audience. Additionally, O’Farril’s 2018 Grammy-winner in the same category Three Revolutions inspired by Fidel Castro dying and Trump being elected on the same day was dedicated to friend and co-writer Chuco Valdez.

Furthermore, the pianist/bandleader spotlighted the origins of Latin jazz going back to the birth of jazz by doing a spiffed up version of New Orleans’ classic “Iko Iko” with the crowd clapping and shouting out the chorus. For more conventional Latin jazz bass turned in a sumptuous solo intro for a jaunting Tito Puente selection. Mambo rhythms also sizzled for “Mercado en Domingo.” While rumba themed “Obsesión” beginning with classical tinged piano and trombone, with percolating band play following and included clave hand clapping to concluded the brilliant showcase. As expected, a thunderous standing ovation followed.

The Getty Center’s 2019 Sounds of L.A. season closed with the Aditya Prakash Ensemble. Although singer Prakash grew up in Los Angeles, he is very steeped in Carnatic and Hindustani vocal style traditions, and has been a devout student since he was eight years old and trained in India annually. Additionally, the singer has toured and performed with the legend Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale and acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan. At the Getty Center, Prakash was supported by Mahesh Balasooriya-keyboards, Owen Clapp-bass, Mic Holden-percussion, Josh Johnson-saxophone, Jonah Levine-trombone and Brijesh Pandya-drums, along with live video projection by Travis Fluornoy. The singer began with a Carnatic meditative chant that quickly shifted to scatting with an upbeat backdrop of funk, jazz and classical Indian textures, accented by saxophone.

“Separation” from the group’s first recording continued the concert with a haunting intro by trombone, keyboards and percussion to eventually become a spiritual lament beautifully sung by Prakash and later garnished by Levine’s solo. The singer with a drone-like brass chorus gave a clinic on tradition Indian classical and invited the audience to sing along, with fast scatting thrown in. The exercise became a jazzy piece with trombone and saxophone soloing resoundingly with the singer inserting more scatting. The singer also pointed out the fine points of South Indian rhythms and scatted with band as an example, while they stretched out with keyboards soloing. From a more melodic standpoint a song by legendary Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was performed, and Prakash made sure to give him props. Wrapping up the enlightening show was a piece melding jazz, Latin, funk, and hip-hop with Indian classical singing to further amaze the audience.

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The Shakti Fest community of yogis, mediators, conscious parents, and spiritual seekers comes back together for its ninth season, this year on Mother’s Day weekend – May 9 – 13. Organized by Bhakti Fest, recently surpassing 10 years of producing conscious events, Shakti Fest is a unique springtime celebration. Driven by the divine feminine spirit, described in Eastern philosophy as the ‘dynamic force which moves the universe’ Shakti Fest features world famous yoga teachers, sacred music stars, spiritual and emotional growth workshops, sound baths, a healing sanctuary, and much, much more.

The Shakti Fest 2019 music lineup inspires attendees to sing, dance and open their hearts. This year’s line up once again includes the best Kirtan (a.k.a. chanting) artists on the sacred music scene: Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, MC Yogi, Saul David Raye, Amritakripa, Gina Sala, Bhagavan Das, Larisa Stowe & the Shakti Tribe, Govind Das & Radha, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Gina Sala, Fannah Fi Allah, Kavita Kat MacMillan, Krishna’s Kirtan, David Newman, Sirgun Kaur, and Wicked Hanging Chads, with more to be announced. The centuries-old practice of devotional chanting is considered to connect humans with themselves, the universe, and spirit.

World-class yoga teachers are the heart of Shakti Fest, and spring in Joshua Tree is a beautiful time to practice in nature. With a multitude of yoga venues with classes from sun up to sundown, there really is something for everyone! 2019 Shakti Fest teachers include; Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Mas Vidal, Kia Miller, Georgina Meister, Leeza Villagomez, Carmen Curtis, Hemalayaa Behl, Nubia Teixeira, Dr. Haridass Kaur Khalsa, Lisa Gniady, Dharma Shakti, Hannah Muse, Saul David Raye, Govind Das & Radha and local desert favorite Kristin Olson.

Shakti Fest 2019 workshops will cover a plethora of wellness and conscious topics including Ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, breathwork, Sanskrit, conscious relationships, women’s sexuality, bhakti art, and hoop dance, with internationally known speakers such as Michael Brian Baker, Mirabai Devi, Dawn Cartwright, Siva Mohan, Zoë Kors, Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine, Manoj Chalam, Peace Guardians, Sharanam, Josie Keyes, Meghan Mahealani Morris, Rana Nader, Sarah Marshank, Syamarani, Zach Leary, Bianca & Michael Alexander, and Dharma Devi. Shakti Fest also offers gender specific workshops for Women and Men, creating dedicated sacred spaces, which allow for a deeper connection and expression with sisters and brothers in a safe space.

There is no place like springtime in the high desert for a fully immersive, powerful conscious experience. Accommodation options include a huge area for car and tent camping under the amazing Joshua Tree stars. In addition, there are RV Sites with electric and water hook-ups, RV Sites with no hook-ups, Cozy Trailers, Bell Tents with an option to include cot & bedding, and fully styled out Yurt Tent Glamping (emphasis on the Glam in glamping!). There are also several hotels within a few miles of the property. Joshua Tree is also known for its variety of private homes to rent via sites like AirBnB including published modern masterpieces, rustic desert shacks, fancy Airstreams, and more.
The Shakti Fest Eco Artisan Village offers vegetarian and vegan food vendors, yoga clothing and gear, jewelry, art and unique collectibles. The organizers pride themselves on running a green event, offering free water and mindful recycling practices. The 2019 Shakti Fest is at a new location, on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert – offering panoramic views of the North face of Joshua Tree National Park, exceptional desert vistas, and spectacular night skies at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, in Joshua Tree, CA.



Shakti Fest 2019: Yoga and Sacred Music Festival
Mother’s Day Weekend May 9 – 13, 2019
Joshua Tree, CA
Early bird festival pricing is still available for Shakti Fest 2019, plus there are discounted tickets available for local residents, veterans, military, seniors, and students.














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At REDCAT The Wooster Group presented and performed The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, A Record Album Interpretation. The performance
entailed actually playing tracks as a live reenactment from folklorist Bruce Jackson’s album that was recorded in 1964, along with some context from his book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues. Eric Berryman discovered the album on Amazon and was so enthralled with it that he listened nonstop, and then took it the Wooster Group. He convinced them to do a staging of it that would be directed by Kate Valk. Aiding Berryman were Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore who garnished the work with more dimension and character.

The performance with mostly Berry, and the two other men was stark, yet also illuminating. They addressed the cruelty and disloyalty of Texas black prison life inside and out, while doing forced hard labor under the careful watch of armed prison guards and foremen. The stage was equally bleak with only a turntable, a table for tea or coffee, and large TV monitors on each side. McGruder and Moore sat when not performing, while Berryman eloquently described the record selections/field calls and prison settings, to made the depressing existence somewhat interesting. Most significantly, the men together were commanding, and beautifully illustrated the power of singing and the will to survive. For more info go to: or


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The Southern California Blues Society Presents
Saturday, May 4, 2019
(11 am to 4 pm)
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Famed Blues-rock guitarist and son of Jimmy Rogers (guitarist for Muddy Waters in the
1950s), from Canada!

Incredible legendary Soul and Blues singer/guitarist from Tennessee.

Up-and-coming harmonica master originally from Mumbai, fuses hard swinging blues with East Indian influences to make a gorgeous, innovative new subgenre.

CRISTINA VANE (Solo Acoustic)
Fabulous up-and-coming traditional blues guitarist/singer, from Nashville.



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It was a very special evening when harmonica player extraordinaire Grégoire Maret and genius keyboardist Kenny Werner came together for —Requiem for a Heavyweight!—Tribute to Toots Thielemans. The concert was at the Moss Theatre as part of the Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feat series. Maret who has worked with David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Kurt Elling, Jacky Terrasson and many others often got the called when master harmonica player Thielemans who died in 2016 wasn’t available. Werner, on the other hand over the years worked with the legend many times in a variety of settings. Overall, Maret and Werner were very knowledgeable in regards to Thielemans and perfect musicians for the tribute.

The duo began playing “Days of Wine And Roses” with Maret beautifully soloing and Werner taking a more divergent and abstract, yet tasteful course. “The Dolphin” by lesser-known Brazilian composer Luis Essa followed and was remarkably rendered. “All Blues” was one of Thielemans’ favorites to play and Maret arranged a slightly elongated and relaxed version that was interesting and stimulating. Another of the legend’s picks was Jobims’ “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)” and “Wave” that were pleasingly more upbeat than the previous selections as the duo elegantly interacted.

Werner between numbers mentioned that Thielemans’ enjoyed playing songs by vocalists, which led to keyboard strings tinged ballad “All The Way” that Frank Sinatra sang. In the same vein was “I Remember April” with the harmonica player and keyboardist
adroitly interweaving. The pianist talked about Thielemans range of genres and noted Jaco Pastorius’ music among them leading to intriguing “Three Views of a Secret.” Additionally, Jacque Brel’s “Je T’Aime” by the duo was romantic and captivating to draw strong response. During the remaining moments of the engagement the harmonica icon’s “Bluesette” was showcased, along with keyboard string aided “What a Wonderful World.”

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The Pan African Festival PAFF had considerably fewer music related films this year. Making up for lack of abundance were several incredible ones and at the top was Amazing Grace. This film chronicled two days in January 1972 when Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul was laying it down as only she could at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts. Keep the engine firing on all cylinders were Bernard Purdie-drums, Cornell Dupree-guitar, Chuck Rainey-bassist Chuck Rainey and Franklin who was exalting on vocals and piano. Witnesses among the congregation were her father Rev. Franklin and Mick Jagger for what is considered the Queen’s greatest performance. It hadn’t been seen before because Director Sydney Pollack didn’t sync picture and sound. However, through modern technology and producer Alan Elliott the technical issue was resolved.

Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes was captivating and narrated the history of the pioneering label founded by Afred Lion, Francis Wolff and Max Margulis. The recording company struggled until the 1960’s when it experienced two simultaneous hit albums Horace Silver’s Song For My Father and Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder. Director Sophie Huber commented and did Q&A afterwards. Prior to Don Cornelius renowned TV show Soul Train there was MR. SOUL that debuted on what is now PBS in 1968. It was more than a soul music show though, showcasing a wide cross section of black culture including, jazz, dance, R&B, poetry, art and social-political commentary for five years until losing its funding.

Other musical oriented films were New York to Conakry about drummers and dancers from New York going to Guinea for a cultural exchange and enlightenment. Obini Bata: Women of Drums spotlighted a group of women drummers who challenge all-male drummers 25 years ago. Panomundo Part1: The Evolution of the Steelpan dug into the history of instrument originally created in Trinidad and Tobago. Baksoso: Afrobeats of Cuba is a discovery of a new genre that is exchange between Cuba and Africa. Finally, Drugs as Weapons Againtst Us: The CIA, War on Musicians and Activists provide evidence of infiltration to promote drug use as social control over Civil Rights and Anti-War movem

PAFF also showcased many non-musical films, and high on the list was Bessie Coleman, First Black Aviatrix, and her crusade to first to become a pilot and then to be a professional. Buffalo Soldiers: A Quest For Freedom covered the origins of the respected soldiers and debunked many of its myths. Gumbo was an investigation of the food and how it’s a gourmet experience. Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg revealed the lesser known story of Nelson Mandela’s behind the scenes leader who worked tirelessly for his freedom and the end of Apartheid. Paul Lawrence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, spotlighted one of America’s great poets who influenced the Harlem Renaissance and Maya Angelou. The Changing Same shedded light on the lynching of Claude Neal 80 years ago, which was America’s last spectacle lynching and how four residents in Marianna Florida deal with its legacy. For more info go to:


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Mr. Musichead, celebrating 20 years as a premier boutique art gallery and its owner Sam Milgrom, teamed up with Los Angeles Jazz Radio Broadcaster and Producer LeRoy
Downs and All Music Television Founder & CEO Frederick Smith, Jr to present Just Jazz featuring a lineup of internationally recognized jazz artists. From 6:30pm to Showtime, before each show, tune into “The Jazzcat” LeRoy Downs as he spins one hour of supreme, eclectic jazz live on direct from the Mr Musichead Gallery! Downs will play music and interview the weekly artist as jazz patrons are arriving for the performance, enticing listeners to come on out and be a part of the Curated Jazz Experience!! A portion of the proceeds from each show will be donated to a local charity.

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Drinks & Appetizer Reception: 6:30pm
Live Music: 7:30pm

Red TicketThe David Weiss Sextet
April 10, 2019

Andy Milne and Unison
April 17, 2019

Celebrating James Newton
April 24, 2019

Other upcoming artists include Marquis Hill and more…

Mr Musichead Gallery
7420 W. Sunset Blvd (across from Guitar Center)
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Red TicketNEA “Concerts & Conversations” w/ Jazz Legend Peter Erskine
Saturday, April 13
Moss Theater

Trumpeter Ron Stout’s Modern Quintet
Sunday, April 14
Moss Theater

Guitarist – Kurt Rosenwinkel: Standards Trio
Saturday, April 20
Moss Theater

Piano Double Bill: Eric Lewis – solo / Yuko Mabuchi -trio
Friday, April 26
Moss Theater

Pianist Bill O’Connell Latin Jazz Quartet feat. saxophonist Craig Handy
Saturday, April 27
Moss Theater

Vocalist Tierney Sutton w/ Terry Trotter trio
Sunday, April 28
Moss Theater

Moss Theater
New Roads School at The Herb Alpert Educational Village 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Jazz Bakery’s Moveable Feasts
(800) 838-3006

“Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends” made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. KJAZZ 88.1 – official media sponsor.

Performances à la carte presents collaborative concerts, productions and events encompassing music, dance, theatre, fine art, visual arts, culinary arts, literature and drama to showcase the diverse talent within San Gabriel and Crescenta Valleys and throughout Los Angeles County. Singer, songwriter and Artistic Director of Performances à la Carte, Carla (Jamie) Perez, is considered a very versatile singer, a performance artist of eclectic tastes and total vocality. Although she studied with some of the world’s most renown classical singers/teachers, she considers her first voice teachers and interpreters of song growing up to be jazz greats Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald and admits she frequently gave “Frankie” a spin (all via vinyl). Through her artistic endeavors with Performances à la Carte, Perez continues to create collaborative projects that promote artists, serve the public interest and that fuel her passion for beauty, authenticity and social justice.

Opening on February 24th, the first of three concerts presented on the fourth Sunday of each month features Black Market Reverie, a unique combination of New Orleans Bayou and French Cabaret Jazz with Lyman Medeiros on Bass and Renee Myara on vocals, followed by the legendary Barbara Morrison and her Trio on March 24th, and the final concert on April 28th with Eclectic Collective, featuring Jamie Perez with the Nick Mancini Collective, a nine-piece band including such jazz front-runners as saxophone tour de force, Danny Janklow and the amazingly gifted jazz pianist Michael Ragonese, in a concert of improv standards, originals and Elton John tunes that will blow your mind.

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Spring 2019 Intimate Jazz Concert Series

April 28
Eclectic Collective
Jamie Perez with the Nick Mancini Collective, a nine-piece band including such jazz front-runners as saxophone tour de force, Danny Janklow and the amazingly gifted jazz pianist Michael Ragonese

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Neighborhood UU Church
301 North Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
626-296-9843. Series subscriptions are now on sale, offering a discount from individual concert tickets.


Red TicketCAP UCLA’s 2018-19 season highlights

Apr 6
UCLA’s Royce Hall

Apr 7
Caetano, Moreno, Zeca & Tom Veloso The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Apr 12
The Gloaming
The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Apr 19
Anoushka Shankar
UCLA’s Royce Hall

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