October 10, 2012 – Todd Simon Presents Ethio Cali Ensemble Live – Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drums with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble on Wednesday, October 10 at the Blue Whale club in Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo quarter. Ethio Cali Ensemble puts a new spin on the music of legendary composer/musician Mulatu Astatqe and other great Ethiopian composers. The band also plays original material and finds trumpeter/bandleader Todd Simon leading an all-star cast of musicians including steel pan player Alan Lightner, bassist/guitarist Patrick Bailey, bassist/guitarist Itai Shapira, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, percussionist/bandleader Steve Haney and drummer/arranger, yours truly, Dexter Story.

Commentary: I play in many bands but very few move and inspire me like this one. Ethiopian music is my obsession and I feel at home in this ensemble. Todd brings amazing leadership and arrangements to the group and I will be showcasing a few of my own arrangements and compositions. Don’t miss this particular show that follows a performance at the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice 3 days prior. We will be well-oiled and in a venue that “gets it.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
2 sets: 8:30pm and 10:30pm.
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908



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