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.
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012