July 9, 2017 – Double M Jazz Salon Presents Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots – Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City, CA

Dexter Story performs on drum set with World Stage founder and international poet Kamau Daaood on Saturday, July 9, 2017.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots are Kamau Daaood, poet; Kamau Kenyatta, piano
and saxophone; Teodross Avery, saxophone; Trevor Ware, bass; Dexter Story, drums.

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM KAMAU DAAOOD INTERVIEWED BY JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3:30PM PERFORMANCE

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/zgYI8F.

Click here (PDF) for information.

July 29, 2017 – Mothership Landing: Funk and The Afrofuturist Universe of 1977 – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and music directs “Mothership Landing,” a concert celebrating 1977 cosmic funk album releases by Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Sun Ra on Saturday, July 29.


Join us for FREE summer concerts in DTLA!
40 years ago, funk music hit critical mass with the release of groundbreaking Afrofurist-themed albums like Live P-Funk Earth Tour, Funkentelechy and All ‘N All that would ignite dance floors and shape R&B and hip-hop culture forever. Join us to celebrate the cosmic genius of George Clinton, Maurice White, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more…

More info:
http://grandperformances.org/mothership

Directions:
www.grandperformances.org/directions

Keep up with us on Twitter + Instagram
@grandperfs #grandperformances

June 16, 2017 – The Music Center Presents Sleepless – Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story curates BP Hall for The Music Center’s Sleepless event on June 16, 2017. This Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours explores the living maze of Walt Disney Concert Hall with all its curious angles and hidden spaces. See the hall transformed by DJs, sonic experiences, projections, dance parties and interactive installations with rare access to the hall’s backstage areas and private rooms. Stay up, get lost and find yourself.

Sleepless June 16

LINEUP:

  • A backstage exploration of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall curated by the artist collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA and featuring a strange and surprising view of the city, enhanced by intriguing sights, smells and textures;
  • Get moving in BP hall with beats curated by Dexter Story from Anthony Valadez and DJ Phatrick hosted by KG Superstar and including artist Jesse Gilbert’s real-time video capture of the crowd, distorted and projected in large scale;
  • A birch tree maze designed by scenic artist Martin Vallejo accompanied by evocative music by Ed Barguiarena and ethereal lighting by Sohail Najafi;
  • Encounter Sleepless census takers who will gather late night truths about you, curated by artist Ashley Sparks.
  • Dance to goth, industrial and new beat sounds as DUBLAB turns the Founders room into a dark psychedelic house of mirrors. DJ sets by Remy Marc, Sarah Toones, and Jamal Sharaf El Deen, and installation work by Suzy Poling;
  • Choose Lost OR Found — a one-of-a-kind, intimate, up close and personal live performance in the intimacy of the Listening Rooms with performances by Fabiano Do Nascimento, Katisse Buckingham and Artyom Manukyan, curated by Ed Barguiarena;
  • Nesting in signature Sleepless bean bags amid the other-worldly sounds of Grace Oh’s crystal singing bowls with artists Annik Mendez, Helane Anderson of Sacral Sounds, The Koshi Fairies, Plantwave, and the Sacred Toning Circle.

Cocktails and small bites available for purchase.

Information and artists subject to change.

SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS
June 16, 2017
11:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall

$20 ONLINE
$30 DOOR

Parking is $5 after 8:00 p.m.

https://www.musiccenter.org/sleepless

 

News: 2017-2019 APAP USC Leadership Fellows Program

Dexter Story confirms acceptance into the 2017 – 2019 APAP USC Leadership Fellows Program. The cohort intensive begins in June 2017.


The program, in its 3rd season, is a 20-month commitment by mid-career professionals from all parts of the performing arts presenting field who are interested not just in improving their capabilities as leaders but in growing and influencing the knowledge and practices of the field of performing arts presenting. The program is organized by annual cohorts of Fellows all of whom have demonstrated a commitment to a collaborative process that will enhance the knowledge, skills, and overall capacity needed to effect change in their current work and for the future.

http://www.apap365.org/Pages/APAP365.aspx

April 30, 2017 – The 33rd Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival Presents The Bronzeville, Little Tokyo Concert – Union Center for the Arts Courtyard, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs his original music “The Afro-Asiatic Suite” with the Bronzeville Union quintet at the Bronzeville, Little Tokyo event on Sunday, April 30. The band features Josef Leimberg on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto saxophone, Mark de Clive-Lowe on piano, Trevor Ware on acoustic bass and Dexter Story on drums.

Festival Art

Bronzeville Little TokyoThe spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play “Bronzeville” by Robey Theatre Company featuring Nikia Chaney and Clarence “Chazz” Ross, and viewing stations for the VR animation “Bronze, Brass, Jazz”.

* Hosted by Alison De La Cruz & Kathie Foley-Meyer
* Altar for Bronzeville & Little Tokyo, by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
* Coffee by Cafe’ Santo

Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM

http://www.fffmedia.com/bronzeville

http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/bronzeville/

April 29, 2017 – Future Fest March, Rally and Festival – Florence & Normandie and 81st & Vermont, South Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and co-programs “South LA is The Future / A29 Future Fest” march, rally and community festival on Saturday, April 29. The event commemorates the 1992 Los Angeles uprising after the Rodney King verdicts. Featured performers include Los Rakas, Medusa, Cuicani, Josef Leimberg, Mariachi Arcoiris along with DJs Sloe Poke, Al Jackson and Phatrick. Story is working with Revolve Impact, The California Endowment, Community Coalition and over 30 other community partners.


#SouthLAistheFuture

10am – 5pm

Rally and March: Florence & Normandie

Festival: 81st and Vermont

https://www.facebook.com/events/274831009640853/?active_tab=discussion

April 28, 2017 – Metro Arts Presents: Kamau Daaood Live – Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs drums with poet elder / author Kamau Daaood at Union Station on Thursday, April 28, 2017. The event features pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe among other seasoned musicians.


METRO ART PRESENTS: KAMAU DAÁOOD

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month as we welcome legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood.

Friday, April 28 from 4:00 – 5:30pm in Union Station’s Waiting Room

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

RSVP on Facebook!

Part of Metro Art’s long-standing partnership with the Poetry Society of America, we are thrilled to present legendary Los Angeles performance poet, Kamau Daáood. Co-founder of the World Stage Performance Gallery, Daáood has spent decades engaged with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The award winning, critically acclaimed poet’s cascading images, and syncopated flow, likened to improvised music aimed at truth telling and healing is what we have come to expect from his performances. The author and recording artist has been referred to as the word musician due to his electrifying performance style. He will be joined by an amazing group of youthful poets and musicians. Kamau is happy to have the amazing musician, keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe as musical director for this event.

Launched in October 1998, Poetry in Motion/LA™ places poetry directly in the path of more than one million Metro bus riders daily. In addition to placing over 60,000 poetry placards on the interiors of Metro buses, the program also sponsors live poetry readings at busy bus stops and rail stations throughout Los Angeles County during the month of April (National Poetry Month).

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF0DSCTMke8 http://www.mamajazz.org/pages/biokamau.html

http://www.unionstationla.com/happenings/metro-art-presents-kamau-daaood

April 23, 2017 – Music in The Park 2017 featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Dexter Story performs percussion with the Music in the Park Community Orchestra conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson featuring his original works. The event is curated by acclaimed tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Drum Hedz, Goodie Mob, Meshell Ndegeocello) and takes place on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

#mitp2017 #7years7stages #thankyou

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (3/6/17)                     

Music In The Park Atlanta

Music In The Park Is Back For An Action Packed 7th Anniversary
Live Music & Art Festival in West End: Seven Stages of Free Music for the Community

Atlanta, GA: Sunday, April 23, Kebbi Williams presents the seventh year of his Music In The Park festival, which brings high caliber international talent to the residents of West End Atlanta. The MITP charity holds concerts, workshops, and educational events in West End throughout the year, culminating in the festival held each Spring.

“Music in the Park started as Kebbi Williams’ vision to display the diversity of the music scene in Atlanta that was underrepresented at the larger festivals in Atlanta. It has grown dramatically in the years since its inception into a festival that rivals the larger more well-funded festivals simply on the determination of Kebbi. He is a true leader in the community. He grew up in the West End, and ever since…he has been determined to have a place that emphasizes higher black arts because, quite frankly, in Atlanta there are dozens of places that emphasize art that appeals to our basic instincts. Music In The Park is a much-needed force in a neighborhood where the negative is the most publicized aspect.” -GRAMMY-nominated Jazz Trumpeter Russell Gunn.

MITP 2017 boasts seven stages of diverse talent from across the world. The event is held free of charge for the community, and with the participation of Atlanta Streets Alive, welcomes tens of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians from across Atlanta to enjoy the cultural vibrancy of West End: “The Best End.” MITP 2017 will host artists from Los Angeles, New York, and all parts in between, playing high caliber Jazz, Rock, RnB, Gospel, Flamenco, and more:

  • Highly acclaimed national acts as well as Atlanta legends will perform including: Butcher Brown, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Russell Gunn, and Dionne Farris
  • Ensembles from many area schools will perform, and the day will conclude with the MITP Youth Orchestra led by acclaimed maestro Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
  • MITP 2017 welcomes its first international student, Nathan Blyden, who has received a scholarship from MITP to travel from the British Virgin Islands to study and perform at this year’s event.

About MITP: Music In The Park Atlanta was founded in 2010 by GRAMMY-winning Saxophonist Kebbi Williams to provide live music and diverse cultural experiences for residents in his community who had limited access to arts and cultural programming. Its Mission is to enlighten young performers and inspire vibrancy in communities through music and performing arts. The organization has proudly served 5100 students, engaged over 300 professional musicians and presented to 50,000+ people over the past 7 years. Please visit http://musicintheparkatl.org/ for more information.

http://musicintheparkatl.org/

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News: Wejene Aola featuring Kamasi Washington Makes Top 10 – Vinyl Factory (thevinylfactory.com)

Dexter Story’s “Wejene Aola” 7″ release makes Vinyl Factory’s top 10 list for 2016.

4. Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington

Wejene Aola

(Soundway)

Listen / Buy

An Ethio-funk bomb from Dexter Story, whose cover Tilahun Gessesse’s 1970 ‘Wejene Aola‘ is a homage to the oppressed Oromo people of southern Ethiopia and a testament to just how contemporary the country’s verdant ‘70s music scene still sounds. Taken from the brilliant Wondem album, Story is joined by spiritual jazz messenger Kamasi Washington, who blows a riot all over the new arrangement, his rasping, honking sax proving he can funk with the best of them. The b-side features the only track not to make the vinyl pressing of the LP, the dream-like ‘Eastern Prayer’, a spiritual antidote to the hedonism of ‘Wejene Aola’ carried by the meditational chants of vocalist Nia Andrews. A unique 7” from a label whose consistent reissue output is now being matched by some stellar new music.

http://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-20-best-7s-of-2016/

November 20, 2016 – Carlos Niño & Friends Live – Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden

Dexter Story plays keys and percussion with Carlos Niño & Friends live at Stockholm’s Fasching music venue on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The band features Carlos Niño – Bells, Chimes, Cymbals, Gong, and Percussion, Jamire Williams – Drum Set, Josh Johnson – Alto Saxophone, Flute and Keys, Dwight Trible – vocals and Miguel Atwood Ferguson – strings
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November 17, 2016 – Carlos Niño & Friends Live – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dexter Story plays percussion and synth with Carlos Niño & Friends ensemble at Copenhagen’s Jazzhouse on Thursday, November 17. This concert is the 4th in a series of shows supporting Niño’s Leaving Records release ‘Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!’
maxresdefault-carlosFlutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!, out now on Leaving/Stones Throw Records, is the fourth in an ongoing series of highly collaborative records by Carlos & Friends, and features Iasos, Madlib, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Dexter Story, and more. FEIAH was recorded in California – mostly in the greater Los Angeles area, with Iasos’ contributions coming from up North in Marin County. The material spans a number of years, through to March 2015.
The live incarnation, available for selective shows worldwide throughout 2016,  finds Carlos and his band of top-deck players tweaking and stretching the album compositions into fresh and glorious shapes, bursting with percussive colour and adaptable to high-grade theatre/jazz club environments as much as sweaty below-stairs beat sessions like LA’s seminal Low End Theory.

Carlos Niño – klokker, bjælder, bækkener, gonger og percussion
Dexter Story – percussion, synth
Jamire Williams – trommer
Josh Johnson – alt-saxofon, fløjte, tangenter
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – femstrenget violin

Carlos Niño & Friends Live
Thursday, November 17, 2016
JAZZHOUSE
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 10
DK-1153 København K
Tlf.: 3315 4700
info@jazzhouse.dk

http://www.jazzhouse.dk/jazzklub/carlos-ni%C3%B1o-friends-us

November 16, 2016 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes + Carlos Niño and Friends, hosted by Gilles Peterson and Worldwide FM – EFG London Jazz Festival, Barbican, London, UK

Dexter Story plays percussion on Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s “Suite for Ma Dukes” special reprise performance at the Barbican in London, England on Wednesday, November 16. Story will also perform with Carlos Niño & Friends opening set.
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screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-2-26-44-pmIn the 10th anniversary year of his untimely death, the music of American producer, DJ and Rapper J Dilla is reinvented as a radical take on contemporary chamber music by LA composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and producer Carlos Niño, backed by a 17-piece ensemble.

Cited as an influence on everyone from Mos Def to Flying Lotus, J Dilla’s compositions were years ahead of their time, bursting with unusual samples lifted from their original context and used to create entirely new music, with tricky rhythms and complex time signatures. Starting out as a studio project between Atwood-Ferguson and Niño, Suite for Ma Dukes rearranges Dilla’s music for live instruments, highlighting the breadth and depth of his compositions and showing just how versatile and intricate his music is even when translated into a wholly different musical language.

The perfect artist to tackle re-arranging J Dilla’s sprawling compositions, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s own CV covers an immense amount of musical experience – having worked with everyone from Outkast, Flying Lotus and Gilles Peterson to Sly Stone and Ray Charles, Wayne Shorter and Mulatu Astatke. Carlos Niño’s list of past collaborators covers similar ground – from A Tribe Called Quest to Afrika Bambaata, Gil Scott-Heron to Yusef Lateef.

Carlos Niño and his touring band will open the show, performing his swirling, mesmerising music which blurs the boundaries between classical and electronic worlds.

This eagerly-anticipated performance will be hosted by Gilles Peterson and Worldwide FM, Gilles’s new radio platform for the shape-shifting diversity of global music.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes + Carlos Niño and Friends
Hosted by Gilles Peterson and Worldwide FM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:30pm
The Barbican Centre
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
UK

https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=20157

November 13, 2016 – Carlos Niño & Friends Live – The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland

Dexter Story plays keys and percussion with Carlos Niño & Friends ensemble at The Sugar Club in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday, November 13. This is the 2nd date on a European tour with Carlos Niño and his band supporting the release of Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! on Leaving Records.
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Carlos Niño & Friends

November 12, 2016 – Carlos Niño & Friends Live – Überjazz Festival, Hamburg, Germany

Dexter Story plays keys and percussion with Carlos Niño & Friends band at the popular Überjazz Festival in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, November 12. The band features Carlos Niño (perc), Dwight Trible (voc), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (vn) Dexter Story (keys), Josh Johnson (sax, fl), and Jamire Williams (dr).

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Los Angeles-bred Carlos Niño is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. The live incarnation of his latest album „Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!“ finds Carlos and his band of top-deck players Josh Johnson, Dexter Story, Jamire Williams, Dwight Trible and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson tweaking and stretching the album compositions into fresh and glorious shapes.

Carlos Niño & Friends Live
ÜberJazz Festival
Kampnagel Venue
Hamburg, Germany
Saturday, November 12, 2016

http://www.ueberjazz.com/en/artists/carlos-nino-friends/