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…

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November 6, 2016 – Kamasi Washington Orchestra and Choir Live – Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story sings tenor / baritone in the orchestra & choir for Kamasi Washington’s Disney Concert Hall debut on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The show features new orchestral works conducted by Geoff “Double G” Gallegos. The opening ensemble is The Ron McCurdy Quartet performing Ask Your Mama a multimedia performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic 12-part jazz poem about the struggle for freedom in the early ’60s.
kamasiwashington-950At the age of 13, KAMASI WASHINGTON started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time.

At the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy, within two years, Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz ensemble. At the same time, Kamasi joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB) where he reunited with several childhood friends who were pursuing their passion for music. During his senior year of high school, Kamasi formed his first band, “The Young Jazz Giants,” with childhood friends including Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner and Cameron Graves. After high school, Kamasi received a full scholarship to study ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he explored many of the non-western musical cultures around the world. During the summer after his freshman year, Kamasi recorded his first album with “The Young Jazz Giants” to spread new sounds of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA, Kamasi went on his first national tour with the west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Later that year, Kamasi joined the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes, Gerald Wilson, and later went on his first international tour with R&B legend Raphael Saadiq.

Over the years, Kamasi has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Kamasi’s own band “The Next Step” is a modern spin on a big band, which includes two drummers, two upright bass players, keyboard players, three horns players, a pianist, and a vocalist. In addition, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.”

Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” On May 5th, Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album “The Epic” on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder. “The Epic” is a 172-minute, triple-disc masterpiece, featuring Kamasi’s ten-piece band “The Next Step” along with a full string orchestra and full choir. “The Epic” debuted #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK.


Celebrated for such projects as his ambitious 172-minute masterpiece The Epic, young L.A. jazz giant Kamasi Washington combines influences like Coltrane along with soul, classical, hip-hop and gospel for a decidedly contemporary jazz perspective.



July 19, 2015 – JACCC Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series Featuring Ethio Cali Live – James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing with Ethio Cali at Japanese American Culture & Community Center Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series on July 19. Other guests artists include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Quartetto Fantastico on July 5, Buyepongo on July 12 and Shafiq Husayn & Dove Society on July 26.Twilight in the Garden JACCCJapanese American Culture & Community Center Presents
Twilight In The Garden
Little Tokyo Concert Series
Featuring Ethio Cali
July 19, 2015
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012



December 15, 2013 – Ethio Cali ‘East to West’ Live – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Playing with and arranging for Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble at The Blue Whale in Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo on Sunday, December 15. Ethio Cali will cross the continent and perform 2 sets of music from 70’s West Africa.


East to West Flyer 2

Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble Plays East to West
Sunday, December 15, 2013
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 620-0908



October 10, 2013 – Grand Park Turns One: Grand Park One Year Birthday Celebration featuring Ethio Cali Ensemble, Jeremy Sole, Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure (Mali) – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing percussion and keys with Ethio Cali Ensemble at the 1 year birthday celebration for Grand Park on Thursday, October 10 from 7-10pm.

Grand Park

Grand Park celebrates a year of countless friendships made in the heart of LA.  On THURS OCT 10, Jeremy Sole of KCRW, Ethio Cali, and the international blues collaboration between Cedric Watson (USA) and Sidi Toure (Mali) join forces at the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert, along with the most important guest – YOU!

See more at: http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-park-turns-one/?instance_id=5074#sthash.xEB4bYmT.dpuf

Ethio Cali Ensemble
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Grand Park
Grand Park’s Performance Lawn
(between Grand and Hill)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012

w/ Jeremy Sole, Sidi Toure and Cedric Watson


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


April 27, 2012 – ‘Urban Legends’ Public Art Exhibition with the Mark de Clive-Lowe Trio featuring Freddie Washington – LA Mart and Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drums with the Mark de Clive-Lowe trio featuring the legendary bassist Freddie Washington at ‘Urban Legends’ Public Art Exhibition in downtown Los Angeles’ LA Mart and Design Center, 1933 South Broadway, 12th Floor Suite #1240 LA, CA 90007. 8-11pm. http://urbanlegendspublicartexhibition.blogspot.com/