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

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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.

ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE

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.

http://www.laphil.com/philpedia/kamasi-washington

http://www.laphil.com/tickets/kamasi-washington-langston-hughes-project-ask-your-mama-12-moods-for-jazz-feat-ron-mccurdy-0

August 20, 2016 – CityBeats Presents Carlos Niño & Friends Live – Figat7th (DTLA), Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs drums and auxilliary instruments with producer, DJ and emerging percussionist Carlos Niño and his group Carlos Niño & Friends at Figat7th on Saturday, August 20, 2016. This concert celebrates the release of his “Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!” album on Leaving Records.City Beats

City Beats with Carlos Niño & Friends

FIGat7th
735 South Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, California 90017

4:00pm, Free, All Ages

http://www.artsbrookfield.com/event/city-beats-w-carlos-nino-friends-dj-jedi/

https://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2016/03/carlos-nino-flutes-echoes-its-all-happening

July 24, 2016 – JACCC Presents Dwight Trible’s Alternate Angles + Carlos Niño & Friends – James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, DTLA, CA

Dexter Story plays drum set with Dwight Trible’s Alternate Angles and Carlos Niño & Friends at
the James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo DTLA on Sunday, July 24, 2016. The first set features Carlos Niño on percussion and Josh  Johnson on alto saxophone. The second set features Dwight Trible, Maia, Christopher Garcia and special guest Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
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DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES
Alternate Angles is a highly creative, fully improvisational, depth exploration. The band, founded in January 2015, by acclaimed Spiritual Jazz Singer Dwight Trible, is currently finishing their debut full-length record. Experience primal, intuitive, expansive, vibrational, healing offerings that are as much Soul Music as they are Avant-Garde. Alternate Angles is Dwight Trible, Maia, Christopher Garcia, & Carlos Niño.

CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS
Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Woodland Hills, California. He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. Currently he leads his group Carlos Niño & Friends who are celebrating the release of Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! on Leaving Records.

+ Dublab DJ GIFTED & BLESSED (GB) between sets.

SUNDAY, 07/24/16 | 5-9pm | 21+ | Purchase tickets/more info: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/1…

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Returning for its second season, the Little Tokyo Concert Series honors the intimate, outdoor and natural setting as an ideal environment to experience good music up close. With a diverse lineup of LA’s hottest acts, each night will be a unique and exciting way to wrap your weekends. After selling out each concert last year, we are thrilled to bring this series back to Los Angeles with a fresh line-up, here in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Indulge in sake and soba bar for a taste of Little Tokyo. Visit and experience the magic hours of the summer in great company…

For info on the other concerts in the series, visit http://www.jaccc.org/littletokyoconce…

July 23, 2016 – Liberty Hill Foundation Presents Our Nation Awakens – Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs, conducts and co-produces Liberty Hill Foundation’s Our Nation Awakens live concert at Grand Performances on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Guest vocalists include Cody Chestnutt, Maya Jupiter, Abraham McDonald, Joey Dosik, Barbara Morrison, Rachel Fannan, Cary Brothers and Jimetta Rose.
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The beating heart of progressive Los Angeles, Liberty Hill is L.A.’s social justice foundation and has been advancing movements for social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and alliance building since 1976.  When Liberty Hill began, it was a daring new foundation that turned philanthropy on its head. Today it is a national leader in social justice. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights. https://www.libertyhill.org/

Grand Performances and the Liberty Hill Foundation share values and priorities for the communities of which we are a part.  The LHF celebrates 40 years of activism in 2016 and GP celebrates 30. To that end, the LHF “Our Nation Awakens” show will feature a stellar repertoire of songs that speak to this awareness.

CONFIRMED BAND:

Bass / Co-MD: Jon Flaugher
Keys: Kenneth Crouch
Guitar: Brett Farkus
Drums: Randy Cooke
Percussion: Alberto Lopez
Tenor Saxophone: Matthew DeMerritt
Trumpet: Matt Rubin
Trombone: Justin Kirk
Background Vocal: Rosalyn Moody
Background Vocal: Rachel Fannan
MD / Conductor / Producer: Dexter Story
Co-Producer: Rocio Wyldeflower Contreras

Liberty Hill Presents Our Nation Awakens
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Location: Grand Performances, DTLA
Showtime: 8pm
Set Length: 2 – 50 minute sets

http://grandperformances.org/

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
5-9pm
$10
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Japanese-American-Cultural-Community-Center-JACCC/108520352549?fref=photo

June 19, 2015 – The Gaslamp Killer Experience Live – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing percussion with The Gaslamp Killer Experience at Grand Performances on Friday, June 19, 2015. Hot on the heels of a historic Coachella double weekend, the L.A.-based DJ and producer’s signature dubstep, world music, left-field hip-hop, and psychedelic sound is accompanied by a crushing 10-piece band for a free show.

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The Gaslamp Killer Experience Live
Grand Performances
Friday, June 19, 2015
8pm
#Free
California Plaza
350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
#DTLA

http://www.grandperformances.org/gaslamp-killer

https://www.facebook.com/gaslampkiller

December 12, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Latin Africa Live (Reprise) – Figat7th, Downtown LA, CA

Playing guitar and keys with Ethio Cali live at Fig at 7th on Friday, December 12. The band will revisit the Latin African music we performed in November at the Blue Whale.
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Ethio Cali Plays Latin Africa Live (Reprise)
featuring
Todd M. Simon – Trumpet
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Brandon Eugen Owens – Bass Guitar
Te’Amir Sweeney – Drums
Richi Panta – Percussion
Dexter Story – Guitar, Keys
Sonny Abegaze – Curation

Friday, December 12, 2014
8pm
Figat7th
735 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, California
#Free

Commentary: Figat7th is a wonderful place to play and I was grateful to Oscar and the curators for booking Ethio Cali. Once we started performing, I forgot we were in a mall. Please support Figat7th. They treated us well.

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.

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Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble Plays East to West
Sunday, December 15, 2013
8pm
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 620-0908

http://bluewhalemusic.com/

http://ethiocali.com

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.

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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
Live
Thursday, October 10, 2013
7-10pm
Grand Park
Grand Park’s Performance Lawn
(between Grand and Hill)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012
Free!

w/ Jeremy Sole, Sidi Toure and Cedric Watson

http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-park-turns-one/?instance_id=5074#sthash.qDgqSzAO.dpbs