Dexter Story music-directs and co-produces Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and The Family Stone on Friday, June 1 at Grand Performances. The tribute features a who’s who of talent celebrating the timeless music classics from the expansive mind of Sylvester Stewart.
Commentary: Thank you to everyone who attended this show on June 1. I appreciate you very much. Sly’s songs are the most intensely beautiful I’ve ever arranged. They play themselves but are not to be underestimated. This is gospel, funk, blues, rock, soul, and folk at its finest. I am grateful.
Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.
What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live music, food, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA
The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.
Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.
Dexter Story (with team partners Tafarai Bayne, Rocio Contreras, Glauz Diego and Cristina Pacheco) co-produces the 5th annual South LA Power Fest 2016 on Saturday, September 3rd. Presented by Community Coalition, the free one-day festival features performances by Bilal, MixedByAli (of TDE), Patrick Paige (of the Internet), Jungle Fire, Ras G, El-Haru Kuroi, Mr. Choc, Rae Khalil, DJ Wordamouph and hostess Jimetta Rose. This year’s theme is voter engagement and awareness.
Join us for the 5th Annual Power Fest on September 3, 2016. Power Fest is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education.
Come enjoy a great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! Your not going to want to miss out.
This year’s Power Fest will promote the importance of voting in this November election, and educate the community on key state and local ballot initiatives.
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.
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.
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
Set Length: 2 – 50 minute sets
Dexter Story music-directs and conducts a reprise of Grand Performances’ Wattstax Revisited at Policy Link’s Equity Summit 2015 on Wednesday, October 28. Grand Performances was the original presenter and also curated this second presentation at the Westin Bonaventure. Wattstax Revisited is a tribute to the soul, artistry and social relevance of the 1972 Memorial Coliseum concert featuring Stax artists and its 1973 companion documentary directed by Mel Stuart. The original Wattstax concert was an extension of the Watts Summer Festival and commemorated the 1965 Watts Revolt. Consequently, this Summer’s event and its reprise take place on the 50th anniversary of the revolt.
The Wattstax Revisited band featured:
Chris Pierce – Vocals
Dustin Warren – Vocals
Jimetta Rose – Vocals
John Bigham – Vocals
N’Dambi – Vocals
Nia Andrews – Vocals
Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.
WATTSTAX: REVISTED presented by grand performances
Produced by Dexter Story, Jonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras (producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)
Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Kahdja Bonet, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large, Loren Oden and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews
Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.
The song “Underway” from my 2013 album release Seasons is in Toby Walker’s Soulwalking Top 20 soul tracks roundup for 2013. “Underway” features Jimetta Rose on lead and background vocals, Mayreni Morel on strings, Coltrane on background vocals, Jared Wilkins on opening voice and Alakoi Peete on Udu drum. Seasons was released February 18 on Kindred Spirits (Holland).
Music directing Young Gifted and Nina at Grand Performances on Friday, July 5, 2013.
We are particularly honored in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.
Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Alan Lightner – percussion & steel pan
Carlos Niño – percussion
JP Maramba – acoustic & electric bass
Jacques Lesure – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
Joey Dosik – wurlitzer, organ, alto saxophone
Steve Nalepa – visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian – piano, synthesizer
Special Guest: Ron Bishop – piano
+ Jeremy Sole KCRW – special invocation DJ set
and surprise guests
Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated by producer Jonathan Rudnick.
*Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza
Music directing and playing drums for a mini version of last Summer’s Grand Performances event Peace Go With You, Gil on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24. Come celebrate the legacy of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron once again in a smaller, more intimate setting with some of the same musicians who graced the stage in 2012. We are honored to perform Gil’s music in such a beautiful Los Angeles location.
Mercado La Paloma is a “vibrant community gathering space located in the Figueroa Corridor of South Los Angeles a neighborhood. It is full of creative and hard working entrepreneurs, community spirit, artists, musicians and cultural tradition. It is an experiment in community revitalization that provides opportunities for our local residents and showcases our local creativity to the broader Los Angeles community.”
Vocals: Jimetta Rose and Love-Logiq
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington
Keyboards: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Guitar: Patrick Bailey
Bass: Trevor Ware
Percussion: Allakoi Peete
Drums: Dexter Story
With special guest: Gia Scott-Heron
Produced by Jonathan Rudnick.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S Grand Ave (at 37th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90007
New album entitled “Seasons” on Kindred Spirits releases on December 10, 2012 on vinyl and February 18, 2013 digitally and on CD. The full length album produced by DJ/radio host/composer/Aquarian Carlos Nino features musicians and vocalists Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, i_Ced, Gaby Hernandez, Jimetta Rose Smith, Erik Rico, Allakoi Peete, Damon Aaron, Surya Botofasina, Derf Reklaw, Alan Lightner, Dwight Trible, Nichelle Monroe, Kamasi Washington, Seymour Liberty and more. Categorize under “from the heart and soul.”
February 18, 2013 – Dexter Story “Seasons” Album Release Date (CD/iTunes) – Kindred Spirits Worldwide
Commentary: I am grateful to everyone involved with this project and I look forward to performing the songs live for you soon. This was a labor of love and I especially thank Kees & Boye of Kindred Spirits, my dear friend and colleague Carlos Nino and all of the musicians, arrangers and vocalists on the record.