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 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

September 30, 2016 – New 7″ Single Release: “Wejene Aola” Featuring Kamasi Washington – Soundway Records, Worldwide

Dexter Story drops a new 7″ vinyl single on Soundway Records entitled “Wejene Aola” featuring Kamasi Washington. The song was originally sung by Ethiopian legend Tilahun Gessesse and released on cassette in the 1970’s. Story’s version is in tribute to the resilient Oromo ethnic group and includes “Eastern Prayer” featuring Nia Andrews on the b-side.

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Purchase here:
https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/DownloadDetails?rid=SWR_RE_114

Carlos Niño Announces New Album ‘Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!’ and First Single “It’s All Happening!” – Pitchfork.com, Worldwide

Dexter Story performs on new Carlos Niño album Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! on Leaving Records and first single “It’s Happening!” Slated for release on April 22, the album features Madlib, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and new age legend Iasos. The announcement was made via Pitchfork.com on March 14.LR081-CNF-1600pxLos Angeles producer, composer, and arranger Carlos Niño has announced his new album, Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!. It’s out April 22 via Leaving. Niño, who hosted the Spaceways Radio Show on L.A.’s KPFK for two decades, is a fixture of the city’s independent music scene. His full-length features MadlibKamasi Washington, Iasos, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Lana Del Rey, Big Boi), among others. The announcement is accompanied by the single “It’s All Happening!,” which features Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, with strings by Atwood-Ferguson. Listen above and find the tracklist below.

Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!:

01 Jupiter Sings [ft. Iasos]
02 Metamaravilla [ft. Luis Pérez Ixoneztli with strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson]
03 It’s All Happening! [ft. Madlib with strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson]
04 Calimayan [ft. Nate Morgan and Yaakov Levy]
05 Alice’s Chord (Live) [ft. Yaakov Levy and Dexter Story]
06 Joyous Gratitude (Live) [ft. The Cosmic Band and Kamasi Washington]
07 Delightfulllll / Waterfall [ft. Iasos]
08 4 Directions Collage [with strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson]
09 Aetheriaztlan [ft. Turn On The Sunlight and Aztlan Unearthed]

Photo by Grace Oh
Cover Art by Jesse Moretti

http://pitchfork.com/news/64117-carlos-nino-announces-album-featuring-madlib-and-kamasi-washington-shares-its-all-happening/

http://leavingrecords.com

August 20, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing with Ethio Cali at Joon Lee’s Blue Whale jazz nightclub & gallery on Thursday, August 20. Ethio Cali returns to its favorite venue in Los Angeles for 2 sets of spirited African music.The Blue Whale is Los Angeles’ premiere jazz concert venue and gallery in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

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Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon.  The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles.  Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia..

Ethio Cali features:

Todd Simon – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Music Director
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys
Alan Lightner – Steel Pan, Percussion
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Pat Bailey – Bass, Guitar
Steve Haney – Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – Drums, Percussion
Dexter Story – Multiple Instruments, Arrangements

Ethio Cali Live
Thursday, August 20, 2015
8pm
$15
The Blue Whale
Weller Court
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, #301
Los Angeles, CA 900122

ethiocali.com

July 25, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents 65 to 92: The Rhythm Changes but The Struggle Remains (Produced and Music Directed by Kamasi Washington) – Grand Performances, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Co-produced Kamasi Washington’s acclaimed event 65 to 92: The Rhythm Changes but The Struggle Remains at Grand Performances on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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65-92: THE RHYTHM CHANGES BUT THE STRUGGLE REMAINS

Kamasi Washington makes the 1965 and 1992 socio-political conversations musical using the potent jazz and hip hop voices of Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Billy Higgins, 2Pac, Snoop, and Cypress Hill. Two bands. Two musical eras. One ongoing struggle.

This event is part of our LOS ANGELES AFTERSHOCKS series, which focuses on the cultural aftershocks of the pivotal events in 1965 and 1992, and exemplifies how music, dialogue, and community celebration help us address racism in our city and nation. This series is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

Bike valet sponsored by AARP in Los Angeles.

This series presented in partnership with KPCC.

Commentary: This is a post-event post. I had the privilege of working with Kamasi Washington, Leigh Ann Hahn, Banch Abegaze, Janice Wong and Sonny Abegaze to bring Kamasi Washington and ensemble to the Grand Performances stage on Saturday, July 25th. Kamasi is on his way to becoming the international icon he deserves to be. I was amazed at how each of the musicians brought their AAA game to the offering. I am grateful to have been a part of it and look forward to working with Kamasi and crew again soon. Don’t miss Kamasi Washington and The West Coast Get Down on their upcoming domestic and international tour.

June 20, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents Wattstax Revisited – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.

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WATTSTAX: REVISTED
presented by grand performances

Produced by Dexter StoryJonathan 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.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free

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Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071

grandperformances.org

March 22, 2015 – Carlos Niño Presents The Cosmic Band Connection Live on Spaceways Radio Finale – KPFK 90.7 (Spaceways Radio)

Playing drum set with The Cosmic Band Connection in support of Carlos Niño’s last Spaceways Radio broadcast on 90.7 KPFK. The broadcast is 10p to 12a on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
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Spaceways Radio FINALE

Hour 1 – Live Performance by:
The Spaceways Radio / Cosmic Band Connection
with DWIGHT TRIBLE Voice, KAMASI WASHINGTON Saxophone,
MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON Strings, MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE Piano,
EUGENE OWENS Bass, DEXTER STORY Drums,
and Yours Truly Percussion and Recitation of NamesHour 2 – DJ Set by: J.ROCC
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10:00pm – Midnight PACIFIC

KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles
http://www.kpfk.org/index.php/listen-live

Carlos Niño – KPFK Volunteer Programmer 1995 – 2015

This will mark 20 Years of Volunteer Programming at KPFK for me.
It’s been an incredible experience! I’m truly grateful for the extended
opportunity to grow and share on the air! So much wonderful Music
and LOVE! Wow! Thank you so much for the magical journey!

December 27, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live @ World Stage Kwanzaa Festival – World Stage, Los Angeles, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali at the World Stage’s 2014 Kwanzaa Music Festival on Saturday, December 27. Ethio Cali will play a variety of songs from their 2014 repertoire honoring the spirit of the World Stage.
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Ethio Cali Live
The World Stage Kwanzaa Music Festival
December 27, 2014
The World Stage Performance Gallery
(Leimert Park)
4344 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-world-stage-2014-kwanzaa-music-festival-ethio-cali-tickets-14899334310?aff=es2&rank=4

December 7, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Spiritual Jazz Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with Ethio Cali for the third and last in the Blue Whale 2014 residency on Sunday, December 7. Repertoire includes songs from icons Horace Parlan, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman to Hugh Masekela, Segun Bucknor and Charles Mingus.

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Ethio Cali Plays Spiritual Jazz
Sunday, December 7, 2014
8pm
Blue Whale
Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$15 | 21+

Featuring:
Todd Simon – Trumpet / Arranger / Bandleader
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Tracy Wannomae – Flute, Alto Saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Piano
Patrick Bailey – Guitar
Brandon Eugene Owens – Acoustic Bass
Dexter Story – Drums, Co-Arranger
Alan Lightner – Percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – Percussion
Sonny Abegaze – Curation

Commentary: This is a late calendar entry but I want to stress how amazing this show was to play. Todd Simon masterfully arranged the bulk of the spiritual jazz repertoire and lifted our spirits.  The highlight for me was performing a challenging Charles Mingus tune.

November 2, 2014 – Ethio Cali Plays Tezeta – Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing aux keys, guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali live at Blue Whale playing the nostalgic Tezeta music of Ethiopia on Sunday, November 2.
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On Sunday, November 2nd, Ethio Cali will play two sets of music inspired by the concept of Tezeta.

Tezeta, an Amharic word from Ethiopia, loosely translates to nostalgia or longing. Tezeta is also one of the popular musical scales found in Ethiopia. Typically, Tezeta is associated with the memory of love lost, or the longing one feels when living far from home or their place of birth. It triggers emotions similar to that of saudade in Portuguese music, duende in flamenco, or the blues in America.

We hope you’ll join us for this special night of Tezeta at the blue whale.
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featuring:

TODD SIMON – (trumpet, music director, arranging)
KAMASI WASHINGTON – (saxophone)
RANDAL FISHER – (saxophone)
PATRICK BAILEY (bass)
DAMON AARON – (guitar)
ALAN LIGHTNER – (steel pan / percussion)
STEVE HANEY – (percussion)
DEXTER STORY – (keys, guitar, arranging)
TE’AMIR YOHANNES SWEENEY – (drums, percussion)

special guests:

VARDAN OVSEPIAN – (piano)
ARTYOM MANUKYAN – (cello)
YARED TESHALE – (vocals)

+ Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony by AZLA VEGAN
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

$15 cover

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

September 20, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live @ The Fregenet Foundation 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser – St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Los Angeles, CA

Ethio Cali performs a set in support of the 10th Anniversary of The Fregenet Foundation at one of Los Angeles’ main Tewahedo churches on Saturday, September 20. The Fregenet Foundation’s founder is Tafesse Woubshet who created a free kindergarten to 4th grade school 10 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The school was the vision of Mr. Woubshet’s daughter Fregenet who was killed in an automobile accident 3 months after graduating from college.

The Fregenet Foundation Flyer

 

The Fregenet Foundation Presents
Ethio Cali Live
Saturday, September 20, 2014
6-10p
St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
5707 Shenandoah Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90056
$50 per person

www.fregenetkl.org

August 28, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live – Fifty Seven, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing multi-instruments and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Fifty Seven on Thursday, August 28. This night will feature covers from the all over the African continent. DJ Boss Harmony is on the ones and twos.

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The band features:

Todd M. Simon – trumpet / bandleader
Sonny Abegaze – vibes
Dexter Story – drums, guitar, keys, percussion
Michael McTaggart – guitar
Mark de Clive-Lowe – keys
Patrick Bailey – bass
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone
Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone
Steve Haney – percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – drums

 

Ethio Cali Live
Thursday, August 28, 2014
9pm
Fifty Seven
712 South Santa Fe Avenue
Downtown LA, CA 90021

fiftysevenla.com/downstairs

 

August 24, 2014 – KKJZ Presents The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins – The Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing the 2nd annual concert benefitting the World Stage performance space in Leimert Park at The Ford Theatre on Sunday, August 24. This year’s concert is The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins and features performances by woodwind master Bennie Maupin, vocalist diva Carmen Lundy, pianist icon Patrice Rushen, the inimitable Dwight Trible, poet laureates Kamau Daaood and Jaha Zainabu, colossal saxophone talent Kamasi Washington and international recording artist and icon Hubert Laws. KKJZ is the official sponsor of the event.

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KKJZ Presents
The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins
Sunday, August 24, 2014
6pm
Featuring
Bennie Maupin
Carmen Lundy
Dwight Trible
Hubert Laws
Kamau Daaood
Kamasi Washington
Jaha Zainabu
Patrice Rushen
Music Director: John Beasley
Host: LeRoy Downs
DJ Mark Maxwell

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd E,
Los Angeles, CA 90068

fordtheatres.org/

May 3, 2014 – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Birthday Concert – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, CA

Playing percussion with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson 16-piece ensemble celebrating his birthday at The Blue Whale on Saturday, May 3. Confirmed musicians include Chris Lea (flute), Gavin Templeton (alto sax/clarinet), Mike Rocha (trumpet), Kamasi Washington (tenor sax), Garrett Smith (trombone), Sam Barsh (keys), Gabe Noel (bass), Jamire Williams (drums), Carlos Niño (percussion). Special Guests include The Gaslamp Killer (turntables), Moses Sumney (vocals), Dwight Trible (vocals), Tatiana Parra (vocals), Joey Dosik (vocals), Steve Ferguson (piano), Vardan Ovsepian (keys).

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Birthday Concert
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8pm
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

bluewhalemusic.com/