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

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

Click here (PDF) for information.


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.


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.

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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


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.

WS25 Art
KKJZ Presents
The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring The Legacy of Billy Higgins
Sunday, August 24, 2014
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


August 18, 2013 – The World Stage Presents Jazz Masters Benefit Concert and Tribute to Kenny Burrell – Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing the World Stage Presents Jazz Masters Benefit Concert and Tribute to Kenny Burrell on Sunday, August 18 at The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The show features performances by The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited w/ Kenny Burrell, Gretchen Parlato, Monk’estra under the direction of John Beasley, Dwight Trible, Lee Ritenour and Georgia Anne Muldrow.

The World Stage Presents Jazz Masters Benefit Concert and Tribute to Kenny Burrell
Sunday, August 18, 2013
5pm Doors / 6pm Show
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East,
Hollywood, CA 90068
Tickets: $35 / $50 / $65


October 6, 2012 – Kamau Daaood Quartet Live – William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Music directing and playing drums with the Kamau Daaood Quartet live at The William Grant Still Arts Center Presents Dragon’s Flight Exhibit, Concert and Resource Fair on Saturday, October 6. Quartet features pianist Ron Bishop and bassist Ian Martin.

Los Angeles – William Grant Still Arts Center’s Dragon’s Flight is a six-week exhibition of artwork and action running from October 6 through November 24, introduced by a free one-day community arts festival concert and celebration as the opening event on October 6 from 12 – 6 p.m. The exhibition’s theme is the transformative power of creating art, and its ability to reclaim and re-grow personal identity in the face of negative trauma. The artists curated into the exhibition are specifically people who are or have been incarcerated or work in collaboration with incarcerated artists. The work exhibited is drawn from pieces created both inside prison and on the outside. Exhibition partners include A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E., a transition organization founded by artist Victor Bono (whose work will be featured in the exhibition) which is focused on healing the negative trauma of incarceration; Sheila Pinkel (artist) and Margie Ghiz-Gillies (of Art Release and former founder of Midnight Special Community Bookstore), featuring a collection of artists in solitary detention at the SHU in Pelican Bay; the Youth Justice Coalition, a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system; AK Angels, an incarcerated women’s support group; Critical Resistance LA, a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex; and the Old Timers, a mentorship and support group for youth and elders. The exhibition is put on in partnership with the generous donations of local organizations, United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Mid-City Neighborhood Council.

The exhibition opening will take the form of a free one-day community arts festival concert and celebration that will showcase musicians and a variety of community organizations in support of the opening of Dragon’s Flight.

Exhibited artists are Victor Bono, James “Doc” Holiday, Amanda Perez, KUSH, Oran Oshune Huston, Katrina Amaya, Leonard Dixon, a multi-generational Oral History Documentary project initiated by John Martinez which gives cameras to youth to document and discuss elders’ experiences, Sheila Pinkel, Jack L. Morris, David Earl Williams, Diane Fellman, Youth Justice Coalition, Sharing Our Stitches (SOS)/Women of CIW, murals by AISE and more. Live music, community information tables from exhibition partners and related service organizations, arts workshops and other family-friendly activities will take place to launch the exhibition.


Dragon’s Flight
Opening Reception, Saturday October 6, 2012 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dates: October 6 – November 24, 2012
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Events: Concert and Resource Fair
Performances by Kamau Daood, Chicano Son, Marcus L. Miller World Drum Ensemble, Rifleman, DJ Ern Medina of Soul Assassins Radio
Hosted by MC VerBS
Also presentations by grass roots organizations working on issues of incarceration
Live silk-screening by Dewey Tafoya
Saturday October 6, 2012 12 – 6 pm

Location: William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 South West View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Cost: Free