April 30, 2017 – The 33rd Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival Presents The Bronzeville, Little Tokyo Concert – Union Center for the Arts Courtyard, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs his original music “The Afro-Asiatic Suite” with the Bronzeville Union quintet at the Bronzeville, Little Tokyo event on Sunday, April 30. The band features Josef Leimberg on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto saxophone, Mark de Clive-Lowe on piano, Trevor Ware on acoustic bass and Dexter Story on drums.

Festival Art

Bronzeville Little TokyoThe spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play “Bronzeville” by Robey Theatre Company featuring Nikia Chaney and Clarence “Chazz” Ross, and viewing stations for the VR animation “Bronze, Brass, Jazz”.

* Hosted by Alison De La Cruz & Kathie Foley-Meyer
* Altar for Bronzeville & Little Tokyo, by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
* Coffee by Cafe’ Santo

Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM

http://www.fffmedia.com/bronzeville

http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/bronzeville/

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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 17, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden on Sunday, July 17, 2016.13256117_10153945629802550_8652652627639686_n.jpg_ND32150……………………………………………………………………………………………..
This summer, JACCC presents four, intimate outdoor concerts inside downtown’s James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo.

SUNDAYS: JULY 10: SHEILA GOVINDARAJAN | JULY 17: WONDEM | JULY 24: DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES + CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS | JULY 31: THE LONG LOST | EVERY SUNDAY: DUBLAB

$12 PRESALE, $15 DOOR | LIMITED ADMISSION | 5-9PM | 21+

Tickets available here: jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

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…

#littletokyoconcertseries

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JULY 17: WONDEM
+ dublab DJ Frosty

On his debut Soundway Records release, Dexter Story distills his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice. Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence.

listen: wondem.bandcamp.com

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TICKETS

Tickets are $12 presale, $15 general admission, and are available at JACCC.ORG/littletokyoconcertseries

LIMITED NUMBER OF EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN MAY 24-MAY 31.
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LOCATION

JAMES IRVINE JAPANESE GARDEN
(Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GARDEN ENTRANCE

The entrance to the garden is conveniently located on San Pedro Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. Look for the narrow walkway between the JACCC Center Building and the adjacent alley.

PARKING

Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
350 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

$10 parking. The entrance to Joe’s Auto Parks is on 2nd Street, walk across the JACCC plaza to the San Pedro Street garden entrance.

*Street parking in Little Tokyo is also free on Sundays.
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Generous support from dublab, Amoeba Records, LA Downtowner, L.A. Record, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Aratani Foundation & Bloomberg Philanthropies

October 23, 2015 – Dexter Story Album Release Show – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Celebrating the release of Dexter Story’s new Soundway Records album Wondem on Friday, October 23 at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Dexter and live band play selections from the record and new songs inspired by his recent trip to Ethiopia.

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Dexter Story Album Release Show
October 23, 2015
$15 / 21+ / 8pm – 12am / 2 sets

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

#wondem

http://www.wondem.com

February 12, 2015 – Radio Afrique Presents Dexter Story and Wondem Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Performing music from the upcoming Soundway Recording inspired by Ethiopian, Somalian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Kenyan sounds, and featuring members of Ethio Cali and friends.
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Dexter Story & Wondem (Live)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
8pm | $15 | 21+ |
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street
Little Tokyo Los Angeles

http://www.wondem.com
http://www.bluewhalemusic.com

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

October 5, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali for the first of three monthly residency concerts at The Blue Whale on Sunday, October 5. The band will tackle music Latin-influenced music of Africa.

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We’re excited to be back playing in one of our favorite rooms in the city as we kick off our residency at the Blue Whale. On Sunday, October 5th, we’ll be highlighting the history and widespread influence of latin music on the African continent, more specifically, the ways in which clave-based Cuban music and New York Salsa led to the development of vibrant local scenes in countries like the Congo, Senegal, Benin, and Ethiopia.

Amara Toure, Gnonnas Pedro, El Rego, and Orchestra Baobab are some of the luminaries of this genre that we’ll be paying tribute to on this night.  we will also have some special guests featured in the rhythm and horn sections.

featuring:

TODD SIMON – (trumpet, music director, arranging)
RANDAL FISHER – (saxophone)
DEXTER STORY – (guitar, keys, arranging)
DAMON AARON – (guitar)
BRANDON EUGENE OWENS – (bass)
ALAN LIGHTNER – (steel pan / percussion)
TE’AMIR YOHANNES SWEENEY – (drums, percussion)

 special guests:

JOSIEL PEREZ – (trumpet)
RICHI PANTA – (percussion)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5

$15 / 21+ / 8pm–12am

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

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

November 17, 2013 – Ethio Cali Plays Semena Werk (aka Wax and Gold): Ethiopian Songs Curated by Sonny Abegaze – Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo on Sunday, November 17. Ethio Cali will play music from the Wax & Gold (aka Semena Werq) period selected by group co-founder and peripheral bandmate Sonny Abegaze. The group will feature a string section for the first time.

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Thank you to all our old and new friends who joined us last month for the first night of our monthly residency at the Blue Whale.  It was a magical night performing the Mulatu of Ethiopia album with legendary saxophonist Justo Almario.

This month, Ethio Cali will invoke the spirit of ‘Semena Werq’ (aka Wax and Gold) and perform a new set of songs from the catalogues of Hailu Mergia & Walias, Alemayehu Eshete, The Police Orchestra, and other luminaries of Ethio Jazz.  Semena Werq is a form of traditional Ethiopian poetry that has one surface meaning, known as wax, and multiple hidden meanings, known as gold.  Musicians have used Semena Werk to explore topics such as spirituality, politics, and matters of the heart.  We look forward to exploring the many layers of meaning contained within the music we will be performing.

For this performance, we will also feature an amazing string section for the first time.  Please join us for what promises to be another special night. 

Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali Ensemble Plays Wax & Gold (Semena Werq)
Curator: Sonny Abegaze
Sunday, November 17, 2013
8pm
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 620-0908

http://bluewhalemusic.com/

http://ethiocali.com

Commentary: The technique of “Wax & Gold” is the basic double entendre structure of Ethiopian poetry where in addition to the obvious meaning of the text (wax) there is also another meaning (gold) hidden within the poem. Qene (or qiné) are the poetic forms used during this interpretation but during the Derg (1974 – 1987), semena werq often enabled singers to criticize the government without upsetting the censors. Semena Werq is used here to group the diverse range of Ethiopian musical expression that we will attempt to play.

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

bluewhale.com