September 14, 2018 – Eastern Prayer Remix by Peter Croce Release (from Dexter Story’s Wondem) – Soundway Records

Dexter Story’s spiritual and uplifting track “Eastern Prayer” (from the album “Wondem”) featuring vocalist Nia Andrews, is given a house rework by Detroit’s own Peter Croce. Croce is a deejay, producer, musician, and founder of the eclectic and boutique label/party Rocksteady Disco. The single release on September 14 is a lead up to Story’s new Soundway Records album release in Fall 2018.

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News: Wejene Aola featuring Kamasi Washington Makes Top 10 – Vinyl Factory (

Dexter Story’s “Wejene Aola” 7″ release makes Vinyl Factory’s top 10 list for 2016.

4. Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington

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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.

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.


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.

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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FEATURE: Dexter Story — Artist You Should Know + Video Premiere for “Eastern Prayer” – KCRW Music Blog (

Featured on KCRW’s Music Blog “Artist You Should Know” on September 22 with the video premiere for “Eastern Prayer” directed by DJ multi-hyphenate Anthony Valadez. This is in support of the upcoming album release “Wondem” on Soundway Records. Click here.


Dexter Story is a unique figure in music today — He has played in different musical circles, booked for the legendary Temple Bar, worked as a product manager for Def Jam, and has now finally decided to work on his own songs and hit the record button.

His solo record is entitled, Wondem and is a collection of 12 songs that are inspired by the LA band Ethiocali, in which he plays the drums along side Kamasi Washington. Ethiocali performs the connecting sounds between Africa, California and everything else in between.

Dexter asked me to direct this video and the minute I hit play, I had all these ideas in my head in terms of a personal journey. “Eastern Prayer” just resonated with me — The chants, the steel drums and everything in between channeled Jamie XX and Fela Kuti in my head.

We shot this video in a couple of days around DTLA, LAX, Venice and Vasquez Rocks. I wanted to challenge myself and storytell through a camera instead of my turntables.

I hope people like it!

August 25-26, 2015 – Video Shoot: “Eastern Prayer” from Wondem Album – Los Angeles County

Shot video to “Eastern Prayer,” a track from the upcoming Wondem album release with director Anthony Valadez (KCRW) and director of photography Holly Port (Thundercat, J*Davey). The compelling video treatment features territory crossing from the Westside to the Eastside of a Los Angeles-esque Urban cityscape in search of someone to whom I can pass my coveted possession. I ultimately succeed when I encounter lead vocalist Nia Andrews who is willing to carry the torch. This is Anthony Valadez’s directorial debut.

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Artist: Dexter Story
Song: Eastern Prayer (Featuring Nia Andrews)
Album: Wondem
Label: Soundway Records
Video Director: Anthony Valadez
Director of Cinematography: Holly Port
Video Premiere: TBD

Album Release: October 23, 2015

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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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

MUSIC VIDEO: Kelis Live “Acappella” Video by Brittany Brooks – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Check out drummer Brittany Brooks’ multi-GO-PRO video of Kelis’ “Acappella” live. This video was shot at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington DC in June 2014.Screen-Shot-2014-07-07-at-2.12.32-PM1 The band features: Brittany Brooks – Drums, Go-Pro Production Eugene Owens – Bass Geoff “Double G” Gallegos – Baritone Saxophone Nia Andrews – Background Vocals Sean Billings – Trumpet Dexter Story – Keys, MD, Live Track Production (Bongos, Synth)

June 11, 2014 – Kelis Live – The Hoxton, Toronto, Canada

Music direct and play keys/guitar with Grammy nominated recording artist and chef Kelis at Toronto’s The Hoxton on Wednesday, June 11. This show is in support of her album Food on Ninja Tune Records.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Hoxton
69 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5V1M5

Bloop Drip featured on Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Laid Back Radio Mix (from Dexter Story’s album Seasons) –

Mark de Clive-Lowe releases an ‘All Around The World’ mix on Laid Back Radio featuring “Blood Drip” (aka “Bloop Drip”) from my last album release ‘Seasons.’ The mix also features tracks by Nia Andrews, MdCL + Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Theo Parrish / Tony Allen, THE SURE CO. and more.

Mark-de-Clive-Lowe_MainMdCL KickstarterMark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) has been a household name for soulful undergound music lovers for over a decade. The half-Japanese, half-New Zealander multi-talent is now based in LA after a decade in London. His clubnite CHURCH is equal parts jazz club, dance party and live electronic remix experiment and has featured guests including Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment), Gaslamp Killer, Questlove, Jean Grae, Lefto, Ohmega Watts & plenty more.

His mix is an eclectic selection of sounds from the US, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, UK… it’s a worldwide vibe and includes an extended edit of Mark’s One Take live on-the-fly recreation of Pal Joey’s Hot Music (see the video: along with some recent favorites and a little nod to the West London past.

Mark de Clive-Lowe aka MdCL is recording and releasing his new album “CHURCH”. Music lovers from around the world, support the project on Kickstarter –

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August 10, 2013 – Mark de Clive-Lowe Presents Church In The Park – Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set with international producer/pianist/DJ Mark de Clive-Lowe and friends for his Los Angeles Summer 2013 edition of Church In The Park on Saturday, August 10 at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park.

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Saturday 10 August 8pm @ Levitt Pavillion, Macarthur Park, Los Angeles – FREE!

CHURCH LA is back for an outdoor special at Macarthur Park’s Levitt Pavillion. Free admission, under the night sky with MARK de CLIVE-LOWE joined by guests KAMASI WASHINGTON, TODD SIMON, GIZMO, DEXTER STORY, NIA ANDREWS and more…

8pm – FREE ADMISSION – spread the word! 🙂

Levitt Pavillion, 2230 W 6th Street, Los Angeles 90057
Corner of 6th St/Park View St 


April 27, 2013 – The Lift and WePresentChurch Present Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church LA – Location TBA, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set on Saturday, April 27th with Mark de Clive-Lowe and band at Church LA presented by The Lift. Church LA is a night of improvisational and dancey live music curated by international producer/pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe. The music at Church LA alternates between top notch DJ sets and all-star band performances. The band features percussionist Derf Reklaw, bassist Ready Freddie Washington, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and MdCL’s leading lady Mrs. de Clive-Lowe aka vocalist nia andrews. This is the first Church event sponsored by the popular after hours LA club staple The Lift.

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with very special guests
Jody Watley & Leon Ware
+ DJs Aaron Byd & Rani D
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9pm – 5am
Location: TBA

January 24, 2013 – Mark de Clive-Lowe Presents Church LA – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Playing drum set at producer/composer/DJ Mark de Clive-Lowe’s first Church LA of 2013 at Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy on Thursday, January 24, 2013. Special guests include vocalist Nia Andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), bassist Freddie Washington (Herbie Hancock/Patrice Rushen) and saxophonist Walter Smith III (Ambrose Akinmusire/Terence Blanchard) + surprises. The evening also features international DJ Ge-ology spinning before, between and after the live music sets.


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Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Ave, Venice CA 90291 (Basement Level)

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Commentary: It is a treat to play with one of my idols and good friend Mark de Clive-Lowe but when he invites musicians like legendary bassist Freddie Washington and sax phenom Walter Smith III, I’m beside myself. I think I can speak for Church regular (and first lady) Nia Andrews when I say that we are looking forward to exploring some new territory on this particular Church. And there are so many amazing musicians in LA, I may even get the opportunity to step aside on the second set and watch a surprise drum legend go to work. Who knows? One thing is certain; this night will be fire. I highly recommend. Five stars.

November 29, 2012 – Mark de Clive-Lowe Presents CHURCH LA – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Playing drum set at Mark de Clive-Lowe’s original monthly residency CHURCH LA at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA. After last month’s insane 2-year anniversary celebration, CHURCH LA is back with our next installment of musical journey making and fun. This edition MdCL leads the lives sets with residents Dexter Story (Kindred Spirits/Peace Go With You Gil), Trevor Ware (Billy Higgins/Dwight Trible), Nia Andrews (Common Janelle Monae) and more suprises plus special guest DJ Houseshoes – currently promoting his new album [Let It Go]. ‘Shoes will be digging deep in his crates to bring us a CHURCH inspired jazz heavy beatdown for the heads and the dancers.

Thursday, November 29
Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Winward Avenue
Venice, CA

November 23, 2012 – Mark de Clive-Lowe and The People Present CHURCH Oakland – Yoshi’s Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

Playing drums at Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Oakland edition of his popular monthly residency. CHURCH makes its debut in the Bay Area at Oakland’s famed spot Yoshi’s Jazz Club. 10pm til late with two live sets led by MdCL with special guests and guests DJs courtesy The People: Cali & Cecil. Featured performers include vocalist Nia Andrews, bassist Tim Lefebrve and more.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA