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

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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

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July 5, 2013 – Young Gifted and Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Music directing Young Gifted and Nina at Grand Performances on Friday, July 5, 2013.

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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:

Dwight Trible
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Jimetta Rose
Joi Gilliam
Patrice Quinn
Sonja Marie
Waberi Jordan
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

For more info: www.grandperformances.org

Keep in touch:
@grandperfs
#grandsummer
#NinaSimone

July 29, 2012 – Shangri-La Summer Series Vol. 1 featuring Mark de Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington and Dexter Story + Professor Nalepa – Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica, CA

Performing drum set with Mark de Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington + visuals by Professor Nalepa @ Aaron Byrd’s Hotel Shangri-La Summer Series Volume 1 in Santa Monica, CA. Join us for a unique live music & visual experience curated by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd. In honor of Clara Bow, one of the premier actresses of the silent film era, Byrd has gathered some of the best talent in Los Angeles to improvise live music scores to images from various black & white films & movies of the film noir era. The festivities are complimented by house-made gourmet treats, bar snacks, & poolside lounging. Curated classic themed cocktails & bites will be available. Cabana Reservations & Brunch Reservations & info contact: John@Shangrila-Hotel.com. Limited pre-sale tickets available @ $15 & are strongly suggested to ensure entry to the pool, sell-out expected:
http://shangrilasummerseries.eventbrite.com/

Curated by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd:
Live Trio: Mark De-Clive-Lowe, Kamasi Washington, & Dexter Story (live music scorers)
Aaron Byrd (DJ/Scorer)
Jeremy Sole (DJ/Scorer)
El Dopa (DJ/Scorer)
Steve Nalepa (Visuals/VJ)

Hotel Shangri-La
1301 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-2791

http://shangrilasummerseries.eventbrite.com/