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)

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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.

http://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-20-best-7s-of-2016/

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April 28, 2016 – Ethio Cali Presents New Offerings – Blue Whale, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story performs guitar, bass and organ with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali at the Blue Whale on Thursday, April 28, 2016.Ethio Cali Blue WhaleSpringtime is here and Ethio Cali has curated an eveing of NEW OFFERINGS featuring new compositions and arrangements to be premiered at one of our favorite LA venues, the Blue Whale.

We will also take a moment to pay tribute to Prince and Getatchew Mekurya, the pioneer of Ethiopian-Jazz tenor saxophone, who have recently passed away.

Featuring:
Todd Simon – trumpet/flügelhorn
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone/flute
Tylana Renga – violin
Dexter Story – guitar/organ
Patrick Bailey -bass/guitar
Kibrom Birhane – piano
Alan Lightner – steel drums
Te’Amir Sweeney – drums
Steve Haney & Kahlil Cummings – percussion

Special guest DJ MZA providing selections throughout the night

Ethio Cali Presents New Offerings
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Doors: 8pm
Cover: $15

https://www.facebook.com/events/569262049917959/

January 28, 2016 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform live in Venice at the Del Monte Speakeasy on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The repertoire will be music from the recently released Soundway Records album #Wondem.
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Thursday, January 28
DEXTER STORY & WONDEM BAND (LIVE)

The band:

Drums: Te’Amir Sweeney
Percussion: Kahlil Cummings
Percussion: Carlos Niño
Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens
Guitar: Michael McTaggart
Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tenor Saxophone: Randal Fisher
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Vocals: Dustin Warren

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Join us for a special 2016 Westside live performance at the Del Monte Speakeasy featuring music from the Soundway Records album inspired by East African sounds. With a special opening set by Ras G (The Afrikan Space Program / Brainfeeder)

Plus DJ sets by Mathieu “Mr. French” Schreyer (KCRW)

9pm / 21+ / $10

The Del Monte Speakeasy
@ The Townhouse
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
*Celebrating Timkat and Aquarians worldwide
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www.wondem.com
www.townhousevenice.com

Like the Facebook page for more information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/wondemmusic/

November 21, 2015 – California Love: A Benefit for Global Music Education – Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs percussion with the live 30-piece orchestra at California Love: A Benefit for Global Music Education on Saturday, November 21 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The event celebrates the music of Dr. Dre with music arranged and composed by Sly5thAve.
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California Love: A Benefit for Global Music Education
Music Directed by Sly5thAve
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA
8pm

californialove.brownpapertickets.com
facebook.com/playingforchangefoundation

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 31, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (Opening for Zongo Junction) – El Cid, Los Angeles, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali on their opening set supporting Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Zongo Junction on Friday, July 31. Generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s exploding afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever they perform. The Village Voice describes their live show as “Sheer energy with the force of a tractor-trailer that roars with power and noise.” With five horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, audiences can’t help but move no matter where the band is playing.

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Ethio Cali opening for
Zongo Junction
Also featuring Quita Peñas
Friday, July 31, 2015
9pm
$15
El Cid
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90029
http://www.elcidla.com/

July 19, 2015 – JACCC Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series Featuring Ethio Cali Live – James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing with Ethio Cali at Japanese American Culture & Community Center Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series on July 19. Other guests artists include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Quartetto Fantastico on July 5, Buyepongo on July 12 and Shafiq Husayn & Dove Society on July 26.Twilight in the Garden JACCCJapanese American Culture & Community Center Presents
Twilight In The Garden
Little Tokyo Concert Series
Featuring Ethio Cali
July 19, 2015
5-9pm
$10
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Japanese-American-Cultural-Community-Center-JACCC/108520352549?fref=photo

June 19, 2015 – The Gaslamp Killer Experience Live – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing percussion with The Gaslamp Killer Experience at Grand Performances on Friday, June 19, 2015. Hot on the heels of a historic Coachella double weekend, the L.A.-based DJ and producer’s signature dubstep, world music, left-field hip-hop, and psychedelic sound is accompanied by a crushing 10-piece band for a free show.

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The Gaslamp Killer Experience Live
Grand Performances
Friday, June 19, 2015
8pm
#Free
California Plaza
350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
#DTLA

http://www.grandperformances.org/gaslamp-killer

https://www.facebook.com/gaslampkiller

April 30, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live + Ras G – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali live at The Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice on Thursday, April 30.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
9pm
$8
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
ethiocali.com

April 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live @ LA Times Festival of Books 2015 – USC, Los Angeles, CA

Playing guitar and keys with Ethio Cali live at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Sunday, April 19.142922765655304888a333f

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics. The festival attracts approximately 150,000 people each year of all ages from Southern California and even other parts of the country.

Ethio Cali Live
Sunday, April 19, 2015
3pm
Sound Stage
LA Times Festival of Books
USC Campus
Free

http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/the-festival/info/

March 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (3 of 4 Residency) – Acabar Restaurant, West Hollywood, CA

Playing guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Acabar Restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday, March 19. This is the third of four in a weekly residency in March.

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ETHIO CALI ACABAR RESIDENCY
THURSDAYS IN MARCH (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Featuring special DJ sets by:
– CANYON CODY – MARCH 5
– ETHIO CALI DJS – MARCH 12
– CARLOS NINO – MARCH 19
– BOSS HARMONY – MARCH 26

And resident/host/music director: WISEACRE aka ERIC TUCKER

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.

9pm
Dinner til midnight
$10. ADVANCE TIX http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethio-cali-acabar-residency-tickets-15833749170?aff=erelexporg
$10. AT THE DOOR
21+ w/ ID

ACABAR
1510 North Stanley Avenue (@ Sunset Blvd.)

West Hollywood
http://acabar-la.com/
https://www.facebook.com/acabarla

about ETHIO CALI:
http://ethiocali.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ethiocali
https://www.facebook.com/EthioCali

https://www.facebook.com/events/1439906452916670/

March 5, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (Residency) – Acabar, West Hollywood, CA

Playing guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Acabar Restaurant in West Hollywood. This is the first in a weekly residency in March.

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ETHIO CALI ACABAR RESIDENCY
THURSDAYS IN MARCH (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Featuring special DJ sets by:
– CANYON CODY – MARCH 5
– ETHIO CALI DJS – MARCH 12
– CARLOS NINO – MARCH 19
– BOSS HARMONY – MARCH 26

And resident/host/music director: WISEACRE aka ERIC TUCKER

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.

9pm
Dinner til midnight
$10. ADVANCE TIX http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethio-cali-acabar-residency-tickets-15833749170?aff=erelexporg
$15. AT THE DOOR
21+ w/ ID

ACABAR
1510 North Stanley Avenue (@ Sunset Blvd.)

West Hollywood
http://acabar-la.com/
https://www.facebook.com/acabarla

about ETHIO CALI:
http://ethiocali.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ethiocali
https://www.facebook.com/EthioCali

https://www.facebook.com/events/1439906452916670/

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

February 7, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live @ KCRW Presents MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty – Bardot (inside Avalon), Hollywood, CA

Performing on guitar and keys with Ethio Cali at KCRW Presents MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty on Saturday, February 7 at Avalon/Bardot.

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Hosted by KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd & Anthony Valadez

Brunch 11am-2pm

Afterparty 2pm-5pm at Bardot (Inside Avalon)

Featuring performances by…

The Internet

Nick Waterhouse (DJ Set)

Taylor McFerrin

Moses Sumney

Anderson Paak

Ethio Cali

Subsuelo

Artists donate their performances to raise awareness and funds for the MojaMoja Innovation Fund which supports initiatives and nonprofits working with underrepresented, multicultural youth pursuing education and job preparedness opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

During GRAMMY® Awards weekend key influencers, music lovers and philanthropists come together at the annual MOJAMOJA Brunch and Afterparty benefitting the MojaMoja InnovationFund. Held at the iconic AVALON in Hollywood on February 7, 2015, the event has featured musical performances by established and emerging artists from around the world.

GRAMMY® Award winning musical icon Nile Rodgers will be honored Saturday, February 7, 2015, with the 2015 Vanguard Award by the MOJAMOJA Innovation Fund at the 7th Annual MOJAMOJA Brunch & Afterparty presented by 89.9 KCRW and FIGat7th. Hosted by KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez, performances include a guest DJ set by Nick Waterhouse and an international line-up of artists including The Internet, Taylor McFerrin, Moses Sumney, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Ethio Cali, Subsuelo, DJ Canyon Cody, and Twin Danger, featuring the GRAMMY® Award winning co-founder of Sade and saxophonist Stuart Matthewman.

Artists donate their performances to raise awareness and funds to support the MojaMoja Innovation Fund empowering under represented multi-cultural youth innovators pursuing education and job preparedness opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Financial contributions to the MojaMoja Fund at the Liberty Hill Foundation are tax deductible and have benefited such charities as Oxfam America, Potential Energy (The Darfur Stoves Project), and the Common Ground Foundation.

Also, featuring mixologist Karen Grill, manager and bartender at Sassafras in Los Angeles. Karen was named GQ Magazine’s Most Imaginative Bartender of 2013, and Southwest Airlines The Magazine named Karen one of the Best Bartenders in America in 2014, and “The Conversation Starter. She makes a mean Manhattan, but it’s her exceptional people skills that turn new customers into regulars.” Strike-up a conversation with Karen and taste one of her specialty cocktails at the MojaMoja Brunch and at Sassafras located at 1233 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. For more info visit http://www.sassafrashollywood.com.

You can help prepare an emerging generation of innovators by making a contribution the MojaMoja Fund today and by attending the 7th Annual MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Commentary: This already happened but I thought I’d say that MojaMoja was an absolute blast this year. I am proud of Garth and Oscar on curating a vital gathering for the past 7 years. I feel lucky to have been a part of this one. The kicker was having our idol Nile Rodgers walk in during our set and mention how pleased he was to hear live music. Wow!

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