Friday, April 30, 2010

Midtones Jam @ Grand Star in Chinatown hosted by Shin Kawasaki 5/11

Its time for the Midtones jam hosted by Shin Kawasaki ,bring your instrument! Note the date is moved to 5/11 and will repeat every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from now on.

From Shin:
numbers are fascinating - even tho I truely "suck at math"
there are things about numbers I like,
such as the date of our next MidTones jam; 5/5/ get the idea,

other than it being Cinco De Mayo, it's the day Bob Gates was born!
the only guy that I know who can play a tune from Little Mermaid
perfectly without looking at the music...and our beloved regular,
Bob loves the party crowd and I'm putting you in charge in that department!

also featuring the set from DJ Waxstyles from 8:30 for you
hey hey my my
rock'n'roll can never die

Tuessday, May 11, 2010 at 8:30pm
Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

The Vinny Golia Sextet tonight 4/30 and tomorrow night 5/1

Very late notice, but worth it:

The Vinny Golia Sextet will be rocking your face off on two seperate occasions this weekend. Please come support.

Friday the 30th :: 8pm at the South Pasadena Music Center. $5 cover, the proceeds will help pay for our trip to Sacramento for this year's "In the Flow Festival". 1509 Mission Street 91030

Saturday May 1st :: 10pm at Arts District May Day
It's a *free* community art/music/theater event at a warehouse space downtown. Cash bar. We'll share the stage with the Bagg/Ferber Project.
100 N Santa Fe Ave 90012. Just north of the 1st St Bridge

The Sextet is:

Vinny Golia: woodwinds (mostly baritone, tenor sax, soprano, sopranino, piccolo)
Gavin Templeton: alto sax
Dan Rosenboom: trumpet, cornet
Alex Noice: guitar and pedals
Jon Armstrong: electric bass
Andrew Lessman: drums

Ulrich Krieger/Sonic Boom @ CalArts Monday May 3rd

Sonic Boom, CalArts' experimental rock group, presents a LOUD show of death, black, and ambient metal.

Original music by:

Blake Baldwin
Zac Ezrin
Alex Sramek
Stephanie Smith
Bob Allaire

Plus covers of:


Ensemble features guitars, keys, drums, vocals, cello, winds (bassoon, bass clarinet, saxes, flute), electronics.

In-person attendance is recommended to experience the loud awesomeness, but the webcam should be working for those too far away to attend:

Monday, May 3, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
CalArts Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival

This looks pretty good, just heard about it.

All-day music festival in 5 venues throughout South Pasadena.


On the Main Stage ($20)

9:00pm David Lindley
The definition of eclectic, Mr. Dave's combination of American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources is as unique as his collection of polyester shirts. Well known for his many years as a collaborator with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, he has long championed the concept of world music from his groundbreaking work Kaleidoscope to the present.

8:00pm The Nervis Brothers
Louisiana native Eddie Baytos and Nervis Brothers have a unique, horn-driven take on Cajun, Zydeco and traditional 2nd Line styles. Eddie’s high-energy vocals, washboard and accordion playing are backed up by a hard driving rhythm section and a horn section featuring members of Tower of Power.

7:00pm Double Naught Spy Car
Winners of an L.A. Weekly Music Award for Best Instrumental Band, Spy Car's cinematic punk jazz surf instrumental originals featuring lap steel guitar is "your soundtrack to the collapse of Western civilization."

6:00pm Moira Smiley & Voco
Moira Smiley leads an ensemble of extraordinary musicians who share a passion for spreading powerful, emotional music with lush four-part vocal harmony, cello, accordion and banjo. Original improvisation-built songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet.

5:00pm Wahid
Original improvised oud & hand percussion informed by classical Turkish and Greek traditions.

KJazz 88.1 JAZZ STAGE - Free
BurkeTriolo Studio, 538 Mission Street

Jazz music at its modern best, featuring:
2:00pm Tim Gill
3:00pm Mark Hatch Quartet
4:00pm Wonk
5:00pm Elliott Caine Quintet
6:00pm South Pasadena Music Center Blue Mondays Ensemble,
featuring Michael Campagna

Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave.

6:00 Brad Colerick
7:00 Sally Dworsky

South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory, 1509 Mission Street

Some of most talented, up and coming young artists in jazz music, featuring:
4:00pm The Taylor Plenntet
5:00pm John Egizi Ensemble
6:00pm Max Zooi Quartet

Gold Line Mission Station, 913 Meridian Ave.

Musicians from the South Pasadena Community:
2:00 Minor Trouble
3:00 Pat McIntyre
4:00 Ultimate Outlet
5:00 Cottage Industry
6:00 Floozy
7:00 South Pasadena Transit Authority


Monday, April 26, 2010

LA Piano Unit @ Harbor College May 1st!

The ladies of the LA Piano Unit are at it again on May 1st. Come out to hear a mixture of classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, and improvisation!

From the LA Piano Unit: It’s been 4 year since we founded this group and without your support, it wasn’t possible. This concert is nothing but the expression of our appreciation to our supporters and love toward music.

About us:

Founded by Misuzu Kitazumi, Motoko Honda, and Masumi Urakami, the Los Angeles Piano Unit has emerged as one of LA's unique piano ensembles dedicated to the performance of music from the Baroque to the present, including electronic and improvisational music. In addition, the Los Angeles Piano Unit acts as a music ambassador to long-forgotten pieces for the piano by re-introducing them to the general audience by fusing academic understanding of music interpretation with extraordinary skill to match with it. To find out more about the individual member, please go to our website,

Los Angeles Piano Unit Concert
May 1st 2010 8:00 PM

Los Angeles Harbor College
Music Department
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 233-4429


Brhams: Intermezzo Op.118
Chopin: Nocturne E Minor, Op.72, No.1
Chopin: Waltz A-flat Major, Op.64, No.3
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, A-flat Major, Op.61
Mozart: Fantazie in f minor for 4 hands
Poulenc: Sonata for 4 hands
Copland: Piano Variation
Barber: Nocturne
Honda: New Improvisational Composition
Honda: Works for solo and/or 3 pianos
AND MORE….!!!!

If you have any question, please contact Misuzu Kitazumi (818) 571-4285,

The Charles Sharp Quartet and AlexCline/Will Salmon @ The Open Gate

This Sunday, The Open Gate Theatre presents two great musical events. First up is Alex Cline/Will Salmon duo and next up is the Charles Sharp Quartet with an array of LA's primo improvisers. Come out and support this long running series!

Alex Cline - percussion
Will Salmon - flute, voice, movement


Charles Sharp Quartet
Charles Sharp - woodwinds
Anthony Shadduck - bass
Jeff Schwartz - bass
Andrew Lessman - drums

May 2nd, 7-10pm

Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
2225 Colorado Blvd.,
LA 90041
$10 ($5 for students, seniors and series artists)