Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OGT Presents; Ellen Burr's L.A. Collective and the OGT Ensemble July 11th

Another great show by Will Salmon at the Open Gate Theatre in Eagle Rock. Check it out!

Open Gate Presents:

Ellen Burr's L.A. Collective is a multi-disciplinary improvisational ensemble working with structures, textures and the interdependence of the mediums.
Ellen Burr, flutes,
Laura Osborn, flutes,
Bruce Friedman, trumpet,
Jeff Schwartz, upright/acoustic bass, Oz, stick,
Steve Burr, percussion and
Charlie Lowery, percussion
featuring Anet Ris-Kelman - performance

Open Gate Ensemble will include:
Brad Dutz, percussion
Vinny Golia, woodwinds
George McMullen, trombone
Will Salmon, flute, voice
guests include:
Heather Rhea Dawn, dance
Joe Schenck, dance

Admission is $10, students, seniors, and series performers half price.
Free parking is plentiful.

Frank Macchia: Folk Songs for Jazzers Band Show! July 5th!

Here is a stellar band line-up that the multi-grammy nominated, reedsman Frank Macchia has put together. A who's who of LA Jazzers. Not to be missed!

From Frank Macchia:

I just wanted to let you all know that my Folk Songs for Jazzers Band will be playing a one night only rare performance at Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City on Monday, July 5th. This is the holiday for Independence Day, so come on by and celebrate America's Independence with a fun filled show of all your favorite American folk songs whacked out by yours truly, and played by an incredible group of Los Angeles finest jazz musicians. We'll be debuting 8 new arrangements for the new CD we'll be recording in August ("Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers"), as well as playing many of the classics from the original CD. The band will be:

• Wayne Bergeron - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
• Peter Erskine - Drums and propulsion!
• Grant Geissman - Guitars
• Michael Hatfield- Vibes and mallets
• Trey Henry - Acoustic Bass
• Alex Iles - Trombone, Baritone Horn, and Tuba
• Christian Jacob - Piano
• Valarie King - Flutes
• Sal Lozano - Saxes, Flutes and Clarinets
• Frank Macchia - Saxes, Flutes and Clarinets
• Jay Mason - Saxes, Flutes, English Horn and Clarinets (including the ever romantic Bass Sax!)
• Kevin Porter - Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, and Tuba
• Bill Reichenbach - Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Bass Trumpet and Tuba
• Bob Sheppard - Saxes, Flutes and Clarinets

We'll be doing two shows, at 8 PM and 9:30 PM at:
Upstairs at Vitello's Jazz Room,
4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, Ca 91604.
$20 cover (it's a BIG band!!) and 2 drink minimum, but remember, the more you drink, the better we sound!
Call 818-769-0905 for reservations.

Thanks and I hope to see y'all there!!

Monday, July 5, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, CA

Midtones Returns! Plus Shin Kawasaki CD Release! July 7th!

The Midtones makes a mighty return!

From Shin Kawasaki:

well folks, here it is; after much experimentation, pursuit of perfection (and procrastination) - I am releasing my 1st solo effort. honestly, yet there’s still much room to improve, I believe that I managed to enclose a lot of different aspects of my musical interests in these tracks; some borrowed, some twisted and some improvised. it also showcases the amazing talents that I had the privilege of knowing over the course of 10 years that I lived, loved and grew old in this city of Los Angeles. it’s a kind of thank you note to the community that I was lucky enough to be a part of.

on July 7th, MidTones will make a comeback to its good ol’ 1st / 3rd Wednesdays routine. and I wanna invite you people to come out on a school night (I’M SORRY) to hang with me and the gang at Grand Star. in true MidTones spirit, I’m gonna invite the regulars and beyond to “jam” on some of the tunes included on the album. I am curious to see how these “constructed-inside-a-MacBook” grooves would be interpreted with a live ensemble…the night will also feature a special performance from ever-lovely MidTones Madeleines. the limited-run physical CDs will be available for you to purchase, which features an amazing drawing by Phloe!

2nd part of the night will be MidTones as we know it…we’ll open up and have people jam, dance and laugh (you can cry too) like we have legalized marijuana. you are welcome to bring friends who like jamming with new people, dancing to the music that ranges from Paranoid to My Funny Valentine. or Akon. maybe NOT Akon. don’t know. that’s a tough one.

FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND due to geographical reason;
the album will be available for digital download AFTER the party,
I will let you know when it is!

Start Time:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 1:00am
GrandStar Jazz Club
943 N.Broadway (Sun Mun Way)
Los Angeles, CA

Scott Heustis Group Live @ The Hive July 3rd

The Hive Gallery is full of amazing art and artists, and this Saturday night. The Hive will also be full of some amazing improvised live music by The Scott Heustis Group. We go on at 8:00PM and the cover is only $8 ($5 if you wear black and yellow... bee colors!)

Scott Heustis guitar, Robert Leng sax, Jeff Schwartz bass and also special guest drummer Wayne Griffin!

There is street parking as well as parking lots across the street and to
the left (south) of the Hive.

Here is The Hive website:

And my albums can be found here:

Saturday, July 3, 2010
8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Hive Gallery
729 South Spring St.

Biolectric Live this Friday night

Come check out cosmic tech house jazz band BIOLECTRIC at the h.wood in Hollywood...John von on bass together with Matt Piper (guitar), Koorosh Daryaie (percussion) and Viktor Carrillo (electronic beats).

Biolectric recently released our first track thru Beatport on Xeriscape Records, a remix of 'Cold Flamenco' by Satta. Check out the track on Soundcloud at this link...

No cover charge.

Friday, July 2, 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm
the h.wood
1738 N. Orange Drive
Los Angeles, CA