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Jazzmeia Horn Named Winner of the 2015 Monk Jazz Vocal Competition PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Jazzmeia Horn at the Monk Competition finals Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Dallas, Texas vocalist Jazzmeia Horn was named the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, while Quincy Jones received the Institute’s Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award at the competition finals and gala on November 15 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theater.  The event also featured a star-studded Gala Concert and tribute to Quincy Jones hosted by Herbie Hancock, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jeff Goldblum, and Billy Dee Williams. The concert included amazing performances by a diverse group of all-stars including George Benson, Seth MacFarlane, Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jimmy Heath, Ledisi, James Genus, Gretchen Parlato, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Musical Director John Beasley, and many others.

Catch Monty Alexander's Harlem Kingston Express at Catalina's 11/13-14 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 08 November 2015
Monty Alexander Andrea Canter

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. Monty Alexander's Harlem Kingston Express appears at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th.
Jennifer Leitham Trio's CD Release at Blue Whale PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Monday, 02 November 2015
The Jennifer Leitham Trio Heather Burgett

There are quite a large number of accomplished bassists in the U.S. Jennifer Leitham is definitely one! She has a long list of major music credits and has been in the business for over four decades!  She is a left-handed bass player and thus is commonly referred to as “Southpaw” and “Lefty.” She is not only a great bassist, but a vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist, educator and producer.

Ken Peplowski/Chuck Redd Quintet - Sunset Jazz at Newport PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Ken Peplowski-Chuck Redd Quintet at Sunset Jazz Art Pazornik

The Ken Peplowski/Chuck Redd Quintet performed at the Marriott’s Sunset Jazz at Newport on September 16.  Producer/organizer Joe Rothman announced that this was the final concert for this year’s sixth annual Sunset Jazz at Newport concert series.  The quintet included Bill Cunliffe (piano), Katie Thiroux (bass), Matt Witek (drums), Ken Peplowski (tenor sax and clarinet), and Chuck Redd (vibraphone).   This concert was a tribute to the music of Benny Goodman and beyond, including tunes originally from the Goodman era.   Peplowski and Redd took turns emceeing the concert, which was a fantastic closing for this year’s season of eleven presentations. 

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