Leslie Drayton and Few Regrets Debut Houston Performance

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HOWDY HOUSTON!

Live Music Movement Foundation Moves to Texas

It is with great pride and excitement that we inform our followers and supporters that the Live Music Movement Foundation (LMMF) has officially moved to Houston, Texas! This is quite an exciting time for the organization and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share the details of the innovative and progressive direction Live Music Movement Foundation is taking upon our big move.

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The city of Houston is a new home for LMMF but a familiar one. LMMF’s chairperson and founder Kathy Drayton’s uncle, the beloved Houston guitar player, I.J. Gosey played behind Junior Parker, Buddy Ace, Larry Davis, Joe Hinton, Joe Medwick and Gatemouth Brown on Duke and Peacock Records in the 1950s and 1960s during the Houston blues scene.

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Gosey left such a wonderful musical impact on Drayton and the city of Houston, that the idea of relocating LMMF to the city where I.J.’s musical performances were loved and appreciated seemed like a great location for the foundation to thrive in while educating music lovers from all walks of life about the history and impact of jazz, blues and soul music through events and social mixers. In fact, I.J.’s long-standing gigs at two Houston music establishments formed the inspiration for the LMMF objective of audiences socializing around live music.

Live Music Movement Foundation, a double entendre, for moving live music forward by broadening an appreciation of the music and our audience moving to music (dancing) has the mission to promote, present and preserve jazz, blues and soul music through performances, education and the commission of new works.

To acheive LMMF’s mission, the organization will hold live musical events and not concerts, as a way to socialize around the music and dance will always be encouraged! The efforts of our events are to mix all ages and cultures together who have one common love: music.

We will provide opportunities for seasoned professional musicians to perform in an atmosphere that reflects a respect and appreciation of the music. LMMF is also excited and eager to work with young musicians of today to provide opportunities for them to develop as the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The educational aspect of our commitment to keeping the powerful American cultural force alive is our Musical Experience Salon. At these events, listeners will receive information about the history, traditions, and styles of music and the process of making the various music styles that we enjoy. Salons will also serve as a great opportunity for guests to mingle with fellow music lovers.

Our foundation is eager to acquire a dedicated audience to attend our events and bring a friend or two every time they attend. We hope you’re just as ecstatic as we are for our new direction in our new home and look forward to seeing you at our events.

“Change is always happening. That’s one of the wonderful things about jazz music.”

-Maynard Ferguson

 

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Sunday Afternoon Music and Jam Sessions Hosted by The Del Atkins Trio

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Live Music Movement Foundation (LMMF) in conjunction with Grant AME Church and One Love Center will host a series of Music and Jam Sessions on Sunday afternoons beginning September 11, 2016.

The sessions provide a vehicle to present quality music where musicians play (i.e. “jam”) by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for jazz standards or covers of existing songs.

It is an intergenerational activity where seasoned musicians give opportunities for young musicians and others to ‘sit in’ and perform their choice of tunes. To ensure good quality music and that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, the session will be hosted by the Del Atkins Trio. These are professional musicians who will help guide and direct the music. The trio is comprised of leader Del Atkins, bass, Xavier Gordon, piano, and Felix Pollard, drums.

Join us and bring your friends and family for fun afternoons of good music and good fellowship. Musicians are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The first session will be presented at Grant AME Church, 10435 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002 on September 11, 2016 from 2:00pm-5:00pm.  The second session will be presented at One Love Center, 901 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220 on September 18, 2016 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. The cost of the event is $10.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.


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Western European Art Form Collides with African American Jazz Tradition

Symphonic Jazz Concert

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present a program that is a collaboration between the Santa Monica College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.  The performance takes place on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m., at The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

This program will present pieces from the late Classical Era, original jazz music, and jazzy favorites.

Trumpeter, arranger, composer, educator Leslie Drayton will conduct the orchestra with his original piece entitled, “All In”.  This piece is the third movement of Drayton’s  Indian Summer Dance Suite composed in 1991.  “All In” utilizes and develops a 12-tone row grounded within the context of the blues form. Twelve-tone music was a concept created by Arnold Schoenberg in the early 20th century giving each of the twelve tones in the chromatic scale equal importance.  The full symphonic orchestra with a rhythm section and soloists Keith Fiddmont on tenor sax and Lesa Terry on violin will perform the piece.

The orchestra will open the program with works by Beethoven.  Pianist, composer, arranger, Bill Cunliffe will be featured with the combined ensembles on his arrangement of songs from West Side Story (Bernstein), and Concert in F (Gershwin). In addition, they’ll play a selection from Bird and Strings (Just Friends) with Keith Fiddmont on alto sax.

Dr. James Martin conducts the Santa Monica Orchestra and Keith Fiddmont leads the Santa Monica Jazz Band. 

Tickets available here.

 (Keith and Leslie are advisors to Live Music Movement Foundation.)

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A Poetry and Neo-Soul Music Showcase

Music on the Hillside in association with Live Music Movement Foundation present A Poetry and Neo-Soul Music Showcase featuring:

Alyesha Wise

aka ‘Ms. Wise’

International poet, teaching artist, current Hollywood Grand Slam Champion, 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, 2-time Philadelphia Grand Slam Champion.

 

Erinn Monique

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a Master’s in Vocal Performance, Erinn brings the flavor of gospel, R&B, and jazz to her neo-soul performance.

 

Kickoff your weekend with award winning poetry and neo-soul music.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Doors open: 7:30 p.m.    Performances: 8:00 p.m.

At the Hillside Home of Lori Harris

(Address provided with ticket purchase.)

Tickets, $30, available online at Eventbrite.com.

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-poetry-and-neo-soul-showcase-tickets-13216903113

Refreshments and beverages will be served.

For more information contact Lori Harris, 323-371-3330, or Kathy Drayton, 818-259-0493.


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