LMMF Board Advisor Leslie Drayton Announces New eCommerce Website and CD Release

Veteran musician Leslie Drayton announces the launch of his eCommerce website, www.draytonmusic.com. The new website will serve as a central place on the internet to find Leslie’s biographical data, compositions, recorded music, and an ongoing blog of his thoughts about music, education, and the music business.
“Free and Easy”
March 4, 2014, is the official release date of Leslie’s latest recorded effort. This 12-track collection is entitled “Free And Easy” and features mellow, but funky grooves that will appeal to those that love jazz from a soulful perspective. There are guest appearances by Brandon Coleman – keyboards, Del Atkins – bass, Earl Alexander – guitar, Land Richards – drums, and the late Ronald Muldrow – guitar. The collection is available through CD Baby, iTunes, and at www.draytonmusic.com. In addition to the current release, previous recordings and some limited vinyl can be found atwww.draytonmusic.com as well.


Ed Hamilton on Two Women Who Have Created Jazz Music Salons in Los Angeles

Yvette Coleman & Kathy Drayton: Patrons of Jazz

Ed Hamilton on two women who have created jazz music salons in Los Angeles

Benjamin Franklin started Salons and Lyceums that were meetings of groups who were patrons of the arts. People gathered to hear invited special guests. Yvette Coleman and Kathy Drayton have followed in Franklin’s footsteps with their own creations of Los Angeles’ first music salons—Jazz in the Garden and Live Music Movement Foundation.

Drayton states that her organization LIVE MUSIC MOVEMENT FOUNDATION started in 2011 intentions are to broaden the enjoyment and appreciation of jazz, blues, and soul music as a powerful American cultural force thru Vision, Mission, Commitment, Musical events.

She says, “Our goal is to promote, present and preserve jazz, blues and soul music through Musical experience salons performances, education and commissions of new works.” Going on she continues, “we present musical events and concerts as a way to socialize around the music.  Where there is an atmosphere where people can mix and mingle and socialize while enjoying the music and even dance.”

The musical experience presented a jazz party with Drayton’s husband Leslie Drayton, trumpeter and former band leader for Marvin Gaye and Bassist-Del Atkins. The first salon’s guest was phenomenal trombonist Garnett Brown, who showcased his vast experience playing with Herbie Hancock, Duke Pearson, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, Dizzy, Blakey, Hubert Laws, Jazz Crusaders, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Oliver Nelson, Jack Wilson, and Gerald Wilson.

Ms. Coleman’s Jazz In the Garden began in 2005 with 5 women who called themselves “Just Us for Jazz”: Jacquiline Williams, Hanne Johnson, Florine Hill, Espanola Obligacion, and Yvette. Spanky Wilson and Wycliffe Gordon were featured.

Describing her reasoning for wanting to host Jazz Salons, Ms. Coleman stated, “I was at a Jazz Salon presented by my friend Mimi Milnick and got inspired. I shared it with my girlfriends and decided we could do something similar, but have it outdoors. We brainstormed about how it should be presented and and what experience we wanted our audience to have and put together a list of potential artists and got started.”

In 2009 went solo with her Jazz in the Garden Salon and through the past 5 years has presented in concert salon atmosphere the following: Winard Harper, Red Holloway, Houston Person, Plas Johnson, Rickey Woodard, Jeff Clayton and Ernie Andrews, Justo Almario, Terrell Stafford, Ndugu Chancler and Patrice Rushen, Javon Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Gilbert Castellanos, David T. Walker, Billy Childs, Willie Jones, 111, Eric Reed, Trevor Ware, and Bobby Floyd.

“It has been my desire to treat the musicians and the fans with great respect so every move I make is predicated on that,” Ms. Coleman says proudly. “I have have the greatest support team of my familly, Jerry Jones my sound man whose been with me from the start, and the greatest volunteer in the world CB and his sidekick Andrew. And the fans are wonderfully supportive of all my musician choices. They encourage me and I love them for that.” And giving kudos to the musicians saying that ”I am tremendously grateful to them for trusting me and my showcasing them in an outdoor picturesque Baldwin Hills setting overlooking beautiful L.A.”

“The future for LMMF,” Ms. Drayton unveils, “plans to produce several concerts and music education events a year. We want to provide an innovative approach to music performance in venues where you’re welcome to do more than sway in your seat—we want you to get up, move, and enjoy the music.”

Collectively, both women have given a renewed breath of Jazz-life to the City of the Angels with their Jazz Salons—Jazz in the Garden and Live Music Movement Foundation. They welcome other Jazz patrons who have been waiting for the reopening of Ruth Price’s Jazz Bakery and overwhelmingly applaud Ms. Coleman and Ms. Drayton’s efforts in maintaining Jazz Music for the ears of the Jazz lovers.

Original article posted at http://jazztimes.com/community/articles/107188-yvette-coleman-kathy-drayton-patrons-of-jazz.


The Giving Continues for Be The Match Foundation

Voices for Christ

Rochelle Edmondson, far left, and Ebony Malbry, third from left, (aunt and niece) are big fans and supporters of Live Music Movement Foundation.  Rochelle has attended each musical event and has encouraged others to attend.  Ebony usually joins her.  They were in attendance for the Old School Sunday musical event in April that was used as a vehicle to raise awareness of the need for individuals to join the bone marrow registry with Be The Match Foundation. The event was is support of testing for a match with our friend  Carol Martin Hicks who suffers from blood cancer.  Funds were also raised to assist with the cost of testing.

Rochelle and Ebony were inspired to support this cause and brought the need back to their choir – Grant AME Church Voices for Christ.  After hearing of the need to support this important cause, choir members voted to support the effort.  A donation was sent to Be The Match Foundation in the name of Carol Martin Hicks.  The support doesn’t stop with the donation.

Ebony is organizing a bone marrow drive at Grant AME Church to reach out to the demographic of 18-44 year-olds which is the group most needed to find a match.  It is reported that only 7% of the 10 million registered bone marrow donors in the U.S. are of African American heritage. African Americans a have higher likelihood of finding a match if the number of African American bone marrow donors increases.  We are excited that Ebony was moved by our efforts with Be The Match Foundation and look forward to a successful bone marrow donor event.

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Success! Camp Janus Crawfish Boil Fundraiser

Chevon LaRis Powell, survivor and event organizer

Success! The 1st Annual Powell Family Fundraiser benefiting Camp Janus raised $2,190 to go to the continued efforts of this amazing organization.   The event was held in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Crawfish boiling with corn, potatoes, vegetables and spices.

Crawfish, corn and potatoes were the hit of this event as scores of people stopped by to purchase a pound or two in support of Camp Janus.  For those who couldn’t handle the crawfish, Texas-style barbecue brisket sandwiches with all the trimmings were offered.

The cooks readying the crawfish. Corbin is one of the youngest helpers. Maurice Sebastien and Walter Hardy help.

It was a festive occasion with a DJ playing great dance music and a bit of jazz.  The community center was decorated with t-shirts from various camps and signs saluting Camp Janus. A raffle was held with gifts from Costa Rica, the Houston Omni Hotel, Houston Dynamo Soccer team, Gifts by Verna and several other sponsors.

Camp shirts from over the years.

Lights, Cameras, Action! This summer Camp Janus went Hollywood as over 65 burn survivor campers experienced a Tinsel-town themed 4-day weekend adventure.  Gifts from the Powell Family Crawfish Boil Benefiting Camp Janus and others like it help make this camp possible.  Thank you again for your generous support.


LMMF Contributes $1,000 to Be The Match Foundation

Check Presentation: N. McMicheaux, R. Henry, C. Brown, K. Drayton, L. Robinson. Leslie Drayton, photographer.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Live Music Movement Foundation (LMMF) board members Kathy Drayton, chairperson, and Cheryl Brown, treasurer; along with board advisors Linda Robinson and Leslie Drayton presented $1,000 to Naheemah McMicheaux on behalf of Be The Match Foundation.

N. McMicheaux and K. Drayton

This contribution is in honor of Carol Martin Hicks and the outcome of a successful fundraising partnership between LMMF and Be The Match Foundation. The two nonprofit organizations partnered to use music as a healing modality to address and raise awareness of blood cancer diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

Rebecca Henry, Esq.

Also on hand for the presentation was Rebecca Henry  who presented the idea of the collaboration between LMMF and Be The Match Foundation and was the catalyst to make the event a huge success.

Thanks to all who supported this event.