Leslie Drayton and Few Regrets Debut Houston Performance

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

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.


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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Sunday Old School Soul Featuring Will Wheaton

A Sunday afternoon into evening of Old School Soul with Will Wheaton is fast approaching. The musical event takes place Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the historic Maverick’s Flat  in the heart of Leimert Park, 4225 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Showtime is 5:00 p.m. concluding at 9:00 p.m.

Will is an exciting performer as you can see from this photo taken during a live event.  He holds nothing back from his performance.  If you want to get an idea of what to expect, visit Will’s website to hear his rendition of “Love and Happiness”.

Be The Match Foundation and LMMF are partnering during this event to raise awareness of the need for individuals to join the bone marrow registry. We are reaching out to the demographic of  18-44 year-olds to test for a match with our friend  Carol Martin Hicks. Carol has life threatening blood cancer that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant. The test is simple and takes 5 minutes. A portion of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to Be The Match Foundation.

This is a great event and cause and we hope to see on Sunday, April 28, at 5:00p.m.

Other information you may want to know:

General admission $25/advance, $30/door

Young professional $15/online, $20/door

Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com

No fees to purchase tickets online

No parking on Crenshaw during the event

Food and beverages available for purchase

If you need more information, contact Kathy Drayton at contact@livemusicmovement.com or 818-259-0493.



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