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

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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National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. Convention to Spotlight Youth, Music and History of NANM

The 95th annual convention of The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM) will be held in Los Angeles beginning July 20 through July 24, 2014.  Founded in Chicago in 1919, NANM is the country’s oldest organization dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of African American music.  Since its inception, NANM has provided encouragement and support to thousands of African American musicians, many of whom have become widely respected figures in the musical arena and have contributed significantly to African American culture and music history.

During the convention, music teachers, performers, other professionals and community groups have the opportunity to meet and compare notes with their counterparts from across the country; to hear and participate in concerts featuring familiar and unfamiliar musical literature; to become acquainted with new teaching techniques; to benefit from exposure to high standards of musicianship; and to discuss mutual problems and strategize solutions. See the NANMConventionFlyer and NANMConventionSchedule.

NANM supports young musicians by awarding scholarships, and will provide an opportunity for them to perform and to interact with their peers and highly acclaimed professional musicians during the convention.  By introducing aspiring young musicians to the various genres of music, NANM continues to ‘keep the music alive and vibrant’.

The convention will convene with the opening meeting (concert) at Grant AME Church, 10435 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles 90002 on Sunday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m.  The convention will conclude on Thursday, July 24. The Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Westside, 6161 Centinela Ave., Culver City 90230, will serve as the headquarters and main venue for much of the four-day gathering.  Many notable musicians from all across the country will attend this uplifting, music-filled and informative convention. The convention encompasses and includes genres such as Negro Spirituals, Hymns, Gospel, Jazz and R&B. The public is invited to attend free and ticketed events.

Byron J. Smith, NANM President, believes Los Angeles is the ideal host city for this year’s convention.  “With the vast amount of music and entertainment that comes out of Los Angeles, it is only fitting that we all converge on Los Angeles for this our 95th anniversary,” he said. “The theme, ‘Lights, Music, Action: Spotlight on the Next Generation’ was chosen to reflect the Hollywood location of the convention.”

In addition to the opening meeting which pays tribute to the late Dr. Don Lee White who was instrumental in establishing the oldest branch on the West Coast, workshops, concerts, and awards presentations will be offered.

A gala concert will be presented on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. with the Inner-city Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICOYLA) under the direction of Charles Dickerson, founder and conductor. Special guests include Keith David (Enlisted) and LaVan Davis (House of Payne). The concert will be held at the beautiful Wilshire United Methodist Church at 4350 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90005.

The Life Members Guild Jazz Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 22, at 12:00 p.m. with a jazz ensemble of local youth scholarship winners.  Renowned, award winning writer and stage actress Karen Bankhead will perform as Ms. Etta Mae Mumphries and will also serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

In celebrating 95 years of history and advocacy, a tribute honoring the past 23 national presidents including R. Nathaniel Dett, Brazeal Denard, Roland Carter will be presented through drama and song on Tuesday, July 22, at 8:00 p.m.

A Gala Awards Banquet will be held Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. to honor five music legends for their contributions to African American music.  Honorees include legendary vocalist Kenneth Glover whose 60-year performance career included serving as the official soloist for the National Baptist Convention; retired Presbyterian Pastor and organist/pianist Rev. Dr. Leon E. Fanniel who was one of the accompanists for Mahalia Jackson and is a strong advocate for music programs and young musicians; Bellflower Symphony conductor Joseph Taylor who has taught strings to hundreds of young musicians for the past 40 years and is conductor of the NANM Convention Orchestra; and Musicians in Action founders Jacqueline and Gerald Malone whose calling has been to develop positive relationships between church musicians and church leadership.

Click here for schedule or for tickets.  Information is also available by emailing or calling (323) 294-6709. Official website: