Three of LA's most prominent musicians make up this group whose sound varies from soul to salsa to jazz.
Abraham Laboriel - Greg Mathieson
Fantastic duo of two great soulful L.A. communicators.
Allen has a touch that most guitarists would kill for. Utilizing influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to the Beatles, his style is exciting and eclectic.
“Totally contemporary playing and writing with a real sense of the jazz tradition. Excellent!” - Dave Leibman
At 27, Anton was answering the call of his long-standing passion for jazz, stepping away from the high-level research in Artificial Intelligence he’d carried out at Harvard and Stanford
A totally new sound combining Mediterranean music with
American jazz fusion. Truly original.
Grammy nominated composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe has gathered nationwide attention with his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions.
An extraordinary keyboardist and composer who making big impression in LA.
This is a writer and a player who should have much wider recognition in the jazz world. Fortunately for music education, he has made a distinguished career as a teacher.
One of LA's most in-demand jazz piano players who covers many bases - all of them well.
The history of jazz and big bands on the West Coast is defined by this master composer/arranger & player.
Bruce Lofgren compositions are unique and compelling and transcend several music genres including Latin, new age, jazz, blues, classical, and pop, portending great emotional complexities while remaining grounded in the process of discovery.--rj crane
Cathy Segal Garcia
Cathy Segal-Garcia is an L.A.-based jazz singer, recording artist, educator, and composer.
A model of warm, exquisitely focused jazz vocalizing...sensuous voice and cool harmonies.
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Chris Walden and his great band breathe vibrant new life into our beloved 'Big-Band' tradition. Bravo, Chris... and keep the fires burning!
An aurally captivating delight. In the best traditions of the Big Band genre it [new CD Home Of My Heart] is beautifully written and magnificently executed
Cover - Parlato Duo
Two musicians from the Southwest making a very personal statement.
As one of the better known drummers in the Los Angeles area, Dave Ameele has led a jazz group since 1990. Featured musicians have included Osama Afifi, Bruce Babad, Greg Eicher, Rick Hanna, Todd Johnson, Larry Koonse, Rob Lockart, Bobby Rodriguez, Bob Sands.
A deep pocket groove drummer who doesn't get enough sleep. Has authored the book, How to Play Really Fast Fusion While In Bed.
Liebman is one of the most important saxophonists in contemporary music...a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.
One of the influential band leaders of the West Coast Cool School. On this site, he also has a large collection of authentic Big Band Swing charts that he produced and arranged with many Hollywood's great musicians.
Dave Samuels, with his distinct musical personality, has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation.
A scholar, writer, player and composer, Dave leads an All Star trio and quartet through many different moods.
Whether playing solo,with is new trio, TAMBOUR, duo with Keiko Abe or Dave Samuels,David Friedman breathes long, fluid, angular phrases into his solos, moving well beyond his instrument‘s technical limitations. His compositions are the language of harmonic and rhythmic richness with just a touch of irony.
This arrangement of a Greg Mathieson original is truly powerful. Done with a brass section and string section, it is the product of overdubbing parts onto an existing band track by some of LA's premier musicians.
Dick Weller is one of the most electrifying drummers in the California area today. His virtuosity has gained him recognition from some of the top jazz musicians in the United States and has earned him the reputation of being one of the most versatile, hard-driving, solid groove players around.
Dwayne Smitty Smith
A funky R&B/Smooth Jazz bassist who has worked with many of the top people on the scene today. The tracks on this site offer up Smitty's first rate skills as a composer and arranger.
An exiting visit to World Jazz by an extraordnary guitarist,
composer and arranger.
One of the jazz world's most inventive musicians.
Ernie Watts has developed into one of the most powerful of tenormen with complete control over his horn and the ability to bring intensity and passion (plus taste) to any musical situation.
Scott Yanow / All Music Guide
George Kahn's music captures the feel of the West Coast Jazz scene of the 50’s & 60’s, but with a contemporary edge.
Among the finest of LAs keyboard players/composers on the Jazz Fusion scene.
Jenna's restless artistic spirit is reflected in her constant travels, as she divides her time between San Francisco, New York, and her hometown, St. Joseph, Michigan.
COMING SOON - TRACKS ARE ON THE SITE
One of Jazz's most versatile drummers and composers.
One of modern jazz's most influential guitarists.
John’s music is always personal, artistic, and highly individualistic. It avoids cliche` and seems to continually expand as his improvised lines unfold, sprinkled liberally with harmonies that are fresh and spontaneous. His musical voice reveals much care and creative integrity.
Whatever his mode of expression, be it instrumental performance, composition, arranging and conducting,Kim Richmond is striving to express a uniquely original voice, combining his extensive experience with the new sounds of our evolving musical world.
Kim Richmond - Clay Jenkins Ensemble
A phenomenal musician, Kristen is a great bass player and excellent sing - and she does both very well at the same time.
“I’ve never heard anyone scat quite that fast! She has a great feeling – very musical.”
Father of Dave Hooper. Need we say more?
More than seasoned pros, Karen Hammack (piano), Paul Kreibich (drums), John Gross (tenor saxophone) and Putter Smith (bass), making up the Karen Hammack/Paul Kreibich Quartet, show themselves here to be true artists. They have fashioned Lonesome Tree.
Lounge Art Ensemble
A special offering from 3 of the Planet's great musicians.
MALT’s music is dynamic and accessible, lifting spirits as they play music from the heart. Listen to MALT and experience its blend of jazz, with a hint of blues, which captures the artistic chemistry of four friends that will stand the test of time.
A major singing artist and composer on the Contemporary Jazz scene.
Mary Ann McSweeney
A NYC-based bass player, arranger and composer with 2 CDs to her name. A very versatile musician.
One of the most prolific composers and arrangers in Southern California.
Matthew Von Doren
Melvin Lee Davis
Melvin has travelled the world and continues to be in high demand across many genres of music because of his incredible talent and positive demeanor on and off stage.
For many musicians, there comes a time when being a successful sideman isn’t enough and a true artist with a unique voice emerges. For Michael White, drummer extraordinaire whose multi-faceted resume as a touring and session player has encompassed a versatile blend of Rock, Country, R&B and Jazz for over fifteen years, that time is now.
Is there anyone this guy HASN'T worked with?
A tremendously provacative and original player.
One of L.A.'s busiest jazz drummers who also is a respected teacher and accomplished composer.
COMING SOON - TRACKS ARE ON THE SITE.
A master drummer and musician, Peter can be heard in a wide variety of situations. Many are presented on this site.
Peter Erskine - Richard Torres
A major saxophone player who came to prominence with Stan Kenton's Band.
COMING SOON. BASSIST AND COMPOSER PAR EXCELLENCE.
Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco
This group takes a wonderful trip into one of the most colorful periods in jazz - and they do it expertly.
COMING SOON! ONE OF THE GREAT MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.
A recording group made of drummer Michael White, keyboardist Brian Simpson, bassist Dwayne Smitty Smith and guitarist Ron Smith.
A unique talent who has survived the jazz wars to become a legend for his individuality, creativity and precicision.
Sal Cracchiolo - Melanie Jackson
Sal and Melanie came together because of their love of jazz, Latin jazz, and Brazilian music. This group is their baby and the music has been carefully chosen and crafted to create moods of love, laughter and fun - all served up just for jazz lovers.
Produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip, this is a group of top flight LA musicians that play very energetic and evocative music from a variety of genres. Perfect for picture.
A true veteran of the jazz scene offers some of his most adventerous group improvisations.
A truly unique singer and player.
Through their nine original tunes,Tercet finds common ground in celebrating the beauty and depth of their musical relationship.
Terry Waldo is considered one of America''s premier performers and presenters of Ragtime and Early Jazz.
Big-city blues and R&B originals, soulful vocals, a mixture of Texas shuffles, hard funk grooves and Latin rhythms complimented by smooth and jazzy horn arrangements. Johnny (Guitar) Watson meets Steely Dan. You will enjoy this soul-healing experience.
The group Tolu-led by saxophonist Justo Almario and drummer Alex Acuña-is one rare ensembles that manages to establish a connection between jazz and Latin rhythms that ignites the energy in each.
A hugely versatile pianist, arranger and composer in a
tight-knit jazz trio setting.
A premiere American pianist, arranger and composer, Garvin is in several different musical settings featured on this site. This is music of a highly emotional and sophisticated nature.
One of LAs most sought after keyboard players and composer/arrangers in both jazz and studio settings.
One of the premier bassists in jazz. Also Professor of Jazz Studies & Performance at UNLV.
Fast becoming one of the most innovative and original composers and arrangers in jazz. A two-time Grammy winner, Vince has worked with variety of artists from Bjork, Joni Mitchell and Bobby McFerrin to John Abercrombie, the Yellowjackets and Joe Zawinul.