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Happy Holidays All!

I have produced a television show called "Christmas Jazz with LeRoy Downs" that will air here in Los Angeles and across the country on Christmas Day and Christmas week.

"Christmas Jazz with LeRoy Downs"

It would help a great deal if you would please send this out to your mailing list. It would be much appreciated and enjoyed! Just trying to spread the word far and wide!
The show came out fantastic and I am excited for you to see!!!

Thanks for all of your support!

LeRoy Downs




 The GATHERING - Sunday 11/8/15 at 2pm









The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

4130 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA 90230





SEPTEMBER 18, 2015                                          CONTACT:  Jeffrey Winston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  (626) 625-8792





     (Culver City, CA ---) On Saturday, October 10th at 2 p.m., The Mayme A. Clayton

Library & Museum, at 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City, will proudly present, Touching Bass, a unique photo exhibit by Sammy Davis.  



     These poignant images will feature several world-class bassists, including Trevor

Ware, Jennifer Leitham, Henry Franklin, Richard Simon, James Leary, Roberto Miranda,

Nedra Wheeler, John B. Williams, Mike Alvidrez, Luther Hughes and John Heard. 

In addition, Mr. Heard, an accomplished painter and sculptor, will also unveil a stunning bust of Charles Mingus.



     Commercial and fine art photographer, Sammy Davis, shares his inspiration for this passion project. “Imagine an elite gathering of gifted virtuosos in a single room.  Through my lens, I’ve had the distinct honor of capturing the unique technique and persona of each artist.  My intent is to create an acoustic ambiance.”














     "We are very proud and extremely honored to carry the torch", said Executive 

Director Lloyd Clayton.  The MCLM, collects, preserves, exhibits and celebrates,

the vast history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent.


     Admission is free and a reception will follow.  For more information, call

(310) 202-1647.




 DALE FIELDER October 3, and 11, 2015 

Dear Jazz Enthuiasts,
Please forgive my negligence in getting word out about my gigs.  One of my dear friends just scolded me about it and she's right!  However, I did take the summer off to enjoy life a little bit after our Room 5 gig back in June.  Even took a REAL vacation down to St. John, Virgin Islands to relax!  As a musician, I think being well-rounded and having various life experiences outside of music makes for making better music.  For what else is it we are doing but expressing our impressions of life through music!  The richer and more varied one's life experiences are, the richer the music, IMHO.  Plus I've never been one to look at myself as having a 'music career'. Music is not what I do, but what I AM.  It's a little more spiritual then that.  In fact I like saying when asked what my religion is that I am a devout musician!  
Well, getting back on the saddle, I have 2 great performances coming up for October 2015.  Saturday, October 3rd I will be fronting the Pat Senatore Trio at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz in Bel-Air.  I believe the band will be Tom Ranier on piano, Ramon Banda on drums and Pat on bass.  One of the best jazz rooms in the country for sure and NEVER a cover charge.  And on Sunday Oct 11th my band, the DFQ~Dale Fielder Quartet with Jane Getz-piano, Bill Markus and Thomas White on drums, continue our 20th Anniversary Performances (as every gig in 2015 is touted) at the 6th annual Simi Valley's Dream Cuisine Festival.  It features gourmet foods form 50 of the finest restaurants in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and San Fernando Valley;  fine wine from California wineries; beer from well-known breweries; desserts from the finest bakeries and dessert establishments in the Southland.  We play from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, but the event continues until 9:30pm with other music.  $60 per person or $600 for a reserved table of 10.
Here's something you might enjoy seeing!  One day I was going through some old CDs and DVDs and found this.  It’s a Clarion Jazz Promo Video for the Dale Fielder Group/Force from back on May 31, 2002!  It features Group/Force members:  Dale Fielder-alto sax / Danny Grissett-piano / Trevor Ware-bass and Thomas White-drums.  Also featured on the clip is KLON 88.1 FM (now KJAZ) host James Janisse from a live performance of the day at a hotel in Long Beach, if I remember correctly.  Wow! As of 2015, that's over 13 years ago!  Amazing!  That band was really something else!  The beautiful thing about old promos, is that they’re still relevant and you can still use them, as long as product is still available. Dale Fielder Group/Force CDs:  “Howling Monk” “Suite: Clarity”  and  “The Hipster”  are still available on iTunes and CD Baby: 
Here's the link to the video:
Thanks for your support!


This Saturday August, 15, 2015 


An Invitation From Phil Ranelin regarding TAUMBU:

Please Save the Date Saturday August 15th From 1 to 5 PM For This Event For Our Warrior Brother TAUMBU LOS ANGELES NATIVE SON

“Taumbu” (ne’ Hal Ector, August 11, 1944) - legendary conguero, bandleader, composer, educator, craftsman and visual artist - will be given a Heartfelt Birthday and Get Well Fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 1:00PM – 5:00PM, in Leimert Park at The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Boulevard, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

The Concert features Alumni of The Taumbu International Ensemble, including Matt Amper, Dwayne Augustine, Don Littleton, Phil Ranelin, Michael Session, Jessie Sharps and Steve Smith; The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble; also The Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Band, members of the Cal Tjader tribute band "Soul Sauce" and many other stellar musicians including: Andrew Acosta, Justo Almario, David Amper, Pablo Calogero, Rafael Feliciano, Dawan Muhammad, Derf Reklaw, Eddie Resto, Manny Silvera, Dwight Trible, Melena Francis Valdes.

Admission: $20 = Suggested Minimum Donation

This event is co-sponsored by Don Littleton, Phil Ranelin and all the musicians performing gratuitously with Love in support of their colleague, friend and champion of this great music, Taumbu. It is also co-sponsored by the following in-kind supporters: Ken Moore and Howling Monk, Barbara Morrison and The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, Dalili Pierson and Rebuild Crenshaw Arts Committee and the entire Leimert Park arts community. 




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