5.26.11 Los Angeles Jazz Collective Festival Part I : Brian Carmody Quartet feat. Nick Mancini [9pm] » Daniel Rosenboom Septet [10pm] » Brian Swartz & The Swartzestra [11pm] @ BlueWhale

THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011  9  |  10  |  11PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908

The Los Angeles Jazz Collective is a growing organization that is dedicated towards building a stronger jazz community in the Los Angeles area. Co-founded by pianist Gary Fukushima and saxophonist Matt Otto, the LAJC has 13 core members including guitarists Jamie Rosenn, Steve Cotter and Mike Scott, pianist-organist Joe Bagg, saxophonists Matt Zebley, Robby Marshall and Damon Zick, trumpeters Brian Swartz and Josh Welchez, bassist Ryan McGillicuddy and drummer Jason Harnell, plus a growing number of associate members.

The Los Angeles Jazz Collective has sponsored some concerts (including a collective performance last April that served as the official birth of the organization), has put out a sampler CD, and has some ambitious if realistic plans for the future. Recently I chatted with Gary Fukushima, Matt Otto and Jamie Rosenn, asking the three musicians how an organization of this sort can function given the economic difficulties of being a jazz musician in Los Angeles, along with the democratic and rather spontaneous nature of the music.

The LAJC’s membership includes many of the area’s talented younger artists, including pianist/organist Joe Bagg; saxophonists Matt Zebley, Robby Marshall and Damon Zick; drummer Jason Harnell; bassist Ryan McGillicuddy; trumpeters Brian Swartz and Josh Welchez, and guitarists Steve Cotter, Jamie Rosenn, and Mike Scott. There are currently 13 core members and a growing number of associate members. The collective has held meetings several times each month since November of 2007 and has already established a strong sense of community within the membership. Many members are on the faculty at various colleges and schools, and the collective intends to integrate enthusiastic students into this community. The LAJC aims to be a catalyst for those who play modern, creative jazz to represent the pioneering spirit that is the essence of the jazz tradition. The collective is compelled to live out that spirit by forging ahead in it’s members’s own compositions and performances.

Los Angeles Jazz Collective website

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Brian Carmody grew up north of San Francisco in the town of Santa Rosa.  With both of his parents being musicians and educators, he was constantly surrounded by music.  He developed a passion for the drums in high school and began to teach himself to play by listening and playing along with his favorite records.  He began his formal training at UC Boulder in Colorado 1995.

In 1997 Brian moved to San Francisco to continue his education and immerse himself in the Bay Area jazz scene.  In 2001 he conferred a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in classical percussion from San Francisco State University.  While at SFSU Brian was awarded a full scholarship and held the chair as principal percussionist of the University Orchestra.  During the 10 years he lived in San Francisco, Brian performed regularly at the top Bay Area jazz clubs as both a bandleader and a sideman.  He also gave private lessons and held the position of Director of Music at The School of Music and Fine Arts in Daly City.

Brian has recorded, performed and toured both nationally and internationally with many different music projects over the last decade.  In 2007 Brian met the talented vocalist Rachel Lauren and produced and arranged her debut release “Away From The Crowd”, an album he also played drums on.  Brian recently moved to Los Angeles where he is completing a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the Thornton School of Music at USC. He continues to broaden his horizons by working as a producer, composer/arranger/sound designer for bands,films and companies while continuing to perform nationally and internationally both as a sideman and a leader.

Brian Carmody website

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“Rosenboom is a phenomenon…His speed and singing high notes are amazing. He is a cool customer onstage, but what comes out of the mouthpiece is red hot.” – Mark Swed – Los Angeles Times

“Spectacular trumpet soloing…mesmerizing…” – BLG – Downtown Music Gallery

“Daniel Rosenboom’s trumpet and electronics tour de force Evolution caputres all the gravity of ’70s prog rock with a dramatic flair of Freddy Mercury -proportions…Rosenboom goes for the jugular both rhythmically and melodically, running through time signatures like a box of Kleenex at an AA meeting.” – Randy Nordschow – New Music Box

Daniel Aaron Rosenboom  is a creative trumpet artist, improviser, composer, and record producer who seeks break musical boundaries by fusing styles in new and inventive ways. By combining the sounds of creative improvised, contemporary classical music, rock, metal, hip-hop, jazz, experimental electronic, and traditional folk music from the Balkans, North India, and Middle East, he has created a brand of indefinable and hair-raising music.  For his compositions, he has been recognized with grants and awards from ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the American Composers Forum, and the Meet the Composer foundation.

In 2006, Rosenboom released his debut solo CD, Bloodier, Mean Son, which features world-premiere recordings of new works for solo trumpet and electronics, on Nine Winds Records.  In 2007, his gypsy-jazz-metal band, PLOTZ!, released their debut CD, Extraordinary Renditions, and in early 2008, his improvising experimental-jazz-metal band DR. MiNT released their debut album, Visions and Nightmares, on the pfMENTUM label.  In early 2009, Rosenboom released his own Book of Riddles, as well as PLOTZ!’s Live 2008, and DR. MiNT’s A New Symphony on SNP Records.  In 2009, Rosenboom was featured on his father’s album, How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims, both as a performer and co-producer.  In 2010, PLOTZ! released their highly anticipated 3rd album, The Kid, and Rosenboom was featured on Vinny Golia’s Octet album, Low and Inside: Music for Baritone Saxophones, and in 2011 The Daniel Rosenboom Septet released its debut album Fallen Angeles, featuring Daniel’s original compositions on Nine Winds Records.

He has appeared as a soloist and collaborator on festivals and in recitals at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference, University of York, England, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the La Mama Theater in New York City, at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, California Institute of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, the Hague Jazz Festival, the Midpoint Music Festival, Sounds Like Now: Interpretations at 15, the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Chosen Vale and Lake Placid Trumpet Seminars, Idyllwild Arts and Interlochen Arts Academy.  With orchestras and chamber ensembles, he has appeared on such stages as Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Opera City in Tokyo, the Hollywood Bowl, and in music festivals all over the United States.

He plays regularly with The Daniel Rosenboom Septet, PLOTZ!, DR. MiNT, and the Vinny Golia Sextet, and is a member of the Industrial Jazz Group, Killsonic, Orkestar Mezé, Robby Marshall’s RootSystem, and GG’s Concert NineNet.  As a free-lance artist in Los Angeles, he has recorded for and been heard on ABC, ESPN, BMG, Killer Tracks, Paramount, Poobah Records, Nine Winds Records, 105.1 KMZT, and has played with such groups as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, the New Century Players, the Los Angeles Valley Master Chorale, the Asia America Symphony Association, the Peninsula, Westchester, and Carson Symphony Orchestras. Other projects and collaborations include the Heidi Duckler and Collage Dance Theatre, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet (with John Fumo, Jeff Kaiser, and Kris Tiner), VR with guitarist David Veslocki, Irmin Schmidt from CAN, the Grande Mothers of Invention, Kai Kurosawa, Brad Dutz, Harris Eisenstadt, Markus Stockhausen, Sandeep Bagwhati, Pavel Novak, Matt Mayhall, Antony DiGennaro, Björkestra, and many others.

Daniel studied at the Eastman School of Music with master pedagogue James Thompson for his Bachelor of Music Degree. He also holds a Master of Music degree from UCLA where he studied with international trumpet virtuoso, Jens Lindemann, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Edward Carroll, Vinny Golia, John Fumo, Wadada Leo Smith, Miroslav Tadic, and Larry Koonse.  Other mentors have included Rosalina Sackstein, Roy Poper, Mark Gould, Markus Stockhausen, Thomas Sevens, Stephen Burns, and Gabrielle Cassone.

Daniel Rosenboom website

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Swartz is a second-generation trumpeter; his father played for 30 years in the United States Air Force. This early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten. He studied with trumpet guru Bobby Shew, John Coppola (SFO), Bill Bing (CSUN), and LA studio legend Uan Rasey. Swartz’s dedication to mastering his craft and continually building upon his knowledge has brought him to prominence in the Los Angeles jazz scene. Swartz started his own group in 1996 and has become an accomplished composer and arranger, securing performances at most of the major jazz venues in Los Angeles. Swartz’s quintet has featured some of LA’s top sideman such as saxophonists Keith Fiddmont, George Harper and Matt Otto; pianists Brad Mehldau, Billy Childs, John Beasley, Bob Florence, Theo Saunders and Bill Cunliffe; bassists Jeff Littleton, Kevin Axt, Jeff D’Angelo and Darek Oles; and drummers Lorca Hart, Dick Weller and Aaron Serfaty. Swartz hosted a series at Lunaria in Century City called “The Best of LA’s Trumpets” which featured his quintet backing up many of LA’s greatest jazz trumpeters.

Brian Swartz website

BlueWhale website


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