5.27.11 Los Angeles Jazz Collective Festival Part II : Westland Trio [9pm] » Jamie Rosenn Trio [10pm] » Joe Bagg Trio [11pm] @ BlueWhale

FRIDAY MAY 27, 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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John Daversa: trumpet & flugelhorn
Todd Millstein: guitar
Damon Zick: tenor saxophone & bass clarinet

Each band member arranges his own compositions for this unique setting, resulting in an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, folk, and pop music. The lack of bass and drums lends a chamber music quality that opens up space for the music to wander into new places. The overall vibe is light, fun, and spontaneous. The band’s bassless, drummerless concept was originally inspired by Jimmy Giuffre’s trio from the 1950s, with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer.

Westland Trio website

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Jamie Rosenn is a guitar player committed to forging a personal sound that acknowledges the past but also points to the future. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music, Rosenn studied with jazz luminaries Jimmy Giuffre, Ran Blake, Mick Goodrick, George Russell and Bob Moses. After completing his studies in Boston, Jamie moved to California where he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia. At CalArts Jamie studied with Charlie Haden, Leo Smith and Joe LaBarbera and was a featured performer and composer on the ’94 and ’95 CalArts Jazz CDs. Since receiving his Master Degree from CalArts Jamie has been an active member of the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1996 Jamie was chosen by the United States Information Agency to be an artistic ambassador and perform in a duo that took part in a seven week tour of the Middle East and South Asia. In addition to performing, Jamie also teaches and has taught at the Musician’s Institute, Saddleback College, the Los Angeles Music Academy, the University of California at Los Angeles, and CalArts. Jamie currently performs as a member of the trio JoE-LeSs shOe with Jason Harnell and Matt Otto who released their self titled CD in 2007. Additionally, Jamie co-leads the organ trio Option 3, with Joe Bagg and Mark Ferber that released their debut CD “Points Subtracted” in early 2008.

Jamie Rosenn website

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“A masterful organist” – Don Heckman, L. A. Times 

“A highly refined player with a light touch who listens” – Downbeat

Born and raised in Southern California, Joe started playing by ear on a toy xylophone at an early age. His parents quickly got him a piano teacher, and Joe took piano lessons for a few years after that. He discovered jazz while in college and immediately changed his major from computer science to music. Upon hearing that jazz pianist Kenny Barron was teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Joe enrolled in the graduate program there and obtained his Masters degree, studying with Barron for two years. After a couple years in the Army, as a Russian linguist stationed in Germany, Joe moved back to the states to California, where he has been a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ after meeting organist Larry Goldings in New York.

Since arriving in L.A., Joe has played and/or recorded with most of the jazz musicians in Southern California, as well as a number of visiting musicians including: Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Larry Goldings, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus Blake, Lea Delaria, Brian Lynch, Billy Higgins, Arthur Blythe, Ralph Moore, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joe LaBarbara, Alphonse Mouzon, Jack Sheldon and many more. He also has played extensively overseas (Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, Dubai) and the States (Yoshi’s (Oakland), Birdland (New York), The Moore Theater (Seattle), The Alladin Theater (Portland), Richard’s (Vancouver)).

Joe Bagg website

BlueWhale website


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