On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity. Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview. Helen’s revealing audio “testimony" acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, interviews with friends and bandmates and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story. Part true crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I CALLED HIM MORGAN is a chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DP Bradford Young (SELMA, ARRIVAL).
We present our Swingin’ Jazz Seminar featuring back to basics in jazz, and today’s music. Students, come meet and learn about careers in jazz from established educators and performers. Learn tips on how to practice, how to audition, and how young musicians become jazz legends. Bring instruments for a post-seminar jam. Also learn about the upcoming Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation. Free admission. For further information, please contact Linda Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 10 AM – 3 PM
4305 S. Degnan Blvd. #101
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Student musicians, 15 – 25 years old, audition and win money playing jazz at our Annual Scholarship Competition. For more information, or to download the audition application, go to dolocokerjazz.org, or call 323-935-1374. No fee to enter. Students who win will be awarded checks at our 34th Annual “Tribute to Dolo” Concert.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The 34th Annual “Tribute to Dolo” Scholarship Benefit Concert, Reception 2:30 PM, Concert 3 PM – 6 PM
Museum of African American Art
Third Floor of Macy’s Dept Store – Crenshaw Plaza
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Our annual jazz concert features performances by the top names in jazz: Ernie Andrews, Betty Bryant, The Donald Dean Jazz All Stars, many others and our 2017 Scholarship Winners. Free refreshments and parking.
A reminder that Pinocchio’s Italian restaurant in Pasadena, on north Lake, has been featuring jazz for a long time. On the first Saturdays of the month it’s guitarist Scott Detweiler performing. On the second Saturday of the month catch the Donovan-Muradian group. This is a terrific jazz group who have guests dropping by to play straight ahead jazz. No cover and the food is very good. It’s a great jazz destination....
Also in the Pasadena area; The Barkley features jazz every Sunday, from 9-11pm. No cover…We also heard that Edwin Mills, located in an alley in Old Town also has jazz on tap. Sorry, we have no details on these places but it’s easy to check out in Pasadena’s weekly newspaper or online....
These are new CDs which feature L.A. based musicians: Drummer Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, Second Opinion features John Beasley on keyboards, Bob Sheppard on saxes and flutes, Benjamin Sheppard on basses and Peter Erskine on drums and percussion. The material was composed by Erskine and Beasley, except for Victor Young’s “Street of Dream,” Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” and “Willow Weep For Me” by Ann Ronell…Erskine is also releasing Peter Erskine New Trio In Praise of Shadows which features Vardan Ovsepain-keyboards, Damian Erskine-electric bass and guests Artyom Manukyan on cello and Judd Miller whistles on one track. Ovsepian arranged all the material, which was influenced by Japanese elements. Some might recognize the pop tune “Sukiyaki” which was heard back in the 1960’s. Check out these CD/s which were created by our local heroes….