Mostly Kosher Releases Sneak Peek

Mostly Kosher, with alumni Leaav Sofer, Mike King, Will Brahm, Eric Hagstrom, Casey Solow, has released a sneak peak of their new album.

Mostly Kosher is a klezmer band based in Southern California, but has the feel of Lower Eastside New York 1930s “radio show” and Depression Era elation and angst. Directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist and singer, Leeav Sofer, in cahoots with Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin and shtick. Band members also include Casey Solow, Mike King, Will Brahm, Adam Levy, Eric Hagstrom and Michael Bolger. Mostly Kosher continues to perform throughout Southern California with plans to tour the East Coast and Europe in the not too distant future.

Althea Waites Performs Concertos

Pianist Althea Waites will be the featured soloist in a performance of the Mozart Concerto in B-Flat Major, K.450, with the Cole Conservatory Orchestra on September 19 in CPAC.

She will also appear as guest artist with Anthony Parnther, music director and conductor of the Southeast Symphony in a program of chamber music at First Congregational Church/Los Angeles on September 25. The Southeast Symphony is celebrating its 67th season as one of the pioneer orchestras composed of African-American musicians in Southern California.

Kathy Smith to give class “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” to National Piano Tuners Guild convention

Kathy Smith will teach three classes in Atlanta next summer at the National Piano Tuners Guild convention: “Grand Piano Action Rebuilding,” “Mentoring,” and “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” about the skills needed for 1 person to get a grand piano onto a dolly from casters, or vice versa (with minimal equipment and no help). It was standing room only when Kathy presented “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” last March in Phoenix.

Raymond Torres-Santos records CD as Jazz Pianist

Raymond Torres-Santos recorded a CD as a jazz pianist this past summer. The CD, “Antillano,” was mastered by Bernie Grundman, and includes 13 tracks and 20 musicians. The recording showcases the musical richness found in Puerto Rican music (aguinaldo, mapeyé, danza, mazurka, bomba, salsa, bolero), the Caribbean world (merengue, reggae, calypso, soca, songo) and South America (samba). They are seen through the lenses of classical (symphonic), jazz (straight ahead and smooth) and other contemporary genres (fusion, rock, funk, R&B and ballad).

Linda Rose in Schubertiade

Violin faculty member Linda Rose will perform on a Schubertiade concert October 12, 2013, sponsored by Steinway Society of Riverside County and Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. The other performers are pianists Linda love, and James Mccormick, baritone Jacob Bartle and cellist Kihae Kim.

Kyle Schafer in finals of Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition

Pianist Kyle Schafer performed with the 916 Quartet in the finals of the Angel City Arts 2013 Young Artist Competition at the Blue Whale.

The competition gives young jazz musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals.Winners of the competition will receive $1,000, and perform at the 2013 Angel City Jazz Festival in the first two weeks of October.

Josh Nelson on NPR

Josh NelsonNPR chose Josh Nelson  as one of “Six Creative Presenters” for their “The Discovery Sessions”

As NPR wrote, “Once a month, Nelson curates a unique double-bill: improvised music paired with live painting.”

“It’s like an umami thing — getting all these tastes and flavors,” Nelson says. “The emphasis is on discovering new visual artists and also musical artists. … There just needs to be two or three people taking the reins … debuting somebody else, maybe it’s a classical thing … or some electronica—there’s so many ways it can go.” Nelson believes that this re-imagining of the jazz club experience will inject new energy into the community. As Carballada explains, “He’s got his finger on the pulse of the art world today, this beautiful blurring of boundaries — [he's] bringing that into the club arena. It’s great to have an audience there to experience it with you.”