8:30 - 9:10 p // Diana Kazakova w/ Nick Mancini
9:30 - 10:40 p // The Moment feat. Cathy Segal-Garcia
11:00p - 12:10a // The Afton Hefley Group
12:30 - 1:00a // The Nick Mancini Group
At the southwest corner of Vine and Fountain, in Hollywood.
No minimum. Great cocktails.
Great casual food...burgers, tacos, etc.
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm:
*Diana Kazakova + vibraphonist Nick Mancini*
Diana lives in New York, and has performed across Canada and the US. A seasoned interpreter of a diverse canon of music, she is known for her strong voice and sensitive ear. Diana recently was guest vocalist with the Indigo Girls as part of the Grammy Women Who Rock Festival. Having worked on diverse projects from The Bjorkestra to the cast of The Lion King in concert, she also has done extensive chanting for electric acoustic composer Paul Dolden and his Wall of Sound. Her truest loves are folk music, poetry and blueberries!
"Kazakova's singing is hauntingly beautiful and affecting" - The Boston Globe
9:30 pm - 10:40 pm :
*"The Moment" feat. Cathy Segal-Garcia*
Cathy Segal-Garcia - vocals
Gary Fukushima - piano
Jeff Richman - guitar
Brad Dutz - percussion
Formed in the spirit of "Now!"... this unique, and bass-less band reflects a spontaneity and search for adventure, freely, but within forms! Seasoned players all, playing a modern style of jazz, they come together here, experiencing the joy of comradery and trust, delving into the unknown! Especially for a vocalist to hold this position with musicians of this quality, is a statement in itself.
Gary Fukushima holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from CalArts and is now on the faculty at California State University, Northridge, and employed by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He currently writes for the publication of the L.A. Weekly. He is a co-founder of The L.A. Jazz Collective. http://garyfukushima.net/
Brad Dutz...composer, author, teacher, performer, has recorded on 138 projects (and counting!) Performing credits too numerous to mention, Brad is considered one of the top percussionists in the world.
Jeff Richman is a pro with a 35 year career in performance, producing, composing, arranging and recording. In addition to his 16 solo releases, he's produced 6 tribute CD's to Carlos Santana, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and John Coltrane. He's appeared on countless tv/film scores, and teaches at M.I. Hollywood. (Cathy thinks of him as the Westcoast Scofield of guitar!) www.jeffrichman.net
Cathy Segal-Garcia, thought of as "a musician's singer", is a respected vocalist, teacher, and starter/connector for the community. For many years she's been active in her career, which includes aw well, composing and producing, all over the world. She's presently working on her 10th CD, which will become several volumes of duos between herself and an array of fantastic pianists! www.cathysegalgarcia.com
"...real musical integrity. Songs that are stripped bare of the more commercialized pretentiousness of the music industry for tunes that have a unique story and artist to make sure the story is told. N.P.R jazz. The vibe of artistic integrity coupled with honest emotion for a captivating experience." - Critical Jazz
11:00 pm - 12:10 am:
*The Afton Hefley Band, featuring Nick Mancini*
Afton Hefley - vocals
Nick Mancini - vibes
Gary Fukushima - keys
Ben Shepherd - bass
James Yoshizawa - drums
In 2006, Afton Hefley moved from Tulsa, OK to begin a winding journey through nearly every facet of the music world in Los Angeles. One of the most notable of those jobs was touring the world with Tears For Fears, off and on from 2007 - 2011 as more and less, a production manager. The "more" part of that job title was when she was asked by the band to join them on stage to sing backing vocals on a couple of songs. Afton recalls that it was that experience in which she discovered where her heart truly was.
After nearly 10 years in LA, Afton now appears primarily as a vocalist. Deeply engaged in original creative music as well as jazz, pop, folk, and classical, her characteristic touch and unique approach is in demand throughout LA. She can be heard in the most notable venues, and always with the most dynamic musicians the city has to offer.
In 2013, under the pen-name, Sangster, Afton released a 5 song EP of original music titled "Human Becoming", featuring a host of LA's top tier musicians from the creative music scene. We now find her putting down the guitar and pen and turning her attention to The Great American Songbook and classic pop tunes, familiar to her past. http://www.thesangster.com/
LA jazz guitar guru, Larry Koonse, sums it up perfectly: "I finally got a chance to listen to Afton's EP. I was totally floored. Her music (and vocal quality) gets me right in the gut and heart. What a gorgeous sound she has along with an beautiful way of shaping the experience (phrasing). Her songs which have a recurring theme of looking at people with great intentions and potential who are left behind by the forward motion of life is so powerful to me. I think about this all the time. In my estimation she would be the "it person" in the singer/songwriter world if the powers that be knew about her. My god .... what a gift!"
12:30 am - 1:00 am :
*The NICK MANCINI Group*
With Gary Fukushima - piano
Ben Shepherd - bass
Brad Dutz - percussion
Nick graduated from Manhattan School of Music. After 10 years of honing his art as a performing and recording musician in NYC, he relocated to L.A. He has performed and recorded with such diverse luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Charles Fambrough, Harvey Mason, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez, Kenny Werner, New York Voices and Jennifer Holliday to name a few; and at notable venues such as The World Famous Apollo Theater, Birdland NYC, the Aspen Music Festival, Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm), Ford Amphitheater, Angel City JazzFestival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Catalina Jazz Club, The Blue Whale, Vibrato, Zipper Hall, Vitello's and virtually every jazz venue in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Mancini was celebrated as the Honoree at the 18th annual Jazz Vibes Summit in L.A.and joined the faculty at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) and Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory (CSULB), and served on faculty of the Thelonious Monk Institute.
He is on the cutting edge of the creative music scene in LA. In addition to a busy performing and recording career, Mancini also curates a semi-annual performance series called "elastic hour," which features many of LA's most prominent performing ensembles and garnered honorable reviews by the LA Weekly. In the realm of production, he has arranged and overseen the production of multiple Jazz vocal records and boasts seven independently released records under his own name. http://www.nickmancini.net/
"...an exploratory young vibraphonist with two toes dipped in tradition who splashes gentle swing, understatedly bent shoogabooga and exotic undersea layerings of filtered light. Original and good."
- Greg Burk, LA Weekly