Happy to announce that I am the featured vocalist on Leah Paul's soon-to-be-released album, "We Will Do The Worrying" which will be released at a show on November 20th at The Bootleg Theater. Also featured will be Nick Mancini, Chris Speed, and The Koan Quartet. More details to come soon!
We Will Do The Worrying is an extension of the rich chamber writing Leah has honed on her previous albums, this time bringing in lushly layered vocals, alluring string quartet writing and percussive elements to create vignettes of other-worldly landscapes and experiences. Leah's gift for weaving harmonically textural motifs, playful rhythmic counterpoint and sparse yet meaningful lyrics allow the ten pieces on this album to soar, sparking imaginative daydreams in the minds-eye of the listener.
We Will Do The Worrying first began as through-composed chamber works, with lyrical content evolving as each song took shape. Meditations upon dreams and childhood memories are layered and braided throughout distinctly contoured melodies, the end result is a gorgeous marriage of dreamlike lyrics, luxuriant timbres and agile orchestration elevating this music into a genre all of it's own.
Leah recorded this album using engineers and musicians from both Los Angeles where she is based and New York City, two cities that are both deeply meaningful to her. Her reputation as a sought-after flutist, improvisatory collaborator and orchestrator of film music shine inspirational light on this deeply creative and evocative work.
New music by Pasadena area high school students - Katherine Beggs, Avery Roberts, Tiffany Shi, Olivia Shue
Nick Mancini featuring Afton Hefley plus Will Brahm's Homanaje live @ the E Spot Lounge - celebrating 10 years in LA!
Friday, January 29 - The E Spot Loungeon Tujunga in Studio City CA. $15
Mine and Afton's "Decade in LA" Celebration!!
Set 1 - Afton Hefley / Will Brahm Duo
Set 2 - Nick Mancini with Will Brahm's Homanaje
All new original material from Nick's "Ancient Lands" project as well as some of the greatest hits from "Storyteller". Benjamin J. Shepherd on bass and James Yoshizawa on drums.
JazzTimeBand feat. Nick Mancini on vibraphone and special guest, Afton Hefley on vocals.
NOT TO BE MISSED! One concert in LA only!!!
We will be presenting the music featured on our Debult Album Catina DeLuna & Lado B Brazilian Project. We will have a beautiful line up, with incredible musicians:
Otmaro Ruiz - piano
Ramon Stagnaro - acoustic guitar
Bob Sheppard - Flute
Chris Colangelo - bass
Ana Barreiro - drums
Nick Mancini - marimba
Clarice Cast - percussion
Adrianne Duncan - vocals and keyboard
Afton Hefley - vocals
Francis Benitez - vocals
Catina DeLuna - Lead Vocal
Nick Mancini leads his ensemble through moody vamps interlaced with dense rhythmic and harmonic interplay at The Springs in DTLA. Afton Hefley rounds out the group with her grooving neo-pop jazz.
608 Mateo St.
ample free parking
Chris Hon on bass
James Yoshizawa on drums
Matt Rohde on keys/piano
Afton will be joining Nick Mancini's Chamber Group at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. More details TBA.
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
Nick Mancini - vibes, Benjamin J. Shepherd - bass, Gary Fukushima - keys, Brad Dutz, Scott Breadman, Pete Korpela - percussion crew, Sean A. Shackelford, Garrett Smith, Ryan Dragonn, Amy Sanchez - trombones and horn, Afton Hefley, Mon David - vocals, and Artyom Manukyan, Vardan Ovsepian, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - chamber group. PLUS - special guests to arrive throughout the night. Come on by!!!
My TULSA friends and family!! I will be performing at Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow on Wednesday, June 17th as part of their "Jazz Wednesdays" series, from 6-9PM!!
Accompanying me will be the fantastic Scott McQuad on keys. We'll be doing jazz tunes (obviously!), some classic pop tunes, and even some Okie favorites.
Apparently the place packs up on these nights so, maybe consider making a reservation.
It's a restaurant and bar (as opposed to a concert venue/listening room) so, people will be coming and going, AND you can get dinner there, too. I hear the menu is great.
I'm only in town for a few days so, this would be a great night to come out so I can see your familiar faces!
See y'all there!!
Afton will be joining Nick Mancini's group as a guest singer at JAZZ @ Witzend, $10 cover.
Each month features Nick Mancini & his band, plus a guest ensemble bringing some of the finest Jazz LA has to offer right here on our stage.
The Nick Mancini Quartet featuring Pete Korpela on percussion, Rumi Flute on flute and Ben Shepherd on bass. Nick Mancini's originals as well as cherry-picked jazz standards create the fertile soil for spontaneous arrangements, which are, at once, fresh, incisive and cinematic. With a host of world-class musicians in his midst, he selects from the cream-of-the-crop to form his highly energized ensembles. Mancini, at the helm of this rotation of LA's most creative & inventive musicians, will tempt your curiosity and have you coming back each month to see what he has in store. www.NickMancini.net
Nick Mancini on vibes
Artyom Manukyan on cello
Vardan Ovsepian on piano
Eric Sittner on bass
Chris Wabich on drums
Tatiana Parra on vocals
Afton Hefley on vocals