in association with FROLAB, Fusicology + Giant Step…. Thursday 24 May at Del Monte Speakeasy/Townhouse Basement in Venice. Mark your calendars for the 4th Thursday of every month – CHURCH LA!
With MdCL away on tour in Europe this month, stepping up to make the night one super special one is…
[[[ TODD SIMON's ETHIO CALI ENSEMBLE ]]]
Todd Simon – trumpet, music director
Kamasi Washington – saxophone, wind instruments
Alan Lightner – steel pan/percussion
Itai Shapira – guitar
Patrick Bailey – bass
Steve Haney – Percussion
Dexter Story – Drums
+ [[[ DJ SEAN O (Soundwaves/KPFK) ]]]
9pm-1am @ Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave, Venice CA 90291 (Basement Level)
“CHURCH has earned a reputation as one of the premier jam nights in the city… MdCL is an uncategorizably gifted talent…” – LA Times
Imagine exotic Ethiopian jazz sounds a la Mulatu fused with California beatnik sensibilities and you get Los Angeles-based Ethio Cali Ensemble. Todd Simon’s 9-piece all-star band is a tribute and journey to East Africa and its rich musical legacy. The compositions are colorful soundscapes over infectious grooves penned by Ethiopian legends and even Simon himself. With the blessing of Ethiopian DJ Sun Zoo, Ethio Cali is exciting crowds all over Los Angeles and is ready to heat it up at CHURCH!
“A must see event!” – Giant Step New York
Guests at MdCL’s CHURCH have included the finest of jazz and soul musicians including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), DJ Spinna, Jose James, Coco Owino (Qaudron), Nate Smith (Jose James/Dave Holland), Sy Smith, Chris ʻDaddyʼ Dave (Mos Def/Common), Mark Kelley (The Roots), nia andrews (Common/Janelle Monae), Jody Watley (Shalamar), Vesta Williams (RIP), Leon Mobley (Michael Jackson), Ohmega Watts, Sy Smith, Greg Hutchinson (Joshua Redman), Dwight Trible (Pharoah Sanders), DJs The Gaslamp Killer, Lefto, Ge-ology, Aaron Byrd and many more….
$5 before 10 / $7 after