Jazz in the Schools Black History Month 2018

Another Black History Month Program with Dr. Bobby Rodriguez in a 5 piece band that introduces grammar school kids to Jazz, America’s Art form.  It is a pleasure to be part of this with Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Maria Martinez, Andre Delano and Brian O’Rourke.

Our sponsors are Los Angeles Jazz Society, Musicians Trust Fund, Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs and the Herb Alpert Foundation.

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The Bass is a really big instrument!

Creativity is a human trait.  We can foster it in each other.  More pictures will be added to this post soon.  We have five more performances coming up this month.

Jazzabration celebrates Leslie Baker and Yevette Stewart

Thanks to any and all who take the time to share this wonderful time with me and Yevette Stewart, a friend and fine Jazz Vocalist.  We are being honored in Inglewood “City of Champions ” as a Living Legends of Jazz and Blues.  I look forward to joining many of my colleagues who have been so honored.

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Click on me to make me BIGGER.

 Jazzabrations & Vespers at “The Side”(Live Jazz and Liturgy interwoven)

Morningside Church
8722 Crenshaw Blvd. Ingelwood CA 90305
March 26, 2017 5-7 PM
$20 donation at the door
RSVP www.morningsideucc.org
or call Linda Morgan 562-762-6441

 

What a Year!

2016 has been a great year for growth and new beginnings.  The creativity flows.  The fun continues. How lucky am I?  I picked up 2 new basses this year, both Fenders.  So I got plenty to boom boom boom with considering the collection of instruments those 2 get added to. The Fender Precision sounds great in Bobby Hurricane Spencer’s All Star band where I feel transported to New Orleans every time because of a fantastic drummer named Albert Trepanier Jr.  This is the band with the trending video, over 112K people know “we got the blues”.  It’s been great to play music with so many very talented people.

112K +++!!!

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Blues! Mother of Rock an Roll>>>>we rocking’!

From the critics, our friends and the All Stars’ fans: “Mixing soul, funk and blues into a mighty gumbo, Bobby Hurricane Spencer Blues All Stars take you to saxophone driven blues heaven. This music will lift your spirits and move your body with deep soulful and funky blues. Easy listening putting a smile on your face, dancing in your feet and then some ice in your drink. If you like blues stirred but not shaken with jazz, doo wop, a touch of Latino and funk then you will enjoy the Hurricane’s All Stars – everyone of them a star in their own right!”— with Tom J DanielsLivewires Live-musicJazz LivingLegendBobby SpencerTadg Galleran,George Van WagnerAlbert Trepagnier Jr.Kelly ChappueLeslie Baker and West L.A. Studios.

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Leslie with Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer celebrating his birthday.

 

Upcoming show at Seabird Lounge Long Beach on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2016.  Come on down, shake a tail feather with us.  Oh, and Happy Halloween all, may your evening be full of tricks and treats a few frights and lots of fun….

A little media buzz/exciting times

I got a good review when I least expected it. The gig was with Jimmy McConnell Quintet at the Valley Jazz Club. “Leslie Baker played a unique compact “traveling bass” with surprising full, rich sound proving it’s value to the band with her very active playing, showing off her skills as both a motivated supportive and feature player” Harvey Barkan  Los Angeles Jazz Scene newspaper September 2016.

Leslie jamming on her upright electric bass by BSX
Leslie jamming on her upright electric bass by BSX

Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer and the Blues Allstars which includes me on bass, Albert Trepangnier from New Orleans on drums, Tadj Galleran on keyboard, George Van Wagner on guitar and Tyler Combs on vibes has a couple of videos out that are breaking my personal records for worldwide views.

I Got The Blues Soulful and sensual! — with Tyler CombsLeslie BakerTadg GalleranBobby Spencer and Albert Trepagnier Jr.

Hangin’ with a dear friend and great drummer.

As of now our video “I Got the Blues” has over 112K views since it’s release September 18, 2016. Pretty exciting.  The same band with front vocalist Kelly Chappue on “Bad When I’m Good” (released Sept. 18) reached over 25K views!

I will update you as things go. Check it out! I put on my red dress baby…..I’ve been compared to a character in the Hobbit (in a red dress) in a comment at facebook.

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Things are bubbling up for Marissa Gomez and the Ghosts of Echo Park

Recent sightings at Clifton’s Cafeteria DTLA, LA Live and other spots in the works in and around Downtown and Hollywood. I’ve been floating among the ghosts with my friend pianist Chris Glik.

We have fun!

October 12, 2016  

Le Petit Paris

418 s spring street

Downtown L.A.90013

 

Marissa is a wonderful singer and songwriter. I'm glad she thinks my bass playing is sassy.
Marissa is a wonderful singer and songwriter. I’m glad she thinks my bass playing is sassy.

And now for the most exciting thing coming up soon is the debut of my Chamber Music Group.  Our performance date is Oct. 9, 2016 2:30 – 3:30 PM at the Donald Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library on Walnut

There is no charge for this performance.  We will be recording live.  Our presentation is very much a crossover of Jazz and Classical.  We will be performing Claude Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio in it’s entirety (7 movements) and a few additional pieces to round out the program.  This is under the auspices of Tuesday Musicale.  The fabulous musicians who will join me for this new adventure are Flutist Ruth Kasckow, Drummer Kenny Park and pianists Chris Glik and Alan Geier .  It is a lovely place with parking and additional parking if lots fill also at no charge. It is my sincere hope to fill the room with friends, fans and interested parties on that Sunday afternoon October 9 in Pasadena!

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Leslie Baker and Friends Jazz Classical Fusion
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Leslie Baker and Friends at Pasadena Central Library 10-9-2016

My own review of the debut performance Leslie Baker and Friends…..I am very pleased with how we played together and so grateful for the wonderful audience who gave us a standing ovation. Also big thanks to the organization Tuesday Musicale who in concert with the Pasadena Public Library sponsored the concert.  We  have recordings.  More news on that later.

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Joining Tuesday Musicale in Pasadena CA

Leslie Baker and Friends, the chamber group has come up with a new name for the group.

As of 2017 we go under the name of Transcendence!