Fly High in Fall

September holds excitement for me and my crew.  Please join us at Mixx in Pasadena this coming Thursday September 6, 2018 from 8-11 pm

The band will start things off followed by some special guests joining us later.LeslieBakerbass

Special notes about this event:  The area code is 626 not 625 like on the flyer.  Parking is a bit of a challenge, be forewarned. That’s the not so great news so to lighten that blow I give you a recent 1 minute composition of mine recorded at my studio in case you are trying to get somewhere in Downtown L.A.  The words come from the grandson of a Red Car Driver.

We used to have Red Cars in L.A. long ago.  Lucky you! The special event Thursday, it will include a live recording, is in Pasadena, not Downtown so not so hard to find.

I would love to see you there!

Summer Scoop

Where are we going? Where are you? Where have we been? Which way to go?

The great metropolis of L.A. continues to grow, change, morph.   To many, L.A. is the entertainment/music capitol of the world so>>>>

I’ve composed a 1 minute song “Red Car Directions (how not to get lost in downtown)” that can help us get around downtown L.A. also known as DTLA.

The words are a poem taught to Red Car Trolly drivers way back when so they did good at getting people around.

Time to thank and acknowledge 3 people who made this recording with me on acoustic bass: Alison Lewis, vocal, Woody Woods, keyboard and Paul Chevalier recording/mixing.

So downtown is it’s own kind of special.  Then there are the surrounding areas like Leimert Park where I got to perform recently with pianist/vocalist Matilda Haywood and Company in a review revisiting great performers of history to a full house at The Regency West.  The feeling was great.

Bakerbass
Leimert park with Matilda
Remembering Sarah Vaughn
Bakerbass
With Vanzella Janisse and Stan Martin
Matilda Haywood and Company
Fannie Brice revisited

photos: Joe Weinroth

Variety keeps it Spicy

I enjoy making music in many flavors.  Let me know when I can make some for you.

bakerbass
All by myself, I’m beginning to see the light….
bakerbass
Cello Sonata on Bass 6-5-18

 

bakerbass
Something’s Coming
Leslie bandleader for event honoring the fantastic Carol Kaye
Caltech Orchestra Basses
A party jam with Kim Richmond and Milton Nelson
lesliebakerbass
Thanks Gordon for giving me a bass spot on Sunset Strip
Jazz in the Schools Bakerbass
LAJS Jazz in Schools
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Band
New Orleans in the House
Blues Hurricane blowin’ with me and Dena

Bass is bass, acoustic or electric, I love it and it keeps me busy.  How thankful I am for all of that!!

All photos by Joe Weinroth except where otherwise noted.

Caltech Orchestra Concerts this weekend

Hello all.  Seasons change…..

Letting you know this Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM I will be in the bass section of the Caltech Orchestra.
Our performance is at Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech Campus
1200 E. California Blvd. M/C: 2-70, Pasadena, CA 91125

The Orchestra along with Caltech Glee Club and Chamber Singers will present:

Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore (K. 339)

Bernstein Chichester Psalms

Admission is free and no tickets required.
For more info call 626-395-3295

Hope you can attend!
Leslie

This Weekend

I’m in the bass section of the Caltech Orchestra this Sunday April 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

The concert takes place in Ramo Auditorium on the Cal Tech Campus in Pasadena.

1200 E. California Blvd., M/C, Pasadena, CA 91125 626-395-3295/music-theater-art@caltech.edu. If you’ve not been there before allow extra time to find it.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.  Youngjoon Choi, Piano (competition winner). Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2.    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

I invite my friends to come, bring your friends and family for an exhilirating afternoon with the Caltech Orchestra.

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.

#lesliebakerbass
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.