Top jazz musicians deliver sizzlin’ summer concerts at LSU
July 14, 2009
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( www.lasierra.edu )Want a cool escape from those too-hot summer blues? Enjoy the toe-tappin’ tunes of the Jimmie Dykes Quartet, Tues., July 21 at 7 p.m. in La Sierra University’s Student Center. The concert is free and features some of the best professional jazz musicians in the region who have worked alongside music’s hottest acts. Jazz pianist Dykes and band members Doug MacDonald, guitar, Jack LeCompte, drums and Henry “The Skipper” Franklin, bass, will play it up with classical jazz pieces you know and love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The adjacent Eagles Nest café will offer gastronomical samplings for concertgoers.
La Sierra University is at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, 92515. A campus map is at http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php?id=981. For more information call 951-785-2148, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upcoming event is part of the La Sierra University Summer Jazz Series featuring well-known professional, award-winning jazz musicians who have spent years honing their craft on stage and in the studio. Next concerts in the series will take place on Tues., Aug. 4 and Tues., Aug. 18.
Legendary jazz bassist Franklin is organizing the events at La Sierra. The Los Angeles native’s storied background includes recordings on gold albums and work with many high-profile musicians, among them Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Franklin’s performances appear on more than 100 albums, many of which he produced.
He and his group have performed for over ten years at The Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif. Franklin also produces artists on his label, SP Records. His latest project, “Home Cookin’,” is available on his Web site. “I strive and work hard to do the best for Jazz,” Franklin says in his biography. “It’s America’s only art form.”
Dykes, a widely-known pianist, arranger, composer, music director, teacher and recording artist, has performed around the globe. He led Pacifica, a long-time jazz group established in 1982 that included vocalist and wife, Maria Katindig-Dykes. The couple continues to perform and record throughout Southern California. Dykes’s performances include those with famed artists the Temptations, the Supremes and Redd Foxx. During 20 years in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dykes played with Dick Jensen, Roberto Nievera (Society of Seven), Ethel Azama, Don Ho and other celebrities.
Guitarist MacDonald’s album, “Fourth Stream” will debut in a couple weeks, produced for Blujazz Productions in Chicago. It is the latest of several albums MacDonald has recorded. His projects include recordings with 13-piece and nine-piece ensembles playing his own compositions and arrangements as well as those by Dykes and other musicians.
A longtime Los Angeles-based guitarist, MacDonald was born in Philadelphia and raised in Honolulu. He has been referred to as a bop-based guitarist in the tradition of Pass, Ellis and Barney Kessel. MacDonald has worked both continental coasts, playing in New York City and his native Los Angeles. His numerous concert performances include those with famous headline acts Stan Getz, George Shearing, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, Dave McKenna, Scott Hamilton, Richard Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Bobby Vinton, Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney.
Drummer Jack LeCompte’s resume lists myriad performances throughout the mainstream entertainment world, including work with television shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jag, 3rd Rock from the Sun, feature films “Lush Life” and “Remember the Titans,” and theatrical productions of “Annie,” “Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes,” “West Side Story,” and “A Chorus Line.” He has performed with Bette Midler, Madonna, Charlie Byrd, John Tesh, Mel Torme, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Rosemary Clooney, Isaac Hayes and many others.
At age thirteen, Jack began formal lessons. LeCompte completed studies at the Philadelphia School of the Arts. He attributes his love and knowledge of the drums to his teacher, Carl Matolla, a renowned Philly musician, according to biographical information. Jack came to the Los Angeles area in 1980. His work includes teaching after-school percussion classes for the Los Angeles Center for Educational Research.
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La Sierra University