Metro Art Presents and KJAZZ will host JAZZ TRACKS AT UNION STATION

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Metro Art Presents and KJAZZ are coming together for “Jazz Tracks at Union Station,” a day-long performance series in the historic downtown destination, on Sunday, April 24, from 2:00 p.m. at 5:30 p.m. .

Hosted by KJAZZ DJs José Rizo and Rhonda Hamilton, the free event will feature Bobby Bradford and friends in a special performance of the trumpeter and bandleader’s original work “Stealin’ Home – A Jackie Robinson Suite” . Additionally, acclaimed Los Angeles musicians and producers Sam Gendel, Blake Mills and Benny Bock will play their first show together as a trio and percussionist Joey De Leon’s De Leon Division with vocalist Maiya Sykes will bring dynamic Latin jazz to the stage. . The concerts will take place on the North and South Patios of Union Station and will include a live pop-up performance in the station waiting room.

Bobby Lee Bradford is a legendary jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader and composer. In addition to his solo music, Bradford is known for his work with John Carter, Vinny Golia and Ornette Coleman. In October 2009, Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Recognition Award. In his rendition of “Stealin’ Home – A Jackie Robinson Suite”, originally commissioned by Baseball Reliquary in 2018, Bradford will be accompanied by renowned musicians Henry Franklin (bass), Christopher Garcia (drums, percussion), Vinny Golia ( alto saxophone, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone), Chuck Manning (tenor saxophone) William Roper (tuba, euphonium, speech, vocals, lyrics) and Don Preston (piano, gong). Notably, this April also marks the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first season breaking baseball’s color barrier as the Brooklyn Dodger in April 1947.

Sam Gendel, Blake Mills and Benny Bock are Los Angeles-based musicians and producers. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel, who will perform on saxophone, has an unorthodox approach to composition and performance and has produced a variety of experimental projects both individually and in collaboration with his contemporaries. Guitarist and producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, John Legend, and Jim James) recently worked with Gendel on Notes With Attachments, the much-loved 2021 release from Blake Mills and Pino Palladino. Gendel and Mills will perform with sought-after keyboardist, composer, producer and sound designer Benny Bock. This is their first concert together.

Joey De Leon has worked as a percussionist with jazz and Latin jazz legends for over 20 years, performing and recording with artists such as Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco and Queen Latifah. He will perform at Jazz Tracks with his new division De Leon with Maiya Sykes, (vocals) Rene Camacho (bass), Quinn Johnson (piano), Tom Luer (saxophone), Alfred Ortiz (conga), Aaron Serfaty (drums) and Melena Frances Valdes (percussion).

Concert schedule:

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: De Leon Division (South Patio)

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Sam Gendel/ Blake Mills/ Benny Bock (North Patio)

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Division De Leon (pop-up Rumba waiting room)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Sam Gendel/ Blake Mills/ Benny Bock (North Patio)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Bobby Bradford and his friends (South patio)

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