5/3/24, Pasadena, CA — First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends: Jennifer Leigh Warren, Danny Moynahan Trio

Join us Friday, May 3! We’ll feature the Danny Moynahan Trio, and Jennifer Leigh Warren, with JL on guitar & vocals. Jason Luckett performs and hosts. 

First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends
Friday, My 3, 2024
8-10:30pm (doors: 7:30)
Lyd & Mo Photography Studio & Gallery
27 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Performing:
Jennifer Leigh Warren
Danny Moynahan Trio
Jason Luckett

Hosted by Jason Luckett

Doors: 7:30
Showtime: 8pm

Suggested donation: $20 at the door or online
Venmo: @jasonluckett
PayPal.me/jasonluckett
(100% goes to the musicians).

In Playhouse Village in the heart of Pasadena
IG: @firstfridaysjazznight

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5/12/24, Library Girl Presents: It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding), Ruskin Theatre, Santa Monica

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6/2/24, BackStory: The Color Purple, Victory Theater, Burbank

Using the title of a classic stage play or movie as inspiration, storytellers and poets write poems and stories to be read aloud. Writers may pen a personal story inspired by the themes of the play. They may write in the voice of a character from the play and tell his or her back story. Or they may simply riff on the words in the title. Whatever the writer’s approach, BACKSTORY has consistently been a fascinating and eclectic night of theatre. This month the play is “The Color Purple.”

The Victory Theatre Center presents
BACKSTORY: THE COLOR PURPLE
June 2nd, 7:30pm PST
3326 West Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505

FEATURING:
Bridgette Bianca
Alani ILongwe
Jason Luckett
Sakae Manning
Jonathan Tipton Meyers
Lorinda Hawkins Smith
Ashton C. Clark, host

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6/7/24, Pasadena, CA — First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends: Alison Lewis, Tiffany Lantello

Join us Friday, June 7! We’ll feature vocalist and arranger Alison Lewis accompanied by pianist Sandro Rebel. And in a set of classic jazz and Bossa standards, we’ll have vocalist Tiffany Lantello, with JL on guitar. Jason Luckett performs and hosts. 

First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends
Friday, June 7, 2024
8-10:30pm (doors: 7:30)
Lyd & Mo Photography Studio & Gallery
27 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Performing:
Alison Lewis
Tiffany Lantello
Jason Luckett

Hosted by Jason Luckett

Doors: 7:30
Showtime: 8pm

Suggested donation: $20 at the door or online
Venmo: @jasonluckett (Venmo.com/jasonluckett)
PayPal.me/jasonluckett
(100% goes to the musicians).

In Playhouse Village in the heart of Pasadena
IG: @firstfridaysjazznight
#pasadena #livemusic #lydandmophotography #singersongwriter#friendssupportingfriends #jazz #jazzvocals

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6/20/24, Atwater Village — Strong Words Special Benefit for IRIS

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7/5/24, Pasadena, CA — First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends

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7/14/24, Pasadena — Jazz Vespers, All Saints Church

I’ll be back at All Saints on July 14 to do the beautiful Jazz Vespers series. More info to come…

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Mid March TV, Shows, Inspiration Corner…

First Fridays Flier for April 5, 2024

Notes from the…

Happy Spring!

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, 4/5/24, Pasadena, CA, 8pm: FFJN w/ JL & Friends, Facebook RSVP here.
Sunday, 3/24/24, Los Angeles, CA, 7pm: Zoe FitzGerald Carter (JL on guitar only)Tuesday, 3/19/24, NBC-TV, 8:30pm, Extended Family (sitcom) (Oops! Watch on Peacock streaming today!)

Ha! I’m laughing because this month as I write it is 68º and clear in LA. And for my new list members (welcome!), here’s the song that inspires friends to text me the weather report on these charmed days: “Good Day in LA” (on Bandcamp). It’s decidedly not even jazz adjacent, thus only been played once at First Fridays Jazz Night, by request! But we have a variety of things to catch up on, so enjoy it again, or for the first time, depending on what brought you here. (Scroll to the end for all the links and detailed info.)

To start, for First Fridays Jazz Night, w/ Jason Luckett & Friends on April 5 my guests will be the returning Marcelo Bucater, with the group, Little Brazil Trio, featuring Natália Spadini on vocals, Bruno Justi on guitar, and Marcelo on drums.

Jeanne Newhall is my other guest. We met doing the Aretha and Smokey tribute in January. Her piano and vocal arrangement of “Daydreaming” blew me away. I’ll accompany her on at least one tune, too.

Per usual, I’ll do a brief intro section, then close the night with a full set of my own. Can’t wait!

First Fridays Flier for April 5, 2024

Before that, I’m going to be playing guitar and bass with Zoe FitzGerald Carter at Hotel Café, on Sunday, March 24, at 7pm. She’s in town promoting her new album, Before the Machine.

And I thought on Tuesday, March 26, you’d be able to see and hear me in a very unusual setting, on the sitcom Extended Family, starring Jon Cryer, Donald Faison, and Abagail Spencer. But it wasn’t the season finale (episode 13) it was the penultimate episode (#12) of a cute show about a divorced couple where the husband to be is the owner of the Boston Celtics (who aren’t playing well during most of the season, in contrast to real life). People started asking me about it when I got home this evening after writing this, so I found out it aired tonight. I filmed it in January and you can stream it on Peacock tonight.


For the inspiration corner…

… I’d guide you this month to the extended interview of Paul Simon on Stephen Colbert’s show. He was there to promote a new documentary on his music. What really got me was his spontaneous recitation of the lyrics for “Darling Lorraine,” a song he called one of his favorites, from the 2000 album, You’re the One. It’s a little known album and song, comparatively, but it’s one of my favorite Simon albums, and “Darling Lorraine” is one of my favorites on it. It was actually a big influence on my song, “The Passage of Time,” that I released on my live album a little while ago.

Another interview that I loved this month was Rick Beato interviewing George Benson. So much of it reminds me of my father, who was about 5 years older than Benson. For guitarists, this is a who’s who of the greats and beautiful memories of tutelage and mentorship. My favorite bit is when he talks of his step-father bringing an electric guitar home and how it blew the 7-year-old’s mind. It was a ploy to get the kid interested in music, just like my pops would sit me in front of the speakers to find what I liked before I could even speak. And, of course there were the George Benson albums he brought home to me later when I’d already taken to guitar, to nudge me towards jazz, specifically “The Other Side of Abbey Road,” which listening to now, I absolutely love, but didn’t completely get back then. But isn’t that the way gifts from your elders creep up on you. Rest in Peace, Pops: 25 years gone as of last week, so this interview felt like a hug.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me in the coming days at some of these events. If you can make it on  April 5 to Pasadena, you can bring drinks and snacks for yourself or to share, it’s kind of a salon/living room type experience. (As you might gather from the photo of last week’s artists: l to r, Casey Lipka, Marcel Camargo, Dusty Brough)

Lastly…

In the spirit of springtime, I’ll sign off with one of my favorite Desmond Tutu quotes:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Much love and strength to you all.

J

Links:

The Passage of Time: tr.ee/Pu43vl20fg
First Fridays Jazz Night: jasonluckett.com/ffjn424/
Facebook RSVP for April 5: facebook.com/events/1130084121501178/
Zoe at Hotel Café: new.hotelcafe.com/event/zoe-fitzgerald-carter/
Extended Family: nbc.com/extended-family


First Fridays Jazz Night with Jason Luckett and Friends
Friday, April 5,
7:30 Doors,
8pm Showtime, runs until 10:30

Performing:
Jeanne Newhall
Little Brazil Trio
Jason Luckett

Hosted by Jason Luckett

Suggested donation: $20 at the door or online
Venmo: @jasonluckett
PayPal.me/jasonluckett
(100% goes to the musicians).

Lyd & Mo’s Photography Studio and Gallery
27 Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA

In Playhouse Village in the heart of Pasadena, across from The Ice House
IG: @firstfridaysjazznight

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4/5/24, Pasadena, CA — First Fridays Jazz Night w/ Jason Luckett & Friends: Little Brazil Trio, Jeanne Newhall

Excited to have Marcelo Bucater back to FFJN, this time with his Little Brazil Trio. In addition to producing, performing, and recording with artists such as Carrie Underwood, Ladybug Mecca, Arthur Verocai, Adrian Younge, Tinto Tango and Adam Levy, Marcelo is the Drum Department Chair at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM).

We’ll also have composer, pianist and singer Jeanne Newhall, whom I met at the Aretha & Smokey tributes I did in January. She did an amazing version of Aretha’s “Daydreaming,” which floored me, highlighting the more psychedelic edges of the tune, but in a more jazz context. I’m really excited to hear what she’ll do one our night.

Of course, I’ll be playing, too!

Hope you can make it!

Doors: 7:30
Showtime: 8pm

Suggested donation: $20 at the door or online
Venmo: @jasonluckett
PayPal.me/jasonluckett
(100% goes to the musicians).

In Playhouse Village in the heart of Pasadena
IG: @firstfridaysjazznight

RSVP on Facebook

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FFJN 3/1/24 Casey Lipka & Tres Acústicos

Casey Lipka with bass

Marcel Camargo introduced me to Casey Lipka, who will bring her new group, Casey Lipka & Tres Acústicos, to FFJN on March 1. Marcel is one of the Tres. And, though Casey is singing backed by the three nylon stringed guitars, she’ll play a bit of bass with me on my set!

Singer-songwriter and LA Native, Casey Lipka (@caseylipka) has toured as a bassist with rock band CAKE, played on NPR’s Mountain Stage, composed music for ballet and fronted an 18-piece orchestra celebrating the music of Motown legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. She’s been described as “an amalgam of pop, folk, and jazz wrapped in a neo-classical vibe, where her ethereal sound exudes both vulnerability and strength.” The guitarists joining her, in addition to Marcel, are Nadav Peled (@peled.guitar) and Dusty Brough (@dustybrough).

JASON LUCKETT  

Date City Venue
Short Appearance / Guest Artist
Thursday, 06/20/24 Los Angeles, CA (Strong Words at) St. Francis Center
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3621 Brunswick Ave. 3621 Brunswick Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 Related post.
Jason Luckett Pasadena Residency: First Fridays Jazz Night w/ JL & Friends
Friday, 07/05/24 Pasadena, CA Lyd & Mo Photography
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20 suggested donation. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 27 N Mentor Ave.

Featured Artists:
Katie Ferrara
TBA
Jason Luckett

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Short Appearance / Guest Artist
Tuesday, 07/09/24 Los Angeles Molly Malone’s
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 575 S. Fairfax Ave. Venue phone: (323) 935-1577.

Nilsson Tribute

Jazz Vespers
Sunday, 07/14/24 Pasadena, CA All Saints Episcopal Church
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 132 North Euclid Avenue. Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Related post.

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