Homage: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Downtown Los Angeles)

2012 has been a brutal year for those of us who love soul, jazz, funk and related music. In a short span of time, we’ve lost Jimmy Castor, Johnny Otis, Etta James and Don Cornelius (apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked). As tributes from musicians, DJs, writers, etc pour in (and deservedly so); it’s refreshing to see legends honored while they’re here to appreciate it. Which brings me to “Homage”. A new series of events in downtown Los Angeles curated and promoted by Edgar Varela Fine Arts & Art Don’t Sleep, “Homage” pays tribute the great, often unsung, musicians and also newer acts that will surely be listed among the greats.

The first of these events featured vibes genius Roy Ayers paired with Beat Junkies turntablist J. Rocc with an opening set from Flying Lotus associate Thundercat. On Thursday, February 23rd, the series continues pairing two bonafide legends with the cream of the crop of younger acts; Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Phil Cohran and Delfonics founder/songwriter/vocalist William Hart with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Venice Dawn.

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