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A Lunch Hour Musical Interlude

by Kim (writer), Los Angeles, July 31, 2009


Red Holloway and his ensemble featuring Ernie Andrews

  Break away from the boring fast foods, same old, same old salad bar selections, sit down safe cafe predictions and venture into an instantaneous immersion into body, soul, and spirit delight.

The Ernst & Young Plaza at 7th and Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles hosted a relaxing concert amidst summer sun on July 29th, 2009.

The Red Holloway ensemble with special guest vocalist, Ernie Andrews gave the attentive crowd a mixture of jazz standards and other selections.

Red Holloway - Saxophone

Ernie Andrews - Vocals

Richard Reed - Bass

Derrick King - Drums

Art Hillary -Keyboard

A nice arrangement called "Forecast" written by the Pianist was featured that was pleasing to the ears and soul.

All the ladies received a tribute from Mr. Holloway as he dedicated Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll" to us. It possessed a splendid connection of space and time between all the musicians.

Red's occasional smile and nod as Art and Richard exchanged soulful solos gave us a taste of the Blues, Straight Ahead, Swing, and affability.

He continued his flirtatious mode with us by playing his smooth and beguiling version of "Little Darling". This is a gorgeous piece with lots of texture and embracing. 

The soulful Guitarist Tal Farlow performed it on many occasions with tons of approval from audiences.

Richard Reed on Bass was brilliant as he accented and sang as he played on Bass.

Great connection of Art Hillary on Keyboards sharing some delightful solos and a trade of 4's with Red.  Derrick King kept it swinging on Drums with his measureless groove on every tune.

The sound was infectious and encompassing.

It was at this plateau; the legendary Ernie Andrews took to the stage and shared some remarkable renditions starting with Herbert Magidson, Sammy Fain, and Jack Yellen's -"Something I dreamed last night,”  and  George Gershwin's "Love is here to Stay" to name a couple.

The crowd delighted in his sermon-style delivery of a song bursting in  a call and response and Jazz concentration.

One couldn't help but to be captivated by his style, smile, and linkage with the nucleus of the music, musicians and audience.

 What a great way to spend an hour, lunch break, or just a breather from the usual daily routine.

If you are interested in future concerts held during the summer, please check at

Come out for an afternoon or evening of relaxation and musical pleasure.

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By Lady D on August 02, 2009 at 11:31 am

Those concerts are very cool. Zap Mama will be playing a free concert downtown. I am not sure where.

I am thinking of driving in to see her.

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By Kim on August 04, 2009 at 01:58 pm

Thanks Lady D,  and yes, there are a lot of free concerts dontown right now...during the week and on a couple of week nights. There is also LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) on Wilshire near Fairfax on Friday evenings   6 - 8pm. Free Jazz. Saturday evenings  5 - 7pm  is Latin Sounds.... Tuesday at Hollywood and Highland (Courtyard)  thre is free Jazz too. 7pm - 9pm. So its plentiful during the summer. I might note that LACMA Friday night series will go until the first week in November.

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