Bootleg Theater & Angel City Jazz Festival Present
Jazz Night with Kathleen Grace/Darek Oles Duo
Ted Byrnes, INGA
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Kathleen Grace/Darek Oles
“At once smart, alluring and evocative” - Washington Post
“singer that mixes styles to create her own sound” – San Francisco Chronicle
Kathleen Grace grew up in the wild west, its vistas etching an impression that would stay with the Tucson AZ native as she travelled to the hills of Los Angeles. From there, she has forged a remarkable career that has sent her around the globe playing for an audience whose diversity reflects her own eclectic musical tastes from Duke Ellington to the Meat Puppets. Grace’s latest album “No Place To Fall” produced by Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams) plants her jazz roots in the soil of great americana music. Her work as a jazz singer and songwriter has taken her to stages such as the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts and the South by Southwest Music Festival among others. When not on the road she is currently a member of the jazz faculty at the University of Southern California.
Darek "Oles” Oleszkiewicz
Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of five Darek began his music education at the State Music School in Wroclaw.
In 1988, Darek arrived in Los Angeles with a simple plan in mind: to broaden his musical horizon. One year later he received a full scholarship from California Institute Of The Arts and began studies with the legendary bassist Charlie Haden. After graduation in 1992, he accepted a teaching position at the Institute, where he has beenconducting jazz ensembles and teaching bass ever since. Since 2010 Darek has been a jazz faculty member at the University Of Southern California.
Aside from his teaching duties, Darek has been very active as a performer and became one of the most sought after bass players on the West Coast. "Oles" (his American nick-name) had the opportunity to perform and record with the greatest masters in jazz. A partial list of his collaborations include:
Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Bennie Wallace, Victor Lewis, Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Geri Allen, Brian Blade, Arthur Blythe, Lew Tabackin, Steve Kuhn, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Janis Siegel, Bob Brookmeyer, Curtis Fuller, Roy McCurdy, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Patrice Rushen, Bennie Golson, Piotr Baron, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Los Angeles Jazz Quartet.
With these and many others artists Darek has recorded approximately 100 albums and performed hundreds of concerts throughout America, Europe and Asia. Several of those recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards.In 2003, Darek was also nominated to Fryderyk's Awards in Poland in the category "Jazz Musician Of The Year".
Darek's first recording project as a leader "Like A Dream" with Brad Mehldau and Bennie Maupin was released by Cryptogramophone Records in 2004 and gained a critical acclaim worldwide. In 2005 Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was voted the "Best Acoustic Bassist" in the Jazz Top readers poll in Jazz Forum European Magazine.
His most recent recording as a leader is a solo bass CD, a tribute to Charlie Haden, entitled “Blues For Charlie”.
Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise.
Ted primarily works in ad hoc improvisational settings, but has standing improvisational groups including: a group with Ulrich Krieger, a duo with Jeff Parker, a duo with Chris Cooper (AQH), a duo with Nicholas Deyoe, a duo with John Wiese, a duo with Scott Cazan, a trio with Jacob Wick and Owen Stewart-Robertson, among others. Additionally, Ted has played in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: Mazen Kerbaj, David Watson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Charlemagne Palestine, Alfred 23 Harth, Tim Perkis, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Muller, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Lloyd Honeybrook, Chris Schlarb, Mike Watt, Paul Masvidal, the LAFMS (including Smegma, Airway, Ace Farren Ford’s Artificial Art Ensemble, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion, Vetza, etc), Sissy Spacek (the band), Maher Shalal Hash Baz, and more.
Ted has also collaborated with / worked for a variety of visual artists: he has accompanied a Doug Aitken “happening”, scored and performed percussion for an Emily Mast performance, collaborated with Olivia Booth to play her glass artworks, collaborated with Dani Tull on a sound performance, performed with John Knuth and Bret Nicely at an installation in an empty pool, and has performed for FLUXUS artist Jeff Perkins on multiple occasions for his projector/light installations.
Currently, Ted is delving further into the possibilities and realities of solo drumset performance in addition to continuing to work with his existing projects.
INGA is a quiet but powerful band from Los Angeles. Led by multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel, the trio features Adam Ratner and Kevin Yokota on guitar and drums, respectively. INGA is for free thinkers, weirdos, individuals, lovers, trippers, readers, workers, and anyone who believes in something bigger than themselves.