Jesse Kivel Residency

Jesse Kivel

Jesse Kivel, who you may know from Kisses and Princeton, is prepping his first solo record, an EP titled Content. It’s his first record since Kisses’ 2015 LP Rest in Paradise and he says this one was a difficult birth. “It’s taken me almost 3 years to finish 5 songs. I had a child, started a company, bought a home with a 2-car garage, and am in an ever-changing 11-year relationship. But am I content?,” he ponders in the LP’s press release. “My music has never taken longer to complete, but this new depth of time altered me. It slowed me. My mind calmed and my heart eased its pulse.”

Kivel made the record with Russ Manning (Rush Midnight), Victoria Bergsman (Concretes) and others, and sites jazz fusion, Kings of Convenience, Kamasi Washington, and Steely Dan among the influences, and you can hear those on the genuinely lovely, deep-shag groovy first single “LA Story.”

The Jonah Levine Collective

Jonah Levine is a trombonist/pianist/composer/arranger from
Berkeley, CA residing in Los Angeles. He has performed at leading jazz festivals worldwide including the Montreux Jazz Festival in
Switzerland and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the West
Philippines Sea Jazz and Blues Festival, and venues throughout France, Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Mexico, India, and South America. He has studied with Kenny Burrell, James Newton, James Miller, George Bohanon, Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre, Hal Crook, Andre Hayward, Wayne Wallace, and has worked with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Nx Worries, MNDSGN, Iman Omari, Ryan Leslie, Bennie Maupin, George Watsky, and Shafiq Husayn among many others.

In 2014, Levine graduated from UCLA’s ethnomusicology jazz composition program. He then accepted a position as music teacher at Fusion Academy Miracle Mile where he currently teaches music production, music theory, and private instrument lessons. Outside of teaching privately and at Fusion he produces, composes, records, performs, and tours regularly. He is a founding member or Los Angeles-based bands Aditya Prakash Ensemble, LNJO, the Katalyst, and leads his own 6-piece group the Jonah Levine Collective. His debut record is set to be released early 2016 and features Aditya Prakash, Iman Omari, and MNDSGN.

Bodies Of Water

Band members :
Jessica Conklin - singing / drums
Meredith Metcalf - singing / organ
David Metcalf - singing / guitar
Kyle Gladden - singing / bass guitar

Also playing with band from time to time :
Heather Lockie - viola
Joseph Tepperman - trombone
David Dominique - trombone and glockenspiel
Andrew Duncan - trumpet
Noah Smith - a giant drum, a pandeiro, etc
Adam Siegel - guitar


Who’s Going

Upcoming Events
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage