ALEX JOHNSON. A tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featuring: Otmaro Ruiz, Nolan Shaheed, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Jeff Littleton

Wed Jul 24 2024

8:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Catalina Bar & Grill

6725 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

$30.25

All Ages

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Alex Johnson is an in demand saxophonist, composer, and educator in the Los Angeles area and is excited to bring his project “A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers” to the Catalina stage! Alex’s group will play a mixture of classic and obscure tunes from “The Jazz Messengers” discography with a stellar band featuring Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Otmaro Ruiz on piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Alex’s group seeks to capture the energy and spirit of “The Jazz Messengers” music, which has made an indelible mark on Jazz history.

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

*Tickets purchased online receive priority seating.
*Single Entree or Drink minimums apply for all tickets

ALEX JOHNSON. A tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featuring: Otmaro Ruiz, Nolan Shaheed, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Jeff Littleton

  • ALEX JOHNSON

    ALEX JOHNSON

    Classic Jazz

  • Otmaro Ruiz

    Otmaro Ruiz

    Jazz

    Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for his versatility and virtuosity. After working intensively in Venezuela with artists such as Soledad Bravo and Ilan Chester, Otmaro moves to Los Angeles in 1989 to join the group of great names of the jazz world such as Alex Acuña, Justo Almario y Abraham Laboriel, with whom still collaborates in diverse projects.
    With an intense musical career, filled with concerts, workshops and recordings worldwide, Otmaro worked for 5 years with Dianne Reeves as a pianist and musical director. During this period, Otmaro participated in the recording project of her CD “In The Moment – Live in Concert”, which won the Grammy Award 2001. In that same year, Alex Acuna’s album “Acuarelas de Tambores, also with Otmaro’s collaboration, was nominated to a Grammy. His collaboration with Weston Woods Studios for the Scholastic Series of animated children videos have won important recognitions like the “2004 Audie Award” in the Children Production Category and Bronze Remi at the 2004 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (for the Soundtrack of “Chato and The Party Animals”); Otmaro also received a Life Time Special Award “International Exposure” from the Venezuelan National Artist’s Institute (for outstanding career in a foreign country). In 2012, Otmaro was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Musical Arts from Shepherd University. His work as an arranger was recognized by the American Academy of Recording Arts with a 2016 Grammy Nomination and a double Latin Grammy Award Nomination in 2019.

    The long list of re-known musicians with whom Otmaro works, constantly confirms his versatility, proving that this jazz giant sails with ease in many different styles, from Straight-Ahead jazz to Pop-Rock, from the most authentic Salsa & Afro-Cuban to the most exciting Fusion, with unusual ability to express his own language both at the acoustic piano and in the electronic world of synthesizers. Among these amazing artists: John McLaughlin, Randy Brecker & Bill Evans’ SoulBop Project, Simon Phillips’ Protocol, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera, Jing Chi, Nana Caymmi, Dori Caymmi, Akira Jimbo, Frank Gambale, Peter Erskine, David Weckl, Art Davis Quintet, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Alain Caron, Gino Vannelli, Tolu, Frank Morgan, Robben Ford, Vinnie Colaiuta and Jon Anderson.

    Regarded as one of the most sought-after keyboardists for recordings in today’s scene, Otmaro is still able to dedicate time to teaching, scoring of movie sound-tracks and to the production of his works as a leader with original compositional material, captured in the CDs “Otmaro Ruiz plays Ryuichi Sakamoto”, “Distant Friends”, “Nothing to Hide”, “Latino” and in his most recent album “Sojourn”. Released in September 2008, Sojourn encompasses the rhythmic complexity, harmonic sophistication and melodic beauty of his most recent compositions, under the architecture of a constant equilibrium, and presented with his own quartet, with the talented Jimmy Branly (drums), Carlos Del Puerto (acoustic bass) y Ben Wendel (saxophones and bassoon). In 2015, Otmaro produces and releases the album “Catina DeLuna and LADO B Brazilian Project featuring Otmaro Ruiz”, earning his first Grammy Nomination in the Arranging category, and in 2018,”Elemental” is released, featuring legendary bassist Jimmy Haslip and Jimmy Branly. “Elemental” marks the realization of a long time dream of producing a more electric infused Fusion project. “Elemental” generated international accolades and a double nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Arrangement and Best Jazz Album.

    Otmaro Ruiz worked as Jazz Piano Faculty at University of Southern California (USC), at Cornell School of Contemporary Music at Shepherd University, has been a frequent guest clinician at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA), at Musicians Institute (MI) and continues to travel the world not only as a performer, but also as an educator, dictating workshops and Masterclasses in top conservatories.

    Otmaro Ruiz enjoys a US support deal from KAWAI Pianos and proudly endorses products from the following companies: NORD CLAVIA PRODUCTS, ROLAND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, SPECTRASONICS, RADIAL ENGINEERING, A.R.T., MACKIE, ZOOM, PRIMACOUSTIC, US MUSIC CORP (QuikLok, Washburn Guitars), SPECTRASONIC and LP (Latin Percussion).

  • Nolan Shaheed(trumpet)

    Nolan Shaheed(trumpet)

    Music

    Nolan Shaheed is a very busy trumpet player in the LA area. He has appeared with Ray Armando, Al Williams, Louie Cruz Beltran, among many others

    Nolan began to be noticed as a player when he was in the ‘Sweet Baby Blues Band” of Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham. He then began playing in the band of Al Williams’ “Jazz Society.” The dexterity he displayed in playing the trumpet has made him a favorite playing with such artists as Ray Armando, and alongside Benn Clatworthy.

  • Marvin "Smitty" Smith

    Marvin "Smitty" Smith

    Cool Jazz

    Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). "It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums," says Marvin "Smitty" Smith. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin, Sr., was always surrounded by music in the house.

    At six months old, he would climb up on the large lounge chair positioned directly in front of his father's drum set and would watch him practice, intensely. Whenever his father took a break, he would crawl over and press the foot pedals and attempt to emulate his dad. That experience, and banging on pots and pans, was the extent of his playing until he began formal training at the age of three.

    Marvin "Smitty" Smith is a musician extraordinaire whose work has been described as a "comment on invention, firm and adventurous time and technical sufficiency." He has traveled extensively throughout the Orient, Europe, and the continental USA; and he has shared the stage with such greats as Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Frank Foster and Frank Wess, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, and Milt Jackson. He is a former member of the Ron Carter Quartet, The New York Jazz Quartet, and The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet.

    Featured on more than 45 albums, additional performances and recordings augmented with Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Ray Brown and Phineas Newborn, George Shearing, Bobby Watson, Hamiet Bluiett, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Emily Remler, Peter Leicht, Kevin Eubanks, Donald Byrd, Monty Alexander, Diane Reeves, Michel Camilo, and Grover Washington Jr. Currently he's a member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, and The Dave Holland Quartet. Smitty conducts seminars and clinics for students in jazz workshops, both in the United States and Europe; and is currently on staff of jazz program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Canada, and Drummers Collective, New York City.

  • Jeff Littleton

    Jeff Littleton

    Classic Jazz

    Jeff Littleton is an LA-based bassist whose legacy establishes him as a central figure in the storied history of jazz, having toured, performed and recorded with a "who's who" of legendary artists including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Charles Lloyd, Harold Land, Eddie Harris, Willie Bobo, Hank Crawford and countless others.

    Jeff has also been featured in film soundtracks like "Afterglow," written by Mark Isham, as well as the Nancy Wilson television show "Red, Hot & Cool."

  • Catalina Jazz Club

    Catalina Jazz Club

    Contemporary Jazz

    The American dream came true for Catalina Popescu in October of 1986 when she and her husband Bob created a supper club devoted to serving an experience of superb eats and the shared magic of live performance. That grand experience began at the door where every night her mother Maria would greet each guest as family and share in their love of music. Housed in Hollywood and decked out in a timeless charm, the club offers a cozy ambience under sparkling stage lights garnished with its signature concoction — Jazz. The first artist to grace the stage was the masterful flutist and saxophonist Buddy Collette, and ever since then, over the past 36 years, the Catalina Jazz Club has hosted the most illustrious legends of all time — from the powerful puffers of Dizzy Gillespie to the electrified fingers of McCoy Tyner, the bubbly belt of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Lynda Carter, the flirtatious saxophone of Joshua Redman, the slick strumming of Kenny Burrell, the insane drum clinic of Steve Gadd, the romance of Steve Tyrell, and the masterclass of Mike Stern.

    For Catalina, Jazz is our way of life. It breathes pain. It knows love. It dreams hope. It bleeds courage. Whether we’re showcasing Broadway, Soul, R&B, or stand-up comedy, the lesson learned from all the greats who have serenaded our spirits is how to connect to one another. And that’s why the Catalina Jazz Club will always have a table ready for you.

    The Catalina Jazz Club has been honored by A.S.M.A.C., California Jazz Foundation, Los Angeles Jazz Society, and a City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation on their 25th Anniversary, which was awarded by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the LA City Council which included then City Council member and current Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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ALEX JOHNSON. A tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featuring: Otmaro Ruiz, Nolan Shaheed, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Jeff Littleton

Wed Jul 24 2024 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Catalina Bar & Grill Hollywood CA
ALEX JOHNSON. A tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featuring: Otmaro Ruiz, Nolan Shaheed, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Jeff Littleton

$30.25 All Ages

Alex Johnson is an in demand saxophonist, composer, and educator in the Los Angeles area and is excited to bring his project “A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers” to the Catalina stage! Alex’s group will play a mixture of classic and obscure tunes from “The Jazz Messengers” discography with a stellar band featuring Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Otmaro Ruiz on piano, Jeff Littleton on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Alex’s group seeks to capture the energy and spirit of “The Jazz Messengers” music, which has made an indelible mark on Jazz history.

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

*Tickets purchased online receive priority seating.
*Single Entree or Drink minimums apply for all tickets

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Select Tickets

All Ages
limit 10 per person

Prices include all fees. Any applicable taxes will be added at checkout.

SHOW TICKET (General Seating)
$30.25

Delivery Method

Will Call

Terms & Conditions

Dinner or two-drink minimum required in addition to the tickets, plus a $0.49 music royalty fee per patron.
Doors open for dinner 1 1/2 hour before the first show and 1/2 hour before the second show if there is a second show.

Except for Private Events.
Ticket sales are final.


Catalina's Management