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Upcoming Events

Fall is amongst us. With the change of seasons comes a plethora of fun events that I am proud to be a part of:

TONIGHT! 9/20 @ La Cita:

The Official Daptone Afterparty feat. Saun & Starr
I’l be spinning some of my favorite 45’s




Wednesday, Oct. 5th & Skirball Cultural Center:

Meklit: This Was Made Here 
Looking forward to being a guest musician with the celebrated Bay Area based Ethio Jazz vocalist, Meklit.



Sunday, Oct. 9th @ the Echoplex:

The Budos Band
I’ll be playing the whole set with these guys!
They promise no vintage organs will be destroyed.




Wednesday, Oct. 19th @ El Rey:

Quantic Live with Jimetta Rose and The Great Unknown & KUČKA
I’ll be sitting in with my longtime hermano/collaborator and his all-star ensemble.




Sunday, Oct.30th & ??? A secret show…

Summer 2016 Live Events

Summer 2016 is on FIYAH:
June 18th – DJing at General Lee’s Cocktail House w/ SeanO (FREE)
June 19th (2:30am) – playing some horn w/ Deejay Mza at The JAZZMOOV Reunion
June 25th – Ethio Cali at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore 11th Annual Celebrating Words Festival (Pacoima City Hall – Free)
June 25th – directing an all-star jazz ensemble at Classical Remix: The Jazz Session w/ Ndugu Chancler, Justo Almario, Phil Ranelin + more (Grand Performances – FREE)
June 30th – #HODGEPODGE no. 4 at General Lee’s Cocktail House w/ Jeremy Sole. William Bensussen, Te’Amir, Sheila Govindarajan, Randal Fisher, Brian Akio Martinez, Rocío Contreras, Sasha Ali, #DjJazzabella + more (FREE)
June 31st – secret show…
July 21st – Ethio Cali at Mark de Clive-Lowe/Sean O’s #wepresentChurch at OSSO DTLA
August 24-25 – Ethio Cali w/ DJ’s & Beatmakers at blue whale
August 27th – Ethio Cali ‘Jamaican’ set at the Afro Funke’ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena partay!!! (FREE)

Bandcamp’s BC Weekly feat. Dexter Story & Kid Gusto

Dexter Story_Wondem


This week’s BC Weekly over at Bandcamp features some excellent new music from many artists I’ve never heard before.

I’m excited that the mix features some new music that I worked on. Two projects that are dear to my heart: Dexter Story’s Wondem and Kid Gusto’s Right Place EPTwo special doses of music therapy for you soul.

In an interview with Andrew Jervis, Dexter Story recalls stories explaining how the trumpet began his first instrument and the current state of LA’s thriving music scene.

Also in the mix is some new Contact Field Orchestra (my Ethio Cali brother, Damon Aaron) and the recently new Hailu Mergia produced by Max Whitefield of the Poets Of Rhythm.

Enjoy! ~ Todd



#JazzOn45 DJ Mixes

jazz on 45

Over the summer, I began compiling some of my favorite 45’s to share out with the world. I ended up spinning all-45 sets at LeMellotron in Paris, Danny Halloway’s Blazing 45’s in LA and over at Joey Altruda’s new Shanghai Noir night at General Lee’s in Chinatown (LA).

In case you are in the need of some solid mixes on vinyl, here’s a batch of recent DJ mixes that have surfaced online…

I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I do…



at dublab



(compete explanation of tracks over at Wax Poetics)

JAZZ ON 45 Vol. 1

(compete explanation of tracks over at Wax Poetics)




Thank you for visiting my site.

I’ve been blessed with a musically-rich life! The past few years have been unreal: working with the likes of Kelis, Blur, Quantic, my Ethiopian-Jazz ensemble Ethio Cali, and so much more.

This month I’m celebrating two musician friends who are very dear to me. The first is the young arranger/woodwind master, Sly 5th Ave. I’m fortunate to co-produce an exciting tribute to Dr. Dre, assembling a 30-piece orchestra for Sly.

LA has been proud of a recent release from our brother, Dexter Story, called Wondem on Soundway Records. We have an exciting intimate performance of music from this incredible record.

Here are some special events coming up:

Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30pm-11pm
CALIFORNIA LOVE- A 30-Piece Orchestral Tribute
Celebrating the music DR. DRE @EbellTheatre
Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
#CalifoniaLoveLA #CaliLove
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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 10pm

Radio Afrique returns with a special live performance by Dexter Story & Wondem. Presenting new music from the recent Soundway Records release.

Happening upstairs at General Lee’s in Chinatown.

Yene Konjo.

Percussion: Carlos Niño
Drums: Te’Amir Sweeney
Bass: Patrick Bailey
Guitar: Michael McTaggart
Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tenor Saxophone: Randal Fisher
Trumpet: Todd Simon
Keys / Guitar: Dexter Story
Vocals: Dustin Warren (Godfrey at Large)
TUESDAY, November 24


FREE / 10pm-2am

General Lee’s
475 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Radio Afrique hosts sublime gatherings celebrating the diversity and richness of music found in the various regions of Africa. desert blues, angola soul, ethio jazz, and nigerian disco are some of the genres amplified on these special nights.

dial in.