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Tim Pleasant

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Tim Pleasant

tim_pleasantTim currently resides in the Los Angeles area. His background includes a degree in music from the University of Iowa and has studied with Harold Jones, an alumnus of the Count Basie Band.

In the early and mid 70’s, Tim was a member of the fusion group Solstice. His tenure with this innovative collection of musicians provided a great foundation in various musical styles from jazz fusion and World music to be-bop.

In late 1978, Tim arrived in New York City from Minneapolis to further his real world music education. During his twenty-one year stay, he has had the opportunity to perform with Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Jaki Byard, Johnny Ray, Charles McPherson, Frank Lowe and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Tim moved to the Los Angeles area in 2000 and has become a mainstay of the vibrant Los Angeles Jazz scene. He has performed with many of the L.A. area’s most noted jazz musicians, some of which include Alan Pasqua, Anthony Wilson, John Pisano, Charlie Haden and Larry Goldings.

John Leftwich

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John Leftwich

John Leftwich Composer/Bassist/Singer/Music Director John Leftwich has toured with numerous great musicians including Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Sergio Mendez, and Lyle Lovett, and played in the movie "Let's get Lost" with Chet Baker. He also toured and recorded with Rickie Lee Jones for many years as music director, singer and bassist. He continues to tour and record as well as composing music for TV and film.

Jake Reed

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Jake Reed

Jake Reed is a professional drummer based in Los Angeles, who is quickly gaining a reputation for his ability to fit into a variety of musical situations. He has performed and/or recorded with Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, Bill Cunliffe, Bruce Forman, Cow Bop, Seth MacFarlane, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, Les McCann, Freda Payne, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Mako, Tata Vega, Ellis Hall, Kait Dunton, Trumpetology, the Vibrometers, and Kiven.

“Jake is my first choice for all playing and teaching recommendations.” — Peter Erskine

"Jake Reed is a fantastic young drummer who excels at bringing the best to every situation. A true accompanist and textural master of time and dynamics, he always supports and drives the ensemble musically and in an intuitively sensitive way. I have been on tour and in the studio with him and am always impressed by his maturity, command and artistry. A most valuable player in my book!” — Bruce Forman

"Jake Reed is a well rounded, team playing, swingin mofo!" —  Bob Mintzer

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HR Cole

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H.R. Cole

HR is a host on Inside Jazz, and he also conducts many of our interviews with the musicians.

Tim

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Tim

Tim is one of our hosts, and is also our chief engineer.

Since he records/mixes most of the music you hear on Inside Jazz, he has a personal relationship with most all of the musicians appearing on our shows.

Zane Musa

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Zane Musa

zane_musa_3Gifted beyond his years"…Twenty five-year-old saxophonist Zane Musa has performed and recorded with some of the nations finest musicians. Larry Koonse,  John Heard, Kei Akagi, Phil Ranelin, Pharoah Sanders,  Darek Oles, & Otmaro Ruiz. …" Zane has the ability to improvise with flourishes while remaining in contact with the song's essential melodic content".

Zane Musa has solidly established himself as one of the most innovative and studied musicians of the current Los Angeles, California jazz scene.  His playing has been sought out and showcased by the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera, and John Mayer.  He has also lent his talents to the house bands of several popular television shows including The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Carson Daily Show.  He currently plays regularly in the prominent clubs of Hollywood with several bands, including Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, fronted by the well-known actor and accomplished pianist, Jeff Goldblum.  He can also currently be heard as a featured artist touring and recording with Arturo Sandoval, and is featured on the recording “Be Bop” on Arturo’s most recent album, Dear Diz.zane_musa_4

As a musical virtuoso, Zane has taught many saxophone players, from beginners to working professional musicians throughout his 20 years as an accomplished and celebrated player.  Many of his amateur students have gone on to have successful careers as professional saxophone players.  Zane’s passion for song interpretation is rivaled only by his desire to teach others the skills needed to find their own musical voice through the development of a higher sensitivity as a listener and the mastering of technique.  Zane is available for both private instruction and group clinics.

The Clinics

“I came into Zane’s class feeling pretty confident in my playing, but wanting to gain more of a technical and musical edge.  I was not disappointed.  The way that Zane approached improvisation technique was like nothing I’d thought of before.  He explained what seemed like a complicated soloing technique in a way that made sense, and I was able to replicate the style for the first time ever in my playing.”

- Daniel P.

Zane’s Clinics focus mainly on the improvisational aspect of playing, by both studying the charts and scales, but also, listening with a critical ear.  The study of respected and innovative artists throughout history is utilized to solidify understanding of the fundamentals.  Students will learn to easily transcribe not only notes, but also inflection and tone through critical listening.  Focus will be on understanding how to improvise through chord progressions using linear, intervallic, and chromatic approaches.  Students will also spend time understanding rhythmic development, syncopation, playing in odd time signatures, and developing phrasing.