Category Archives: Flute

Sam Most

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Sam Most

sam_most_1One of the first jazz flute role models, Sam Most -- born in 1930 -- made his name in the 1950s and early 1960s with the bands of, among others, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson and Teddy Wilson. Most of the intervening years have been spent in the Hollywood studios or with pick-up bands in small Los Angeles nightclubs.

>One of the first great jazz flutists, a cool-toned tenor, and a fine (if infrequent) clarinetist, Sam Most is the younger brother of clarinetist Abe Most. He picked up early experience playing with the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey (1948), Boyd Raeburn, and Don Redman. By the time he led his first session (1953), Most was a brilliant flutist (among the first to sing through his flute) and he briefly had the jazz field to himself. Most recorded fine sessions for Prestige, Debut (reissued on Xanadu), Vanguard, and Bethlehem during 1953-1958, doubling onsam_most_2 clarinet. He also worked in different settings with Chris Connor, Paul Quinichette, and Teddy Wilson. After playing with Buddy Rich's Orchestra (1959-1961), he moved to Los Angeles and became a studio musician. Sam Most worked with Red Norvo and Louie Bellson, gained some new prominence with his Xanadu recordings of 1976-1979, and became a local fixture in Los Angeles, sometimes playing in clubs with his brother.

Michael Turre

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Michael Turre

michael_turreSaxophonist/composer/arranger Michael James Turre shines on Compositions, a hot Los Angeles Latino bebop recording bearing the stamp of Hollywood Palladium mambo and Central Avenue shuffle. The legacy of the jazz saxophone in L.A. includes powerhouses such as Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, Harold Land and countless others.

After listening to this intriguing collection, the listener will agree that Turre needs to be added to that list. The brother of trombonist Steve Turre and drummer Peter Turre, Michael is top-notch musician who plays everything from soprano through baritone, as well as flute and piccolo. A bandstand warrior long associated with Bobby Matos' Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, Turre paid his dues in the blues bands of Barbara Morrison, Bullmoose Jackson and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.

On this disc he steps out as a leader and showcases some amazing compositions. From the intimate And So She Sang--a beautiful ballad with just flute and piano--to the Odd Guacamole--a homage to the Mexican Mariachi that quotes classics like La Negra and Jarabe Tapatio--he surprises you with ensemble frameworks and passages a la Oliver Nelson that utilize sophisticated harmonies and interplay. Afro-Cuban beats abound, as shown in Melange, a tune featuring special guests Marvin "Smitty" Smith (traps), Ralph Monte (tenor sax) and a treacherous trombone section, plus Munyungo and Michito Sanchez on percussion. On Tour is a straight-ahead jazz tune with a mambo section that catches fire as Smith and Sanchez trade incendiary/licks. From start to finish, Latin jazz fans will delight in the musical gifts of Michael James Turre.

Keiko Okamoto

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Keiko Okamoto

keiko_okamotoKeiko Okamoto is performing flute extensively in the Los Angeles area, working with several well-known ensembles, including the Asia American Symphony (directed by David Benoir), San Fernando Valley Symphony, Pacific Palisades Symphony, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Carson Symphony, Fullerton Symphony, Lomar orchestra, and the Pacific Sierra Woodwind Quintet, Woodwind Musicaux, and LA Flute Orchestra for classical music.

Besides classical music, she also appears on Latin scene playing with Son Mayor, Louie Cruz Latin Jazz band, Mike Turre Latin Jazz band and Mariachi Divas .

Her studies have included classical music at the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo, where she received the very prestigious Music Department Award, to jazz studies at Berklee College of Music, where she was recognized for her astounding fusion of modern and traditional styles.

She has studied with David Shostac (LA chamber Orchestra), Anne Zentner (LA phil), Patricia Cloud (USC), William Bennett (Royal Academy of Music in London) for classical flute and with Danilo Lozano, Art Webb, Nester Torres, Fay Roberts, Ruben Rivas for Latin flute.

t Webb, Nester Torres, Fay Roberts, Ruben Rivas for Latin flute.

Katisse Buckingham

katisse_buckingham_1Katisse Buckingham performs often at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood, where he adds his personality and musicality to the music of guitarist Sandro Albert.

He is from Los Angeles and is an amazing flute player who also plays sax as well as raps. Yes, he raps on a  tune with Sandro Albert, and it actually is a cool thing to hear. He can also be heard playing with his new band 'Upper Structure.'

Katisse is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He went on to graduate from the Grove School of music and was the recipient of a NEA Jazz Fellowship Grant to study with Woodwind Master Bill Green. He also won the Los Angeles Jazz Society New Talent Award.katisse_buckingham_2

He has performed and/or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre (including - The Chronic, Vanessa Paradis, Andy Summers, DJ Quik, Brian Auger, John Patitucci, Russ Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Summers, Bob Hurst, Tom Brechtline, Gary Novak, Alphonso Johnson, B-Sharp Jazz Quartet, Airto and Flora Purim, Sandro Albert, Luis Conte, Monday Michiru, Jaz Klash, Deepsky, the Angel, Patrice Rushen, Non Amiss, Xzibit, and Kurupt. He has played on numerous films and commercials.

While staying busy as a freelance musician he is also working with his new band, Upper Structure which includes Kate Higgins (lead vocal), Quinn Johnson (keyboards), Derek Frank (bass), and Joel Alpers (drums), all of whom are co-leaders and contributors. Mindy Cabral has been joining them playing trumpet. The group features all original music blending jazz, hip-hip, pop, and funk. The original concept- "A hip-hop Steely Dan". They are working on a new recording with the help of engineering legend, Tony Sheppard ( Kenny Loggins, Take 6, Whitney Houston).