THE TRUMPET PLAYER BEHIND MUSICAL PHENOMS LIKE KENDRICK LAMAR AND DR. DRE GIVES BACK TO SOUTH LA WITH A NIGHT OF COSMIC JAZZ AND HIP HOP
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Ford Theatres, Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, CA. — Trumpeter, composer and producer, Josef Leimberg (Alpha Pup Records/World Galaxy), headlines the historic Ford Theatres on September 17th for a summer concert entitled, “Astral Progressions”. The show will give back to several non-profit organizations with tickets and bus transportation including Ben Caldwell’s KAOS Network in the beloved South LA community, Leimert Park.
Josef Leimberg has been making music in Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years. His stellar collaborative resume includes names in the industry like Erykah Badu, Dr. Dre, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, SZA and Snoop Dogg. Turn on the first track, “Wesley’s Theory,” on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy award winning “To Pimp a Butterfly” and you’ll hear Josef’s voice opening the album. His sound is a soulful cosmic-funk jazz at the intersection of hip-hop instrumentalism.
For his debut Ford performance, Leimberg will bring along his Astral Progressions Ensemble and some of his favorite collaborators including singer/songwriter Bilal, who is featured on the Detroit Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and recently gave a riveting performance of the song “It Ain’t Fair” on The Tonight Show with The Roots. Other guests include soul songstress Jimetta Rose and Grammy award-winning Jermaine Holmes (of D’angelo’s The Vanguard) with more guests to be announced.
Leimberg sits alongside modern jazz greats such as Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and Robert Glasper.
“I appreciate all of the arts”, says Leimberg. “My parents were very big on jazz when I was growing up. I remember as far back as I can going to jazz clubs with my parents and seeing some of the greatest jazz musicians.”
With this concert, Leimberg will pay it forward by giving the South LA community that same experience for a new generation of music lovers.