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has burst onto the Los
scene with a sound all its own. DekaJaz is
co-led by Los Angeles Jazz Society winner saxophonist SCHEILA GONZALEZ, trumpet
artist GLENDA SMITH and drummer/arranger MEGAN FOLEY who came together to form
this band in the winter of 1999.
The band is comprised of
some of the finest players in the Los Angeles area including SHARON HIRATA on
tenor, LEE SECARD on baritone, LES BENEDICT on trombone, trumpeter LEE
THORNBURG, STEVE GREGORY on guitar, pianist JOSH NELSON and SHERRY LUCHETTE on
the bass. This fabulous melding of talent, raw energy and a vast array of
musical experiences gives DekaJaz a sound you won’t soon forget.
In addition to the
players, the band has called upon the writing and arranging talents of Jack
Cooper, Rick Lawn, Dan Higgins, Paul McKee, as well as their own Lee Secard and
Megan Foley. Working with such a diverse group of players and composer/arrangers
gives the band its vibrant and exciting sound. DekaJaz comes out swinging hard,
brimming with energy and doesn't let up until they've played their last note.
They posess a fiery intensity tempered with laid-back cool, as well as a deep
commitment to keeping the music alive. DekaJaz has received extremely favorable
reviews in the LA JAZZ SCENE and is definitely worth checking out! Look for the
release of their debut CD in the early part of 2003 and please visit
In addition to
the players, the band has called up the writing and arranging talents of Rick
Lawn, Dan Higgins, Jack Cooper, Paul McKee, and Tom Kubis. Working with such a diverse group of players and
composer/arrangers give a vibrant and exciting flavor to music steeped in
tradition – a tradition that will be carried on for years to come.
DekaJaz comes out swinging hard and brimming with energy.
Its fiery intensity tempered with laid-back cool, as well as its
commitment to the music makes DekaJaz a force to be reckoned with.
Since its debut performance at Cal State L.A. in the spring of 2000, the
ensemble has performed at numerous venues including Catalina Bar and Grill.
It’s only a matter of time before DekaJaz explodes onto the national
and international scene.