Phil Ranelin's Past Performances

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SELECTED PERFORMANCES

10/12/03: Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance featuring Phil Ranelin (Trombone & Percussions), George Harper (Tenor Saxophone & Flute), Zane Musa (Alto & Soprano Saxophones & Flute), Michael Session (Alto & Soprano Saxophones), Louis Taylor (Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute & Flute),

Nate Morgan (Piano), Wendell Williams (Acoustic Bass), Lorca Hart (Trap Drums) and Taumbu’ (Congas/Percussions) - at the California African American Museum’s "Fall into a free celebration of art, literature & music," including a Betye Saar book-signing of Betye Saar: The David C. Driskell Series of African American Art: Volume II, (by Jane H. Carpenter with Betye Saar); and five CAAM exhibitions: "Urban Aesthetics," "Close Up In Black: African American Film Posters" (from the Mapp Collection at the Academy’s Herrick Library for the Study of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles), "A Tribute to John Riddle" and "Whispers from the Walls: the Art of Whitfield Lovell and The African American Journey West." This free concert is sponsored in part by a Folk Arts Grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund through the Professional Musicians’ Union, Local 47;

9/28/03: Phil Ranelin, featured artist in the Independent Jazz Community Celebration (produced by Keni & Katharina Washington) at the Fountain Square Theatre in Indianapolis. Ranelin participated in workshops, shared the bill and/or played with Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton, Buddy Montgomery, James Spaulding, Melvin Rhyne, The Hampton Sisters and Jamey Aebersold. He was among those Indianapolis natives who were commissioned to return home for this event and he was honored with the "J.J. Johnson Award For Distinguished Contributions to the Jazz Community...";

9/20/03: Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance, Temple Bar, Santa Monica, co-produced by Todosonidos Presenta (Carlos Nino) and Temple Bar featuring Phil Ranelin (trombone), George Harper (tenor saxophone & flute), Zane Musa (alto saxophone, bass clarinet & flute), William Henderson (piano), James Leary (bass) and Lorca Hart (drums);

7/27/03: Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at the Verizon Music Festival in Central Park, Pasadena. This free outdoor concert was produced by Festival Productions, Inc. (also producers of the Playboy Jazz Festival) with Smokey Robinson as the headliner. With thousands in attendance, Ranelin’s ensemble was well received performing his Latin arrangements of Jazz standards and original compositions from his self-produced CD, "A Close Encounter Of The Very Best Kind";

6/21/03: The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble with special invited guest artists in honor of the 75th Memorial Birthday (6/20/28) of Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. at William Grant Still Community Arts Center’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Ranelin selected some Los Angeles native artists who claim Dolphy as one of their major inspirational sources: Mark Broyard (vocals/lyricist), Michael Session (alto saxophone), Dadisi Komolafe (flute) and Nate Morgan (piano). Ranelin (trombone) wrote a composition to honor the occasion, "The Eric Dolphy Suite" and this group also included Wendell Williams (bass) and Don Littleton (drums). It was co-sponsored by The African Marketplace, Inc. 2003, Build Crenshaw Arts and Friends of William Grant Still Arts Center. This performance was made possible in part by a Multicultural Entry-Level Grant from the California Arts Council and was the third in the four-performance series to showcase legendary Jazz musicians who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Los Angeles area public schools. (Dolphy graduated from Dorsey High School);

4/25/03: The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble performing in celebration of Charles Mingus’ Birthday (Born: April 22, 1922) on Friday, April 25, 2003 featuring: Phil Ranelin (trombone), George Harper (saxophone and flute), Nate Morgan (piano), Ryan Cross (bass), Don Littleton (drums) and Taumbu (congas). This performance was co-sponsored by Howling Monk Jazz Coffee Bar and Build Crenshaw Arts and was the second in a four-performance season at Howling Monk made possible in part by a Multicultural Entry-Level Grant from the California Arts Council and was part of the 2003 four-performance season of The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at Howling Monk in celebration of the birthdays of legendary Jazz musicians who graduated from Los Angeles area public high schools (Mingus graduated from Jordan High School);

2/19/03: The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble’s "Tribute to Duke Ellington," at Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School Auditorium in honor of African American History Month, featuring Phil Ranelin (trombone), George Harper (sax & flute), Danny Grissett (piano), Ryan Cross (bass), Don Littleton (drums) & Taumbu (congas). This free concert was made possible in part by a generous 2002-2003 Artist-In-Residency Grant from the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department, Grants Division, in which Ranelin became a joint Artist-In-Resident at University High School and Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School to present four Jazz Appreciation Workshops and one concert in the West Los Angeles Area;

2/11/03: The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble, in honor of African American History Month, performed a special tribute to Dexter Gordon at the Hollywood Park Casino’s on-going free Tuesday nights "After Work Jazz Cool Down, " Co-sponsored by The Hollywood Park Casino and Build Crenshaw Arts, this performance featured Phil Ranelin (trombone), George Harper (reeds and flute), Danny Grissett (piano), Ryan Cross (bass) and Don Littleton (drums);

1/10/03: The Phil Ranelin Quartet at Howling Monk Jazz Coffee Bar, Inglewood, California, performing in tribute to legendary trombonist Melba Liston (born January 13, 1926) and featuring Phil Ranelin (trombone), William Henderson (piano), Ryan Cross (bass) and Don Littleton (drums). Co-sponsored by Howling Monk and Build Crenshaw Arts, this event was made possible in part by a Multicultural Entry-Level Grant from the California Arts Council and was the inaugural 2003 four-performance season of The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at Howling Monk in celebration of the birthdays of legendary Jazz musicians who graduated from Los Angeles area public high schools (Liston graduated from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School where Los Angeles Trade Technical College now stands);

12/27/02, Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance "Kujichagulia Jazz Jamm" at the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima. This event took place in celebration of the second day of Kwanzaa and Tribe Renaissance received a Los Angeles City Council resolution sponsored by Alex Padilla. This was a one-day artists-in-residency consisting of instrumental workshops by the band members and two performances, the last included the workshop attendees. The band featured Phil Ranelin (trombone), Keith Fiddmont (alto and soprano saxophones), George Harper (tenor saxophone and flute), Carl Randall (tenor saxophone), Louis Taylor (bass clarinet), Nate Morgan (piano), Ryan Cross (bass), Don Littleton (drums) and Taumbu’ (congas). It was co-sponsored by Heroes For Life, Build Crenshaw Arts and the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley and was made possible in part by two grants: a Regional Arts Grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and a Multicultural Entry-Level Grant from the California Arts Council;

10/6/02 Phil Ranelin w/Michael Session Septet at the 2002 Jazz At Drew Festival, Los Angeles;

10/4/02 The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at the World Stage in collaboration with 2002 Verizon Music Festival In the Clubs in a rare quartet performance featuring Phil Ranelin – slide trombone, Nate Morgan – grand piano, Wendell Williams – acoustic bass and Don Littleton – trap drums;

9/21/02 The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at Howling Monk Jazz Coffee Bar, Inglewood, CA performing in celebration of John Coltrane’s 76th birthday (b: 9-23-26) featuring Phil Ranelin – trombone, Carl Randall – saxophone, William Henderson – piano, Wendell Williams – bass, Don Littleton – Drums and surprise guest reed players;

9/6/02 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performances 2002 Summer Series free performances featuring Phil Ranelin – trombone, Keith Fiddmont – soprano saxophone & flute, George Harper – flute, tenor & baritone saxophones, Michael Session - alto saxophone, Carl Randall - tenor saxophone, Danny Grissett - piano, Ryan Cross - bass, Don Littleton – drums and Taumbu - congas & various percussions;

8/25/02 The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at the West Los Angeles Radisson Hotel, Culver City, CA, in the final of three summer poolside concerts: "Sunday Splash Set, Jazz at the Radisson/Poolside," with an intimate quintet performance featuring Phil Ranelin – trombone, Keith Fiddmont – sax/flute, Danny Grissett – piano, Wendell Williams – bass and Ralph Penland – drums;

8/15/02 City-wide Wes Montgomery performance at in memory of 9/11 at The Madame Walker Theatre Center, w/ The Keni Washington OMniverse Jazz Sinfonia, a 23-piece world music orchestra, Indianapolis;

7/6/02 Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble’s second Summer Splash Set at the West Los Angeles Radisson Hotel, Culver City, featured Phil Ranelin (trombone), Danny Grissett (electric piano), Ryan Cross (bass) and Fritz Wise(drums);

6/17/02 Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble’s first Summer Splash Set, a tribute to Eric Dolphy’s June 19, 1928 birthday featuring legendary Miss Vi Redd as a special guest artist who, like Eric, is a native Angelina saxophonist who grew up with Eric Dolphy. This warm intimate poolside performance featured Phil Ranelin (trombone), Danny Grissett (electric piano), James Leary (bass), Fritz Wise (drums) and Taumbu (congas). It was the first in the series of three summer poolside concerts at the West Los Angeles Radisson Hotel, Culver City, CA;

5/26/02 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the 16th Annual UCLA Jazz & Reggae Festival on the UCLA athletic field during the Memorial Day Weekend sharing the bill with Pharoah Sanders and Jimmy Smith and featuring Ranelin’s nine-piece group of a trombone lead with a woodwind quartet and a conga-led rhythm section with Phil Ranelin – trombone, Keith Fiddmont - soprano sax & flute, Michael Session - alto sax, Carl Randall - tenor sax, Louis Taylor - bass clarinet, baritone sax, alto flute, C flute, Danny Grissett - piano, Ryan Cross - bass, Don Littleton – drums and Taumbu - congas & various percussions;

4/24/02 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the Temple Bar & Grill, Santa Monica, CA featuring Phil Ranelin – trombone, Keith Fiddmont - soprano sax & flute, Michael Session - alto sax, Carl Randall - tenor sax, Louis Taylor - bass clarinet, baritone sax, alto flute, C flute, Danny Grissett - piano, Ryan Cross - bass, Don Littleton – drums and Taumbu - congas & various percussions;

4/18/02 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance, Spectrum’s LA JAZZ 2002, USC Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles, featuring Phil Ranelin – trombone, Keith Fiddmont - soprano sax & flute, Michael Session - alto sax, Carl Randall - tenor sax, Louis Taylor - bass clarinet, baritone sax, alto flute, C flute, Danny Grissett - piano, Ryan Cross - bass, Don Littleton – drums and Taumbu - congas & various percussions;

2/28/02 Black History Month performance with Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan People’ Arkestra and The Great Voice of UGMAA at Pitzer College, Clairmont, CA.;

2/22 & 23/02 Phil Ranelin special guest with The Heard Trio (John Heard – bass, Roy McCurdy – drums & Ed Vodicka - piano) at Charlie O’s, Van Nuys, CA;

2/10/02 Nate Morgan Benefit performance for the Leimert Park Arts Community w/The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra , Pharoah Sanders, Arthur Blythe and many others in a day-long fundraiser for one of Leimert Park's most loved treasures, pianist Nate Morgan at the Crenshaw Theatre, Los Angeles;

1/12/02 Lead Trombonist for "Rejoice! Rejoice!"- Dr. Willis Kirk's sacred oratorio featuring a full choir, the spoken word and a full orchestra taking the listeners through a sacred musical journey that juxtaposes the history of Africans in America along with the cruxification of Jesus Christ performed at IAJE 29th Annual Conference, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

1/11/02 "One For Johnson" A Phil Ranelin Trombone Choir Tribute to JJ Johnson with Steve Baxter, Ryan Porter, Dan Weinstein, Mike Wimberly, Danny Grissett, James Leary and Don Littleton at the IAJE 29th Annual Conference, Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, CA

1/5/02 Salute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with

w/ Carl Anderson including Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, and Dawn Lewis, Cerritos, CA;

8/30/01 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance debut at The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, featuring master California musicians: Keith Fiddmont (soprano saxophone & flute), Ralph "Buzzy" Jones (bass clarinet and alto flute), Carl Randall (tenor saxophone), Michael Session (alto saxophone), William S. Henderson (grand piano), John Heard (acoustic bass), Don Littleton (trap drums) and Taumbu (congas) - in celebration of the Hefty Records CD and Vinyl release of "Vibes From The Tribe" and "The Time Is Now," re-issued Summer 2001;

8/19/01 Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the 5th Annual Thurman Green Memorial Concert at Los Angeles Musician Union Local 47 adding Phil Vieux (baritone sax) to the front line saxophone quartet above and Joel Scott (piano);

7/15/01 "Rejoice! Rejoice!" a modern oratorio African American music worship service by Dr. Willis Kirk, composer and conductor, featuring a full orchestra and choir performing as a religious service at the Indy Jazz Fest in Military Memorial Park, Indianapolis;

7/14/01 Indiana Avenue Revisited All-Star led by Larry Ridley at the Indy Jazz Fest 2001 in Indianapolis, special solo performance in tribute to the recently late J. J.Johnson;

7/13/01 Indiana Avenue Revisited Big Band, conducted by Jimmy Coe at the Indy Jazz Fest 2001 where Ranelin performed and was honored with other Indianapolis master musicians converging on their hometown from all parts of the United States and abroad;

6/16/01 "Juneteenth Jazz Jamm" in celebration of the traditional African American holiday commemorating the liberation of slaves from the West and Southwestern United States who remained in bondage almost two years after the United States Emancipation Proclamation was issued. This performance took place at the Northeast Valley Senior Citizens Center for the diverse residents of the area and was partially funded by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs’ Regional Arts Grant for Artists-In-The-Community;

2/10/01 Selected to perform along with Slide Hampton in a special nine-piece trombone choir

in tribute to J.J. Johnson at J.J. Johnson's funeral in Indianapolis;

12/01/00 The debut performance of Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art consisting of a stellar line-up of other master California musicians: Keith Fiddmont (soprano saxophone & flute), Ralph "Buzzy" Jones (bass clarinet and alto flute), Carl Randall (tenor saxophone), Michael Session (alto saxophone), Danny Grissett (grand piano), John Heard (acoustic bass), and Roy McCurdy (trap drums);

7/22/00 The debut of Phil Ranelin’s Quartet at the State of California’s African American Museum of History and Culture in Exposition Park in tribute to Louis Armstrong’s traditional centennial birthday (July 4, 1900) as part of the Times Mirror’s "JAAM AT CAAM" Jazz Series;

5/29/00 The debut performance of Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance at the Old Pasadena Summer Fest which was part of Playboy Jazz's Annual Free Community Concert Series bringing thousands of diverse communities together to enjoy the music of this 9-piece all-star ensemble for the first time;

7/15/99 The debut of Ranelin’s original suite in tribute to the late Horace Tapscott at the Skirball Cultural Center by The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble featuring Tapscott protégé, Nate Morgan on piano;

11/27/99 "A Family Day of Peace In The Park" in celebration of Duke Ellington’s Centennial Year for the diverse residents of Sylmar, partially funded by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs’ Regional Arts Grant for Artists-In-The-Community;

11/20/99 "A Family Day of Peace In The Park" in celebration of Duke Ellington’s Centennial Year for the diverse residents of Pacoima, partially funded by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs’ Regional Arts Grant for Artists-In-The-Community;

1/15/99 Solo Trombone opening tribute at the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday;

8/15/98 The Madame Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis w/ James Spaulding, Keni Washington & OMniverse Jazz Sinfonia, a 23-piece world music orchestra;

4/05/98 "Hub in the Hood" performances at the Vision Theatre, Leimert Park, Los Angeles in honor of Freddie Hubbard's 60th Birthday. As producer of this 999-seat full-house event demonstrating a community's heartfelt appreciation of Hubbard's music over the years (in spite of his disability at the time to play trumpet due to damage to his upper lip), Ranelin performed with Hubbard playing piano; with the Horace Tapscott Quintet; with Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra; with the debut of Tapscott's Voice of U.G.M.A.A. (a choir of community vocalists); as well as with the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble with George Harper (saxophone and flute), Jeff Babko (grand piano), Henry Franklin (acoustic bass), Carl Barnett (trap drums) and Taumbu (congas);

8/05/97 Inaugural Thurman Green Memorial Concert at Los Angeles Musician Union Local 47 w/Al Aarons Septet, Jerry Rusch Sextet, Horace Tapscott Quintet and BoneSoir;

4/17/97 Debut of The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble at the University of Southern California Jazz City '97, Spectrum Jazz Festival with George Harper (saxophone and flute), Nate Morgan (piano), Tony Dumas (acoustic bass), Ralph Penland (trap drums), and Taumbu (congas);

3/3-10/97 West African Tour w/ Michael Harris and Rohmlee to: Lagos, Nigeria, Accra, Ghana and Kumasi, Ghana.

 

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