One of the best parts of my job is seeing singers capture the crowd and create magical moments with the various covers/arrangements we have them do. Shemika brought down the house the other week with her version of “roar” by Katy perry
Been playing tons of upright bass and cello for a bunch of really fun sessions lately. I’ve been playing bass on a new TV show called Intelligence, the Sessions have been at Capitol Studio A and I always love recording in that room. Also played on some great tracks for super producer Robin Hannibal and looking forward to doing much more with him this year and next. Looks like I will be doing a ton of sessions for various artists with Mocky coming up this year which I am really looking forward and also starting to do a ton of cello and arranging for TV/commercial music with Beau Black. Other than that I’m always busy at Sayers working with tons of great artists and musicians and I couldnt be happier with my job there and feel so blessed Jason Scoppa has given me so many opportunities and opened so many doors for me through working with him at his club.
New Album in the works! Been spending all my free time writing and recording demos for a new album I’m hoping to release Summer 2014. The album will feature some amazing vocalists and I couldn’t be happier with how the process has been going. Every album I make is a journey and full represents my life while making the album and I cant wait to record this part of my life.
Also, should have tons of new LOS GIRLS music and remixes to release in the next few months. Our new stuff will also feature some pretty special guests and I cant wait to see where this project can go.
A fun clip of Rumer Willis and band featuring Kamasi Washington on sax from last Tuesday at Sayers. These Tuesdays with Rumer have been so incredible and it’s so much fun to watch her grow leaps and bounds every week and to here how much her band is constantly stretching.
I am really excited to start working with some amazing artists coming up for some new nights at Sayers club in July. Sayers club will be adding a new front room with amazing food and I am so excited to get to work on so much music for this very special place.
I will be playing with/musical director for the following people for nights at Sayers, more info coming soon on exact dates and will be posting to www.nickrosenmusic.com. Gonna be lots of new music for each artist and new arrangements featuring some really incredible bands.
Deron Johnson (one of my all time favorite musicians, this night will be what LA is missing and will be the spot for jazz to live in LA):
Thinking about all the amazing people that I have been blessed to work with over the past years and feeling so grateful. The first gig that I ever played was at a coffee shop (torn down now) in South Central LA with the amazing Dadisi Komalafe (Arthur Wells). I had heard Dadisi’s only recording as a leader Hassan’s Walk (named after his only son) when my teacher Steve Isoardi played it for me in a history of African American music class in High School. I became obsessed with the sound and energy and the freedom Dadisi displayed in the music, it immediately felt like something that I needed to be a part of. Steve heard that Dadisi was playing that week at this coffee shop so he takes me down to hear the concert (I was 15 and had been playing bass for about a month). That night Dadisi’s bassist ended up leaving the gig so Dadisi tells me to come back next week and bring my bass. I came back and I knew about 3 songs and we played those songs, Dadisi was so encouraging to me the whole time and just wanted my spirit to be fully in the music. After this I have stayed in touch with Dadisi whenever he is in LA (he comes in and out all the time). I played many gigs with him and Hassan on drums (I was there when Hassan’s son was born) and even got to work with the Watts Prophets because of Dadisi. Dadisi has always called me his white son and I truly am grateful to him for starting my path towards musical freedom. Here is the title track from his album Hassan’s Walk, the band on this album is truly incredible!
Starting to work on my next album. Super excited about this one, Its been awhile since I’ve done my own thing and I have so many new ideas to share. I’ll be collaborating with a ton of amazing musicians and singers for this album and will be releasing some covers I’ve arranged as well. Can’t wait to share all this new music!
Been having a ton of fun in the studio the past few months working with some great artists as a bassist/cellist and as a producer/writer. I feel truly blessed to work with my musical heroes on a daily basis and I cant wait to share all the new music that Ive been doing. Here are some of the people that I have been in with lately:
Dj Frank E:
I had the pleasure of meeting singer Miles Bonny through Anthony Valadez, I immediately connected with him as a person and artist. We ended up doing a impromptu concert with him on vocals and trumpet and me on cello the day we met for some of the KCRW in Anthony’s living room. Miles then stayed at my place the next day and we worked on some new songs and listened to vinyl/talked about life for a long time. We have been e-mailing a bunch and are getting ready to work on some new material once Miles settles in the new house he is building off the grid in New Mexico. The other day Miles was coming back form Australia and had a three hour lay over in LA so I met him and Anthony at Venice Beach and we had a little jam session and made a video of it. I am looking forward to working with Miles way more this year and it is always such a blessing to be able to connect with and be inspired by people such as him. Below are videos of the concert and the video we made. Enjoy.
I did a lot of recording last year for various projects, most of the material is slated for release later this year. Here are a few of my favorites of stuff that came out last year:
Matt White-Peter Pan (electric bass)
Anthony Valadez-Looking Backwards (upright bass/keys/guitar)
Kris Allen-Fighters (produced/bass/guitar/keys/backing vocals)
LP-Halo (upright bass/arranger)
I have been blessed to have worked with some really amazing artists and people in my youth and to have been mentored by so many of them. One of the experiences that shaped me most was getting to be a member (the 2nd white member ever) of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkesrta. The Ark had been founded by Horace Tapscott in Watts in the 1960s to promote community and the music of African-American composers and to play for the communities and people that needed it the most. The group played all original music and arrangements and was truly a band of the people for the people. Many of my favorite musicians such as Sonship Theus, Azar Lawrence, Nate Morgan and Al Hines all were long time members of the Ark. I fell in love with the music of Horace and the Ark when I was about 15 and I was lucky to get to study with Roberto Miguel Miranda, one of the founding members and bassists, while I was in high school. Through Roberto I learned most of the music that the Ark played and studied everything about the group. When I started college, Jesse Sharps who was another one of my mentors and a pivotal band leader and composer for the Ark, asked me to come play with the Ark. For the next 5 years I played with them every week rehearsing on 112th and Hoover at the home of Kafi Roberts. I got to meet so many incredible people and play so much great music and had to grow up musically and personally to be able to hang with this kind of crowd. I will forever cherish being a part of the Ark and its amazing community of people. Below is clip of a show we did for the LACMA Friday jazz series.
As 2013 starts I am thinking about how lucky I am to have had so many amazing musical mentors throughout my life to help raise me as a artist and a person. One person that forever changed my life was the incredible Henry Grimes. I met Henry in 2002 and was lucky enough to be a part of his comeback to the musical community after a 35 year absence. I studied with Henry for a little over a year, he would stay with me and my mom, come to school with me, I’d go to his place by Skid Row, but we were always talking about life, improvising, building strength, balance, and many other topics. The year that I spent with Henry forever changed me and helped shape who I am today and no matter what kind of music I am involved in I will always take to heart what he taught and remember all the amazing moments that I was able to have with him. One of the highlights was for my senior project in High School my school paid for me to go with Henry to NYC to make his debut playing in the city again after his break being the featured guest with the William Parker big band. At the rehearsal William heard me play and asked me to play with the band at the show. It was my first time playing in NYC and I got to play and meet so many amazing people. WIlliam also became one of my mentors over the next few years. I will never forget this concert, Billy Bang has now passed as have some of the other musicians in the band and it really was a very magical concert for all involved.
2012 was a truly incredible year,
looking back at all the amazing moments from the past year here are a few of my favorites:
Musical director/arranger/upright bass for LP grammy foundation performance:
I’ve had the pleasure of doing a ton of work with LP over the past few years and this was a really special show that we did back in Feb, 2012. I arranged the Radiohead tune “Creep” for her and a all-star band and we got a standing ovation. Thanks to Darrell Brown for making this happen.
Performing with Feist at Coachella:
Feist is one of my all time favorite artists and it was such a pleasure to play bass with her at Coachella 2012. It is looking like I will be doing some more with her this year and I couldn’t be more excited
musical director/bassist for KES at Sayers Club show:
KES is a really amazing artist from Trinidad and I got to put a band together/play bass for him for a very special show we did at Sayers. His energy is incredible and Im hoping to do lots more with him in the future.
Musical director/bassist for Midian:
Midian is a new artist that came out in 2012, I put a band together for her and produced and wrote some tunes for her. She is starting to get a nice buzz and I hope she does a lot of big things. This was from a live video shoot for vh1.com we did, her band is so much fun to play with and I love this tune.
Musical director for Rumer Willis for SLS Miami opening:
Rumer is a artist I am working on developing and will be doing a ton of stuff with in 2013. I brought her and her really incredible band to Miami to perform at the opening of the SLS hotel on south beach. The crowd was blown away by her and I think everyone is excited to hear more from her in 2013.
Other highlights that I couldn’t find videos for were shows with Stevie Wonder and Prince at Sayers Club, performing on Jimmy Kimmel as MD/bassist with LP and getting to work with a ton of amazing artists in the studio. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings,