Happy 80th Bday to Horace Tapscott. Horace was a pivotal figure in the music scene of LA from the 60’s until his death in 1999. His playing and arranging style and the way he devoted himself to raising the next generation and to being the change he wanted to see in his community constantly inspires me. His music and the community he created was so important in my development as a musician and as a man and I will forever cherish the music Horace has left us with.
I used to listen to Albert Ayler everyday when I was a junior and senior in high school, I even put on my college essay that I wanted to be the Albert Ayler of the bass. I love his sense of freedom and his constant pursuit to learn more about himself through sound and music and to push boundaries. I still love Albert’s music so much and no matter what type of music I am working on I always go back to my musical roots.
Had some fun times at Sundance with the Sayers crew the other week. Extra caught one moment on camera. Looking forward to much more with the Sayers crew this year. As always thank to Jason scoppa for making it all happen!
Have you ever caught yourself thinking, well, I wish Lana Del Rey would tone down the daddy issues and canned strings and let those moments of excruciating
Really cool live video I did with Niia. I love the way she sang this and I think we really captured a great live version of the song, and I got to play my favorite old telecaster bass! Love the way this all came out, looking forward to doing more with Niia this year.
Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At The I.U.C.C. - Nimbus (No. 357) This was recorded at the Imanuel United Church of Christ in LA …
I learned so much about music, community, and life by being a part of the Arkestra and hanging with all these amazing musicians and people. No matter what I do or where I go I hold this music and these people close to my heart.
My first gig in NY ever! Was so amazing that William Parker let me play bass with Henry in his ensemble. I was in high school and had went to accompany Henry on the trip cause it was his big return to NY after decades of being off the scene. William heard me practicing back stage before rehearsal and asked me to play and said he would play another instrument and I could use his bass. I was 17 and a senior in high school and many of my then musical heroes were either in the band or in attendance that night at the concert. A truly amazing experience and I am forever grateful to William for giving the opportunity and helping me become the man and musicians that I am today.
Growing up in LA I had the privilege of getting to be a part of the amazing music scene that was based around Leimert Park. I used to take the bus there from Sherman Oaks every Thursday when I was 15 to go play jazz at the World Stage and hear all my favorite players and learn about community, music, jazz and life. The World Stage was started by Billy Higgins and Horace Tapscott and for a long time was the epicenter of jazz in LA, many musicians would find their home base there and bands such as the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra were staples there; as well as being able to see Horace and Billy all the time. I feel like getting to go down there all time and be accepted into this amazing community of people is what made me grow up as a person and a musician and I credit this place and community for helping me be the artist that I am today. In recent times the World Stage, and much of Leimert Park, has fallen on hard financial times due to raised rent and other economic issues. In order to help the World Stage pay its rent I will be hosting a series of concerts/photography exhibits at the World Stage with all profits going back to the World Stage. The first event will be Saturday Feb 1st and will feature the amazing photography of Xochil Alvarez and a concert of some of LA’s finest musicians playing jazz in its purest form. I will be posting more information next month and info will also be available at www.theworldstage.org
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!
Nick Rosen is a multi-instrumentalist composer and music director from Los Angeles. He got his start playing music at the age of 15 and, while still in high school, helped jazz legend Henry Grimes return to the jazz scene after a 35 year absence. Nick has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, Jazz Times, LA Weekly, Vanity Fair and was on the front page of the LA Times twice.
Currently, Nick is the music director for The Sayers Club in Hollywood where he's had featured performances with Prince, will.i.am, Estelle, Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Piven, Common and Rumer Willis. Nick previously headed music at Hollywood's famed Bardot Sessions and has worked with artists like Bruno Mars, Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Michel Gondry, Jon Brion, Gavin Degraw and Esthero. He also recorded with Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino on scores for Super 8, Star Trek, Land of the Lost, Fringe and LOST. Nick is signed to Porter Records and released Into the Sky in 2010, Violet in 2012 and is working on his third solo album for 2014. Nick produces with Mocky Recordings and is collaborating with Anthony Valadez (KCRW) on their new project, Los Girls (Plug Research).