L.A., a modern jazz guitarist/ composer; he has many interests and his art and creativity is on display in this presentation.
L.A.’s relaxed approach to his art is always about the music and the collaboration he forges with other like minded musicians.
Originally self-taught guitarist, he eventually studied music composition–specifically the harmolodic approach to song composition ala Ornette Coleman.
He wishes “to advance the ideal of artistic freedom being unhindered by cultural assumptions about the individual and enforced as limiting expectations as it relates to categories and genre.”
Thus he dips his “toe” (so to speak) into many styles of creative music.
L. A.; current interest is playing in the genre of modern jazz/free improvisation, ambient, experimental, avant-gard/ avant- funk and film compositions.
L.A. is a composer, performer, musical director and producer of three performance groups, “Stop by Fear”, “The L.A. Jenkins Trio” and “The Joe Reese project”.
L.A. has collaborated with some of the most creative artist over the last couple of years: to name a few, percussionist: Tatsuya Nakatani, bassist Tom Abbs, bassist Joel Peterson, saxophonist Michael Cary, saxophonist Gary Thompson, drummer Ryan Jewell and multi- instrumentalist Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, Trumpeter Martin Ripple, multi- instrumentalist Tony Jacobs, Trumpeter James Cornish and Guitarist Ken Aldroft to name a few notable collaborations.
L A. is currently performing solo guitar at selected venues that encompasses modern jazz, ambient and experimental music.
February 2012, L.A. released a new album titled “Clarity of the Peculiar” on the west coast label “Edgetone Records.” Please check out some of the reviews for this adventurous project.
Performance; The OUS Urban Space, Tuesday night featured performer at the Zanzibar café, Blank Slate music festival presented by Earth house collective in Indianapolis, The Columbus Dance Theater, “New Music Series”, High Street gallery, Gabe Bellows performance space in Toledo Ohio, Indie rock club Rumba Café, Somewhere Else in Toronto Canada, Indy Hostile located in Indianapolis, Columbus “Gallery Hop” street presentation, the Ohio based, “What you Will” festival and Chicago's Brown Rice performance space.
Albums released: “Fade to Go”, “Unknown Man,” “Persistence of Vision”, “Momentum into Nothingness” and the 2009 releases of “Inability to Fly” and “Man Danced Funny” The 2012 release of "Clarity of the Peculiar"
A select radio listing:
KXCI Community Radio
220 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
2623 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
P.O. Box 135
1144 Redway Dr.
Redway, CA 95560-0135
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
KAOS Music Department
The Evergreen State College - CAB 301
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA 98505
WBKE 89.5 FM
MC Box 19
North Manchester, IN 46962
KZSC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
run man run
outside love's eye
LA Jenkins-Funky Jazz-01-Funky Muffin
LA Jenkins-Funky Jazz-02-Ambulance
Some Day I will
Secret Man the power and glory
LA Jenkins-Modern Jazz-01-Never Stop the Blue Light
LA Jenkins-Modern Jazz-02-Unknown Man Paradox
NUVO: concert review of Blank Slate
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A solo performance by guitarist L.A. Jenkins provided another highlight. Jenkins' approach to the gu...A solo performance by guitarist L.A. Jenkins provided another highlight. Jenkins' approach to the guitar combined the eccentric technique of Derek Bailey with a controlled, subtle use of feedback, which Jenkins used to create warm waves of ambient sound that would please any Brian Eno fan
Inability to Fly
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it delivers a fully formed statement of purpose. Jenkins has an encyclopedic knowledge of music stor...it delivers a fully formed statement of purpose. Jenkins has an encyclopedic knowledge of music stored in his brain and can seemingly call forth phrases and styles at will…This is quite a find.” Of Inability to Fly
-Mark Corroto, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=32659
Momentum into Nothingness
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I couldn’t put it better myself, so why bother to try? Momentum Into Nothingness is a brave excursio...I couldn’t put it better myself, so why bother to try? Momentum Into Nothingness is a brave excursion into what may be uncharted waters for most ambient fans, but will be less strange to (and probably resonate better with) progressive fusion and experimental jazz fans. Besides Jenkins on guitar:
Ambient Vision web -zing
Momentum into Nothingness
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I do not like jazz very much at all. I love this cd! There are only slight references to jazz but... I do not like jazz very much at all.
I love this cd! There are only slight references to jazz but the
overall appeal is of experimental, avant-garde and dissonant ambience!
while you call yourselves an ambient jazz group, i hear you as
experimental at the edges of the ambient universe
Ambient Navigator; web-zine
Clarity of the Peculiar
This guitarist is one of a few. His approach is detailed like a fine wine.
L.A. Jenkins – The Clarity of the Peculiar
Something for the experimental and avant-garde jazz fans.
Long Walk Through: My music is based on compositional improvisations and my performance sets can range form twenty minutes to ninety minutes.
Typical set list:
(1)size one ….. 6:05
(2)run man run…… 7:50
(3)outside love’s eye….. 5:34
(4)things are that way…. 4:56
(5)sorry I forgot…. 6:20
(6)use to know you….. 7:09
(8)stand back, watch…. 5:51
(9)small fix…. 6:01
There are no upcoming dates at this time.