Month: March 2013

The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall Presents: “Cosmic Oscar” Dwight Trible + Billy Childs: Oscar Brown Jr. Tribute Sun. April 14th


The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall Presents:

“Cosmic Oscar”

Dwight Trible, feat. Billy Childs  

Remembering Oscar Brown Jr.

Sunday April 14th  

One Show – 8pm


Dwight Trible – vocals

Billy Childs – piano

Trevor Ware – bass

Paul Legaspi – drums

Breeze Smith – perc. + soundscape


Cosmic Oscar” – Dwight Trible and Billy Childs

If you’ve ever heard Oscar Brown Jr., you must be aware of his genius. He is a celebrated singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor famous for such songs as All Blues, Dat Dere, The Snake and Watermelon Man as well as his lyrics for such popular jazz instrumentals as Nat Adderley’s Work Song, Bobby Timmons’ Dat Dere and Mongo Santamaria’s Afro Blue, to name a few.

 Oscar Brown Jr. was seen as the forerunner to socially-conscious performers like Gil Scott Heron. An all-around entertainer, he gained critical acclaim for merging the art of songwriting with social commentary. The Los Angeles Times described Oscar’s work as “a mosaic of poetic musical images”.

 Two of the many,many musicians who loved Oscar are Dwight Trible, a sublime singer and stylist in his own right, and Billy Childs, a pianist and composer with a world-wide reputation.

 Dwight and company have chosen a mix of Oscar Brown Jr. songs, both well-known and some lesser-known, but all deserving wider recognition. They are really excited about putting a new twist on these rare gems and invite you to come along on this magical excursion!


VENUE: Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90028



170845-250Ticket Information

Musicians Institute students (no outside guests) should sign up (first come, first served) by Friday, April 12th at 4pm at the MI Student Affairs Office to receive free admission (maximum of ONE ticket per student).  

After the LIMITED free ticketing allotment has been filled, MI (and all other) student tickets are $20 with valid school ID.

General Public
 Tickets ($25) are available at the door (one hour before showtime) or in advance online HERE


Musicians Institute Alumni Make a Big Splash at SXSW 2013!

During this last weekend, we had the chance to hear some of MI’s great alumni making their mark at SXSW.  Here’s three of our favorites!


Lissie at SXSW 2013 The Radio Day Stage

Lissie (IAP 2004) absolutely wowed the crowds at SXSW during her five powerful shows (Radio Day Stage @Austin Conv. Ctr., Stubbs, Paste Stages on Sixth, South by San Jose and Perez Hilton’s party at Austin City Limits Moody Theater).

Since graduating MI, Lissie was named as Paste magazine’s Best New Solo Artist of 2010, has had dozens of her original songs placed in TV and film, been touring and performing around the world, a successful debut album and a terrific new album soon to be released in 2013.

Jared James Nichols at SXSW 2013

Jared James Nichols at SXSW 2013

Blues and rock guitar powerhouse Jared James Nichols (Guitar 2011) was spotted “blowing the roof off” at two Swinghouse/Hype showcases, The Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s and showcasing for Sony/Hype at The Six Lounge.

Jared has opened and shared the stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, and Honeyboy Edwards, and he is currently touring the Southwest with his band.  Jared was also the winner of The Musicians Foundation 2010 Jerry Horton Schecter guitar scholarship and the 2011 Les Paul Tribute Contest as well as graduating as the MI “Outstanding Guitarist” for 2011.

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Gaby Moreno at The Karma Lounge. SXSW 2013

Gaby Moreno (Vocal 2001) charmed the crowd during her two very well received showcases at SXSW this year (sung entirely in Spanish) at the Central Pres. church and Karma Lounge in support of her first Spanish-language album (to be released next week) “Postales.  Originally from Guatemala, she was winner of the John Lennon songwriting competition, and has toured with Tracy Chapman and Ani di Franco since graduating MI. She also received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for co-writing the show title track for NBC’s “Parks & Recreation”, previously released three albums and continues to tour the world.