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Make Jazz with Devin Daniels
Saturday, March 9 at 5:30 PM PT

Devin Daniels: Saxophone
Jermaine Paul: Bass
Clarence Penn: Drums
Julien Knowles: trumpet
Isaiah Harwood: Piano


African American Alto Saxophonist Devin Daniels has performed in many different configurations of bands in the jazz idiom since 2010. Hailing from Inglewood, California, Daniels started playing saxophone in the Just Lovin’ Music Studios program, led by pianist Michelle Love. This program is a free program designed to give students of color a chance to rent out and learn a new instrument.

Daniels has worked to become one of the newest and most exciting voices in the modern jazz scene. He has studied with some of the leading educators/players in America including Keisha Potter, Rusty Higgins, Josh Johnson, Shannon LeClaire, and George Garzone. He landed a finalist spot in the YoungArts competition which choses six students in the United States. Devin was accepted into the Berklee College of Music as a Presidential Scholar. He graduated with a B.M. in Professional Music and is now pursuing his master’s degree at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. Between those years at Berklee and UCLA, he has been blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Basel, Switzerland taking part in the Focus Year program which is similar to the Hancock Institute.

In his first year at Berklee, Daniels took up producing electronic music in his downtime and since then has released an album on the Los Angeles-based record label, Leaving Records, joining a catalog with the likes of Knxwledge, Keifer, and Carlos Nino. A quote that praises this album reads, “…is fusion at its finest, beat music and jazz moving forward in lockstep.”

Daniels has released content on the up-and-coming label, Preference records, as well as his first jazz trio album. He has been greatly honored to share the stage with artists such as Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Carlos Nino, and Jamael Dean; appeared on numerous album recordings with artists such as the Pan African People’s Arkestra, Jamael Dean, Diego Gaeta; and with appearances on labels such as Stones Throw Records, Orenda Records, and Neuklang Records.

Venues Daniels has played at include the Porgy and Bess club in Vienna,Austria, The Blue Note Jazz club in NYC, The Blue Whale jazz club in Los Angeles, the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, and the World Stage in Leimert Park.

Devin Daniels’ 18th Street Arts Center residency is generously supported by the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to honor and support jazz artists, 18th Street Arts Center annually hosts its Make Jazz Fellowship, awarded to a jazz composer for a three-month, fully funded residency. This opportunity elevates an individual jazz artist to experiment or complete a body of original compositions. The Make Jazz Fellow lives and works—for three months—among artists in sunny Santa Monica, California. The award supports the artist by providing a monthly stipend, a furnished live-in studio, and opportunities to inspire Jazz students in partnership with Los Angeles-area colleges and universities.


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The World Stage is an educational and performance art space in Leimert Park Village, the heart of Los Angeles' African American cultural community. It was founded in 1989 by the late world-renowned master jazz drummer Bily Higgins and poet and community activist Kamau Daáood—in an attempt to fill a cultural void in the L.A. community. Initially formed as a loose collective of artists and arts supporters, The World Stage has grown to assume a pioneering and pivotal role in South L.A.'s music and art landscape. The Stage's mission is to secure, preserve and advance the position of African American music, literature and works in the oral tradition to a local, national, and international audience.

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