9.14.13 Daniel Rosenboom Quintet [$10]



Daniel Rosenboom – trumpets
Gavin Templeton – woodwinds
Alex Noice – electric guitar and FX
Kai Kurosawa – bear trax, u-bass, and FX
Dan Schnelle – drums
Kio Griffith – live visuals

Creative Underground Los Angeles is proud to present The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet, live at the Blue Whale on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 9:00pm.

An internationally-recognized trumpet player and composer, Daniel Rosenboom was named the “2013 Face To Watch” for Jazz by the Los Angeles Times, and has been thrilling Los Angeles audiences with his signature genre-bending, hypnotic-grooving, time-twisting original style for the better part of a decade.  Fresh off the release of a ground-breaking new album, Book of Omens, and a world tour with pop superstar, Josh Groban, Daniel returns to the Blue Whale with a blazing new quintet!

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet is a new electric group that brings together some of the Los Angeles jazz scene’s most distinctive young virtuosos. Drawing from such influences as Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Miles Davis, the music is fast and fleet, sleek and seductive, a little bit twisted and down-right rocking! Check out these videos for a preview:


Fly By Nighthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF1Tqbk5QHY

“One of the most original, exciting, adventurous groups in L.A. right now.” 

— Gary Fukushima, LA Weekly

“A musician dedicated to exploration and expression, regardless of anyone’s imagined boundaries.” 

— Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

“Young trumpet dynamo Dan Rosenboom, one of the more interesting Los Angeleno players, impresses with the fluidity of his ideas.”

— Josef Woodard, DownBeat Magazine

“Daniel Rosenboom is quickly becoming a ubiquitous presence in the West Coast’s creative jazz scene…a singularly creative voice whose unique aesthetic encompasses an array of idiosyncratic influences…a lyrical virtuoso with a commanding tone, whose expansive trumpet technique is saliently paralleled in his diverse writing…an artist on the rise.”

— Troy Collins, All About Jazz

DANIEL AARON ROSENBOOM (b. 5/7/1982) is a creative trumpet artist, improviser, composer, and record producer who seeks break musical boundaries by fusing styles in new and inventive ways. For his compositions, he has been recognized with grants and awards from ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the American Composers Forum, and the Meet the Composer foundation. Rosenboom has released five full-length albums under his own name, the latest of which, Book of Omens, was released in July of 2013.  Additionally, he has released three full-length albums with his “hardcore-Balkan-jazz-rock” group PLOTZ!, two full-length albums with his “spontaneous composition” jazz-rock group DR. MiNT (with 2 more to come soon), and has appeared as a featured collaborator on albums by Vinny Golia, Harris Eisenstadt, Trevor Anderies, Dorian Wood, David Rosenboom, RootSystem, GG’s NineNet, Killsonic, Got Monk?, and The Industrial Jazz Group.

Daniel has appeared as a soloist and collaborator on festivals and in recitals at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference, University of York, England, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the La Mama Theater in New York City, at REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, California Institute of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, the Hague Jazz Festival, the Midpoint Music Festival, Sounds Like Now: Interpretations at 15, and many others.  Also, he plays regularly with The Daniel Rosenboom Septet and Quintet, PLOTZ!, the Vinny Golia Sextet, DR. MiNT, and is a member of the Industrial Jazz Group, Robby Marshall’s RootSystem, Got Monk?, GG’s Concert NineNet, and the Modern Brass Quintet, and free-lances regularly with some of the elite groups and musicians in Los Angeles.

In January of 2013 he founded Creative Underground Los Angeles, a collective of musicians, visual artists, dancers, and writers focused on the rapid and consistent production of high-quality, inter-disciplinary fringe art, and the galvanization of a thriving but often disperate scene of creative, experimental artists.

Daniel holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, UCLA, and California Institute of the Arts and his teachers had included James Thompson, Jens Lindemann, Edward Carroll, Roy Poper, Wadada Leo Smith, John Fumo, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, Miroslac Tadic, and many more.



GAVIN TEMPLETON is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and educator. Gavin spent his formative years in Reno, Nevada. Like most other places on earth, there was little to do in this dusty Sierra Nevada town. He didn’t much care for bowling and was too young to gamble, so he began studying classical violin at five years old, but switched to the alto saxophone a few years later. It was while he was studying saxophone privately that his teacher introduced him to the music of Charlie Parker. Gavin felt an instant affinity with bebop music. He began to memorize Parker solos and perform them for friends, family and, later, at his saxophone teacher’s gigs, where he would be invited up to the bandstand to perform.

Gavin began his professional career in his teens. He played with area musicians and visiting artists such as Wayne Newton and The Temptations. These experiences fueled his desire to continue studying music, and inspired him to learn other woodwind instruments, as such skills were necessary to play much of that repertoire. He enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Always curious, Gavin experimented playing in a variety of musical genres and contexts. During college he performed, recorded, and toured with high energy rock and funk groups. He views those years as a crucial part in his musical development. The electrifying music and emotions of rock and funk are integral to his performance style.

Gavin moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He went on to receive a Master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he focused on composition and performance. In addition to jazz, he spent significant time studying Indian classical music, West African drumming, traditional Balkan music, and modern classical composition. That exposure lead him to join the Eastern European-influenced band, PLOTZ!.

In addition to PLOTZ!, Gavin performs under his name in varying configurations, and is a member of the Vinny Golia Sextet, the Joshua White Quintet and Daniel Rosenboom Quintet and Septet. He has performed and/or recorded with Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Nels Cline, Joe LaBarbera, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, Darek Oles, the New Century Players, Butch Morris, Alfred Ladzekpo, Swapan Chaudhuri, Peter Epstein, David Rosenboom, daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, The Temptations, and Wayne Newton, among many others.



Alex Noice

ALEXANDER NOICE is a new breed of musician whose ability to glide in and out of endless genre bending musical situations makes him a musical force that is gaining much notoriety. Originally from Kalispell Montana Alex Noice moved to Los Angeles when he was 11 years old. After being exposed to rock n roll, classical music and jazz Noice started playing guitar and writing music at a very young age.

Noice received a bachelor’s degree in music from California Institute of the Arts in 2008. There he was exposed to a wide range of music including jazz, modern classical music, north Indian classical music, West African drumming, Javanese Gamelan, and much more, all of which he has found a way to intertwine with his highly unique musical language both through his guitar playing and composition. He studied with guitarist Larry Koonse and Miroslav Tadic along with North Indian classical sarod master Aashish Khan and Los Angeles Free Jazz legend Vinny Golia. Though he is a highly self taught composer, he did have a chance to study privately with Wadada Leo Smith and Anne Lebaron, both movers and shakers in contemporary experimental music.

Noice is highly active in Los Angeles diverse music community as a composer and guitarist. He formed his own group Falsetto Teeth in 2008, which has made a mark on the city with there highly explosive live performances and seamlessly genre defining music. After being exposed to Ego Plum founder of Ebola Music Records, Falsetto Teeth recorded and released there first critically acclaimed album “Giraffes on Horseback Salads” on Ebola Music Records. He has also written for a wide range of musical contexts ranging from string quartets,  jazz ensembles, chamber groups including his own guitar, flute, and clarinet chamber ensemble Quack Doctor and much more. His ability to play such a wide range of music has made him vastly sought after in the Los Angeles music scene. Whether it is rock, pop, or jazz Noice puts his musical stamp on every project he is apart of. He has performed with jazz icons’ such as Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Art Ensembles of Chicago’s Famoudou Don Moye, and has been the regular guitarist for Vinny Golia’s Sextet and Quintet for the past seven years. Other regular bands and artists he pefroms with are Vincent Gallo and Los Angeles’s own Tes Elations.  Noice has toured throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Colombia with various jazz and rock/pop groups. Having shared the stage with musicians such as Nels Cline, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Vijay Iyer, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, and much more, he is a name to keep your eye on for several years to come.


Kai Kurosawa

Born in Japan, KAI KUROSAWA picked up the electric bass guitar at the age of fifteen. Eventually he discovered the Warr Guitar and not only self-taught but also self-created fresh new cutting edge musical techniques for this unique instrument. Today his primary axe is the Beartrax; a custom 24-string tap-style instrument which he designed. Widely considered as truly one of a kind player, he is frequently invited to teach seminars and clinics in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is consistently busy working with various bands and creative projects; genres include jazz, progressive metal, rock, pop, and electronic music. His trio and quartet projects have been featured number of times on All About Jazz website as video of the day. To name a few collaborators, he has worked with musical masters such as Vinny Golia, Hiromi, Collide, Caroline, Kiyomi Otaka, Thomas Lang, Ponta Shuichi, ISAO, Daniel Rosenboom, Shane Gibson, Charmaine Clamore, and Andrea Centazzo. Some of his works are out on popular TV shows, as well as on the big screen. Kai currently resides in Los Angeles. He enjoys cooking and loves spicy food.



DAN SCHNELLE is one of the most talented, in-demand drummers in the Los Angeles area. Known for an intuitive ability to do precisely what is necessary for each performance, Schnelle understands how to make other musicians comfortable, while bringing enough of the unexpected to his playing to keep it consistently exciting. Unsatisfied with the idea that the drum set is merely a time-keeping device, Schnelle is thoughtful about how this unique instrument, with its nearly limitless variety of sounds, can be tastefully and effectively deployed in a wide variety of musical situations. Years spent collaborating with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles (and beyond) have earned him a reputation as a hard-working, professional, and creative team player; one who is, above all, committed to musical excellence.

Schnelle began learning to play the drums in his hometown of Merrick, New York, at the age of ten. He progressed quickly, and by high school, was studying with two important and widely respected teachers, Al Miller and Dom Famularo. Together these men opened Schnelle’s ears to the music of Buddy Rich, Max Roach, and Steve Gadd. Later, he would attend USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he was exposed to a much broader perspective on jazz (and music as a whole), thanks in part to close interaction with such masters as Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Ndugu Chancler, Aaron Serfaty, John Clayton, Alan Pasqua, and many others. In his final years at USC, Schnelle was named a Louie Bellson Scholar, an honor bestowed on only one drummer each year. And after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies, Schnelle was selected to attend the Henry Mancini Institute, where he performed and studied with Vince Mendoza, Billy Childs, Dave Leibman, Harold Jones, and Doc Severinsen.

Even as a student in Los Angeles, Schnelle was already working regularly around town. He has since toured throughout the US and abroad, in all kinds of performance situations, including major jazz festivals. Notable collaborators have included Josh Nelson, Dayna Stephens, Walter Smith III, Perry Smith, Nick Mancini, Mahesh Balasooriya, Tom Luer, Matt Zebley, Gary Fukushima, Andy Langham, Anthony Wilson, Ben Wendel, Larry Koonse, the Industrial Jazz Group, and many others.

Nowadays Schnelle maintains a busy playing schedule while simultaneously working as a dedicated music educator; he understands that effective pedagogy is a way of not only giving back to the art form but also continuing to expand his own playing. As such, he has been an instructor at the Henry Mancini Institute, the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (where, in addition to drum instruction, he has led student big bands and combos). Schnelle also has an extensive roster of private students.


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