Just Jazz Pop Up Free Concert with Jonathan Pinson / Melogia + Friends

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Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

3650 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90008

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Our Crenshaw TV, All Music Television, and the JazzCat LeRoy Downs present another FREE Just Jazz Live Concert Series Pop-Up performance!

Celebrate Black Music Month and enjoy a night of live music with performances by Jonathan Pinson I Melogia & Friends. Visit www.justjazz.tv for more information. Arrive early. Limited seating. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Hosted by LeRoy Downs from KCRW and Just Jazz. Read the artists bios below.

Jonathan Pinson Biography

Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. Shortly after, Jonathan transitioned to the drum set at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins from The World Stage.

While in high school, Jonathan performed professionally at various jazz clubs around the Los Angeles area. He also enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools, in high school
as well as in college.

During his senior year in high school, Jonathan won three major coveted awards, 1st place in the Music Center's Spotlight Award (2007), Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton High School and the Jimmy Lyon's Scholarship Award for a full tuition scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. Additionally, he received the Dolo Coker Scholarship (2009, 2010).

After Jonathan received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music at the Berklee College of Music, he was one of seven musicians selected for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of California Los Angeles, which resulted in a Masters of Music.

Shortly after being chosen, he was asked to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter's band, at the age of 23. This experience identified him as a highly sought after drummer in the music industry and has allowed him to tour and perform with notable artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Ed Simon, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Marquis Hill and Gilad Hekselman to name a few.

He has performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival,Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel with The Ronen Shmueli Quintet, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Currently he is actively performing with other artists, and teaching throughout New York and Los Angeles.

Melo Gía Biography

Melo Gía (Patricia Lewis Román) is a profesional singer and songwriter born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico on August 31st 1987. Melo Gía began her musical journey playing violin and singing in a children's choir for the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory from the age of 7 until she was 17. Even though she loved classical music, the contemporary music culture called to strongly, driving her to win a scholarship and study in the very prestigious music school, Berklee College of Music in Boston. It wasn't until she finished Berklee and moved back to Puerto Rico, that she picked up the guitar in 2010 and began practicing 6 hours a day. Her skills as a violinist gave her the ability to quickly pick up on the guitar and begin to compose. Daughter to Puerto Rican mother and African-American father from Philadelphia, Melo Gía has set off on a Journey of putting together a musical style that best describes who she is down to her latin and African-American Roots. "Bohemian Soul" is a fresh new sound painted in a canvas with all the colors of her Latin and African-American musical influences. A perfect mix of soul, jazz, reggae, bossa Nova and latin pop and bohemian balads. The list goes on and on. Without leaving aside the fact that “Melo Gía” has always been first and foremost a vocalist before she ever became a composer. Her clean, melodic voice, broad vocal register and the ability to translate emotion into song through heartfelt stories, leaves no doubt as to why people call her "Melo Gía" (Melody).

After attending Berklee "Melo Gía" returned to Puerto Rico and continued her journey as a professional singer. From 2015-2017 she traveled the world singing for international Reggae band "Cultura Profética" (translated to Prophetic Culture) ; One of the biggest reggae bands in Latin America. Later on she was chosen to play "Ti Moune", the lead role in Puerto Ricos first Spanish adaptation of the Broadway play "Once On This Island". The play was meant to open for the general public at the University of Puerto Rico's historic theater. After six months of long and hard rehearsing, the play was canceled due to the United States Board of Fiscal Control decision to take away almost $500,000 from the University of Puerto Rico in order to pay back the enormous debt the island owed to United States creditors. The students went on strike and shut down the University, prohibiting any access to the campus and its theater. After this unfortunate event, "Melo Gía" began producing her first album. After a couple of months the project was unexpectedly stalled by the passing Hurrican María. “Melo Gía” was forced to move to the United States with her whole family and now is up to the task of starting over from scratch and building new musical relationships. She has continued to record her album
In New york and now Los Angeles, something that has greatly enriched the sound of her vision.

After pulling through a very tough year of mishaps due to Puerto Rico's various crisis, the vision for her musical project has now taken a new route. She is now determined to sing for a cause and create an album that could bring hope and inspiration for the people of Puerto Rico. She also aspires to spread consciousness by educating United States listeners on Puerto Rico's colonial status through her music. She hopes to shine a light at the struggles that come with being the oldest colony in the world.

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