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Lia Chang: KPFK 90.7: Inaugural Hero Awards & Tribute Benefit Awards Series for L.A.-Based Pacifica Station KPFK Honoring Jazz Musician Billy Higgins on May 1, 2011

Jazz Musician Billy Higgins will be feted at the KPFK 90.7 Inaugural Hero Awards & Tribute Benefit Awards Series for L.A.-Based Pacifica Station KPFK on May 1, 2011 at the Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 West Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

The evening will be co-hosted by KPFK’s Mark Maxwell and KJZZ 88.1 personality Leroy Downs. The VIP Reception and silent auction begins at 5:30 pm, showtime at 7:30 pm. KPFK DJ Carlos Niño, host of Spaceways Radio, will spin during the VIP reception.

Drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

Drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang


This groundbreaking and long overdue celebration of the life and work of Billy Higgins has prompted an outpour from other legendary Jazz icons who will come together on stage and perform to celebrate Higgins’ legacy. Charles Lloyd, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Poncho Sanchez, Kenny Burrell, Ronald Brunner Jr., Will Calhoun, Kamau Daaood, Richard Grant Jr., Charles Owens, Dwight Trible, John Densmore, James Leary, Leon Mobley, Eric Reed, Phil Ranelin, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Dexter Story, Clayton Cameron, and Trevor Ware are among the artists who will perform, under the musical direction of John Beasley. John Densmore, one of the founding members of the Doors, will also be on hand to dedicate a poem to Billy.

Higgins, from Los Angeles, played on Ornette Coleman’s first records, beginning in 1958. He then freelanced extensively with hard bop and other post-bop players, including Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, and Cedar Walton. He was one of the house drummers for Blue Note Records and played on dozens of Blue Note albums of the 60s. On a whole, he played on over 700 recordings, including recordings of rock and funk. In 1989, Higgins co-founded a cultural center, The World Stage, in Los Angeles to encourage and promote younger jazz musicians. The center provides workshops in performance and writing, as well as concerts and recordings. Higgins also taught in the Jazz Studies program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

May 1, 2011 at Catalina Bar and Grill
6725 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028
VIP Reception 5:30 pm
Showtime 7:30 pm
Advance tickets available now – seats are limited!
$125 Admission and VIP Reception
$75 General Admission
Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will feature an original painting of Billy Higgins by Leimert Park artist / muralist Patrick Henry Johnson. Proceeds from this painting will be donated to The World Stage in honor of co-founder Higgins.

Some of the other items featured in the event’s Silent Auction are…
Jackson Browne Signature Guitar
Five years in the making-through a series of evolving prototypes-the handmade instrument is being produced at the Gibson Montana Acoustic Master Shop in Bozeman, MT. Browne collaborated with the team in Gibson Montana throughout the process. It is the first guitar to bear Browne’s name.

The Genius of Miles Davis
Thirty years of recorded masterpieces from 1 musical genius. Individually numbered, exact replica of Miles Davis Trumpet Case houses the collection. The 43 CDs include 384 recordings documenting the history of his years at Columbia Records. Custom designed Trunk Ltd. t-shirt. Previously unpublished fine art lithograph of one of Miles’s most striking paintings. Exact replica of the “Gustat” Heim 2 mouthpiece used by Miles during his career. The Genius of Miles Davis is the most comprehensive and lavishly packaged collection ever dedicated to a single musical artist. Packaged in a custom-built, limited-edition Martin trumpet case, a replica of the one Miles used during his career, and individually numbered to 1955, the year Miles signed to Columbia Records. The Genius of Miles Davis presents the artist’s complete body of work recorded for Columbia Records in eight deluxe box sets (documenting every important phase of Miles’ musical life), along with a fine art lithograph of one of Miles paintings and exclusive t-shirt by Trunk Ltd. complete the collection.

The Doors Ultimate Collectible CD Set
A limited edition, 7-disc vinyl box covered in faux lizard skin with 12-inch 180-gram HQ vinyl re-issues of the original stereo mixes of the band’s six Morrison-era studio albums, plus a copy of the ’67 debut (“The Doors”) in mono. Includes “The Doors”, “Strange Days”, “Waiting For The Sun”, “The Soft Parade”, “Morrison Hotel”, and “LA Woman”.

Family Fun Pack

Family 4-pack park hopper passes to Disneyland/California Adventure Park
Our Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® tickets will serve as a Disneyland® Park ticket and a Disney’s California Adventure® Park ticket all in one. Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Tickets allow you to go back and forth between both parks as you please. By purchasing our special passes you combine Disneyland® Park and Disney’s California Adventure® Park into one exciting attraction package with no restrictions! Plus The Simpson’s Action Figure Clown Homer: Homer And Krusty limited edition not available in stores (released in 2007) from McFarlane Toys. Plus Batman: The Brave & The Bold 2 DVD set all new to DVD donated by Warner Brothers.

KPFK 90.7 FM is a member station of the Pacifica Radio network, established in 1949 by peace activist Lew Hill in Berkeley, California. The Pacifica network consists of five radio stations throughout the country: KPFA in Berkeley, CA; KPFK in Los Angeles, CA; WBAI in New York, NY; WPFW in Washington D.C; and KPFT in Houston, TX. In addition to the active radio stations, there are over 100 affiliate stations around the country and abroad and the Pacifica Radio Archives, preserving the voices of artists, activists and progressive journalists since 1949. http://www.KPFK.org; http://www.Pacifica.org

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2011 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com.

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