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Don Littleton is an accomplished percussionist. His mastery of an enticing array of instruments in his art has uniquely endowed him with the finesse to span many genres, encompassing orchestral, musical theater, rhythm and blues, hip hop, reggae, blues, and is especially proficient in all styles of jazz.

His playing talents include Cajón (box drums), Timbales, Trap Drums, Bongo Drums, Conga Drums, Maracas, Claves, Conga, Cuíca, Djembe, Shekere, and other percussion instruments. A veteran of the Jazz club circuit, Don got his first introduction into music in junior high school and high school. He then took his considerable talents to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he was a member of Multi-Jazz Orchestra. There he honed his skills under the tutelage of Alvin Batiste. Don was also a member of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, directed by James Newton. Don has used his talents on numerous recordings, including his debut EP entitled 'Collage' which is a collaboration with his brother, Jeffery Littleton. Past appearances/performances: BET on Jazz, Long Beach Jazz Festival (Performed with the legendary Hank Crawford), Jazz at Drew Jazz Festival (Performed with jazz legend Stanley Turrentine), Monterey Blues Festival, Armenia International Jazz Festival with Gary Kesayan, 10 day tour of Mexico, Three month tour of Korea, Appeared in the movies Dangerous Women and The Little Richard Story. Performed as part of the orchestra in on stage theatrical production "Purlie" (Pasadena Playhouse) starring Loretta Devine. Has collaborated and performed with Roberta Flack, Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, Cannonball Adderly, Pharoah Sanders, and countless other esteemed Jazz and Blues musicians. Recordings: The Littleton Brothers Live with Bobby Watson- Collage (Debut EP), David Dahlsten- Study Your Own Heart, Karl Denson- Blackened Red Snapper, Rick Zunigar- Organ Trio, Roberto Miranda- KB's Studio in Westwood.


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Phil Ranelin: Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019

Read "Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019" reviewed by Chuck Koton

One day, in Indianapolis in 1948, a nine year old Phil Ranelin made a fateful visit to his paternal grandmother's home. She was a real music buff and that afternoon, before she went to do some work out back, she told young Phillip, “Any of these records, feel free to play 'em and see what kind ...


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Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011

Read "Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Southern California's jazz community has taken some brutal hits in the last few years. Too many of the brilliant artists who make the music have passed on, as have the venues they performed in. The Jazz Bakery's shuttering nearly three years ago was a breath- snatching body blow; Charlie Os abrupt closing this past summer stung ...


Organic Groove

Label: Cherry Extract
Released: 2005
Track listing: Mano; Inside Out; Love Ballad; Morning Song; Melodica; First Time Out; Moroccan Garage (remix).


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