Monthly Jazz Concert Series Launches at El Cid


On June 13, 2012, jazz legends, celebrities, and jazz aficionados attended the Indie Hotspot launch of its monthly jazz concert series at El Cid venue, hosted by Kaylene Peoples with special guests Chase Masterson, Dave Pell, and Jay Jackson.  Indie Hotspot founder and show host Kaylene Peoples set the tone for the monthly jazz concert series with a star-studded launch event, attended by the 3-time Grammy nominee and jazz legend Hubert Laws, “Glee” actor Bill Jones, two-time Emmy-winner journalist, actor, and jazz crooner Jay Jackson, actor Bob Harris, composer William Jeffrey, as well as other music and Hollywood producers.

Kaylene Peoples at El Cid for the Indie Hotspot June 13 2012 Launch - Photo by Arun Nevader

Kaylene Peoples (Photo by Arun Nevader/WireImage)

Accompanied by the All-Star Orchestra, Kaylene Peoples hosted the show, introduced the special guests, and entertained the audience with short jazz anecdotes between sets. STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 actress Chase Masterson sang a heartfelt medley of jazz torch songs that were well appreciated by the audience; and introduced saxophone legend Dave Pell, whose jazz career spans over 70 years.  Dave Pell, 87 years old, treated the audience to three masterfully performed saxophone solos and stories about jazz history; including how he got one of Lester Young’s saxophones.  Jazz crooner Jay Jackson wow the audience with an impromptu guest performance.

The All-Star Orchestra who accompanied the soloists showcased their all-star jazz mastery throughout the evening.  Bassist Del Atkins, music director for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and AMERICAN IDOL, jazz pianist and composer Kevin Flournoy, and drummer Cory Mason, whose past performances include concerts with John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and Ronnie Laws.

“It was a great night, a very successful launch,” said Kaylene Peoples, creator of the Indie Hotspot Silver Lake Jazz Series. “The support for the series has been amazing, and I am impressed with the caliber of people that came out to support the show tonight, it sets a high tone for the quality of jazz performances we are bringing to Silver Lake.” The monthly jazz series has an impressive line-up, with future performances to include Jay Jackson, Bobby Lyle, as well as a number of promising rising talent.

Indie Hotspot founder Kaylene Peoples chose the El Cid historic landmark location for its central location near Sunset Junction, the heart of Silver Lake’s music scene.  “Silver Lake has an established track record for promoting ‘indie’ talent and El Cid has been very supportive about bringing jazz into this community. This is a great start of what I hope will be a great partnership,” states Kaylene Peoples.

“We played in many clubs, had a lot of fun with the clubs more than anything . . . this here looks sensational,” said saxophonist Dave Pell about the El Cid venue.  Many guests discovered the El Cid venue for the first time, and enjoyed the intimate setting and atmosphere; one of them likening it to New York’s legendary jazz venue the Village Vanguard.  Guests enjoyed tapas and cocktails on the patio and throughout the evening, including a new signature cocktail made with Laura Anns Jams.


Launched in 2006, Indie Hotspot showcases the most promising, emerging, and established talent in music, art, film, and fashion.

With its own exclusive section in the widely recognized monthly online magazine, AGENDA MAGAZINE, whose global readership reaches over 15 million, Indie Hotspot features in-depth coverage of events, editorial photo shoots, interviews, and video footage.  Coverage includes:  George Clinton, Jesse Campbell, Rene Marie, Ruslin Sirota, Jerome Courshon, Preston Glass, La Camorra, Octavio Carlin, Mark Masri, and more.

Indie Hotspot’s website, social network, and social media channels provide comprehensive coverage of events, unequaled promotional support, and a close connection with the public.


Founder of Indie Hotspot and editor in chief of AGENDA MAGAZINE, Kaylene Peoples is also an entertainer, jazz musician, composer, former runway model, and a seasoned media professional with a first-hand experience in the music publishing industry.  She created Indie Hotspot in 2006 to support the indie community, which, at the time, included unsigned musicians, emerging artists, and independent (non-studio financed) filmmakers.

A singer with a 5-octave range, she is a seasoned musician.  She released her first jazz album, ALL JAZZED UP! In 2005, which topped the independent music charts. Her second jazz album titled MY MAN is scheduled for release in July 2012. She directed the multi-award-winning feature film REDEMPTION, and produced an LA Music Awards-winning album and Best New Artist Christina Fasano SPIRITUALLY WET.  Kaylene Peoples’ vocal style echoes the singers Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan; her musical repertoire and range is reminiscent of Dave Brubeck, Billy Strayhorn, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Photo credits:  Arun Nevader/WireImage

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