PRLog - Oct. 30, 2012 - PASADENA, Calif. -- LOS ANGELES, CA – October 30, 2012 – Hamid Cooper Latin Jazz (HCLJ) has been nominated for two Ventura County Music Awards: Best Live Band and Best Jazz Band. The premier annual music event honoring Ventura County’s best local talent will be held on November 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ventura, CA. “The nominations are an honor and we are in great company with other talented musicians in the area,” said band leader Hamid Cooper. Live performances by national and local artists as well as celebrity presenters will be featured at this must-see music event. Award winners will be selected by votes received on the web site, www.vcamusicawards.com
A staple in the Southern California region, HCLJ plays live dates at popular festivals and venues. Some of their live performances include: The Malibu Food & Wine Festival, LAPD’s Christmas Celebration hosted by Jay Leno, The Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration @ Muvico, Zin Bistro, SIP Malibu, and more.
Completed this summer, "The Humble Man" is a spirit filled compilation of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz inspired covers and original tunes with middle-eastern influence. This latest CD marks the band’s third independent release. “We are really pleased with the songs on the new CD because it took several months to select and record each one,” explains Cooper. It becomes a labor of love when you want the listener to truly feel the music.”
Saturday, Nov. 10, HCLJ will be performing select songs from their three CDs ("The Humble Man," "Latin Jazz Dream From Persia" and "The Spirit Filled Latin Jazz") at Fins Tavern & Grill in Westlake, CA.
Based in Southern California, Hamid Cooper Latin Jazz was formed in 2007. The 5-7 member band is comprised of talented international musicians playing a range of instruments from wind to percussion. A typical performance includes: Leader and percussionist, Cooper on Congas, etc.; Artis Ford on keyboards; Doug White on bass; Bill Mason on trumpet; Marco Perez on timbales; Alfred Minas on percussion and Bill James on saxophone & flute. Instrumental numbers like a Cooper-arranged cover of Sonny Rollins' jazz classic "St. Thomas," Jorge Ben Jor's familiar "Mas Que Nada," and some more jazz-funk originals make up their repertoire.
The CDs are available for purchase on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. For more information, visit http://www.hamidcooper.com