THE RED HILL QUARTET
Red Hill is an eclectic Los Angeles based jazz group comprised of top musicians from varied backgrounds who have come together to create the music they want to play. The members bring the influences of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music while being solidly entrenched in the jazz tradition. This unique blend has generated enthusiastic response from traditional jazz audiences as well as those who never considered themselves jazz fans. For this reason, the band has been very successful in reaching younger music fans. The band has been playing clubs, concerts, and festivals in the Los Angeles area and has a new CD titled "Echo Park".
The band is based in Echo Park, an old hilly area northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Over the years, it has been home to many artists, musicians, and social and political activists. During the 1920’s and 30’s, the press came to call it “Red Hill” because of the perceived subversive activities of it’s residents. Over the years it has continued to nurture the spirit of art in all its humanistic expressions. The band is privileged to be based in this unique setting and draws it’s name and inspiration from the area and it’s artistic environment.
Harvey Lane - Tenor sax, soprano sax, flute. Along with musical partner Ricky Luther, has led jazz groups in Los Angeles for many years. He has a big, open sound and plays with a great deal of passion. Album credits include releases on Atlantic/Atco, Varese Sarabande, and Aim Records.
Ricky Luther - Vibes, keyboards. The most prolific composer in the band, Ricky’s unconventional compositions provide much of the canvas the band uses for its musical images. His driving solos and unique approach to harmony add a great deal of texture to the sound.
Mark London Sims - Bass. The newest member of the band and one of the busiest bass players in Los Angeles, Mark’s music covers the range from African to hip-hop, reggae and straight-ahead jazz. His compositional skills have brought a new flavor to the band’s sound and can also be heard on a number of film scores. He is also currently leading the “Art of Sound Composition” workshop as part of the Artist Mentor program at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Mark has played with such diverse luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Don Cherry, Albert “Tootie” Heath, L. Shankar, Bennie Maupin, and Nels Cline.
Leonice Shinneman - Drums, percussion, tabla. A former faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, Leonice’s virtuosity in classical Indian music lends fire and rhythmic texture to the band. His jazz playing is characterized by quickness, sensitivity, and the ability to provide whatever feel is necessary to enhance the compositions. Leonice’s versatility has given him the opportunity to work with such diverse artists as Indian music legends L. Shankar and Zakir Hussein, as well as Sting, Gino Vannelli, Rufus Wainwright and Frank Zappa.