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Todd Cochran Trio TC3 with Hubert Laws + Billy Mohler Quartet’s ULTRAVIOLET CD Release Party

Todd Cochran Trio TC3 with Hubert Laws + Billy Mohler Quartet’s ULTRAVIOLET CD Release Party

October 29, 2023 @ 8:00 pm 11:00 pm

631 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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First Set: Billy Mohler Quartet ‘s ULTRAVIOLET CD Release Party

Billy Mohler – bass
Mark Turner – tenor sax
Shane Endsley – trumpet
Jonathan Pinson – drums

Second Set: Todd Cochran Trio TC3 with Special Guest Hubert Laws

Todd Cochran
– piano
John Leftwich – bass
Lyndon Rochelle – drums
Special Guest:
Hubert Laws – flute

Pianist and composer Todd Cochran sees jazz as a profoundly communicative musical expression. Rooted in tradition, robustly universal, and inclusive, his art provides an attractive meeting ground where viewpoints freely interact. In performance, his acoustic trio, TC3, joined with a special guest appearance by NEA jazz master Hubert Laws, explores a nuanced, poetic musical language that engages an audience in an energizing creative dialogue about the crescendos of uncharted change in the world. Cochran’s music embraces the canon and is enlarged through the lens of contemporary culture, critical social concerns, and the need for new ideas in these times of overlapping anxieties.

Laws’ effectiveness with such a range of styles traced, in part, to his gorgeous sound, with its centered, overtone-rich qualities.

LA Times

“Cochran is historically grounded, extravagantly pianistic, and instinctively lyrical. His sense of style is so personal and deep it becomes art in itself.”

Tom Conrad, Stereophine

“Then Again, Here and Now isn’t just a collection of tracks meant to reintroduce Cochran to the jazz audience – it’s a narrative arc telling the story of the music that inspired Cochran to become the artist he is.” 

Michael Toland – The Big Takeover

“Mohler creates jazz music that, despite the seriousness and sincerity of the craft, manages to remain engaging and–yes–fun.”


Todd Cochran

The more avenues an artist can draw upon the more original their music will tend to sound. With years devoted to classical music study followed by the tutelage of American jazz masters, pianist and composer Todd Cochran’s music reflects a wide-ranging musical palette. In his art he has continued to build upon this foundation, incorporating diverse musical influences from the traditions of African and Asian diaspora, global pop, and contemporary art music culture. Todd’s happenstance was to grow up in San Francisco during the civil rights era, a transformational time in America’s story. The city was multi-dimensional and the echoes of being a child of the cultural revolution have never left him.

Todd’s work as a pianist, composer and electronic musician has significantly influenced others. A short list of his collaborations includes Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Maya Angelou, Joan Armatrading, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland, Hubert Laws, Jeff Beck, Burt Bacharach, Stan Getz, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, and Rod Stewart.


Hubert Laws

Internationally renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan, Detroit and with the Stanford String Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, and has performed sold out performances in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and was a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.

In addition, he has appeared at the Montreux, Playboy, and Kool Jazz festivals; he performed with the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 and with the Detroit Symphony in 1994. His recordings have won three Grammy nominations.


Billy Mohler

Billy Mohler is an exploratory jazz bassist who has also amassed wide-ranging credits in the pop world as a GRAMMY-winning writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and session player, working with Dolly Parton, Macy Gray, Lady Gaga, Nile Rogers, Sia, Awolnation, Mavis Staples, Kelly Clarkson, Steven Tyler, Jon Brion and a host of others. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mohler attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as one of only five students, studying with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and other luminaries.

On October 13, Billy will release Ultraviolet via Dayna Stephen’s Contagious Music label. As his most probing release to date, Ultraviolet is Mohler’s third album capturing the evolving vernacular of his formidable quartet with trumpeter Shane Endsley, drummer Nate Wood and reedist Chris Speed. Mohler creates “jazz music that, despite the seriousness and sincerity of the craft, manages to remain engaging and–yes–fun.” (Downbeat Magazine.) The mixture of Mohler’s pop sensibilities, honed as a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles studio scene, meshed with a forward exploration and musical curiosity shaped by his tenure at the Thelonious Monk Institute under luminaries Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.