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PopImpressKA Journal: Benefit for Midnight Mission Event

Benefit for Midnight Mission Event

Jazz collective Sasha’s Bloc featuring Alex Gershman, Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea – Celebration of CD release;

Red Carpet Event  Thursday, March 19th 

 Red Carpet Hosted by: Damian De Langeron

Co-host:  Oksana Grigorieva

Assistance:  Josh Ben David, Den Avash, Svetlana Nemkova, Eva Mejl

Video, photo:  Vitalijus Ramaneuskas

Stylist: Vanessa Terrazas, Eva De Langeron

 Red Carpet Celebrity and VIP Guests:

Larry King

Seth MacFarlan

Valerie Von Sobel

Frank Gambali


Kenny G

Cheech Marin

Frank Sinatra J

Lu Parker

Robert, Linell Shapiro

Steve Cooke/Sandra

Gary Dourdan

Rob Minkoff

Patrick Kilpatrick

Richard and Francesca Harrison

Bill Blair

Louis Lombardi

Gail Garrison

Claudia Christian

Eric Lutes

Richard Tyson

Penny Marshal

Tracy Reiner

Michael, Kathy Foroutan



What:  *** March 19th at Vibrato Jazz Grill will feature Red Carpet Entry, Photo/interview/video opportunities

Where:  2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Time: Red Carpet 7pm;

Cocktails 8pm-8:30pm;

Showtime 8:30pm

Guest speaker: CEO Midnight Mission Larry Adamson

Event in Partnership with The De Langeron Club

Four Sasha’s Bloc LA Concerts are confirmed to celebrate release of new CD ‘Heart On Fire’ – Concerts are March 18, 19, 20, 21  

LA Concerts – venue info for all upcoming dates: March 18 and 19 at Vibrato Jazz Grill - (featuring a KJAZZ Radio live broadcast on 3/18 and then a ‘theatrical event’ on 3/19, complete with red carpet!)  

March 20 and 21 at Catalina Bar and Grill  

ABOUT SASHA’S BLOC: Conceived by bassist and songwriter Alex Gershman, and featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit performing on multiple tracks, Sasha’s Bloc is an international ensemble -- an amalgam of varied artists, nationalities and experiences, aiming to deliver a sound that is consistently big, boisterous, full of spirit and rich in everything that makes jazz linger as an American phenomenon. With a performance style that evokes such seminal acts as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald and more, the group looks forward to four concerts in their hometown of Los Angeles to celebrate the release of the new album. All concerts will feature Monheit as well as Alvin Chea.   

Listen to audio samples of ‘Heart On Fire’, here: sashas-bloc/s-qSSL6 Watch the EPK, here:  SomethingElseReviews – Exclusive Track Premiere 2/9/15, by Nick DeRiso monheit-feels-like-jazz-stream/   

BlogCritics - Four-Star CD Review  1/29/15, By Jack Goodstein  

With the March, 2015 release of ‘Heart On Fire’, jazz collective Sasha’s Bloc aims to solidify their growing presence on the U.S. music scene with an original album that hearkens back to the Big Jazz Band sound of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The group has built a name for itself in recent years via multiple sold out concerts at the key Jazz Clubs in Los Angeles, including Catalina Bar and Grill, Vibrato and Vitello’s.  Citing Fats Waller, Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington as primary examples, Gershman comments, “My hope is that the Sasha’s Bloc will help bring these great American cultural achievements to modern life and contemporary audiences.”  

The group’s core nonet is comprised of Nora Rothman, vocal; Brandon Fields, saxophone; Alex Budman, saxophone, clarinet; Kye Palmer, trumpet, Bob McChesney, trombone; Kevin Winnard, drums; Steve Cotter, guitar; Andy Langham, piano. Guest artists on the upcoming album include: Jane Monheit, vocal; Alvin Chea, vocal; Patrick Tuzzolino, vocal; Princess Fortier, vocal; Glynis Leflore vocal; Octavia Pace vocal; James Lum, banjo; Jason Fabus, accordion; Marc T. Bolin, Tuba. Gershman plays upright bass and electric bass.   

Each track on the album is an Alex Gershman original, written with the goal of evoking this aforementioned, distinctive era in the evolution of jazz. Gershman collaborated Bob McChesney on songs 1 and 10, and with Bob Garad on song 4. Music arrangements are by Elliot Deitch, with vocal arrangements by Bob Garad. The CD was Produced by Joe Diblasi, with Sound by Mauricio Gurrero, and package Design by Yana Bannikova.   


For more information  about Sasha’s Bloc,  to receive a review copy,  or to set an interview with Alex Gershman or other band members prior to the Red Carpet event,  please contact

Above: Alex Gershman  and Alvin Chea

Above: Alex Gershman and Larry Adamson

Above: Bill Blair, Larry Adamson, Oksana Grigorieva, Eva Mejl, Damian De Langeron

Above: Claudia Christian

Above: Damian De Langeron-Leroy Baca-Carol Baca

Above: Damian De Langeron-Steve abd Sandra Cooke

Above: Dr Noreen Green

Above: Eric Lutes

Above: Eva Mejl-Larry Adamson-Alex Gershman

Above: James M. DeFrances

Above: Jane Monheit

Above: Jane Monheit / march19 / midnightmission

Above: Joshua Ben David

Above: Oksana Grigorieva - Alex Gershman

Above: Oksana Grigorieva

Above: Robert Shapiro Linell Shapiro

Above: sashas-bloc-charity

Above: Victorino Noval

Above: Alex Gershman, Claudia Christian, Eden Alpert

Above: Eva Mejl

Above: with Joshua Ben David

Above Video: Sasha's Bloc - Heart on Fire - EPK

Above Video: Sasha's Bloc Charity Concert - Midnight Mission Damian De Langeron & Oksana Hrigorieva Partnership

Above Video: Sheriff Leroy Baca at Sasha Bloc charity for Midnight Mission org together with Damian De Langeron 

Above Video: Larry Adamson Sasha Bloc charity Midnight Mission Host:Damian de Langeron,Vanessa Terrasaz

Above Video: Oksana Grigorieva Jane Monheit Damian De Langeron charity jazz concert

Above Video: Sasha Bloc charity concert Benefit Midnight Mission Damian De Langeron Oksana Grigorieva 

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