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 Date       Venue                             Location                                             Tickets


Dates 2016

​A Lou Rawls tribute Jan. 18th Typhoon SantaMonica Jay Jackson, Paul McDonald's Big Band, Les McCann and myself, Lee Hartley 


| Dates 2015

Amazing Photos of our Nov. 5th Les McCann Day Event.
Les McCann - Keys and Vocals
John Bolivar - Sax and Flute
Bob Magnuson - Bass
Allan Phillips  -Keys and Congas
Duncan Moore  - Drums
Lee Hartley - Vocals and Tambourine

Lee and Les McCann 
88.3 Jazz Radio Fundraiser 
November 5th 
Lafayette Hotel San Diego 
Mississippi Room
5pm to 7:30 pm


Lee's Jazz Duo
October Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd 
Every 1st Friday and Saturday of the month
Morongo Casino Cielo Restaurant upstairs 
Cabazon, Ca. 92230
7PM to 10PM 
800 252 4499 ext. 6


October Saturday 10th
Lee with Jimmy McConnell and his 16 piece Big Band


Owner NY Jets - Seth Cartwright
The Cork Bar and Grill
The Cork (Formerly The Townhouse)
6835 La Tijera Blvd.
Los Angeles,  Ca. 90045
310 410 9200 
5 PM to 8 PM 


Lee with Ted Herman's Big Band  
October 11th  and every Sunday 
2 shows - Lee's on at 6 PM
5:45 pm  Dance lessons
The Indian Wells Resort Hotel Hwy 111 
Indian Wells, Ca.  92210
760 345 6466 Cover charge


Lee with Ladd McIntosh and his Big Band
October 31st Halloween 
Pasadena, Ca
Details TBA 


​September 23rd, 2015
Portland Oregon 
Jimmy Maks Jazz Club 
Les McCann's 80th Birthday Celebration Gig 


​An All Star Tribute to Howard Rumsey with
∂r. Les McCann & 
Lee Hartley's Band of All Stars. At the Sheraton LAX


Lee Hartley
Dr. Les McCann
Dr. Abraham Laboriel, Sr
Liew Matthews
John Chiodini  
Enzo Todesco  
Protégé Christopher Astoquillca 
Stars are aligned to Shine.

​3 to 4pm Grand Ballroom 
The Sheraton LAX 
6101 West Century Blvd  
Tickets 562 200 5477

May 09, 2015  ​​Lee Hartley at  Lyric Theater, KY 
Celebrating Les McCann receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
7 PM 

 Sundays         6 to 8 PM                  Indian Wells Resort Hotel        760 356 7466 ext. 7584
                                                        Hwy 111 Indian Wells, Ca       Lee Hartley with Ted Herman's                                           Big Band Starting Feb 15th

every Sunday except the 2nd Sunday of the month

Feb 6,7,14     7 to 10 PM               Morongo Casino 
                                                       Cielo Restaurant upstairs

Feb 8             1 PM                         Soho Jazz Club 

                                                       Santa Barbara, Ca


​Dec 7             6 to 8 PM                  Indian Wells Resort Hotel        760 356 7466 ext. 7584
Dec 28                                            Hwy 111 Indian Wells, Ca       Lee Hartley with Ted Herman's Big Band

Dec 17          9:15 to 10:15 PM        Caffè Vivaldi                  
                                                        32 Jones Street                        Lee Hartley and The Joe Alterman Band
                                                        Greenwich Village,  NY 10014                                             
Dec 20th        6 to 7:30 PM              Cornelia Street Cafe     

                                                        29 Cornelia Street                   Lee Hartley and The Joe Alterman Band
                                                        Greenwich Village, NY 10014

Jul 12        Typhoon                    Santa Monica Airport               310-390-6565 reservation   

                                                                                                     9:30 PM & 11:30 PM  $15.00 cover

 May 31     The Lyric Theatre      Les McCann's Home town         Lee Hartley and Les McCann

                                                   Lexington, KY                                        The Les McCann School For the Arts Celebration


05 Oct    Radisson, LAX                 Los Angeles                                        No Cover

               310-670-9000                6225 W. Century Blvd

 Living Legend Les McCann, World Renown Alphonse  Mouzon on drums, Llew Matthews who was Nancy Wilson's Musical conductor, Larry Holloway from Ernestine Anderson's Band will all Join Lee for this Rare event at the Radisson LAX Event. Make your reservations. 7:30 & 9:15 Shows No Cover / 3 hour Free Parking  ~ PLEASE SEE MORE INFORMATION BELOW ~

 Oct 6th -    Indian Wells Hotel                                                       $10 Cover


 Oct 18       Touring                    Lexington, KY 

                                                   Les McCann

                                                   See Flyers Below for details!

                                                   DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!

 Oct 19       Touring                    Cincinnati, Ohio 

                                                   Honoring Les McCann


 Oct 25      Jimmy Maks             Portland, OR 

                  Touring with

                  Les McCann


 Oct 26      Touring                     Bend, OR


 Oct 27      Indian Wells Resort   Ted Herman's Big Band

 Nov 03     Indian Wells Resort   Ted Herman's Big Band 

                                                   Dance Lessons 5:15

                                                   Big Band Shows 6-8 PM


 Nov 09      Vitello's                     See Flyer Below for details!

                                                   DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING SHOW! 

 Nov 17     Indian Wells Resort   Ted Herman's Big Band


 Nov 24     Indian Wells Resort   Ted Herman's Big Band

Dec 31         Typhoon                    Santa Monica Airport               310-390-6565 reservation 

                                                                                                        Wishing you a Year filled with Love.
                                                                                            Join Me if you can to bring the 2014 New Year In
                                                                                                          I am with a Legendary Jazz Line up
                                                                                With Les McCann, Alphonse Mouzon, Feuer and Bruce Lett
                                                                                   with the buzz that some Special Guests are going to join us.
                                                                                                        Typhoon Santa Monica Airport is at:
                                                                                                        3221 Donald Douglas Airport 90405
                                                                                                        310 390 6565 reservation $30.00 cover
                                                                                                        Great Food, Music and Fun!
  Lee Hartley's Past Schedules

                       Been there done that...

​list of past tour dates, photos, reviews, and promos

Live Jazz: The Paul McDonald Big Band, Les McCann, Lee Hartley

and Jay Jackson at Typhoon

By Don Heckman

Monday night was a great night for jazz at Typhoon. As it often is in the open spaces of this warm and amiable club on the fringe of Santa Monica Airport. I’d often intended to show up for one of the room’s frequent Monday night big band programs but never quite got around to it.

Not until last Monday night, that is, when my good friend Norton Wright, who has done some reviewing for iRoM, convinced me that I should write about the Paul McDonald Big Band in performance at Typhoon.

I was further convinced when I saw that the program would also include a set by the incomparable Les McCann and his frequent companion, singer Lee Hartley. The deal was locked when Norton and his wife Suzy picked us up and did all the driving.

Les McCann

An up front table (maybe 5 or 6 feet from the saxophones in the McDonald Band), provided plenty of good angles for Faith’s camera work. Add to that the feeling of nostalgia I experienced, so close to the saxophone section. Inevitably, it called up memories of the years I spent, from late teens to my early twenties, playing in similar (if not nearly as adept) saxophone sections.

Lee Hartely 

But the musical pleasures of the McDonald Band reached way beyond nostalgia, from note one to the final coda. Whether they were generating roaring, full ensemble shouts, articulate exchanges of riffs between sections, or featuring hard swinging, inventive individual soloing.

Big band nights are not hard to find in Los Angeles, usually featuring a line up of prime players – their presence and their skills reflecting the high quality of Southland players – whether well known or not. The McDonald Big Band is no exception. Seated up close it was easy for me to focus on their accuracy, musicianship, ensemble togetherness and collective sense of swing.

The Band’s performance was further enhanced by McDonald’s arrangements, which captivated the best of the ensemble’s qualities. Starting with a full range of colorful charts, McDonald led his players through a set that never stopped filling Typhoon’s wide spread room with all that’s great about big band jazz.

The McDonald Big Band reached its peak with a gripping medley of music from the musical West Side Story arranged with meticulous care by McDonald. It was the musical high point of an evening with many memorable high points. At its best, McDonald’s West Side Story arrangement was an impressive example of the unlimited potential of big band jazz arrangements in the hands of writers such as MacDonald, Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel and many others. I’ve always felt that the big jazz band was the American symphony orchestra of the 20th and 2st century, an instrumentation that continues to possess limitless creative potential, when placed in the right hands.

The McDonald set also dedicated a part of the program to a celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Singer Jay Jackson led the way, joining the McDonald players with a swinging mixture of rhythm and song. Jackson’s versatility was present in a full selection of tunes, from blues to ballads. In some of the best moments in the set, he came together with the band in dynamic passages vividly reminiscent of Joe Williams with the Basie band.

And the evening’s performance ended, perfectly, with a brief set from Les McCann and singer Lee Hartley. McCann sang from a wheel chair, but there was no reduction in his ability to play a keyboard or sing a song, And his last tune, inevitably, was his classic “Compared To What.” Partnering with Hartley and her gorgeous, soaring voice, he easily persuaded the audience to join in the repetitions of the song’s familiar chorus.

Les McCann sings with Lee Hartley and the Paul McDonald Big Band

It was the perfect ending for a memorable night of music. So memorable that we’ll soon be making many return visits to Typhoon, with its amiable vibe, its Island cuisine and its great jazz.