RECENT PROJECTS | NEWS
Learn about ongoing projects and collaborations,
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TRUMPET AND SAX HORN SECTION
Anne Hauter joins Mandy in the horn duo Brass Belles, recording and playing live with rock, pop, and funk bands around Los Angeles. They can be seen at Lucky Strike Live featured in the Soundcheck Live show produced by Steve Ferlazzo with the best touring and studio musicians from every iteration of rock music in a show developed brand new each week.
See Brass Belles also playing at Mrs. Fish in Downtown LA as the newest additions to the long-running Dave Schulz All-Star Jam and in his all-female funk band Funk Dolls.
LIVE DJ SHOWS • ELECTRONIC MUSIC PROJECTS
Starting in the summer of 2015, Mandy began an ongoing project recording for LA local electronic artist and writer Whytlion over his original EDM music. This project focuses on creating melody-intensive tracks with complex harmonies, adding the unique characteristic of a variety of real wind instruments.
She performs regularly with DJs and electronic artists at nightclubs and stages in all cities on the West Coast and in Las Vegas.
CLUB PERFORMANCES • LOCAL BANDS • TRIBUTE SHOWS
Performing every Wednesday on the Lucky Strike stage at Hollywood and Highland, Mandy leads the horn section that backs up the best touring and studio rock musicians in LA at the Soundcheck Live show with 3 brand new sets each week - produced by Steve Ferlazzo. See the Lucky Strike Live page for more info on how to attend this week's show, and read coverage of each week's show on National Rock Review and California Rock News.
She also performs with the local rock and roll group Rain on the Blacktop, led by vocalist Rene Rigal playing all genres of classic, psychedelic, and blues rock at clubs and stages around Los Angeles.
Recently, Mandy has joined the LA-based installment of 80's tribute legacy Rubix Kube as they extend their reach to the West Coast beginning with monthly performances at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood.
SMOOTH JAZZ • LATIN • FUNK • R&B
Mandy is the lead saxophonist for the Rat Pack revival The Tramps, a sensational vocal act and tribute band that performs at jazz venues locally in Los Angeles.
She also plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone for the all-original smooth jazz and funk group Chillie Willie Groove Band, (recording a new album in March of 2016,) and is a rotating guest artist with the fusion/groove/psychedelic jazz group Gonzophonic at their residency in the Redwood Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles.
She also is the saxophonist for The Paris Escovedo Band, playing latin, jazz, and funk alongside bandleader and percussionist Paris Escovedo in venues within LA and abroad.
Pictured below: performing with The Tramps at Herb Alpert's Vibrato jazz club in Beverly Hills, CA.
RECENT STUDIO SESSIONS
COMPOSITIONS • ALBUM APPEARANCES • RECORDED COLLABORATIONS
With LA-based gypsy swing group Alice Underground in the music video for their original song Superman, off of the inaugural album The Cambria Sessions. Mandy's addition to Alice Underground as their new saxophonist began with a US tour of the Southwest in July 2016, performing also in the group's industrial/electronic punk rock variant Mankind Is Obsolete.
Recording for Che'nelle as the leader and arranger for Brass Belles with Anne Hauter (trumpet) in April 2016. The single features four part horns including alto/tenor tracks both by Mandy and trombone by LA trombonist Fabio Santana.
"AN IMPROVISED DOCUMENTARY ON IMPROVISATION"
With other professional studio musicians in Los Angeles, Mandy participated in spontaneous, long-form improvised musical sessions filmed for a documentary that takes place in cities all over the world. After being interviewed on the subject of musical development and the element of improvisation in all genres and disciplines of music, Mandy collaborated with many formations of musicians and instrumentations (including rappers, poets, and spoken word pioneer Steven Kalinich of The Beach Boys and Paul McCartney) to film unplanned and extemporaneous sessions last upwards of twenty minutes each. These sessions spanned the genres of funk, rock, fusion, and ambient music and illustrated for the film the role of spontaneity in music-making. Follow the project on Facebook for updates on its release.