Western Standard Time Live Debut & Album Release

Western Standard TimeCome August we’re gonna have not one (this Soul & Reggae Weekend with The Tennors) amazing reason to celebrate living in New Kingston AKA Los Angeles but two. On Tuesday August 14 the big band tribute to the Skatalites Western Standard Time will make their live debut at the Hollywood & Highland center. Not only that but the show is FREE!

As the name suggests Western Standard Time: A Big Band Tribute to The Skatalites takes the driving rhythm of The Skatalites’ Jamaican ska sound arranged in the style of big band greats like Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Renowned bass player Joey Altruda of Western Standard Time, sums it up like this, “If Henry Mancini went to Jamaica and made an album, this would be the lost album that we haven’t heard.”

Among the nearly 30 members of Western Standard Time are artists who have performed with The Skatalites, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, The Gaylads, Jump With Joey, Hepcat The Aggrolites and so many more great artists.

The performance is part of the 9th Annual H&H Wine & Jazz Free Summer Concert Series presented with KJAZZ 88.1 FM. The event is FREE to the public, and a donation of $10 to Project Angel Food gets you two glasses of wine and an appetizer box to enjoy during the performance. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hollywood & Highland is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. The show starts at 7pm.

RSVP to the Facebook event page and attend the show to get a free gift from the band at their merch table!

The band will also release their debut collection on CD/LP via Simmerdown Productions the same day. It includes some of the bands most memorable tunes including “Guns of Navarone”, “Latin Goes Ska” and “Freedom Sounds”. The digital release is available via the band’s own website and now we’ll be able to get our hands on the tunes as well. It’s available for pre-order now via Simmerdown Productions.

Herbie Miller, the director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, is writing the liner notes for the album. He knows more than a thing or three about the music of Jamaica. He recently wrote this piece about the passing of The Skatalites’ original bass player Lloyd Brevett for the Gleaner.

1. Freedom Sounds
2. Guns Of Navarone
3. Man In The Street
4. Ringo
5. In The Mood For Ska
6. Latin Goes Ska
7. Garden Of Love
8. Occupation
9. Eastern Standard Time
10. Coconut Rock

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.