http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9ghLVbTRgE The return of Funk, Inc., one of the most popular soul jazz combos of the Seventies, is a remarkable story. Formed in 1969 by organist Bobby Watley, the Indiana-based group was signed to Prestige Records two years later by producer Bob Porter. The band’s inspired blend of impassioned jazz improvisation and riveting funk grooves was given a highly enthusiastic reception by disc jockeys and record buyers across the country, as well as by critics. Ace Records in England reissued all five of the Prestige discs—Funk, Inc., Chicken Lickin’, Hangin’ Out, Superfunk, and Priced to Sell—as well as a “Best Of” collection, on both CD and vinyl. They proved to be strong sellers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9slDDD5nrqc The King Cole Trio (Nat Cole, piano; Oscar Moore, guitar; and Johnny Miller, bass) performing “Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You” with vocal by King Cole. This is their second master from the historic first session of November 30, 1943. A great arrangement, this is the definitive rendition of this classic by Don Redman and Andy Razaf. Simply the greatest edition of the Trio and the greatest small jazz unit of that era of 1942-1947.
Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter named distinguished professors at the expanded Thelonious Monk Institute of #Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music #jazzday
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has appointed multiple GRAMMY Award winners and NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as distinguished professors at the Thelonious Monk Institute of #Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. This marks the first time these two artists have made such a major commitment to an educational institution, and the current class of students is the first to learn from them on a regular basis.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance is a two-year, graduate level college program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. All of the students, known as Thelonious Monk Fellows, receive full scholarships as well as stipends to cover their monthly living expenses. The students study individually and as a small group, receiving personal mentoring, ensemble coaching, and lectures on the jazz tradition. They are also encouraged to experiment in expanding jazz in new directions through their compositions and performances. The current class is part of a new partnership between the Monk Institute and UCLA and these students will be the first to graduate with a Masters in Jazz Performance from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Great news for “UNSUNG” fans, the wait is over! One of the more popular shows on television, #TV One’s “#Unsung.” TV – One announced the final schedule for the sixth season of the show, beginning January 23, 2013. It promises to be another great season, with a brand new night,Wednesdays. Kicking off the sixth season, is the late #Isaac Hayes, AKA, Black Moses. Also, scheduled to appear during the new season are, Eddie Kendricks, The Whispers, EPMD, Lou Rawls, Midnight Star and Johnny Gill .
Unsung will present a two hour special on Disco, telling the definitive tale of an American phenomenon. It will feature two dozen musical performances. Lively commentary by legendary Disco survivors Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers, Thelma Houston, The Village People, KC & the Sunshine Band. As always the shows will be narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams. Here is the scheduled line-up for the season
1/23 – Isaac Hayes
1/30 – Midnight Star
2/6 – EPMD
2/13 – Lou Rawls
2/20 – Disco Tribute (2 hour special)
2/27 – Eddie Kendricks
3/6 – The Whispers
3/13 – Mint Condition
3/20 – Johnny Gill
#Sunny The Snowman,one of the last projects completed by Louis Wilson, eldest brother of the Wilson Brothers in Mandrill. “Sweet Lou” as he was affectionately called, sang lead and co-wrote this soon to be holiday classic song. “Sweet Lou” Wilson passed away Monday morning,January 7 ,2013. The #Wilson family is asking fans and well wishers to light a candle,play a drum, and,or, say a prayer…”Lou would love that”. in a statement issued by surviving brothers, Ricardo(Doc), Wolf(Wilfredo) and Carlos Wilson.. #RIP Sweet Lou Wilson.. No other statements are available at this time regarding memorials or a funeral. follow this story and writer Robert J. Carmack via twitter @blues2jazzguy
LOUIS WILSON, affectionately known as “Sweet Lou,” of the World Music group, #MANDRILL, made his transition on Monday morning, January 7, 2013 in Southern California. On behalf of the Wilson Family and Mandrill, they’re asking that you please light a candle, hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer in remembrance of him.
Louis Wilson was eldest of four talented brothers,including Ricardo, Wilfredo and Carlos. MANDRILL came “outta da bush” four decades ago pushing the musical envelope with a hard-driving combination of heavy horns and heavy percussion deftly layered on a complex mix of Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Rock and Afro-Caribbean sounds, pioneering a genre called “World Music.” This cultural mash-up is a staple of the industry today. Because of their innovative work, #Grammy Award-winning MANDRILL commands enthusiastic adoration from supporters around the world .
Services and memorial plans have not been announced by family as of yet.