Month: June 2013

Remembering Mulgrew; Terrell Stafford Featuring Mulgrew Miller


With Mulgrew Miller, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield and Matt Wilson (Jazzbaltica 2006)

He Knows How Much We Can Bear
Terell Stafford – trumpet, flugelhorn
Tim Warfield – tenor sax, soprano sax
Martin Wind – bass
Matt Wilson – drums
Mulgrew Miller – piano (RIP)
Mulgrew Miller     2006, Große Konzertscheue, Jazzbaltica, Salzau, Germany

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Orbit: Jazz Legendary Violinist Michael White Celebrates 40th Anniversary


Orbit” commissioned by the Department Of Cultural Affairs; composed by the Living Legend Jazz Violinist Michael White,prestigious City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellow.

The  premier is Friday, June 28  at The Grand Performances, SoCal’s largest free public concert presenter. Appearing with his regular band, the Michael White Quintet, consisting of  Jazz master musicians .Many of whom have performed with a virtual Who’s Who in Jazz.  Michael Howell guitar, Heshima Mark Williams bass, Kenneth Nash percussion and the world best kept secret Jazz vocalist & Qigong/Taiji artist Leisei Chen. 

White is celebrating  the 40th anniversary of Michael’s  classic Impulse recording, The Land Of Spirit And Light.

Sharing the stage  and opening up the evening’s activities is the beautiful fellow performing artist, Indian choreographer, dancer, writer and designer, Malathi Iyengar and her dance company  premiering her new work Love Trajectory

8:15pm Malathi Iyengarwww.rangoli.org/malathi.htm
9:10pm Michael White Quintetwww.leisei-michael.com

For more info. Grand Performanceswww.grandperformances.org

All Ages Welcomed  and its Free!!

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

posted by Robert J. Carmack   twitter: @blues2jazzguy

New UnSung E-Zine / Blog Launching July 4 Blues Jazz Soul


Hipster Sanctuary  E-Zine/ Blog for the Unsung  An Enclave for the Serious Music Lover of  Blues, Soul & Jazz launching July 4 2013.  Bobby Dashiki

The Hipster Sanctuary  E-Zine/Blog  is focused primarily on UNSUNG  artists of  Jazz, Blues and Soul Genres. We’ll profile, explore, interview and publicize information to, commemorate, or uplift the legacy of these artists who gave it their all during their time in the public’s eye. 

”By Any Medium Necessary”  

From time to time, we may have special events recognizing these artists as groups, or individually honoring them. We will also include individuals who contributed to the innovations and quality of the music through Press,Radio and Film. Artists emerging or still performing on a high level will be acknowledged as well.

Robert J. Carmack – Editor in Chief

Robert  grew up in Los Angeles (Watts & Compton) and has spent almost five decades in entertainment as musician, actor,producer ,writer and photo/journalist across many genres including Jazz, Soul/R&B and Blues. Co-founded The Paul Robeson Players,  Atlanta International Jazz Society,  SFBAAAM (San Francisco Bay-Area African American Musicians)worked as publicist/promoter and producer, for live concerts and awards shows. Expert in Jazz & blues history, Robert studied Music,Communications and Theater Arts in college. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills and is a passionate patron of  Youth in Fine Arts & Education.

We welcome ideas, suggestions,photos, and guest writers to participate as well.

Contact Us: Email  blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com    Twitter:#@blues2jazzguy

They Call Me Bobby: Sinatra of the Blues Succumbs at 83


Boby Bland   tint Blue

Los Angeles,CA._ Blues great Robert Calvin Bland, better known a Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern Blues and Raw Soul while recording  big hits such as, “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” and  “Stormy Monday” died June 23, he was 83.  Rod Bland said his father died about 5:30 p.m. Sunday due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known in some circles as the “Lion of the Blues” and heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder. This brought about a second moniker of  “The Sinatra of the Blues.”   “He brought a certain level of class to the blues genre,” said Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, son of legendary musician and producer Willie Mitchell.

Born in Rosemark, Tenn., he moved to nearby Memphis as a teenager and, as the Hall Of Fame noted, was “second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’ Beale Street blues scene.”Bland was a contemporary of B.B. King’s, serving as the blues great’s valet and chauffeur at one point  early in his young career.

After a stint in the Army, he recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Records in the early 1950s with little to show for it. It wasn’t until later that decade Bland began to find success. He scored his first No. 1 on the R&B charts with “Further On Up the Road” in 1957. Then, beginning with “I’ll Take Care of You” in early 1960, Bland released a dozen R&B hits in a row. That string included “Turn On Your Love Light” in 1961. His “I Pity the Fool” in 1961 was recorded by many rock bands, including David Bowie and Eric Clapton, who has made “Further On Up the Road” part of his repertoire.

Being one of the last of the living connections to the roots of the genre,Blues.

Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

“He’s always been the type of guy that if he could help you in any way, form or fashion, he would,” MusicObitBobbyRodd Bland said.

In the world of Soul,Blues and R&B, young singers can stand on the shoulders of true  pioneers, like Bland, who truly paved the way while doing all the heavy lifting. Bobby Blue Bland will be sorely missed with very few left to fill the void left in his absence.

Robert J. Carmack – Editor-in-Chief ** you can follow this writer on twitter:@blues2jazzguy

Barons of Hard Bop Piano: One Night Only Lincoln Center Jazz


Jazz Piano Summit: Cedar Walton & Barry Harris

The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center     New York City, N.Y.

jazz-piano-sumit-920Two jazz piano greats, Cedar Walton and Barry Harris, share the stage for what promises to be one great night of music. Best known for his hard bop style, Walton made a name for himself early on performing in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, alongside Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. He’s also the composer of several jazz standards, such as “Firm Roots, “Bolivia,” “Cedar’s Blues” and “Fantasy in D” (aka “Ugetsu”). Barry Harris’ bebop stylings have been heard jamming with such luminaries as Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins and Dexter Gordon. Extremely prolific, Harris has recorded 19 albums as a lead artist and has been honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. These two piano legends will be joined by Buster Williams on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

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TWO SHOWS ONLY    SATURDAY,  JUNE 22   7:30pm   &  9:30pm