HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNY DORHAM: A JAZZ PROPHET


posted by Robert J. Carmack _”In my opinion, pound for pound, he was among the “best of the best” trumpeters from all eras. In 1965, I was sitting in my jazz band class ,where I held down the alto sax chair..every Friday  was free-time where the student musicians  all breakup into small groups, go into…

Remembering Alice Coltrane: She Stood In Her Own Shadow


posted by Robert J. Carmack For more than five decades, the Coltrane name remains at the forefront of modern music. It is lauded throughout the United States as well as internationally where it has received great acclaim. The musical offerings cover an eclectic variety of artistic expressions recorded on ABC Impulse, Warner Bros., and Impulse-Universal. Alice Coltrane, (McLeod) August…

PRESIDENT OBAMA JOHN COLTRANE LEGACY CONNECTION


posted by Robert J. Carmack – music historian/blogger I found this quote while researching Ravi Coltrane, and had no idea, our U.S. president is a John Coltrane fan. Famed photographer Jim Marshall took the 1960 picture of Trane.  That picture hangs in the white house with inscription and signature.     President Barack Obama up close…

What a Difference a Day Makes:Happy Birthday Dinah Washington


posted by Robert J. Carmack    Ruth Lee Jones, aka Dinah Washington, was born on August 29, 1924. She was a singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s”. Primarily a jazz vocalist, she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues,…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNY DREW BARON OF HARD BOP JAZZ


posted by Robert J. Carmack Kenneth Sidney “Kenny” Drew  August 28, 1928 – August 4, 1993 Drew was born in New York City in 1928 and received piano lessons from the age of five. Drew’s first recording, in 1950, was with Howard McGhee, and over the next two years he worked in bands led by Buddy DeFranco, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie…

JAZZ FESTIVALS OR MONEY MAKING VENTURES?


Posted by  James Chism The proliferation of jazz festivals around the world to broaden their programming into areas either tangentially related to jazz…or, in some cases, away from jazz entirely. Festivals like the one in Miami called “Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival” its upcoming artist lineup for its upcoming festival has no real Jazz…

BENEATH THE SPIN: ERIC WATTREE ON THE DEBATE OF MODERN JAZZ


re-post by Robert J. Carmack  of a blog originally posted by Eric Wattree Reflections on the Stanley Crouch, Mtume Debate on Modern Jazz I recently watched the debate between columnist Stanley Crouch and percussionist James Mtume on the evolution of modern jazz with great interest. Crouch, the steadfast jazz purist, essentially took the position that much…

Jazz Performer Les McCann To Be Honored By Living Legends Foundation


posted by Robert J. Carmack Los Angeles,Calf._Soul Jazz singer and pianist  Les McCann is on tap to be honored by the Living Legends Foundation,Inc. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 at 6:PM . McCann is being acknowledged for his large body of work that spans five decades. the festivities are being held at…

Hard Bop Jazz Master Pianist Cedar Walton Dies


posted by Robert J. Carmack August 19 2013_  Jazz pianist,composer and  longtime hard-bop icon Cedar Walton died today at his Brooklyn New York home .no details regarding cause have been reported. Walton,79 is survived by his wife Martha and a host of family members and close friends.  as more details are revealed this publication will…

Remembering Duke Pearson:Jazz’s Other Duke


posted by Robert J. Carmack Jazz pianist and composer who also had experience as producer,bandleader,arranger and A&R  man for Blue Note in the 1960s and beyond. His talent and perseverance help shape the Hard Bop  direction for Blue Note records. “Even after 30 + years past his death, his legacy has to fight for any…