Paying Tribute To Big Bruh Sweet Lou: WE Are One


January 7 date is quickly approaching and marking the  first year since the passing of  Elder Wilson brother, Sweet Lou. WILSON was a founding member of funk group MANDRILL. After four decades in the music business, the Mandrill band is still thrilling audiences world wide. 2014 is no different  with the Wilson Brothers developing new & interesting projects for the new year. Sweet Lou was born in Panama but, moved with his family to Brooklyn in 1968. There, along with brothers RIC and CARLOS they put together the band MANDRILL for which they formed the brass section and they were also featured vocalists. LOU WILSON passed away from  cardiac arrest. He was 71 at the time of his death.

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One of the special projects that’s drawing lots of attention is the Lou Wilson Memorial Fund.

To honor the musical vision established by Lou and the Wilson Brothers, a charitable fund is being created in Lou’s name to give children an opportunity to thrive in the arts. This fund-under Mandrill‘s umbrella organization Mosaic Fusion-will formalize and extend that legacy.

Throughout the years, the Wilson Brothers have supported and encouraged children around the world who are pursuing their highest good in the arts, especially music. The surviving brothers want to continue that support because ,they know the arts can help youngsters develop skills and self-esteem necessary to make positive decisions for themselves .. most importantly, lasting contributions to their communities.

Please make your donation to The Lou Wilson Memorial Fund. The tax-exempt status for Mosaic Fusion is pending. You will receive a receipt and letter of appreciation from the Wilson Brothers. Visit the website of Mandrill  and learn more about whats happening with Mandrill  or make a donation to The Lou Wilson Memorial Fund.   

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Remembering LOU : Hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer in remembrance of him”.

Major Loss in 2013: RIP President Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President


Remembering The Gentle Giant: RIP YUSEF LATEEF

posted by Robert J. Carmack    Grammy Award-winning, Tennessee-born jazz musician/composer Yusef Lateef  died recently at his home in Shutesbury, Mass.The saxophonist was raised in Detroit and was 93 when he died of age-related complications Monday, December 23. According to his family, he passed peacefully at home.

I first experienced Yusef  Lateef’s music as a young teenager  in the early 60s while listening to older friends’s albums.Finally getting to see him live in 1968 at the famous jazz club in Los Angeles,The Lighthouse. Seeing Yusef live also introduced me to a young pianist from Philly, Kenny Barron..In addition, I learned that Ernie Farrow bassist, was Alice Coltrane’s brother. I loved his approach to the blues on all his instruments & recordings… he always played the blues weaved through his music.  There was only one YUSEF! we may never see another musician like him ever.  “He considered Detroit his home — an incubator for wonderful musicians,” Lateef’s wife, Ayesha, told the Detroit News. “He expanded into the area that few ventured into in that time. He called his music Autophysiopsychic  Music for the soul, body and spirit.” During his long career, he performed with Dizzy GillespieMiles Davis, Milt Jackson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones, Kenny Burrell and others. Lateef was also a Five College Consortium professor of music.  IMHO, There Two MUST have Recordings for your collection , “Eastern Sounds”  &  Live at Peps,because of the lithany of styles , instruments and passion demonstrated on these recordings.

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New Year’s Eve Gig: Raw Sugar Quintet with Dale Fielder

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Posted by Robert J. Carmack   Happy New Year 2014!!!  Veteran jazz  saxophonist  Dale Fielder, shown on stage with “Doc,” Trumpeter Dr. Richard Allen Williams. Featuring  RAW SUGAR QUINTET for a private New Year’s Eve gig at the Double Tree-Hilton Hotel in Culver City,California. Bassist, Jeff Littleton with Giovanni D. Nickens on drums. Rounding  out the quintet , though  not show in picture are  pianist, Harold Land Jr. and vocalist  Rita Edmond. What a great way to kick off 2014! Follow robert carmack on twitter@blues2jazzguy