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The TPC  Partnership Group

The TPC Partnership Group

Larry James Robinson, Tu’Nook and Carla Dupree-Clark sat down and planned their partnership around a common theme, produce quality plays.  All three were already successful in their own right as life individuals, family, friends and career. Something else was missing,  The need for consistent, quality shows that didn’t spill a drop of high-integrity themes around African-American  unsung characters. So far, that has paid off in multiple NAACP Theater Awards for Best Director, Including Best costumes, Best Sound, and Best  Ensemble. The awards were garnered by Carla  Dupree Clark including nominations in  Best Playwright, and Best Director of a Musical bestowed on her masterpiece “North on  South Central”.   Ms. Clark and her partners didn’t  rest on their laurels, and quickly  banged out another hit play with “Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs”  winning another Best Director of a Musical , from Beverly Hills/Hollywood  NAACP Theater Award in 2010.

TPC just completed a successful, limited run of  The Club Alabam Revue, a strong look at the LA Jazz and Blues scene  at The famous black club of the 1940s and 50s.  A “limited – encore” performance run of The Club Alabam Revue is scheduled for (TBA) dates in August.  Currently in rehearsals for a return run of  Howlin’ Blues and Dirty Dogs( the story of Big Mama Thornton) , TPC is expecting a successful run at their local Inglewood base, The Performers Corner located at 214 Hardy Street, 90301.   ” We want to give the community a variety of shows, with different themes, genres and lots of history attached to some of the best actors,musicians and craftspeople in southern California.” said Larry James Robinson, Producer/Tech. Director.        For more information about plays  call 310-910-0392  or, email us at;

“As of June 20014, we’re expanding our performing arts programming to include a Jazz Series that will take place the 3rd Saturday in each month at Performers Corner at 8PM” stated Tu’Nook, Producer/Writer/Poet and Actress.  The first installment is part of  The Black Music Month in June.  Black Music Legacies in Jazz features a homage to  legends like,  jazz saxophonist/composer John Coltrane, trumpeter Lee Morgan and organist/composer Doug Carn’s music.  “A special  tribute to Poet Laureate, Amiri Baraka with readings  from the selected works of Baraka’s most prized poetry.” added Robert J. Carmack, the new Executive Producer for all Jazz Programming and Social Media Advisor for TPC.  For info regarding  our new jazz programming dates : 951-840-7120  or

Robert J. Carmack is also an actor & musician, last seen portraying the eclectic character, Robby Royale, from the hit music revue  The Club Alabam .  “We have a great series planned throughout the summer  with each month having its own theme and booking established jazz artists that are eager to participate in our new programs.  we will have a new blog for Theatre Perception Consortium, “Perception Theater Revue” a blog for the theater group, supporters and  patrons of the arts who want to follow us on other social media outlets  . go to our blog at  

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Robert J. Carmack TPC Media Advisor




Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs (The Story of Big Mama Thornton) Directed by Carla Dupree-Clark     Starring Jewel Thompkins 







posted by Robert J. Carmack @blues2jazzguy

RIP HERB JEFFRIES Sept. 24, 1913 – May 25, 2014.   Herb Jeffries is last  surviving  member of Duke Ellington’s early 1940s Band. The Bronze Buckaroo as he was known during his days as a singing actor of early black  cinema.     Herb Jeffries    RIP NOW


Read the LA Times  in-depth story on this great man. (click on link)

Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra Rock Oakland’s Malcolm X Jazz Festival

posted by Robert J. Carmack    a   re-post from Black Bird Press News

This past weekend I missed what I used to make every year when I lived in East Bay-Oakland area. The Malcom X Jazz Festival in San Antonio Park, Oakland California. this event is always produced by the Eastbay Arts Alliance  Celebrating Malcom X birthday.

Marvin X Poet & Bin Hassan-original Last Poets

Marvin X Poet & Bin Hassan-original Last Poets


The performances of Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir & Arkestra  Featuring
Don Murray &
Marvin X poet & living legend Don Murray saxes

Marvin X poet & living legend Don Murray saxes

Mechelle La'Chaux

L-R Tarika Lewis Violin & Mechelle La’chaux vocals

This was hardly a one man show. Other performers included Choreographer Linda Johnson and her dancers–Linda opened the show and stole the show with the beauty of her movement. There was harpist and vocalist Destiny Muhammad; violinist Tarika Lewis with her young students (awesome); vocalist Mechelle LaChaux, actress/poet Ayodele Nzinga; poets Genny Lim, Toreada Mikell, Paradise Jah Love, Kalamu Chache’, Aries Jordan, and actor Geoffery Grier, percussionist Tacuma King, drummer Val Serrant, Zena Allen on the Kora, singer Rashidah Sabreen, et al.

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Just some Brothers enjoying the Jazz on Malcom X day

Just some Brothers enjoying the Jazz on Malcom X day


RJC Logo.jpg AZIn Association with   E-Man Williams & T.P.C.  presents

BLACK MUSIC LEGACIES IN JAZZ  A Tribute to the Music of

Three Legendary Artists

John Coltrane     Lee Morgan     Doug Carn  

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John W. Coltrane

 Join us for an evening of exciting Jazz  and Poetry

                                      Coming  Saturday JUNE 21    8:PM – Until

@ The Performers Corner  214 Hardy Street Inglewood , CA. 90301 (near La Brea & Century Blvd.)   Information: (951- 840-7120

Host/MC- Robert J. Carmack       

Doug Carn

Doug Carn

Donation: $20 at Door (includes  adult or soft beverage  with snacks)

Philly Swagg  Lee Morgan

Philly Swagg Lee Morgan

Through the art of music & poetry,  we will pay homage to some of the greatest   musicians to play jazz.

Guests Musicians performing , Saxophonist Dale Fielder, Guitarist  Jacques Lesure, ,


 Alah-Deen  &  Mechelle La’Chaux  

Special invited poet : Tu’Nook   &  Host Robert J. Carmack


Tu’Nook Poetess

Dale Fielder Bari sax.

Dale Fielder

Willard Jenkins- JazzTimes Magazine :    As a saxophonist, Fielder’s style lies somewhere between Shorter’s tensile fragility and Coltrane’s towering strength. He straddles this line well.

 Jacques in  BOW action

Jazz Critic -Scott Yanow -“Those who love Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, early George Benson and straight ahead jazz guitar in general will find much to enjoy in Jacques Lesure’s playing. It is not that Lesure necessarily sounds exactly like any of the earlier greats. Instead,he infuses the tradition with his own musical personality and enthusiastic ideas”

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Robert ” the Hipster” Carmack-Poet


Michelle La'Chaux outfront! with Tarika Lewis violin & Destiny onHarp

Mechelle   La’Chaux outfront! with Tarika Lewis violin & Destiny on Harp


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #blues2jazzguy  photos by R J Carmack

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With the temperatures topping 90-100 degrees most Angelenos were seeking some relief from the heat, and that came in the form of  Jazz guitarist, Jacques Lesure and his Quartet. The former Detroit native, now L.A. based musician, Cooled off the audience with a great playlist of originals and standards including a very soothing ,but swinging title track , “When She Smiles” from his current CD.

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Aaron Provisor “digging in”

The first set was kicked off with a ” Road Warrior” of a composition, the great Wes Montgomery’s Road Song. The sun glasses and wine crowd was treated to some great playing  by Lesure and his men. Especially on a golden composition by musician/composer, Eric Wyatt, “If Only I had Known” I was particularly impressed with Aaron Provisor’s sublime piano solo on this composition along with Revis ‘s bass playing. Jacques had everyone up and on their feet with Kenny Burrell’s  “Dusty gem of a Boogaloo back-beat jam called “Chitlins Con Carne” for a first-set closer. That’s when Jacques really displayed his Motown-roots and had his guitar “talkin” that talk!”

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The quartet consisted of  pianist, Aaron Provisor, with drums by Iahaji  Hampden, bassist Eric Revis.

There were smatterings of old and young people dancing near-by to the melodious music being performed.   Jacques have in a very quiet way established himself, not only as one of the great ones to watch here in Los Angeles , but on the East Coast as well. This has been attributed to his bi-coastal travel and sideman activities with established Right-Coast groups.

Iahadji  laying a foundation of rhythm

Iahadji laying a foundation of rhythm

Since i have followed Jacques career pretty closely since the late 90s when he co-led a group in Atlanta called The Swing Association or TSA for short. a group of well educated musicians and steeped in “Meat & Potatoes Jazz”  in other words, definitely swinging and bluesy with Swag!

One can only hope that, there are more groups like the Jacque Lesure  quartet on the way to rescue LA from itself. which is.. well, sometimes they fall victim to fads and fru-fru when it comes to real jazz under the “guise, that Its what sells”. Thank God for Art patrons who fund these art programs, so the county of Los Angeles can put them out. A few musicians get to eat and pay a bill or two.  The next time you’re in Los Angeles or, will be traveling in, check out the website of Jacques Lesure .

Or, better yet check it out anyway, He just may be coming to your town or city..  You might even “dance for joy” when they finish!

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Very Special Guest, H.B.Barnum, (CD Producer & Arranger)
RSVP-310-822-0611 ext.215 or 201-286-5904


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Brand new single from the legendary CHRIS JASPER. Released May – on Gold City Music label , with a sizzling  album to follow by early Summer. This is drenched in Isley’s history…and is a fantastic marker of what’s to come ..”Its The One! Order yours today!!

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“Chris Jasper is an R&B legend & HALL of FAME member, for his years as a member of the Isley Brothers, where he became one of R&B’s most notable keyboardists and songwriters. He also blasted off on his solo career, hitting #1 with “Superbad” and following with a series of popular R&B and Gospel albums over the next two decades.  Chris’s last CD ” Inspired”was nominated for Grammy, and was just beat out by former bandmate Ronald Isley.         12062783-inspired-cover-art

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