Monthly Archives: June 2014


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

Nonny Womack  soul sides

Still reeling after the news of  Bobby Womack’s death, I thought about all the shows I saw live in Los Angeles going back as far as, the early 1970s. Everybody have their own favorites, but I hate having record companies pick the faves for me ,then place them on a compact disk.  I decided to pick my own this time , please see below:

1.I’m Looking for a Love

2. Daylight

3. That’s the Way I feel about Cha’

4. A Woman Gotta Have it

5.  If You Think You Lonely Now

6.Stop on By

7. No Matter How High You Get

8. Love Has Finally Come

9. California Dreamin’

10. I Wish He didn’t Trust Me So Much


WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE  BOBBY WOMACK CUT??   Send us your comments and choice…. RIP Bobby

Bobby in Red


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy



The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival is just around the corner and celebrating its 35th anniversary! Every year, the Festival brings thousands of people from around the world to listen to great music. This year is no exception.

Want to hear the music up close?
Introducing the Jazz Pazz

  • one day pass at $100 per person
  • access to reserved seating at three stages
  • food and drink vouchers (valid at participating vendors)


Sway to the beats of the Phil Woods Quintet;Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Miles & Gil with Vicente Archer,Bill Stewart and Conductor Bob Belden.

Purchase Saturday Jazz Pazz here »


Hear the Detroit Jazz Festival’s 2014 Artist in Residence:Joshua Redman Quartet featuring Reuben Rogers,Aaron Goldberg, and Greg Hutchinson. Later, enjoyDave HollandKevin EubanksCraig Taborn, andEric Harland: PRISM.

For a limited time only, the Sunday Jazz Pazz grants access to a private 11 p.m. jam session at theMarriott’s 42 Degrees North, presenting all new music from the Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Nicholas Payton,Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart.

(Artists subject to change without notice)

Purchase Sunday Jazz Pazz here »


We return to our roots with the Homecoming Big Band:Jimmy Wilkins Conducts the Music of Ernie Wilkins featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra and Detroit Homecoming Guests: Barry HarrisRegina Carter, and Tim Ries.



posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy

"Last of the Great Soulmen"
“Last of the Great Soul men”

One of the last of the great soul men has died at 70. musician, songwriter, Bobby Womack has succumb to poor health today as announced by his record label, XL Recordings. The cause of deah has not been officially reported, nut it was well known Womack was battling an array of health issues. The singer’s career spanned seven decades and included ’80s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”

Womack began his career in the early 1960s as the lead singer of his family musical group, The Valentinos. He also served as  Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist on many of his recordings.  After releasing a mild hit in early 1960s  with The Valentinos       (“But It’s All over Now”) The Rolling Stones took Womack ‘s  song global and, put Womack on the map as a songwriter along with big royalty checks.  In the late-60s, Womack went solo.

In 1968, he signed with Minit Records and recorded his first solo album, “Fly Me To The Moon,” which included his first major hit with a cover of The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin’.”

He would go on to collaborate with music notables Gábor Szabó, George Benson, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin,Patti LaBelle, and Jazz Crusaders. He would later leave Minit and sign with United Artists where he released the album, “Communication.” He would earn his first Top 40 hit, “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.” The hits just kept on coming after that.  Part II  of this article  coming  July 1, 2014.

Exploring the Music of Woody Shaw Dec 24, 1944 – May 10, 1989

Exploring the Music of Woody Shaw Dec 24, 1944 – May 10, 1989.



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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.  We welcome ideas, suggestions,photos, and guest writers to participate as well.      Contact Us: Email

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Oh Yeah… Just One More  Thing !  colombo21-214x300  Robert  grew up in Los Angeles (Watts & Compton) and has spent five decades in entertainment as musician, actor,producer,writer and photojournalist across many genres including Jazz, Soul/R&B and Blues. Co-founded,The Paul Robeson Players, The Atlanta International Jazz Society, The SFBAAAM  (San Francisco Bay-Area  African-American Musicians)worked as 1publicist ,promoter and producer for live concerts and awards shows. 

An 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 a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University. A passionate patron for youth in the Fine Arts & Education.


Posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy
Posted by Robert J. Carmack #@blues2jazzguy

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posted by  Robert J. Carmack    @blues2jazzguy  Photos by-E-Man

Recently while visiting my favorite Jamaican Cafe in Leimert Park, an arts Village part of Los Angeles,California, I  kept hearing very nice Hammond “B-3 licks” and a funky guitar, so I followed the sounds around the building to Barbara Morrison(Blues Singer) Performing Arts Center. Once there , I was met by a man in a suit ,who said come in and have a seat. I wound up sitting there for almost two hours. Then it hit me!  That host is Garrett Morris , from the movie ,Cooley High, TVs “MARTIN”  and the original “Saturday Night Live” cast member.  There he was presenting some of the funniest comedians I’ve heard in a long time, especially from the “new generation” comics. With all due respect , they tend to over-use the foul language .  Deacon Jones Band Garrett Morris NOW


Besides Mr. Morris hosting the show every Saturday 7:PM, also a Blues icon on the Hammond  Organ, Deacon Jones  and The Deacon Jones Blues Band.  Jones at one time was  longtime sideman to John Lee Hooker.

The Deacon Jones Blues Band was smoking that evening!  Come on out and enjoy comedy and a hot “Old School Soul & Blues band to boot.

Garrett Morris Comedy Nite  @ Barbara Morrison Performing Arts  Center located at 4305 Degnan blvd. LA, California 90008

More information call 310-462-1439

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Robert J. Carmack (center) shown with two of the funnier comics that evening (l-r) ?? & D’Lai






posted by Robert J. Carmack                           #@blues2jazzguy

On June 18, we lost one of the few remaining Jazz giants, pianist Horace Silver.  As a serious fan of this man’s music, I have to take you all the way back to my early teen days in junior high, when I first heard a tune called Filthy McNasty.  A live set (recorded at the Village Gate) finds pianist/composer Horace Silver and his most acclaimed quintet (the one with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Roy Brooks) stretching out on four selections, including this song “Filthy McNasty in May 1961 .

Silver Keys

Its 1963, while most kids my age were groovin’ to Motown sounds,  a handful of  my special friends  and  I were learning instruments.


We soon got to take our parents records to listen and try to emulate what we heard . besides the BB King, Ray Charles and Bobby Blue Bland records, our parents also had, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley to name just a few. My Dad either didn’t know about Horace Silver, or he didn’t like him, but I liked him. My best friend Ray had a cousin who was away in Viet Nam, so we had full run of his cousin’s album collection. Man! this cat had everything jazz, needless to say …He had a lot of Horace Silver including the Stylings of Silver , Blowin’ the Blues Away,Silver’s Serenade, also I got hip to Donald Byrd’s Cristo Redento, The Way I Feel by Big John Patton and even Ramsey Lewis Trio, Barefoot Sunday Blues. but it was always Filthy McNasty that we blasted first and foremost.

Horace had that real Bluesy sound without turning off the straight jazz fan.. I describe it as a bouncy, barrel-house saloon type blues with hip, clean lines and definitely FUNKY HARD BOP.

Hard Bop,  an extension of bebop (or “bop”) music. Journalists and record companies began using the term in the mid-1950s to describe the new current within jazz which incorporated influences from rhythm and bluesgospel music, and blues, especially in saxophone and piano playing. Purist would easily say, Silver is the Cat that put Hard Bop on the map with fellow band mate/drummer Art Blakey, when they fronted a group called the Jazz Messengers, leaving audiences with their jaws dropped everywhere they played.

Horace later split up with Art Blakey and formed all kinds of variations trios, quartet and quintets, staying with the rollicking sounds and gymnastics on the piano with other like-minded cats like Kenny Dorham. Silver burst on the scene with Horace Silver’s  jazz Messengers, but now he had a new quintet in 1956  and recording them, which spawned 6 Pieces of Silver.

6 Pieces of Silver is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1957 featuring performances by Silver with Donald ByrdHank MobleyDoug Watkins and Louis Hayes. “The early Silver quintet was essentially the Jazz Messengers of the year before, but already the band was starting to develop a sound of its own. “Señor Blues” officially put Horace Silver on the map”.

By The time I was beginning high school , Horace was reinventing himself, stylistic of previous bands, but growing funkier and introducing stronger disciples playing with him, enter saxophonist, Joe Henderson. Horace Silver 1964, Song for My Father.

You know.. of all the songs, albums, and performances by Horace Silver, None of them   connected with the  general public like Song For My Father did. If not for Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder, it would have been the biggest jazz hit of 1964.  That cut just carried me away, and put me down to chill and reflect. You heard it everywhere, cafe, barber shops, clubs, stores, on transistor radios and record players in homes..old and young loved this song. Whenever Horace came into Los Angeles, at the world-famous Lighthouse jazz club, He  used it as his swan song  for the evening.   horace-silver-02 (1) Now

No question.. even before his death, I had been missing Horace on the scene already for years with his ailments not allowing him to play live and in-concert since 2004.   A decade off the scene did not make our allegiance and respect for this great musician wane one iota! IMHO, it got stronger. I guess for me, I will always have my special memories growing up, listening to Horace and seeing him at a famous jazz club before I was 21.  thats why, even now as I reflect on Horace’s death, I have nothing but joy and happy thoughts.  Rest in eternal peace my old friend, some day I will see you again.

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