posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

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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.

The Safari finds another gem – Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson! Did I hear an It’s about time!

The Safari finds another gem – Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson! Did I hear an It’s about time!.

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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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.