One of the true innovators & chief architects of the modern style jazz Trumpet after Louis Armstrong’s “smooth phrasing” style, sheer Pizazz!- Hipster Collection Corner @ Facebook

David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 26, 1989), commonly known as Roy Eldridge, and nicknamed “Little Jazz”, was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tri-tone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the smooth and lyrical style of earlier jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.            HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROY!  

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Roy Elderidge B:w w piano Roy Elderidge 1939



posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy Howard McGhee (born: March 6, 1918 in Tulsa, Oklahoma –  Died:July 17, 1987 in New York City) was one of the first bebop jazz trumpeters, together with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman. He was known for his fast fingers and very high notes. What is generally not known is the influence that he had on younger hard bop trumpeters, together with Fats Navarro.

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Howard McGhee playing at the Hi-Dee-Ho Club in Los Angeles 1947, Miles Davis looking on

Howard McGhee was raised in Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he played in bands led by Lionel Hampton, Andy Kirk, Count Basie and Charlie Barnet. He was in a club listening to the radio when he first heard Parker and was one of the early adopters of the new style, a fact that was disapproved by older musicians like Kid Ory. (Thelonious Monk and Howard McGhee, Minton’s Playhouse, ca. September 1947) In 1946–47, some record sessions for the new label Dial were organized at Hollywood with Charlie Parker and the Howard McGhee combo. The first was held on July 29, 1946. The musicians were Charlie Parker (as), Howard McGhee (tp), Jimmy Bunn (p), Bob Kesterson (b), and Roy Porter (d). The titles played were “Max is Making Wax”, “Lover Man”, “The Gypsy” and “Be-bop”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6EhnFlWAFg


Hot Lips Paige  sporty odee Oran Thaddeus “Hot Lips” Page, jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader, was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 27, 1908. He was the son of Greene and Maggie (Beal) Page. Page’s mother, a schoolteacher and musician, taught him the basics of music when he was a child. By the age of twelve he could play the clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. He joined a local youth band, led by drummer Lux Alexander, that played at local venues around Dallas. Page attended Corsicana High School and Texas College (in Tyler), and worked for a time in the oilfields.

He began his professional touring career when he joined Ma Rainey’s band in the 1920s. After leaving that group he toured with Walter Page’s Blue Devils from 1928 to 1931. During the early 1930s he toured with Bennie Moten’s band. In 1936 he joined Count Basie’s band for a short stint and subsequently played with Artie Shaw. Page formed his own big bands in the late 1930s and early 1940s, often playing in New York, Chicago, Boston, and other cities. Between 1938 and 1954 he cut several tracks, including the 1938 record “Skull Duggery” on the Bluebird label. He recorded “Pagin’ Mr. Page” in 1944 and “St. James Infirmary” in 1947. He recorded with numerous bands during his career, including those of Artie Shaw, Bennie Moten, and Eddie Condon.


posted by Robert J. Carmack -#blues2jazzguy Conrad_Herwig In an era where the only thing that counts is Butts in the seat and the cling-clang of a CASH REGISTER while musicians struggle to play a solo over the YAMMERIN’ OF PSUEDO-HIPSTERS TALKING ABOUT ANY AND ALL THINGS EXCEPT THE MUSIC??  So what happens is, most musicians just “fax it in” and record mediocre at best dribble, then argue about what not to call it. Then, rarely there are Jazz musicians like Conrad Herwig whose respect for the music and, those that played it, never wavers in his quest to continue the legacy of greatness.  One not only feels that in his recording sessions but, also on the bandstand whenever he appears around the world.



New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.


posted by Robert J. Carmack
Michael White & Leisei Chen
A Performance Collaboration with Artists in Residence

with Mirza Todorovich photographer/videographer

Saturday January 24th 2015 at 7:30PM
@Harrison House
6881 Mount Lassen Ave. Joshua Tree, CA 92252
tel. 760.366.4712

Tickets available at:

Joshua Tree Health Foods
29 Palms Hwy at Sunset St. Joshua Tree, CA 92252
$15 Donation

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Our upcoming Artists-In-Residence at Harrison House in Joshua Tree
from the New Moon Tuesday 1/20 to 1/24
Creating a new piece RAYS OF ONENESS
A performance collaboration on Saturday 1/24 from 7:30pm open to public
The space is very limited, highly recommend purchase tickets in advance!
Hosted by Eva Soltes, Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology

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Rays Of Oneness
Inspired by the SUN RAYS
through the kitchen window of Harrison House.
Be ONE with SUN RAYS in the morning, beaming through us
as it’s swirling rainbow colored waves tunnel
through shimmering golden lights.
Be ONE with MOON and STARS RAYS nurturing us
with their silvery glows, showering down on the silence of nights.
Bathing rays of ALL,
through our sounds of LOVE. HEALING. INSPIRATION. HOPE.
We wake up together to our vast infinite possibilities,
return to the ONENESS.
by Leisei & Michael
私達の新作 RAYS OF ONENESS を作曲する予定です


Trombonist ADAMS  RIP

CLIFFORD ADAMS (62)  has died from liver cancer. The Trenton, New Jersey-native was perhaps most widely appreciated as a longstanding member of Kool & The Gang Band (playing the now classic solo on their 1983 crossover hit, “Joanna”). Adams was also a seasoned jazz player who began his recording career with organist Charles Earland and later played with giants that include Max Roach, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Roy Haynes and Clark Terry, among others. as we salute  and say good bye to him we also offer our prayers to his family


story  posted by Robert J. Carmack

In the almost 40 years plus of playing music, producing and writing about music especially Jazz, I have seen many triumphant returns. In the last  40 years , there have been only three major triumphant returns to greatness in Jazz, early 1970s, Jug Gene Ammons, the mid 70s return of The great Dexter Gordon, and late 70s/80s return of Miles Dewey Davis IMHO. As I drove into the Long Beach California venue where the Seabird Lounge is located , I thought about those three titans and their return to greatness .whatever they went through to get to that point in their professional careers. This rainy night in January , casted a defining moment in my eyes where all of the power, spiritual meditation and passion all met at the fork, with the end results being all smiles and a thunderous applause  as the pay off.  Azar Lawrence has been on this path back for the last 10 years, at least from my perspective.  Azar Soprano  I have been an avid fan since I first saw him with Alice Coltrane ensemble  at the famous Lighthouse circa 1972 conjuring up the spirit of John Coltrane through tone and approach on the tenor saxophone.  From that point on, Lawrence was seen in the company of some of the highest ranking jazz musicians of the era at the time, musicians like Alice Coltrane, McCoy Tyner  and Woody Shaw just to name a few .  Azar was sailing along, getting great press and multi-recording sessions, festivals and club work up until the end of 80s & as the 90s was unfurling , he just disappeared from the music scene altogether, Poof! Gone!  then a little over 10 years ago, I saw him at a jam session at the Billy Higgins World Stage in Los Angeles(Leimert Park). a little older, but that sound was still intact. I moved away to Atlanta , and returned 12 years later to Los Angeles, often hearing about Azar Lawrence , but I never could catch a gig or concert.  So this particular night was a great opportunity to watch a veteran musician that has all the experience ,maturity and life’s lumps  that makes for a great evening of solid jazz improvisation. joining Lawrence for the evening ‘s performance was  bassist Jeff Littleton,Theo Saunders, a phenomenal pianist creating lots of buzz around Los Angeles today.bringing up the heart beat was master drummer Alphonse Mouzon. a very special guest vocalist , Jeff Robinson appeared on the evening’s program as well.

Well , its January 2015, and he’s now leading his own Quartet. Azar was searing through the changes of Coltrane tunes like My Favorite  Things, My One and Only Love,  and Simone , a beautiful composition by Frank Foster, along with other great tunes throughout the evening. at one point late in the first set, Vocalist , Jeff Robinson and Azar teamed up on a John Coltrane Johnny Hartman classic, You Are Too Beautifull. I found Robinson navigation of that tune to be excellent . Robinson showed his musicianship as he often played behind the beat on his vocals of well-known standards with Jeff’s very soulful spin he puts on these gems. In addition to ballad You Are Too Beautiful, Jeff hit really funky versions of So what ,  and Round Midnight

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Jeff and alone sign pitbull

The fairly full club was in-sync with Lawrence all evening as he ran through one tune after another, taking us on great adventures and putting us on cloud nine. Lol.  Jeff  Robinson a veteran performer has been around the LA jazz scene for the last 20 years. I first met him at a now defunct 5th Street Dick’s Coffee house in Leimert Park back in the early 90s. Robinson brings a certain type of swag to jazz singing that is not heard much today in male artists. You somehow get the impression Robinson, a prolific jazz singer could easily bust out in a Marvin Gaye classic with no problem. He really knows how to interpret the lyrics of these perennial jazz gems. ” You have to let these tunes breathe” said Robinson when I asked him about the “behind the beat” technique he employed on several songs  which gave it new life as he allowed the songs to “breathe” while performing them.

Frank & Jennifer, Bunting and Wife

AZAR and Friends seated l-R Azar, Kahlil F. Wheaton,ESQ. and his wife Jennifer and their friends

mouzon alone playing

This event was on january 10, but according to club management The Azar Lawrence quartet will be returning on Jan 31st @Roscoe’s Sea Bird Lounge  in Long Beach California.