Ahmad Jamal | Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia

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Jamal and Lateef together and live at the Olympia – the first is already an octogenarian, the second was 91 by the time of the recording – for both, playing is a natural act – they make it extraordinary! This double album reunites them in the second set. The recording becomes historic!

Ahmad Jamal Yusef Lateef Live at the Olympia
Track Listing:
CD1: Autumn Rain; Blue Moon; The Gypsy; Invitation; I Remember Italy; Laura; Morning Mist; This is the Life.
CD2: Exatogi; Masara; Trouble in Mind; Brother Hold Your Light; Blue Moon (reprise); Poinciana.

Personnel: Ahmad Jamal: piano; Reginald Veal: double bass; Herlin Riley: drums; Yusef Lateef: tenor saxophone, flute, vocals.

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posted by CHEF ROBB-the Jazz Cooker #@blues2jazzguy

Robert The HIPSTER  Carmack spittin' poetry Pasadena,Calif  4/18/15
Robert The HIPSTER Carmack spittin’ poetry
Pasadena,Calif 4/18/15

BAM!!  Now thats what I’m talking about, real jazz and poetry right out of a Bohemian film or a hipster’s pad somewhere on the east coast. Saturday night at the Kingston Cafe was all lit up with fat grooves from the baritone horn of Dale Fielder, who handled that Hog-leg of an instrument like all the guys that came before him on that horn. Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne,Leo Wright, Sahib Shihab and Charles Davis , all well known for dealing with the “beast”. Fielder was on hand with the original Dale Fielder Quartet,along with special guest poet, Robert J. Carmack. Robert is publisher and editor for Hipster Sanctuary.Com.

The original members are Thomas White drums, Bill Markus Bass, Jane Getz on piano and Dale himself ,Soprano, Tenor and Baritone saxes.

DFQ  original group from 1995
DFQ original group from 1995

Dale filled the evening with original compositions penned by himself, one in particular was Resilience , brisk moving composition which allowed the whole band to open up the throttle. Joined on the bandstand by Grammy-winning Recording Engineer/Guitarist, Bob Tucker. “This is dedicated to my band, because they have resilience to last 20+ years.”

Carmack joined the band on stage for a combined effort on one of Fielder’s CD cuts from 2001,Romance Serenade, where Robert recited an amazing original love poem called Up jumped Spring, followed by a riveting piece in tribute to Jackie McLean entitled, LET FREEDOM RING! performed alone on stage as the first set ended. After a brief break, Carmack and Fielder returned for a duet of sax and poem.. Carmack announced the next two poems to be performed was written by a local writer/journalist in Los Angeles, Eric Wattree. A Night to Remember (homage to Coltrane) and A Swingin’ Affair in tribute to Dexter Gordon.

After two swingin’ pieces, one by the hard bop pianist , George Cables. then the quartet closed out the evening’s last set with an old standard gem called , Moonglow. the theme from the movie, Picnic. Treated with kid gloves by the band, the song with a melancholy theme loomed large over the attentive audience that night. The band and poet were rewarded with loud applause for a job well done. everyone had a lot of fun, including Sculptor/Painter,Chukes and Jazz host, Brad Williams from radio KJAZZ 88.1FM  See the early discography of Dale Fielder at the following link …



posted by #@blues2jazzguy     hipstersanctuary.com staffwriter


JAZZ SPOKEN HERE  is a combination of JAZZ and POETRY  being performed  by Jazz man Dale Fielder and his Quartet. also performing as special guest poet is longtime jazz promoter and journalist,Robert J. Carmack. DALE FIELDER QUARTET is celebrating its 20th year as a group playing together, and Carmack’s  Jazz Blog/E-Zine, Hipster Sanctuary.Com is in its 17th year of promoting jazz, By Any Medium Necessary”.

All of the festivities get started at 7pm at the upscale Jamaican restaurant ,Kingston Cafe located at 333 Fair Oaks, Blvd. in Pasadena,California. $15 at door

The two guys met at an artists enclave in Los Angeles , called 5th Street Dick’s Coffee House in Leimert Park, literally weeks after the 1992 LA Riots. Dale was running a Jam session that started at midnight every weekend, soon it became THE SPOT  for serious jazz lovers and players. At the time I wasn’t playing much saxophone, I was doing more writing and working a

Robert J. Carmack in Tam playing Flute and spoken word  local musicians  Aladeen on Tenor,Fred ward on Dejembe drum, and Kent Brinkley on bass
Robert J. Carmack in Tam playing Flute and spoken word local musicians Aladeen on Tenor,Fred ward on Dejembe drum, and Kent Brinkley on bass circa 1997 in Leimert Park Village @ the Great Negus Listening Gallery.

Straight Gig 9-5 every day. I had started quite young playing and began blowing professionally just out of Junior High school.  I knew all the hot spots and gin joints in LA over the years where jazz once flowed freely and now had given way to Dance Hall clubs, and Hip Hop culture. but this new Leimert Park village as we called it, was clicking. Then came the poets, actors, sculptors,painters, chess players, incense makers,Kente cloth and afrocentric wares flourished, even coffee drinking now took the place of brown-bag sessions on the corner, then came the media.. Through all of this quick growth, Dale Fielder was honing his craft that included some of the best musicians in L.A. appearing with him and showing up at his Jam sessions in the L.A. village .

1993 version of the Dale Fielder Quintet
1993 version of the Dale Fielder Quintet

See above picture circa 1993 The Dale Fielder Quintet featuring Greg Kurstin piano, Bill(the Count) Markus on bass, Drums was Ocie Davis III, with Dan ( Bag  of Soul) Bagasoul trumpet and Dale Fielder leader /saxophones.

RJ Carmack's Band 1997          Footprints Jazz Ensemble
RJ Carmack’s Band 1997 Footprints Jazz Ensemble

see above picture that includes  Robert J. Carmack  (center) tenor sax/flute & spoken word, seated upfront is vocalist Mark Broyard, Guitar is Blascz  ?(too difficult to remember),Bassist is Kent Brinkley, not seen is Bill Madison drums and Soprano sax/flutes,vocals – Alaadeen. *************************************************************************************** Fast Forward 20 years later, and Dale has traveled all over the world and won many awards including the 1995 winner of TV’s  BET Jazz Discovery contest. But, more importantly he is about to record his 16th CD sometime this fall. Not a bad body of work.


pianist  Jane Getz
Mr. Taste
Bill The Count  Markus
Bill The Count Markus

Special Guest Poet

Robert J. Carmack
Robert J. Carmack

Marcia 4-18 - Dale + Carmack


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

Percy   Color Pix
Percy Sledge soul Singer

Soul Music icon, Percy Sledge, after being taken off the road late last year and hospitalized has died.

it was announced on Tuesday, April 13, by a spokesperson for the family. The Southern Soul singer recorded one of the “biggest” records of 1966, When a Man Loves a Woman.

Released on Atlantic in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” topped the R&B and pop charts for multiple weeks and raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time. Yet Sledge’s career didn’t end with that momentous first single. Over the years he racked up a dozen hits at Atlantic, including “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Out of Left Field” and “Take Time to Know Her.”

Percy Sledge  1966
Percy Sledge 1966

Sledge, who was born in Leighton, Alabama, was working as a hospital orderly when he began playing clubs and frat parties with the Esquires, a locally popular group, in 1965. As he recalls, “I was singing every style of music: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Motown,Sam Cooke, the Platters.” That broad exposure gave him a soulful versatility as a singer that is evident on his Atlantic recordings.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” was Sledge’s first single, cut by producers Quin Ivy and Marlin Greene at their modest studio in Sheffield, Alabama. Sledge had carried the song’s melody with him for a long time.“I hummed it all my life, even when I was picking and chopping cotton in the fields,” Sledge recalls.


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

jazz saxophonist  Mel Martin and Herbie Hancock
Saxophonist Mel Martin and Herbie Hancock photo by Mel Martin Jazz Archives

Its the birthday of the very man who once thought he would never reach the the greatness of an Oscar Peterson or a Thelonius Monk. Now 75,looking 40ish is the jazz icon who has accomplished every possible music, presidential and international recognition & Lifetime Achievement Award there is.

For me, It began in 1964, I was 14 and studying saxophone in junior high and played in a youth Jazz big band sponsored by the late great Gerald Wilson in Los Angeles. MY DAD WAS STILL MY MAIN SOURCE FOR JAZZ ALBUMS. He brought home a Blue Note album that was all blue,it had a weird name on it” Empyrean Isles” by Herbie Hancock featuring a song I could not stop playing over and over, and over again.

Cantaloupe Island  was quite dominant on radio, I heard it everywhere, in the barber shops,cafe’s on Jukeboxes and car radios and jazz stations . It had an infectious beat and groove to it that swung with a new hipness , just enough commercial to attract AM radio and FM radio stations,But enough of the old school bop playing around that groove that spoke volumes of this new artist’s approach to composition and  improvisation.

I’d been a fan of H.H. since that first album bought by my dad, but,then I was beginning to purchase my own some 9 months later.That one album turned me on to all the fellow side-men and their careers too. Herbie+Hancock-inthe1970s I am most proud that a man of his standing is the Ambassador at Large for Jazz . On the International stage, its much needed, as we in the jazz community know, its not getting its due on the american front. we’re bickering over what is Jazz, what to call it, Europeans are claiming they really started jazz and deserve to proclaim its roots.(Lol)  Herbie also has recently come on-board as professor of music at UCLA , in addition, both he and long-time collaborator,Wayne Shorter are active board members of the Thelonius Monk Institute located on campus at University of Los Angeles. I look forward to whatever comes next for Herbie Hancock, even if its just a candle blowing event. Born April 12 1940 , in Chicago ,Illinois.  HAPPY BORN-DAY HERBIE!!


posted by RobertJ.Carmack #@blues2jazzguy

RIP Victor Pantoja
RIP Victor Pantoja
all drummers  Max Roaches's  M'BOOM
all drummers Max Roaches’s M’BOOM

Poncho Sanchez
Poncho Sanchez



posted by Robert J. Carmack #@blues2jazzguy

Congurero    Poncho Sanchez
Poncho Sanchez

KCSM Jazz 91 invites you to spend the day with us at           Jazz On The Hill! This day-long celebration is our gift to you, our jazz community, to thank you for the support you’ve given to your favorite jazz station: KCSM 91.1 FM. Join us at College of San Mateo campus for live jazz with a great line-up of musicians who cover many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, to Latin and more!  1_antonschwartz
Again we will have two music stages! The main stage will be located on the lower mezzanine in front of the library steps, with seating alongside the fountain and plenty of lawn seating…bring your picnic blanket, umbrella and come early to claim your spot!
The 400-seat Little Theater is again the venue for the Youth Stage which will showcase the next generation of jazz musicians.

Giant Steps Jazz Big Band
Giant Steps Jazz Big Band
SF Jazz AllStars Combo
SF Jazz AllStars Combo


It’s a long day, so come hungry! There will be a variety of food trucks on site … check back soon as we begin to add the types of food available. We will also serve beer and a variety of great wine from Domenico winery. No matter what your taste….we’re sure to have scrumptious food and drink to wow your palate.
In addition to our food vendors, there will be local artisans showcasing their wares, and other organizations will also have information about local businesses that might interest you. Check back soon, we will be adding the list as they si