HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAMSEY: STILL THE IN CROWD @ 80


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy Composer, Pianist, TV host and Jazz legend RAMSEY LEWIS has been referred to as “the great performer,”  a title reflecting his performance and style. It seems strange saying Ramsey Lewis in the same sentence as 80 years old.  Still youthful looking and playing at the peek of his power…

JAZZ ICONIC TRUMPETER MARCUS BELGRAVE DEAD AT 78


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy “In order to get to the future, you have to go to the past,” he told the Free Press. I try to instill that you learn from the masters in your presence and go back and forward from there. In order to find yourself, you have to be…

RETRO HIPSTER -SONNY FORTUNE: THANK GOD FOR THAT DAY JOB


posted by CHUCK KOTON,  Photo Journalist Contributor “ I was in the learning stage and I was going to jam sessions with guys who became the cats. ” With an auspicious name like Sonny Fortune, could there be any doubt that this man would find success and fulfillment down whatever path he chose to follow in life. Fortune-ately for jazz lovers, he…

NAT “KING” COLE WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE HIM ON THE SCREEN ??


 With all the remakes, and first time Bio-pics being produced at an alarming rate, where is the quality to match the numbers that’s’ due out and those yet to be made? MY VOTE is for Nat King Cole, the Man,  musician,singer, husband and parent. I want to know when will we see the NAT KING…

HBO BESSIE: MORE B FLAT THAN B NATURAL


posted by R.J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy BESSIE: More B FLAT Than B Natural by Robert J. Carmack Watching the HBO produced TV movie “Bessie” with Queen Latifah as Blues singer Bessie Smith was quite painful. I not sure which was worse the writing or the acting, to be honest, the acting was scattered by instances…

OPEN LETTER TO ALL MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS


posted by #@blues2jazzguy Hello friends and family,  (Heads-Up) I’m less than 30 days away from launching my Crowd Funding Project to raise $25,000. dollars for my new theater project ” Chitlin’ Circuit” : a Glimpse into the Los Angeles Club Music Scene of late 40s,1950s & early 60s. featuring music of T Bone Walker, L.A….