BENNIE’S FROM HEAVEN: BENNIE MAUPIN BASHIN’ AT THE BLUE WHALE


posted by Robert J. Carmack with photos by Chuck Koton

August 29 is a very lively day for many and jazz is no stranger, as it’s the birthdate of three prominent saxophonists, Charlie Parker, Bobby Watson and multi-reeds man,Bennie Maupin. The Blue Whale jazz club of Los Angeles was rocking for two nights as Bennie Maupin and his working band (Derek Oles-bass and Munyungo Jackson-percussion) performed outstandingly on both Friday the 28th and 29th,with Saturday night, August 29 being the celebratory night with special invited guests to perform as well, including very special guest Ms. Patrice RushenChuck Koton- Bennie Maupin sax

Chuk Koton- Patrice Rushen

legendary pianist/ entertainer Patrice Rushen

it was 2 nights at the Blue Whale celebrating Bennie’s 75th birthday…munyungo and Darek Oles(bass) have played with him for years, however, this weekend Bennie added  young Gene Coye(drums)Josh Johnson(alto sax) an alumnus from the Monk Institute; Jeff Parker(guitar)

Patrice killed as did everyone..he closed with the hit funk tune from Headhunters.. Chameleon.

Bennie blew like he was 25!

Chuck Koton Mayungo

Munyungo Jackson Percussionist

Chuck Koton Derek Oles

Bassist Derek Oles

Steve Koye Drummer

Steve Koye Drummer

Chuck Koton kevin Parker jpg

Jeff Parker with Bennie Maupin

josh johnson alto sax mAN

Josh Johnson alto sax

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