SHANA TUCKER DEBUT AT DETROIT’S CLIFF BELLS ~ ONE NIGHT ONLY


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy

Shana Tucker Chamber Soul artist

Shana Tucker Chamber Soul artist

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The lovely and talented singer-multi-instrumentalist, Shana Tucker makes her first trip into the motor city,binging her special brand of Chamber Soul to

CLIFF BELL’S
Thursday, October 22, 2015       @ 8 & 9:30 PM
2030 Park Avenue, Detroit MI 48226

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CLIFF BELL’S, the historic downtown jazz club (a few blocks from the Windsor Tunnel). Supported by a stellar rhythm section, Detroit’s Finest: Jon Dixon (piano/keys), Kamau (bass), and Alex White (drums), it’s all going down this THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, with two sets at 8:00 and 9:30 PM..

~ The Bill Heid Piano Trio ~

“Her voice alone would support a career. What makes Tucker special is her adherence to the cello, boldly taking the instrument into new territory.” -INDYWEEK.COM

Shana Tucker is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots, interwoven with 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Shana Tucker Detroit

Shana’s journey as a solo artist began in 2009, when she arrived in Durham, NC and quickly became a staple in the vibrant Triangle music scene. INDYWEEK.COM  writes, “Indeed, crossovers and connections are a central theme of Tucker’s career, from the cello’s liminal range to her interests in various genres.

Her debut album SHiNE corrodes the music industry boundaries between classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul. Triangle Arts & Entertainment notes Shana as “a complex musician who offers not only a world-class voice that rivals that of Cleo Laine or Diana Krall, but also is an accomplished cellist…able to compete with musicians who make their living simply by playing one instrument…”she carves out a space that is intrinsically hers”.

http://www.shanatucker.com/

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HIPSTER VOTES CHURCHILL GROUNDS #1 BEST JAZZ SPOT IN ATLANTA


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

Churchill Grounds SAm Yi NOW

Sam Yi Proprietor of Atlanta Jazz venue Churchill Grounds

Message from Sam Yi

“I would like to share this with my Jazz friends.    Last Saturday night      (October 10) at Churchill Grounds, The CG Trio featuring 17-year-old Morgan Guerin playing drums and sax took place. He’s a fine drummer and an amazing saxophonist.  Without a doubt, Morgan is one of the most if not the most, gifted young musician I’ve ever seen. He gave our capacity crowd some great gifts of music to take home.

His Trio consisted of Brandon Boone and Patrick Arthur  on guitar and bass. They did an incredible job, also reflecting what a fine jazz program Kennesaw State University offers to students.

Before the Trio left, I went to the band to shake their hands. When I put my hand out to Morgan to thank him, he said “I want a hug.” I want to tell you how much that touched my heart. I will never forget that moment. This is a precocious 17-year-old kid exuding so much LOVE and class! Do not forget to be a decent human being.

“Miss B, you have done a wonderful job raising your son. I thank you. He is exemplary. Swing On!”

CG Trio

CG Trio

CG Trio

CG Trio

Robert J. Carmack, recommends the martinis & great expressos made especially for you, just the way you like it, Perfect!  Whenever you’re in Atlanta, check out Churchill Grounds and tell Sam I said, Hello.

http://www.churchillgrounds.com

Churchill Grounds voted Atlanta’s premiere jazz club since 1997.
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-3030

THOMAS SIMMONS JAZZ HOST AND MASTER RECORDS COLLECTOR


posted by Robert J. Carmack           #@blues2jazzguy

Thomas Simmons

Jazz collector & Host @ WRFG FM- Atlanta,GA JAZZ to Soothe your Soul       Fridays 10-12 midnight

Atlanta resident, Thomas Simmons invites you and yours for a seat right down front at your favorite listening space. Holding it down each and every Friday night 10pm to midnightt eastern standard time at WRFG FM 89.3 ,Jazz to Soothe Your Soul.

Thomas explores be-Bop, Hard Bop, mainstream-straight ahead music , with no chaser or mute. His show is all the rave of Hipsters, Aficionados and record collectors world-wide. Starting out as a passionate record collector of rare and unusual vinyl, soon grew into the tens of thousands records and CDs. now an on-air jazz host almost 15 years in Atlanta primarily at WCLK, now at WRFG 89.3 FM almost 2 years. Thomas plays the stuff other stations are either scared to play or, don’t know about the music period. I suggest you catch the show from the very beginning, since it’s only a two-hour show, quality is packed into every minute of his unique and very grassroots style of broadcasting REAL Jazz, Never fluff.   Tune every Friday at 10PM EST  or stream on the worldwide web: 

http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Free-Georgia-893-s22385/

PATRICE RUSHEN & CARMEN LUNDY HIGHLIGHT 39TH ANNUAL WATTS TOWERS JAZZ FESTIVAL


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy

Patrice Rushen and Carmen lundy

file photo by Robert Carmack Patrice Rushen & Carmen Lundy shown at Ford Theater Hollywood

Once in a lunar eclipse weekend you might get some pretty good entertainment in selected spots around Los Angeles, but to get great jazz, that requires planning ahead and research. for the last 39 years , in an unlikely area of south central Los Angeles wedged between a Junior high school , railroad tracks, some proud residents, and a Los Angeles landmark , built by an immigrant, Simon Rhodia of concrete, steel and broken glass.

The Watts Towers Jazz Festival took its familiar bow September 26 & 27th . The festival features a “Day of the Drum“, with supporting activities of all cultures and ethnicities celebration of drums, throw in Jazz from around the world by local, regional and international musicians performing on a live stage that looked like a revival tent. This writer had planned in advance to get there in time to catch Carmen Lundy & Patrice Rushen performing as single acts , but also together as well.

carmen Lundy

carmen Lundy

Carmen took the stage with her own group featuring her iconic bassist and brother, Curtis Lundy. After a couple of hot jazz numbers , Carmen called up Patrice to sit in with her group on  selections from  her 14th new CD as a leader. Rushen was simply stellar in her improvisations on cuts like “Life is a Song in Me” and title track, “Soul to Soul”. In my humble opinion , this is Grammy material. grab a copy at your usual source for purchasing   music online.

Patrice Rushen  and Ndugu are both products of the Watts community ,while being alumni of Locke High school under the mentorship of musician /Educator Reggie Andrews.  Patrice and Ndugu fronted an all-star band of Nedra Wheeler on Bass and Justo Almario on saxophone, Munyungo Jackson on percussion. In their set they chose to celebrate the genius of several iconic jazz masters, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, and a couple of others to the audience’s delight. 

Chuk Koton- Patrice Rushen

photo by Chuck Koton

Weekend’s events were beautifully MC’d by Jazz program host James Janisse, and Poet Laureate and Griot ,Kamau Daood.

Jazz drummer Fritz Wise, Poet/Jazz griot Kamau Daood with Music journalist Robert J. Carmack

Jazz drummer Fritz Wise, Poet/Jazz griot Kamau Daood with Music journalist Robert J. Carmack @ Watts Towers Jazz Festival photo by Joyce Wilson

hand made Quilt made by artist, Ramesses

hand made Quilt made by artist, Ramesses

Patrice Rush NOW WATTS