RETURN OF THE GRASSROOTS HIP-NOSIS:MUSIC OF BOBBY HUTCHERSON & JACKIE McLEAN


ROBERT J. CARMACK  presents

NIGHT OF THE GRASSROOTS HIP-NOSIS: an Evening  of Spoken Word ~Jazz Music of Bobby Hutcherson & Jackie McLean .

Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson

 

Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY  JULY 30 @ 8PM

The WORLD STAGE PERFORMANCE GALLERY

4321 Degnan Blvd.

Leimert Park Village(LA,Calif. 90008)

Featuring  Plight (Jazz/Spoken Word Ensemble)

Guest Poet; TU’NOOK

Special Guest: Dale Fielder – saxophones

Tickets:early bird special before July 15th $15 (limited seating) afterwards $20 in advance $25 at door ~ Information regarding show or tickets contact Robert J. Carmack 951-840-7120

INTRODUCING  PLIGHT Jazz Ensemble

Plight Pixs Robert Rasta hat

Robert J. Carmack Leader/Poet/producer

 

Bobby West piano/music dir.

Bobby West piano/music dir.

 

 

Derf Reklaw-woodwinds/percussion

Derf Reklaw-woodwinds/percussion

 

 

 

 

Reggie Carson-Bassist

Reggie Carson-Bassist

 

Dale Fielder-saxophones

Dale Fielder- saxophones

Tu'Nook

TU’NOOK – Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drums by Cornell Fauler(picture not available)

The music is a mixture of spoken word and jazz integrated into the compositions of iconic jazz artists Bobby Hutcherson and Jackie McLean. During the late 1950s and mid-1960s the record label, Blue Note churned out stellar music by saxophonist Jackie McLean. Stepping out of the shadows of Yardbird Parker and creating his own persona on alto, Jackie blazed his own unique trail that often borderlined on the Avant Garde.

His music held elements of bebop & swinging Blues numbers that captured the heart and soul of the hip new audiences that gravitated toward what became later known as, Hard-Bop.        An eclectic mixture of truly adventurous, soulful artistry,while still retaining their integrity as  jazz musicians.

Bobby Hutcherson is another bright spot of post bop masters to emerged onto the scene in the early 60s as a sideman to other peers and Heavyweights like Eric Dolphy. He grew into a first call vibist, embracing all of the pioneer’s skills on his instrument before him..like “Hamp”, “Bags” and Red Norvo to name a few.

After some very convincing recording sessions on Blue Note with other artists, it was not long before Hutcherson was commanding his own groups and recording sessions with authentic success.

Robert J. Carmack ,a jazz historian and archivist has chosen eight compositions. Four of which Carmack has written original poems that mesh with the songs that beckons a time in jazz history where, Poets and musicians often performed together.

The New York Greenwich Village and San Francisco “Beat Generation” hot spots often spawned great writers and poets including, the late poet laureate, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones).

Plight Playlist; McLean  recordings~Riff Raff(Destination Out) Hipnosis(Hipnosis),Plight(Action) Blues in a Jiff (Vertigo)

Bobby Hutcherson Recordings~Night in Barcelona(San Francisco),Medina (Medina),Slow Change(Now!)Little B’s Poem(several albums).

The venue was chosen because of the long-standing history of these two giants working with the late founding member,Billy Higgins. Higgins was one of the most recorded drummer in jazz history and in-house drummer on Blue Note Records during its Jazz hey day of 1959-mid-1970s.

Carmack met Higgins at the early stages of the World Stage’s development while hanging out in the many workshops and performances. Robert witnessed Billy bring through Jazz icon after icon to the Leimert Park Village “digs”.

Many of these Legends would often stop through while in town for gigs ,conduct workshops or talk to young musicians who were struggling with their craft. Higgins was very approachable and would act as Jazz Griot in the artist community of Los Angeles.  Higgins grew up as a kid on the “Eastside” of Los Angeles. As a young man ,he played with great musicians like Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Phineas Newborn, Sonny Criss, Gerald Wilson and others.

The World Stage is monumental in the development of this new wave of musicians, writers and artists in general. while they offer writing classes,jazz workshops, music presentations by student-level performers , professionals still participate in a great deal of their activities as a “passing of the baton by those who like to give back , just as their pioneer founders Higgins and poet laureate Kamau Daaood did over 25 years ago. Gone but not forgotten, a strong “tip of the hat” to the late great World Stage contributors, Horace Tapscott and Nate Morgan. Thanks to the other faceless but important contributors. The Legacy continues today  as the Kamasi Washingtons sax, Drummer Willie Jones III, Saxophonist Dale Fielder, bassist Marcus Shelby keeps repeating over and over.

posted by Kamaad Tauhid  #@blues2jazzguy

 

 

 

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CLASSIC JAZZ ARTISTS MUSIC TO BE PERFORMED IN HOMAGE AT WORLD STAGE


*posted by Kamaad Tauhid   #blues2jazzguy

Jackie McLean circa 1960s

Jackie McLean circa 80s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.A.-based music journalist and jazz archivist, Robert J. Carmack is creating performances in an evening of classic compositions by legendary jazz artist Bobby Hutcherson and Jackie McLean. while collaborating with the legendary Billy Higgins WORLD STAGE Performance Gallery, The event is scheduled for Saturday July 30th. Co-founded by the beloved drummer in the early 1990s with Poet Laureate, Kamau Daaood. Carmack has hand-picked outstanding and uniquely written compositions by ex-bandmates of Billy Higgins , Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie McLean,Charles Tolliver,and Granchen Moncur III.

Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note years

Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plight Pixs Robert Rasta hatRobert J. Carmack grew-up in Los Angeles (Watts/Compton) studied music, theater arts and journalism.  He’s a writer, producer, musician and poet. His love and passion for jazz led him to befriending drummer Billy Higgins and poet Kamau Daaood. Carmack was part of the a group of artists (musicians,poets,painters and photographers) who gathered at the jam sessions,writer’s workshops over 20 years ago in Leimert Park Arts Community to participate in extending the legacy and offer alternative venues for creative people who thought and presented ideas “outside the box”. Today that legacy is strengthened by the Original World Stage in Leimert Park has moved across the street and into a much larger facility. Now able to expand their community activities including performances by students and professional artists.  One of the coming performance presentations being produced by Carmack  in collaboration with the World Stage is The Return of the Grassroots Hip-Nosis: an exploration of the music of Bobby Hutcherson and Jackie McLean. Last summer Carmack produced several projects that were well received by the community. unique shows around the music of Jazz icon  and composer Duke Pearson and a lively event on Charlie Parker’s Birthday “21 Saxophone Salute”. This years’ event promises to be even bigger and better.  Carmack is the MC for this program and also a part of the Band:PLIGHT, a spoken word/Jazz group along with the award-winning poet and playwright, Tu’Nook.

Plight consist of Carmack as Leader & Poet,Bobby West pianist, Dale Fielder special guest saxophone, Derf Reklaw woodwinds/percussion, Reggie Carson Bass, Cornell Fouler drums

You can follow the progress of this event and all the program details at http://www.hipstersanctuary.com or ticket information contact Robert J. Carmack at 951-840-7120  or blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com.

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CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH LEGEND BIG BLACK ~ PERCUSSIONIST


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy

shown: music journalist/producer Robert J. Carmack with drummer Big Black

shown: music journalist/producer Robert J. Carmack with drummer Big Black – photos by Emmett Williams

 

 

 

Danny “Big Black” Rey got its nickname “Big Black” from an older brother because of his interest in drums.  During his high school years on the radio, the Conga in the Cuban music had heard he was interested in the instrument and traveled to Florida and the Bahamas , where he spent five years. There he played with Lord Fleas Calypso band met at Fish Ray and Johnny “Slick” Engraham and looked at Calypso Eddy Trio with Sam and Role . In Miami, he worked at Jack Contanzo, Moe Koffman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, before he formed a band with trumpeter Billy Cook and found private access to the fusion of Caribbean and Jazz rhythms.

In the early 1960s, he moved to New York City, where he worked in the bands of Freddie Hubbard (Night of the Cookers) and Randy Weston and also played with the likes of musicians Ray Bryant, Johnny Barracuda, Junior Cook and Eric Dolphy was heard. In 1965 he was in the Caribbean Pavilion of World Expo. Also, in that same year, he performed with Dizzy Gillespie at the Newport Jazz Festival. He got a record deal and produced four of his own albums prior to 1972, where he partially pushed the envelope in the area of African rhythms in music. He had a short stint as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band . Big Black even spent sometime as an actor of supporting roles in TV shows and films.   A tremendous musician and sideman,eclectic icon in Jazz, performed many times outside the mainstream as Sun Ra, B.B. King, Charles Tolliver , and even played music during the World Cup campaign with Muhammad Ali.  Big Black worked as musical director on several projects by Randy Weston african themed recordings. But my favorite of all Big Black collaborations was his work with Hugh Masakela starting in the mid 1960s(1966) Masakela, Big Black ,Henry the Skipper” Franklin, Larry Willis and all appeared in a historic Concert in WATTS(LA california) as part of the very First WATTS Festival in August of 1966, coming just one year later after one of the worst Race riots in LA history.

This writer was there to witness that concert as a young 15-year-old budding jazz musician. Masakela was making his West Coast debut in Los Angeles with tremendous success to follow after that first concert at a local high school. It was good to talk over old days with one of the all-time greats on percussions. He still enjoys the passion & skills to elevate the room with precision-like rhythms and cadences.

more info on Big Black: http://www.bigblackmusic.com/

 

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GRASSROOTS JAZZ ENSEMBLE~ PLIGHT ~ DEBUTS JULY 30


posted by  Kamaad Tauhid  #blues2jazzguy

L.A. Calif_ It was announced by leader/spokesman Robert J. Carmack, that a collaboration of musicians,vocalists,arrangers and poets have formed PLIGHT. Plight is a grassroots performance ensemble featuring iconic jazz compositions integrated with spoken word and “vocalese” arrangements. Seriously dedicated to preserving the legacy of improvised American classical music,better known as Jazz.

R J Carmack- Producer-Poet-musician-journalist

R J Carmack- Producer-Poet-musician-journalist

Robert J. Carmack ,musician,poet,producer and journalist first came up with the concept through a long time association with some of  the core group members, when in August of 2015, he got together with master pianist, Bobby West, on a project paying homage to Blue Note Records jazz icon, Duke Pearson.

West was instrumental in taking the hand-selected compositions of Pearson, which gave plenty of challenges with spiritual,hard bop and swinging tunes integrating poetry by Carmack and other writers. Adding Northern California pianist/arranger , James Armstrong was a no brainer,according to Carmack.

“James and I often engaged in long conversations about music, the preservation of certain jazz compositions and key artists that we thought should be recognized, it was easy to connect the dots. We saw eye to eye on Duke Pearson and his “Unsung” career in music, That became the initial project that started the ball rolling” said Carmack.

San Jose based music educator/transcriptionist,arranger James Armstrong

San Jose based musician, educator,arranger James Armstrong

Taking a page from the classic Blue Note recordings vault under the creativity of Carmack,West and Armstrong in order to bring magic to the bandstand.  “We are bringing back some of the key  and core musicians we used last summer to form this new band which will be debuting in July 2016.”said Carmack, as he showed me some of the recently completed arrangements by James Armstrong.  Robert selected what can be called stellar tunes written or recorded by iconic jazz artists, Jackie McLean and Bobby Hutcherson.

First of all, those two artists were a huge part of the 1960s/70s jazz scene with gigantic success throughout that era with remarkable recorded products to bolster their iconic stature, Carmack went on to say.  “Part of this stellar core group is percussionist/woodwind specialist , Derf Reklaw. Derf brings a special set of experiences and skills that gives us an edge with all of these cuts.” Derf Reklaw on Flute

Bobby West, a formidable Jazz master pianist, born in Los Angeles, grew up in a city that had a plethora of jazz icons living there, and lots of venues at the time to ply your craft. After-all, with jazz legends like Gerald Wilson, Plas Johnson, Freddie Hubbard,Billy Higgins, Horace Tapscott,just to name a few.

Robert J. Carmack first met Bobby West while hanging out in the early 90s at Billy Higgins World Stage jam sessions. Bobby would often be among a group of top-shelf piano players active inside the Leimert Park Village Arts community, among them , Horace Tapscott, Nate Morgan,Harold Land jr. and Bobby Pierce. Carmack went on to say “Bobby West, in my opinion possessed all the ingredients and the passion of a contemporary version of Red Garland and Bobby Timmons.  Plight is putting together an evening of  a grassroots, acoustical Art presentation that’s rich in passion musicianship and spirituality engrained inside the music and poetry.(Follow hipstersanctuary.com for Plight’s debut info)

Bobby West @ North Sea Jazz Festival

Bobby West @ North Sea Jazz Festival

 

 

 

Carmack will announce the rest of the band at a later date, due to some special circumstances regarding contracts. The instrumentation is piano,bass, drums, percussion/woodwinds, poet, vocalist and vibist. We’re very excited about the concept and looking forward to debuting at the famous WORLD STAGE in Leimert Park Saturday July 30,Los Angeles,California. 

 

 

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CHUCK MANNING APPEARING~ PIERCE STREET JAZZ SERIES LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy

Pierce Street Jazz Series Chuck Manning

Chuck Manning appearing Live at Pierce Street Jazz Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manning will perform at La Sierra on Wed., Jun. 15 at 7 p.m. and will be accompanied by Pierce Street Jazz regulars Henry “the Skipper” Franklin on bass, Theo Saunders on piano, and Ramon Banda on drums.

Manning studied jazz and performance at the University of North Texas. During an extensive career, Manning has shared the stage with Albert “Tootie” Heath, Al Mckibbon, Al Williams, Alan Broadbent, Alan Ferber, Alphonse Mouzon, Anthony Wilson, Andrea Pozza, Art Hillary, Azar Lawrence, and more.

He has recorded albums with the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet and has held a long-time collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Isla Eckinger. In 2008, Manning released his first solo album titled, “Notes from the Real.” Throughout 2016, Manning will tour with the Chuck Manning Quartet, Henry Franklin Quartet, and the Theo Saunders Assemblage.

Franklin has organized the Pierce Street Jazz concerts at La Sierra University since their inception as a summer jazz series in 2009. His broad experience includes recordings on more than 150 albums and compact discs including gold releases, many of which he produced.

Saunders, one of the busiest pianists in the music business, has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and concert halls with distinguished artists including Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, David “Fathead” Newman, Barbara Morrison, Gladys Knight, and many others. He has directed music for opera productions and international musical theatre. As a composer, Saunders has numerous compositions to his credit as well as original scores for theatre, radio and multimedia production.

Banda performed 24 years with the Grammy award-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He is a current band member with famed jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Banda grew up in Norwalk, Calif., part of a large musical family. Over the past two decades, Ramon has performed on more than 22 recordings and recorded and played with such music greats as Dizzie Gillespie, Tito Puente, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Reeves and others.

Pierce Street Jazz admission is free. The concert will take place at the Troesh Conference Center, Zapara School of Business. For further information, call 951-785- 2148. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. A campus map is available at http://lasierra.edu/campus-map/.

THE CREATORS MASTERPLAN SHINED AT CATALINA’S JAZZ BAR


Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders -photos by Robert Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday night June 11, The amped up audiences from the two sets were fully engaged and electrified by Pharoah Sanders with the Harold Mabern Trio.  A rare Southern California appearance by Harold Mabern, the bluesy,swinging pianist most known from his Blue Note hey-days of Lee Morgan and the like.

Over the last 15 plus years, he’s been leading his own series of jazz groups out of New York while being long time sideman with saxophonist Eric Alexander. Both have healthy discography to show for it. The powerful and unique combination of Pharoah Sanders with Harold Mabern was a concept to offer two great legends for the price of one . Apparently, the idea was quite successful as the audiences over the three day stint were quite full. Each veteran got their opportunities to delve into the Tune Books for rock solid gems like Pharoah’s,The Creator Has a Masterplan or Rakin’ and Scrapin’ by Mabern, along with a great rendition of My Favorite Things ,paying homage to the great John Coltrane which Pharoah began his career with over 50 years ago. posted by Robert J. Carmack #blues2jazzguy

Harold Mabern @ Catalina's

Harold Mabern @ Catalina’s

 

 

 

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