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About Robert J. Carmack

Media Consultant, Digital Marketing and Promotions/Branding Strategies M.F.A. - Theater Arts-Directing/Production Columbia University New York B.A. Degree -Theater Arts/Communications Cal State Univ. Dom. Hills Post-grad education: USC- Film & New Media Quincy Jones Producers Workshop/L.A. California Live in So. California, grew up in Los Angeles

LOCAL ARTISTS COLLABORATE ON POST PANDEMIC PROJECTS


Los Angeles,Calif. It was announced today by Pocket Jazz Presents creator and chief content developer,Robert J. Carmack, MFA. Story by Kamaad Tauhid

Robert J. Carmack, writer, producer and musician, is currently arranging a new collective made up of elite unsung artists and craftspeople the pandemic forgot about.. actors,musicians, poets,painters,sculptors, music arrangers,set designers,sound and lighting. 

Pocket Jazz Presents was formed as themed, small jazz concerts produced by Carmack ,in and around the Los Angeles / Southern California area. hence, pocket-size jazz concert, big in quality and creativity, infusing jazz,poetry and Improv theater together.

One of the most innovative ways of telling stories about Black Historical characters or events that were traumatic or Game-changing. Voices From the Window series; a collection of short vignettes and infotainment programs to educate and entertain. Beginning, April  25 2021,  the new series will debut on several Facebook pages: VOICES FROM the WINDOW- a Zoom formatted show about social change subject matter,black historic characters, and past events that impacted the lives of a people..‘

Debuting Voices from the Window – a 30 min interview with artists on artists about artists- April 25th – Donny Hathaway: Everything Everything – 50 Years! Special Guest, Ric Powell – producer/co writer, musician and co-publisher. album released 1970.

April 27-  The Awakening: Sam and L.C. Cooke- a dramatic fantasy about Sam Cooke awakening to find his Brother,L.C. staring at him, asking him questions. Since Cooke died in 1964, ??

April 30- Dynamite Hill:Bombingham 63 – a dramatic and searing look into the lives of four select characters from the Alabama 16th street church bombing in 1963, 4 girls dead and many severely injured.Pocket Jazz Presents are creating the concepts and arranging the historical data into a dramatic presentation. All performed improv, no scripts!

Its riveting and speaks volumes of early black theater memories of NEC, or Karamu House, Mafundi Institute and Paul Robeson players, in which Robert was a co-founding member going back to 1972. 

Mr. Carmack went out and recruited his old friends from his early years with The Paul Robeson Players, former players include Vel Omarr and Naomi Pryor-Stenson. characters and cast members ~

The Awakening: cast~ Sam Cooke/Vel Omarr   and L.C. Cooke- Robert J. Carmack,MFA ~ Dynamite Hill: cast~ Naomi Pryor-Stenson as Sister Collins..Vel Omarr as Deacon Trass, Mechelle LaChaux as Mrs./Mother Johnson and Robert  J. Carmack as Dr. Robert Johnson, DDM & surgery

Voices From the Window_ a innovative approach of relaxed informal chat with artists on artists about art with artists.all in a Zoom format, opening up to Q&A after show and engaging through email or texts. Hosted by Robert J. Carmack and Vel Omarr, both men, are producers for Pocket Jazz Presents. 

Coming attractions: Ric Powell musician producer and songwriter Donny Hathaway story/ everything everything. Jazz musician and saxophonist Ghasem Batamuntu, Sandra Booker.  June 2021- Black Music Month!

For more details follow us on facebook  Pocketjazzpresents/ @Freedomjazzdance or http://www.hipstersanctuary.com 951-840-7120

Vel Omarr as Sam Cooke and Robert J. Carmack as brother, L.C. Cooke

BLACK HISTORY VIRTUAL -THEATER BY POCKET JAZZ PRESENTS: STORIES FROM THE WINDOW


It was announced last week by Pocket Jazz Presents Chief Content Developer and Founder, Robert J. Carmack. Pocket Jazz Presents is a content developer and a co-op of artists, musicians,photographers, singers and poets. We operate as a creative collective and at times, represent the little boutique Cafe ,Gig workers, independent artists and small business venue owners . a wide assortment of goods and services offered for nominal fees or Barter.

The Pandemic across the country has made life worse for those entertainers and all the jobs that support the Entertainment industry. Carmack is finding opportunities to work on building alliances and support groups who can be converted into audiences after the “all-clear”sign is posted for audiences to return. ” I have gone into survival mode now that two of my Theater shows were cancelled in 2020 in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco (Nina Simone play, Interview with the High Priestess:NINA! also, a Charlie Parker return to Bay area in ,Wounded Feathers a Jazz Tragedy.

Pocket Jazz with Robert, recruited some of Robert’s old friends, Mr. Vel Omarr, soul singer, songwriter,actor/director of stage plays and music productions,the Chicago native by way of Mississippi is currently portraying several roles for Pocket Jazz stories,including Sam Cooke. Omarr’s credits also include songs written for Movies and some now Streaming on-line as we speak. can not list at time but will list in next article. Vel Omarr is the founder of the Soultown Artists Channel.

Hailing from Detroit, and finding her way to join family members in California, while settling initially in Carson. she met Robert Carmack , a college student and Drama teacher at a local arts academy. Naomi excelled in the workshops and early productions. A major change came when the adult workshop split off from the academy and became the Paul Robeson players, a full theater ensemble,1972..joining Robert Carmack and Robert Browning as the Original founding members,among a few others who are no longer with us. We introduce Ms. Naomi Pryor-Stenson.

Introducing Ms. Mechelle LaChaux, Singer/songwriter,actress and stage management. just to name a few of this dynamic lady’s skills. Her energy in the “Moment” acting. She’s also dedicated to a high Bar of excellence in music. Worked with Robert in the formation of creating. the San Francisco Bay – Area African American Musicians Association. This organization was established to bolster more Black musicians involvement in the active cultural scene in the S.F. Bay area 2004-2009.

This group of Black professionals are grinding out some very interesting dramatic content ,using historic events and figures. for example , Feb, 26, 27 and 28 . Pocket Jazz is posting its Debut Program entitled, Stories From the Window. In a Zoom formatted set, Carmack and company will bring emotional , gripping subject matter as the “1963- 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing” in Birmingham Alabama, and the mysterious Life & Death of Sam Cooke 1960s. later on, other key figures will be featured. The short vignettes are just a slice of life involving the people in a pivotal moment in time. In the 1963 Bombing . The Four actors are representing four nameless victims of the bombing who was just going to Church. No previously written script is used , Improvisational skills are at play, told from the audience’s point of View . Hence, Stories from the window.. The Zoom “Box/Window” format is where I draw the title. LIVE/taped!

We will project what these four characters were doing only ONE HOUR before they arrived ,only to be injured severely, others died.. Other themes may be about eclectic Blues lady Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Charlie Parker and Sam’s Brother L.C. Cooke. we are happy to release the precursors to our stage efforts. Ready on day-one to tour these shows.. on stage, in backyards once audiences are safe to return.

For more information follow us at PocketJazzPresents/@FreedomJazzDance on facebook or email us your contact ,so we can place you on our action events list. pocketjazz@musician.org ~ our office number is 951-456-5874. our next article, Meet the Cast Members at http://www.hipstersanctuary.com Feb. 18th 2021.. until all shows have posted .

supporting websites and support groups on Facebook Soul Gumbo Unlimited, Prancin N’ Romancin’ Cove, S.F.B.A.A.A.M. and SoulTown Artists Channel on facebook.,

SHOUT IT OUT!! For Your Consideration..Elephants Nda Park Band..Now On Amazon.com


Don Littleton Elephants Nda Park Band.. Now Available on http://www.amazon.com all media inquiries or booking: pocketjazz@musician.org 951-456-5874

Don Littleton & Elephants Nda Park are Performing a Virtual Concert 4 Peace

Through their medicinal music from latest CD.. Elephants Nda Park. for Access to virtual online performance: go to http://www.barbaramorrison.com, September 24th 8pm – 9pm ~ Donations are encouraged. However, please support the local musicians as best you can.. Not mandatory. show support of this wonderful Band.. Helping to calm the anxiety in the air. “ Our music is the medicine “that can be used as a healing force.. for direct donation to musicians Zelle:blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com & Cash App: $1932Ruby

Flute Walk by Pablo Cologero

GRASSROOTS JAZZ ENSEMBLE~ PLIGHT ~ DEBUTS JULY 30


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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…

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PACHYDERMS NDA LEIMERT PARK?? MUSICAL Rx ~


Our Music is Medicine

Join Barbara Morrison, Pocket Jazz Presents with Don Littleton & Elephants Nda Park

Lets Team-up with the Healing Force to soothe and Heal from everyday anxiety and frustration

One hour of a global musical palette of sounds and rhythms.. the Right Rx!

Log in at http://www.barbara morrison.com to gain access or donate

Thursday, September 24th 8PM ~ Stream Time

Just added!! Robert J. Carmack – poet/cultural narrator

In addition to performing in a Virtual Live Stream concert @ http://www.barbaramorrison.com The new release of Elephants Nda Park (Title of album) available immediately on http://www.amazon.com & http://www.cdbaby.com in download format… if in the area of Leimert Park on day of Live stream Hard copy CDs available and signed by Don Littleton bandleader and drummer..

Info / Media contact: pocketjazz@musician.org attn: Robert J. Carmack ~951- 456 -5874

L.A. JAZZ PIANIST BOBBY WEST OUR MAN IN THE EAST


巴比將首次於台北藍調 以完整的三重奏編制 (鋼琴 低音提琴 鼓組) 呈現出他心目中完美三重奏音樂的靈魂 Bobby West Trio will perform popular jazz standards, featuring Lin Weisheng on bass and Alex Morris on Drums.
Bobby West was born in Louisiana, the birth place of jazz. His fingers were so long he was told that he’d either be a piano player or a pick pocket. Fortunately for us, he chose the piano.
[ 巴比韋士特 Bobby West | Piano ] [ 林煒盛 (Weisheng Lin)| Bass ] [ Alex Morris | Drums ]

HENRY FRANKLIN TRIO LIVE @ THE GARDENIA CLUB ~ L.A.


For Immediate Release
3 More Sounds Delivers Masterfully On Their New Release Live At The Gardenia Club!”Gene Harris was a wonderful pianist who could play all styles” Henry Franklin



Los Angeles, August 24th, 2020- 3 More Sounds, a co-op group with former Gene Harris and the 3 Sounds bassist Henry “The Skipper” Franklin and drummer Carl Burnett and with pianist Robert Turner have released their second CD, Live At Gardenia Club in Los Angeles!
It was in 2017 with the goal to “make people happy and to have them tap their foot like Gene did, and to preserve Gene’s style of playing. 3 More Sounds was born” The Skipper reflects!
The Skipper continues “with my 3 years with Gene and Carl’s 10 years we remember how great it was playing with Gene Harris! There was plenty energy and fun every night, like going to a party every night! 
Pianist Robert Turner has the monumental task of leading the way in the spirit of Gene Harris, a major influence and idol, who’s “sound was very soulful and bluesy. He was a wonderful pianist who could play all styles”Henry Franklin recalls!
A native of Los Angeles Robert Turner fits the bill superbly and brings his own sound and soul to the trio. Extremely imaginative, improvisational and sparkling fun!
The fun gets started right away with a swinging the soul version of On A Clear Day where Henry Franklin and Carl Burnette establish a fierce resonating rhythm firmly supporting Robert Turner’s majesty!
That segues to Ahmad Jamal’s Night Most Blues and Henry Franklin doesn’t disappoint with the warm round bluesy notes in front of and throughout his big bottom solo and Robert Turner continues to sparkle and dazzle as master Carl Burnett pounds and prances!
On Sombrero Sam The Skipper leads in perfectly with his rich looping bass that opens the door for special guest Louis Van Taylor on flute, composer Charles LLoyd just might go ahh!
The feel good song of the set has to be Eleanor Rigby as each member has great space to step out and step up and roar all the way home!
The spirit of of Erroll Garner is evoked on the great standard Misty! However you’ll soon be reminded it’s Robert Turner with more piano wizardry. Amazing!
Weather it the subtle and tender piano and rhythm of When I Fall In Love, the bluesy, rocking and hard hitting Uptown So with Carl Burnette launching missiles there is plenty of great soul stirring music for everyone’s palate!
Their renditions of Green Dolphin Street, rich, and Milestones, thrilling, with the thunderous Carl Burnett solo, leaves you wanting more sounds from 3 More Sounds!
Visit the music world of Henry Franklin here!Purchase here!Visit the music world of Robert Turner here!

JazzWeek add date: 9/14/20

Listen Hear!3 More Sounds- Track 2 On A Clear Day

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