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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

HEALING FORCE 4 PEACE CONCERT


Jazz and Blues entertainer, Barbara Morrison is joining forces with musicians, content developers, including bandleader, Don Littleton and Elephants Nda Park and Pocket Jazz Presents to create a campaign for Healing through a music series On-line through Facebook.

” All these musicians you see on our new online concert series are my personal friends” exclaimed a jubilant Morrison. Healing Force 4 Peace Concert and CD Release of Elephants Nda Park Band. today, there is so much anxiety, chaos, unjust policies, violent killings of Black men and women in our streets without much room to heal or gather one’s self as the ping-pong like traumatic PANDEMIC forever changing on a moment’s notice. We offer a special brand of global music that adopts many rhythms, genres, and spoken word all providing Our RX for healing through music and meditation. the concert live streaming is scheduled for Thursday,September 24, at Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park Village. (L.A.) showtime can be accessed through barbaramorrison.com to give donations to support these musicians and artist who no fault of theirs just trying to survive, many do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits.. Barbara Morrison is on the front lines of supporting the arts , especially musicians and singers.

Utilizing the cards she was dealt ,through providing entertainment in a virtual safe and pandemic free venue at BMPAC in Los Angeles. Nobody treats the local musicians better than Barbara when it comes to supporting our mental health through Music and meditation. A typical show will offer an hour plus of dynamic meditation and spiritual healing through Jazz , blues pop and other world music. with no other options than live streams until this pandemic subsides. so your monetary donations are very much needed. contact the organization direct, if you are a corporation seeking to find out how you can help as a member of the patron levels group. (barbaramorrison.com)

Barbara Morrison present Jon Mayer trio with Marvin Smitty Smith on drums and Will Lyle bass.

Last year in August the collaboration of Morrison , Littleton and Carmack came together to present an original show produced by Robert J. Carmack , 21 Toot Salute: Yardbird’s 99th birthday ,August 29th ,with special “YardBird” tunes performed by an all-star band made up of solid jazz veterans including Don Littleton drums, Charles Owens tenor sax, Randall Willis on alto sax and a newby Chris Astroquilla alto sax, James Leary Bass and Bobby Pierce on piano. headlined by a scene from the original play by Carmack , who performed as a Charlie Parker. “This year, because of pandemic No theater & plays . We are coming together to help Heal the Hate, frustration and anxiety through our music and spoken words dramatic or poetry said Robert J. Carmack .. Elephants Nda Park is the Right Rx.

Don Littleton has expanded the core group of Don Littleton on drums/percussions, Pablo Cologero on woodwinds, bassist Mike Alvidrez plus added Guitarist /Sarod player,Heydey Tokunaga, Vibist/Steel drums ,Slam Nobles, and Andrew Acosta on various percussion. a spiritual healing world musical sound fused through jazz , world music and latin grooves and even ancient instruments from Africa and Afghanistan.

shown Pablo Cologero, Mike Alvidrez and poet /writer/producer Robert J. Carmack

Content developer and promo man, Robert J. Carmack is putting together a call-out to the Arts Community for a Mass Healing Force 4 Peace led by Elephants Nda Park , and Barbara Morrison .

We are seeking the entire Los Angeles community and surrounding areas that love music and the performing arts community to adopt our phrase that pays dividends in healing , Music is Our Medicine!

our mass campaign to enroll music lovers into our army of healers group,Healing Force 4 Peace!

For more information go to facebook page: @FreedomJazzDance or email us at pocketjazz@musician.org and call regarding Elephants Nda Park at 951-456 -9134

Don Littleton & Elephants Nda Park is available to day on http://www.amazon.com

Don Littleton & Elephants Nda Park Live at World Stage 2019 (Latin version)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBASSADOR HERBIE HANCOCK LOOKING GOOD


Hipster Sanctuary

posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

jazz saxophonist  Mel Martin and Herbie Hancock Saxophonist Mel Martin and Herbie Hancock photo by Mel Martin Jazz Archives

Its the birthday of the very man who once thought he would never reach the the greatness of an Oscar Peterson or a Thelonius Monk. Now 75,looking 40ish is the jazz icon who has accomplished every possible music, presidential and international recognition & Lifetime Achievement Award there is.

For me, It began in 1964, I was 14 and studying saxophone in junior high and played in a youth Jazz big band sponsored by the late great Gerald Wilson in Los Angeles. MY DAD WAS STILL MY MAIN SOURCE FOR JAZZ ALBUMS. He brought home a Blue Note album that was all blue,it had a weird name on it” Empyrean Isles” by Herbie Hancock featuring a song I could not stop playing over and over, and over again.

Cantaloupe Island  was…

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REMEMBERING FREDERICK DEWAYNE HUBBARD: “HUBB”


I thought I would share this story with a new group of Friends of Pocket Jazz Presents & http://www.hipstersanctuary.com

Hipster Sanctuary

written by Robert J. Carmack #@blues2jazzguy

As this writer was trying to decide on subjects and artists to write about during Jazz appreciation month, “Hubb”, BKA Freddie Hubbard, came into my mind

It’s not easy to write aboutan eclectic figurelikeFrederick Dewayne Hubbard. So I’m just going to go against all traditional musings about Hubbard, as viewed by the “jazz-elite”press corps.

I’m more inclined with the hip-crowd of admirers and fans that marvel over the fire, passionand gymnastics. He had all that going for him, that flowed from his body like sweat on a star athlete having a two-hundred rushing yardsday, or a 50 point basketball night.

Iwas first introduced to “Freddie” onHerbie Hancock’s fourth album on Blue Note, Empyrean Isles,1964. At the time I was studying music and saxophone in junior high. First, I was drawn into the groove of Cantaloupe Island, but, as I listened more…

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Paying Homage to Greatness: Bongo Ras Starr Master Series


Things are moving along it only took almost 6 years to learn who painted this portrait of Jazz icon, Horace Tapscott.. I’m determined to find and interview this fabulous artist, His work on the Icon, Rahsaan Roland Kirk is nothing short of Brilliant. Follow Us on our new series for 2020, Artists on Artists in Jazz.. If You are an artist who wishes his work to be shown to a jazz audience of international fans. over 50,000 hits.. a good number of straight followers.send samples to attn: Kamaad Tauhid – pocketjazz@musician.net

Artists on Artists in Jazz: a master series on iconic Jazz artists painted, or carved, photographed or assemblage art & the Avant Garde. submit samples at : pocketjazz@musician.net attn: Kamaad Tauhid

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

RAKIN’ AND SCRAPIN’ AT CATALINA’S : PHAROAH SANDERS with HAROLD MABERN


Hipster Sanctuary

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Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s, Sanders’ later music is guided by more graceful concerns.

The hallmarks of Sanders’ playing at that time were naked aggression and unrestrained passion. In the years after Coltrane’s death, however, Sanders explored other, somewhat gentler and perhaps more cerebral avenues — without, it should be added, sacrificing any of the intensity that defined his work as an apprentice to Coltrane.

Harold Mabern-PianoHarold Mabern – Master Pianist  Harold Mabern, one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists…

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Best Yard Bird 99th Event: 21 Toot Salute in Los Angeles


August 29th is a very famous birthday for various people..One for Michael Jackson so-called King of Pop, but this one is about the King of Be Bop Saxophonists Charlie Parker or, aka, Yard Bird! The Jazz community in Leimert Park was honoring the “Bird” on his 99 birthday.

Parker a 34 year old man died in March 1955, months before his 35th Birthday. Before that happened, Yard Bird or “Charlie’ was known as the absolute truth on jazz saxophone. Most youngsters or vet musicians wanted to play and sound like him..some even went to the pits of hell with major drugs and its abuse to follow the Bird. After saying all that, Robert J. Carmack wrote a play about the man, about the two inner-men other that “Bird,” Most people knew nothing about.. the others were the man as Father, Husband and musical genius!. Carmack’s play was not being performed, but a fictional dramatic scene from the tragic story of Parker through the eyes of a person who only wanted to be loved and to love those as he loved the music.

The amazing evening’s entertainment package consisted of a hand picked group of L.A. experienced musicians and a newcomer that’s trending very positive as a budding master of Jazz. Drummer/percussionist-Don Littleton’s Super Trio :James Leary Bass, Robert “Bobby” Pierce piano, Jazz soloists were Randall Willis Alto, Charles Owens Tenor and jazz sensation Chris Astoquillca on alto. Host/MC: Robert J. Carmack- producer, writer and actor.

The enthusiastic audience were up clapping and yelling from their seats because the musicians were off into another gear, especially young saxophonist Chris Astoquillca. who was let loose in second set and He did not disappoint. The buzz around Leimert Park Village the NEXT day told the true story. Chris made an IMPRESSION on the veteran players and the audience. Carmack is thinking ahead and looking forward to the followup event in November, Thanksgiving weekend…

POCKET JAZZ PRESENTS: CTI RECORDs Tribute ~ California Concert Redux 2! November 2019 music of Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine , Esther Phillips, Hank Crawford,Grover Washington,George Benson and other surprises..follow us on face book ~ Pocket Jazz Presents..#CaliforniaConcertRedux2

Robert J. Carmack has already begun discussions around presenting the entire play in August of 2020. Carmack has planned for a multi-night special event in 2020, on Charlie Parker Birthday next year in both Los Angeles, and San Francisco.. a Play – Night of Poets and Jazz Nu Beat Poets Society and Visual Artists(Painters,Sculptors and Assemblage art.

Producer/ Pocket Jazz Presents with Blues & Jazz singer/entrepreneur, Barbara Morrison outside the Barbara Morrison Theater LA Calif.

COMING SOON New Jazz Legends Series Pocket Jazz Presents! 2019/2020

About the producer: Robert J. Carmack He was first exposed to jazz in the late 1950s, as a kid watching the Steve Allen show. He would play with famous musicians, Robert liked the sound, He did not know the name of it. One day while watching the Dobie Gillis show with Maynard, who was a beatnik, said he would do anything to sit-in with Thelonious Monk playing Bongos.. years later, as young Robert was just starting out in music as a saxophone player, he heard a record by a friend’s big brother, who said “this is Monk’s, well you needn’t.” He made the earlier connection from his childhood, now a teenage player in a band, Carmack was hip and cool with his Tam and sunglasses .. Now all the young girls loved it because, He was different than the other guys.

Carmack went on to play professionally under a undisclosed stage name, for 25+ years, then due to medical issues became a writer of jazz history and avid fan of great players. As a writer / producer or blogger, He has worked, interviewed or promoted such luminaries as, McCoy Tyner, Doug Carn, Azar Lawrence, Bobby Womack, Commodores, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, Andy Bey, Mandrill/Lowrider band, Acknowledgement, Juini Booth/ LA Fog Band and the Sun Ra Tribute with R J Carmack & Juini Booth. contact: blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com~ @blues2jazzguy , or just follow on this site http://www.hipstersanctuary.com

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