NINA SIMONE LEGACY~MISUNDERSTOOD??


“posted by  Robert J. Carmack   #blues2jazzguy With the upcoming production of NINA, a so-called biopic surrounding the life and loves of Nina Simone. There is tremendous opposition to the film from all sides and motives. It certainly has been no secret how I felt about the casting of Zoe Saldana in the starring role.I…

GRAMMY WINNING EWF BANDLEADER MAURICE WHITE DIES


RIP MAURICE & NATALIE #blues2jazzguy   posted by Robert J. Carmack The founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in his sleep early Thursday morning, his brother, Verdine stated emotionally. White, 74, died from complications brought on by Parkinson’s Disease. His band had a series of hits including Reasons,September, Boogie Wonderland,…

THE DUKE OF GROOVE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE DUKE


posted by Robert J. Carmack              #blues2jazzguy George Duke was a musical innovator, creator, and mentor to so many. His legacy as a recording artist is vast, from Cannonball Adderly to Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa to Michael Jackson, to over 40 recordings as a solo artist. Simply put, George forever…

REMEMBERING SWEET LOU WILSON~ MANDRILL FOREVER AND BEYOND


posted by blues2jazzguy RIP Sweet Lou 1939-2013               We ask that you light a candle, hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer as we remember Lou. vocalist,trumpeter,composer,percussionist and co-founding member of Mandrill.                        

R&B SOUL GROUP THE WHISPERS NICHOLAS CALDWELL DEAD AT 71


posted by Robert J. Carmack      blues2jazzguy One of the Original members of the R&B group,The Whispers has passed at the age of 71. The cause of death are not totally clear as Caldwell was facing  several life threatening  challenges as recently as part of  last year , when he went on the record…

MULTI-AWARD WINNING SINGER NATALIE COLE SUCCUMBS AT 65


posted by blues2jazzguy   Singer-songwriter Natalie Cole, daughter of world renown crooner, Nat King Cole. She’s best known for her Grammy Award-winning album Inseparable. Natalie Cole was born in Los Angeles,California on February 6, 1950, to singers Nat “King” Cole and Maria Cole. After battling life’s trials/tribulations and poor health in latter years, Natalie Maria…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAMSEY: STILL THE IN CROWD @ 80


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy Composer, Pianist, TV host and Jazz legend RAMSEY LEWIS has been referred to as “the great performer,”  a title reflecting his performance and style. It seems strange saying Ramsey Lewis in the same sentence as 80 years old.  Still youthful looking and playing at the peek of his power…

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN-PERCY SLEDGE 1941-2015 RIP


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy Soul Music icon, Percy Sledge, after being taken off the road late last year and hospitalized has died. it was announced on Tuesday, April 13, by a spokesperson for the family. The Southern Soul singer recorded one of the “biggest” records of 1966, When a Man Loves a…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES STEPNEY-YOUR MUSIC MADE THE DIFFERENCE RIP 1931 – 1976


posted by  Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy Arranger/producer Charles Stepney is heard on gold and platinum hits by the Dells and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as Chicago soul acts ranging from Rotary Connection to Terry Callier. While a staff arranger and producer at Chicago-based Chess Records, label artist Ramsey Lewis recorded one of his…