CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH LEGEND BIG BLACK ~ PERCUSSIONIST


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy       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…

Harold Johnson Sextet Recaptures Magic In Reunion Concert


posted by blues2jazzguy    Robert J. Carmack Recently at the jazz club Catalina’s in Hollywood California, a crowd of fans, former schoolmates, neighbors, teachers all came together for a reunion concert by The Harold Johnson Sextet. Johnson is an accomplished producer,writer and arranger whose Jazz group kicked off their early music careers with a “hit…

HIPSTER VOTES CHURCHILL GROUNDS #1 BEST JAZZ SPOT IN ATLANTA


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy 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…

SAXOPHONIST DALE FIELDER RETURNS TO HERB ALPERT’S VIBRATO GRILL JAZZ


by Robert J. Carmack   #blues2jazzguy Coming Saturday October 3 2015 9PM DALE FIELDER with PAT SENATORE TRIO at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz 2930 N Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, California 90077 The Players:Dale Fielder saxes, Tom Ranier, piano Pat Senatore bass, Ramon Banda, drums Check out some vintage Dale Fielder music 1993 Free…

BILLY HIGGINS WORLD STAGE PRESENTS: POCKET JAZZ SERIES AUGUST 22 & 29


posted by #@blues2jazzguy Coming August 22/29 The World Stage Performance Gallery Pocket Jazz Series  Saturday August 22, 7:30pm The Genius of DUKE PEARSON:Thanks Uncle Duke Uncle Duke Legacy Band–Bobby WEST pianist/music director, Reggie Carson bassist,Ishmael Hunter drums,Derf Reklaw Flute/sax/percussion, Pat Sligh , Mechelle LaChaux and Jana Wilson Vocals;  M.C./Poet:Robert J. Carmack ********************************************************************************** Saturday August 29  7:30pm…

HBO BESSIE: MORE B FLAT THAN B NATURAL


posted by R.J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy BESSIE: More B FLAT Than B Natural by Robert J. Carmack Watching the HBO produced TV movie “Bessie” with Queen Latifah as Blues singer Bessie Smith was quite painful. I not sure which was worse the writing or the acting, to be honest, the acting was scattered by instances…