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…

RETRO HIPSTER -SONNY FORTUNE: THANK GOD FOR THAT DAY JOB


posted by CHUCK KOTON,  Photo Journalist Contributor “ I was in the learning stage and I was going to jam sessions with guys who became the cats. ” With an auspicious name like Sonny Fortune, could there be any doubt that this man would find success and fulfillment down whatever path he chose to follow in life. Fortune-ately for jazz lovers, he…

GIVE THE DRUMMER SUM’ JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH SERIES: ELVIN JONES


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy Mr. Jones, a fixture of the Coltrane group from late 1960 to early 1966 and for more than three decades the leader of several noteworthy groups of his own, was the first great post-bebop percussionist. Building on the innovations of the jazz modernists Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, who…

HIPSTER RETRO – JAZZ SERIES:AZAR LAWRENCE CONQUER DIZZY’S NEW YORK


review posted by Chuck Koton  via #@blues2jazzguy “ The music this band plays recalls the ‘fire music’ Lawrence inhaled during his many years in McCoy Tyner’s band.”  Chuck Koton There ain’t no denyin’ that jazz is best heard “live.” Ideally, the band is playing in a club equipped with quality sound and lighting systems, staffed…

ECHOES OF AN ERA: THE FABULOUS QUINCY JONES


posted by  Eric L. Wattree via R.J. Carmack #blues2jazzguy Quincy Jones is one of the last truly GREAT composers and arrangers to come out of jazz, or any other form of music, in quite some time. NOBODY is greater, and no one ever has been. He stands among Ellington, Basie, Mancini, and Gershwin in complete…

HIPSTER SANCTUARY HALL of FAME SALUTES JAZZ TRUMPETER HOWARD McGHEE


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy Howard McGhee (born: March 6, 1918 in Tulsa, Oklahoma –  Died:July 17, 1987 in New York City) was one of the first bebop jazz trumpeters, together with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman. He was known for his fast fingers and very high notes. What is generally not…

HIPSTER SANCTUARY RETRO-JAZZ REVIEW:CAL MASSEY – BLACK LIBERATOR??


posted by Justin Scoville-musician,composer, educator,blogger CAL MASSEY   1928-1972   Introduction   Imagine the mid-1960’s in Brooklyn. You are strolling down New York Avenue to St. Gregory’s Church, where a benefit concert is being held to raise funds for a neighborhood playground. You are surprised to see John Coltrane’s Quartet playing A Love Supreme, with the…

Sonny Criss – Talented But Tragic


Originally posted on Geezer Music Club:
We haven’t featured a jazz musician for a while and today’s spotlight falls on one of the best, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. A contemporary of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker — in fact, he played alongside him in the early years — Criss was an early bloomer musically, but his career…

RETRO JAZZ REVIEW SERIES: FREDDIE HUBBARD’S MUSIC HERE TO STAY


posted by Justin Scoville – composer/musician/educator On December 27, 1962, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) headed into the studio with Jazz Messenger bandmates Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Cedar Walton (piano), and Reggie Workman (bass) to cut “Here to Stay,” a classic Blue Note album which also featured veteran Philly Joe Jones (drums). Overshadowed by “Hubtones” (1962) and…