WINDY BARNES FEATURED IN AWARD WINNING MUSICAL PLAY..NORTH ON SOUTH CENTRAL


posted by Robert J. Carmack    #@blues2jazzguy

sultry singer/songwriter Windy Barnes

If you just happened to be in attendance at many of the early 80s Stevie Wonder concerts and just by chance wondered “Who was that searing angelic voice coming across the microphone over the music?” Well..chances are,that was Ms. Windy Barnes. “Windy” came whirling into Los Angeles as part of the national touring cast of the Hit musical, The WIZ in 1977. while all good things must come to an end, the The Wiz went on to score as a hit movie and quite a brand item. However, Windy’s sights  were on bigger fish. Upon getting a call that Stevie Wonder was trying get in touch with her,  Stevie heard her voice at a Richard Pryor Telethon. Stevie over the Television announced   “If anyone knew her to please contact him immediately.. one thing lead to another, they finally connected.  Windy spent multiple years as a member of Stevie’s backup group “Wonder Love.”

The experience while singing with the great Stevie Wonder, It was not anything I ever witnessed. During that time in my life, I was actually “Living Inside the Music” While touring with Stevie Wonder. Now known as Windy Barnes-Farrell resides still in Los Angeles suburb with her significant other.

This is Windy’s second time around with the lead role in North On South Central, a NAACP multi award winner, Directed by Ms. Carla DuPree Clark and co-written by Larry Robinson and Tu’nook(Barbara Alexander) TPC.

Windy is the total package, as she is also a prolific entertainer and songwriter too. She has written two originals for this musical,Hold On,Be Strong (co-written by Andre Washington) and “Perfect View” also co-written by Andre Washington ,both are featured songs in the famous night club, Alabam ,which she(Eloise) and her husband owns on Central Avenue during the heyday of “the so-called Black Hollywood” up and down Central avenue.”  http://windybarnes.com/

In an interview with me recently, the vivacious Windy Barnes-Farell shared what her early up-bringing was like in Chicago. when she was only 3 years old, She would get up on a box in church and sing gospel songs and entertain the congregation every Sunday . “Barnes-Farrell went on to say, “I don’t think I ever thought I was Not going to be an entertainer. With that dream in her head, she left home at 15 years old  by 16 she was working as a professional singer, holding her own among veteran singers and flim-flam artist who wanted to take advantage of her . She got her first big break by joining the Comedian Redd Foxx Tour in early 1970s..Windy was finally on her way to greater things. Windy Barnes Farrell noted for her soulful yet angelic voice, is also an accomplished actor, songwriter, producer and choral director. She has written and produced several CDs, numerous musical events, music videos and jingles that have been featured worldwide. Windy is founder and CEO of WINDY CITY ENTERTAINMENT (WCE), a music production company that develops and mentors singers with the WINDY BARNES INTERNATIONAL VOICE ACADEMY (WBIVA). ” Many of today’s young singers don’t have the proper training to “last, or cut it” with the music business, I would say to them. a. learn how to read music b. seek a coach and learn ear training. c. never let go of your dream.” Windy chimed in.

WCE has provided specialized entertainment for the following successful clients; Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows 2007 & 2008, KCET Holiday Celebration, Comedy Central PBS, House of Blues, B.B. Kings, Portman Ritz Carlton – Shanghai, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Macau, Sirocco – Bangkok, Ed Weinberger, Pastor Shirley Caesar, the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Lou Rawls Evening of Stars show. Windy has toured extensively with Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, and Michael Bolton to name drop a few.  WindyCityEntertainment.net

Windy has starred in various productions including Jezebel, The Wiz, Gospelrella and Voices.  She is the proud recipient of the prestigious HAL Award for Theater Excellence. In addition,Windy has performed on five Continents and currently headlines internationally and locally at various venues in and around Los Angeles. “Windy…one of the most beautiful voices in America” – Julio Iglesias.    

Go and Catch Windy as Eloise in the Award winning Musical play North On South Central  directed by Carla DuPree-Clark & produced by TPC.  Sunday March 26 at 5pm The Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro  for ticket info  (click on following link) http://www.wgt.tix.com  or email this writer at blues2jazz2003@yahoo

JAZZ ICON BENNIE MAUPIN & CELLOIST-VOCALIST SHANA TUCKER INVADES WORLD STAGE


Posted by Robert J. Carmack Photos by Chuck Koton

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Bennie Maupin & Shana Tucker @ World Stage

 

 

With me not being able to attend this electrifying show, Lucky for me  one of my contributing photographers was there , Mr. Chuck Koton. Chuck Koton is a well-respected shutter-bug of our genre, that always seem to be on the scene. when the downbeat is signaled, Chuck’s lens is working to capture the essence of the sessions.

hipster-drummerand-pianist-w-benny-maupin-koton-pixsThanks again for these great pictures. The world Stage , Founded by Drummer Billy Higgins and Poet Laureate Kamaau Daood over 25 years ago. The new World Stage is off to a great start in its new facilities . Over the last 4 months they have procured a plethora of  legendary jazz artists.    This past weekend was no different as multi-instrumentalist and composer, Bennie Maupin  brought in his aggregation of players.

In addition to his group of fine musicians, He also showcased Shana Tucker, a new face and voice thats been making a lots of noise on the east coast with superior skills on cello, guitar and vocals. Spurred on by her success of her debut CD “Shine” just a couple of years ago. The young entertainer did not disappoint with her sublime performances on all her instruments.

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Jazz vocalist/musician Shana Tucker , with family friend and fan Clyde Head backstage at World Stage Performance Gallery

This writer promises a more personal interview very soon with the young musician, Ms. Shana Tucker, on her latest projects and coming tour venues. Stay tuned to this blog or #@blues2jazzguy – twitter

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JAZZ DIVA SANDRA BOOKER RETURNS TO L.A. COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART


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Sandra Booker @ LACMA_Singer/songwriter Sandra Booker returns to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for her eighth appearance at part of the Jazz at LACMA series. Back by popular demand, she is a museum favorite and guaranteed to swing the night away with a collection of jazz and R&B standards as well as her original compositions.

The Group 

Andy Langham, piano/keyboards
Edwin Livingston, acoustic/electric bass
Thomas White, drums

Friday, October 7
6:00 to 8:00pm

ADMISSION: FREE

Los Angeles County Music of Art
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 857-6000

Sandra Booker seated with bassist Mike Gurrola

Sandra Booker seated with bassist Mike Gurrola

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JAZZ PIANIST LENORE RAPHAEL: ISN’T SHE GRAND !


posted by Robert J. Carmack   @blues2jazzguy

There are many piano players in the world, boiling down that premise to just Jazz piano players is not a solution either. One could just look inside a union directory, or go on a jazz site and start counting under the letter P.

However, when you call out “women jazz piano players” ,ahhhhh, now that cleaves it down to  almost a virtual-handful in the scheme of things. One of these ladies that stand out, but still “under the radar” is New York born,Lenore Raphael              (born Lenore Hyams). lenore-raphael-smallnow3

Lenore is a jazz pianist and educator heavily influenced by Oscar Peterson, George Shearing and the great Bill Evans, just a few of the many legendary artists who have touched the life of this  “Lady of Jazz.” without getting all “cliché” Lenore is a Pianist’s Pianist. What helped form that opinion by music masters many years ago was her PERFORMING at Carnegie Hall in a classical musical setting as a mere teenager. Taking that old adage to heart of “How Do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice Baby,Practice!

Growing up in New York was half the battle before she even got started, one of the greatest cities to live and study the arts and particularly, Music. Studying classical music all through high school prepared her for her debut at the famous hall. However, She always believe there was more to it than just becoming another pianist playing classical music. she continued her studies at New York University where she received a bachelor of Arts in Music.

lenore-raphael-now2-900magAfter some post- grad work, she began her career as a Music educator in the New York schools, all the while keeping her ears to the ground for opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills, she happened upon a concert that featured the great jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. That one concert changed her whole life and how she viewed the world in music. She became consumed with how she could learn more about this genre, and its master players. Most importantly, How could she become a part of this beautiful music.

After a series of study sessions with jazz teachers like Mike Longo,(Dizzy Gillespie’s arranger) she also became a student of the “Bud Powell school of Jazz” Pianist, Barry Harris.

Harris has extensive and credible work as bandleader and sideman to some of the world’s greatest  artists in the history of Jazz.  It wasn’t long before Lenore was making a name for herself as a formidable jazz pianist. The Concrete Jungle was not without ears, especially when those “ears”   were attached to the likes of Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet and Clark Terry ,who hired her to work with them on the road and at home concerts.

“I couch Lenore between the likes of Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland, according to Women’s Jazz advocate and singer/songwriter, Joan Cartwright, who knows Lenore well.

“Ms. Raphael has worked with me and my organization on Women in Jazz South Florida,Inc. (http://www.wijsf.com) a few times.  She even appeared on one of our Jazz CD compilations.

A composer as well as performer, Lenore Raphael penned a tribute composition to Oscar Peterson following his death ,Blues for O.P.  It premiered at a memorial concert for Peterson at the International Association for Jazz Convention in Toronto,Canada. One of her compositions ,is now considered a Jazz standard, Johnny Jazz.

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Lenore Raphael, even after all these years on the road and recording in Live concerts and TV, Radio shows, still finds time to do what she started many years ago and that’s teaching music.

Working with a bevy of jazz musicians and music professionals, She and vocalist Janet Lawson have developed a program for elementary students to learn about the history of jazz. This is a format of “combined-efforts” on the part of well established Jazz artist and legends like the Drummond brothers,Ray and Billy,Clark Terry,and Arnie Lawrence. this series has become the model for teaching students the fundamentals of jazz in the curriculum of many schools across the country.

Lenore is committed to spreading the jazz message to children, Raphael has co-created with Marcia Hillman a book-and-tape series called Scat Cat’s Adventures in Jazzland. She has also published a jazz theory book for senior students.

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Lenore Raphael usually records with her first-call band mates, bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Rudy Lawless

An authorized and accredited Steinway artist, Raphael still has her own radio show that features guest artists chatting and performing with her on an hour-long program.

steinway-sons-piano Her guests have included jazz artistes Jon Hendricks, Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Gene Bertoncini, Joel Frahm and Marlene Ver Plank.

Her most popular CDs include The Whole Truth, Reflections, Wingin’ It, A Beautiful Friendship and Class Act.

People that influence the world of jazz has said;

Jon Hendricks ~legendary Jazz singer/composer, Lenore is one of the baddest pianist out there today” 

Henry Holloway Capetown,South Africa~”Lenore is the best jazz/swing pianist in the World in my opinion,” Her music master’s classes are awesome too.

Brian Hough Jass Man Magazine~ “This blond ambassador of Steinway will musically knock your socks off”

Jazz writer John Gilbert has called Lenore “Simply one of the best pianist in our form..She always swings. Most critics always used words like”swinging,emotional, and artistically subtle when describing Lenore’s playing.” 

Swinging has always been of major importance to Lenore since she listened to her idols Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson. So is “telling the story”. She strives to be in touch with the intent of the tune when she plays.

Today, Ms. Raphael enjoys the respect of not only the jazz masters and peers, but many of the “new jazz cats & kittens.”  There’s been some rumors of late that, Lenore is in the beginning stages of a new “hush-hush” project involving her knowledge,skills as a composer and deep knowledge of jazz history for a potential TV show. no details at the moment, but it promises to be a block-buster. Stay tuned to this blog for further details as they arrive. For further information and programming notes for Lenore’s radio show click on the hot link below.

http://www.lenoreraphael.com

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YOUNG JAZZ PIANIST OPENS 59th MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL GALA


posted by Robert J. Carmack via Contributor Wayne Hooper

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Opening Night in Monterey CA ..59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival! Gala Dinner Honoring Quincy Jones w/guest MC and teenage friend in Seattle in the 1940’s,Clint Eastwood! Live music by child prodigy Jazz pianist Joey Alexander and his trio!  Many thanks to my good friend, Wayne Hooper for his contributions to this article & photos.

Happy Wedding Anniversary Wayne!

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NEW YORK PEOPLE TO WATCH: WHITNEY MARCHELLE


posted by Robert J. Carmack    #blues2jazzguy

 

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Jazz Singer Whitney Marchelle photo by The Buffalo News

WHITNEY MARCHELLE- Singer/piano & guitar/songwriter-BMi, Light Jazz, R&B and Straight- Ahead

Venues: Grammy and Olympic Events Nationally. Several International Jazz Festivals, Quincy Jones, New York Blue Note, with Clark Terry at New York Blue Note Club, Art Deco Festival in Miami Florida . Performed at Dusit Dubai Hotel in Dubai United Emirates.

She’s worked Memorial Art Gallery with Wycliffe Gordon -Rochester, Lodge At The Woodcliffe/Rochester NY Golf Resort. Kwanza Day Rochester NY,Flushing Town Hall, Mintons Playhouse and the Apollo Theater for the Frankie Manning 100 show.

Performed for five presidents and has worked with Herbie Hancock, Steve Turre, Jeremy Pelt, Frank Lacy, Patience Higgins, Drake University(Big Band). Opened for Bill Withers and Les McCann with a R&B musical show.

 

Brand new CD coming out very soon.  Whitney Marchelle Interview coming soon to discuss whats happening today and near future.  Check out  Me, Marsalis & Monk CD 

 

 

 

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DALE FIELDER QUARTET RESILIENCE! HINDSIGHT 20 YEARS


posted by Robert J. Carmack        #@blues2jazzguy

Los Angeles_ Dale Fielder, the LA based  musician,composer,bandleader is just one of those rare entities that chooses to grow and get better with time. After more than 20 years as the leader of Dale Fielder Quartet, Dale fielder sax orange shirt He keeps re-inventing himself with his great original compositions or performing on different instruments he has mastered,which now seems to be the Baritone Sax.

This writer and Dale Fielder connections goes all the way back to 1992 in the springtime, as Los Angeles was just trying to heal its wounds from a bitter uprising over the Rodney King /LAPD incident. One of the brightest vehicles to come out of that time was the emergence of Leimert Park Village , a quaint piece of L.A. dedicated to the African-American and World Cultural Arts community where it all came together as “One”. Another positive wave of transition came into play was the re-emergence of the “Coffee House”. the most popular of that period was Fifth Street Dick’s . Truly a magnet for good classic Jazz, spirited conversation,chess and later on “LIVE” Music performed 7 days a week. The Owner Richard Fulton began his business model of just having a safe, & sober place for recovering people to enjoy life without undue influences that contributed to their downfall in life.after his Coffee House’s popularity grew so quickly, Richard an avid jazz collector, moved to the next level and began presenting jazz in a Jam session format on Fridays and Saturday night. He hired Dale Fielder to “lead the charge and see what develops”, Inside of six months, Richard had the most talked about “Spot” in LA, Musicians were coming over after the Gigs and hitting with Dale and the fellas, along with The World Stage around the corner, There was nothing like this phenomena since the 1950s or 1940s on Central Ave. Dale Fielder was at the Eye of the Hurricane, as all of this Jazz Utopia was going Down.

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Dale began to develop a reputation for having great musicians in his band and his playing was becoming legendary on saxophone especially on alto which he was playing a lot in those early years. Two of the young-lions of that era that were constantly among the personnel used by Dale Fielder were , Thomas “Mr. Taste” and Bill “The Count” Markus.  They were among the best of the best that performed powerfully when called upon. Jane Getz who had already made her bones inside the New York Jazz scene  with the likes of Charlie Mingus and other legendary fixtures on the scene, was now living in Los Angeles .She and Dale found each other through the music in LA , and fit in perfectly as the final piece of the Quartet, bringing experience, skill and panache to the group.  21 years later, here they are still glowing. still pumping out great original jazz compositions. They perform together today as a family unit, each knowing the other’s strengths and nuances, and how to make them even better.

" Fresh New Material" from Dale Fielder

” Fresh New Material” from Dale Fielder

There are many words to describe greatness and masterful, I choose “passionately sublime” to attach to this group. I can also say the same for their latest presentation on CD, RESILIENCE! a double CD by the Dale Fielder Quartet.

Passion is a word that most definitely sears all of Dale Fielder’s compositions and arrangements. This writer is always most struck by his choice of titles for his songs he writes. I also respect his courage for writing and producing his own music, compositions that rests on their own merits, while giving  nods to the masters who came before. That’s saying a lot when many of today’s so-called jazz musicians are just faxing – in rehashed standards, Dale is smashing the molds ,even present beautiful, romantic music with the “Hog-legged Baritone Saxophone”.

He brings a new elegance to this instrument standing out from others who might have chosen the more”sexy soprano or tenor”.

“On Resilience, Fielder is still able to barrel through the changes of these quite poignant tunes and still make Humming-bird like sensitivity in his solos, that offers a balancing-act relegated mostly to Cirque Soliel.”

Dale wanted this CD to be special , its a double CD!  a jewel of a caveat is unleashed in this session in the persona of Ms. Rita Edmond. another Los Angeles native that is kept almost on a “NEED to KNOW” basis, and You need to know Rita. If one wanted to prove why this genre has nothing but great days ahead,One need only listen to Rita Edmond and Dale Fielder play behind her charming  and skillful vocals. Without drawing obvious comparisons, but certainly this duo harken the days of Dinah Washington and Gary Mulligan.

Ms. Edmond sings on two of Dale Fielder’s most romantic compositions, Days and Night with You and Romance Serenade. These songs are among my favorites of Fielder’s previously recorded in early 2001 off the Romance Serenade CD performed instrumentally on tenor and soprano respectfully.

This time Dale attacks these songs with his own lyrics added and Rita Edmond delivering the message. She is a great communicator of song, which becomes her very own once she touches the melody. Both of these tunes are light and breezy,yet  so romantic and sexy. All of this happening with the sound of the baritone sax ,an almost Beauty and the Beast montage being summoned. This time the beast is the hero who gets the girl.

Edmond unapologetically embraces Fielder’s writing like she wrote the tune and comes across like another saxophone on the recording. I’m equally impressed with her ability to wrap her velvety voice around these lyrics, which sells the whole notion of why we even bother to listen to Jazz. I see Rita Edmond sky-rocketing to the top of the charts  and the new jazz divas list very soon.   ALL of this spells BUY NOW!!  Get RESILIENCE!

The Dale Fielder Quartet Double CD on Clarion Jazz

http://www.dalefieldermusic.com

Dale & Rita 2015 photos Craig Robinson

Dale & Rita 2015
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TACO PETE SUPPORTS BAND ~ PLIGHT


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Support the Band PLIGHT Jazz Ensemble event

Night of the Grassroots Hip-Nosis   an evening of music & spoken word paying tribute to jazz icons Bobby Hutcherson & Jackie McLean. Sat July 30th 8pm  World Stage Performance Gallery   4321 Degnan Blvd LA California 90008

Tickets:$20/$25 at door  more info  call 951-840-7120

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


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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.

 

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Harold Mabern – Master Pianist  Harold Mabern, one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists, was born in Memphis, a city that produced saxophonists George Coleman and Charles Lloyd, pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. and trumpeter Booker Little. He was an unsung hero of the 1960s hardbop scene, performing and recording with many of its finest artists, and only in recent years has he begun to garner appreciation for his long-running legacy in jazz and the understated power of his talent; as critic Gary Giddins has written, “With the wind at his back, he can sound like an ocean roar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During his over half-century on the scene as sideman and leader, he has played and recorded with such greats as Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, just to name a few. “I was never concerned with being a leader, I just always wanted to be the best sideman I could be. Be in the background so you can shine through.

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Intimate music venue features the biggest names in jazz & serves drinks, plus Italian-American fare.
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