Category: RETRO CHAMBER

SAYING GOOD-BYE TO A LEGEND: HERB JEFFRIES 1913 – 2014


posted by Robert J. Carmack @blues2jazzguy

RIP HERB JEFFRIES Sept. 24, 1913 – May 25, 2014.   Herb Jeffries is last  surviving  member of Duke Ellington’s early 1940s Band. The Bronze Buckaroo as he was known during his days as a singing actor of early black  cinema.     Herb Jeffries    RIP NOW

 

Read the LA Times  in-depth story on this great man. (click on link)

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-herb-jeffries-20140526-story.html#page=1

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REST IN LOVE & PEACE: JESSICA CLEAVES 1948 – 2014


posted by Robert J. Carmack  @blues2jazzguy

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Singer/ songwriter, Jessica Cleaves Passed away early this morning. at the present time there are no details to share.. a family statement is expected in the very near future.

Born: December 10 1948 –  Transitioned: May 2 2014

The Friends of Distinction formed in 1968 in Los Angeles with original members Floyd Butler, Harry Elston, Jessica Cleaves, and Barbara Love. Butler and Elston had worked together in The Hi-Fi’s in the mid 1960s, often opening for Ray Charles. Other members of the Hi-Fi’s were Marilyn McCoo and Lamont McLemore, who would later co-found The Fifth Dimension.

The Friends of Distinction were discovered by American football player Jim Brown, who also discovered Earth, Wind & Fire, and were signed to RCA Records. Ms Cleaves was also a featured singer in the early days of Earth , Wind and Fire. and , in more recent time she was quite  visible with George Clinton’ & Parliament.     300-px-friends-of-distinction

Jessica was born in Los Angeles. Jessica Cleaves was born to Mary Gladys Cleaves , a librarian, and Lane C. Cleaves II, a U.S. Postal employee.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather, Lane C. Cleaves Sr., was presiding Bishop over Phillips Temple, CME.

Cleaves’ godson filmmaker Armand Araujo , begun filming her life story Jessica Cleaves, My Friends of Distinction in 2013.

 

 

REMEMBERING TWO ECLECTIC ~CONTROVERSIAL PLAYS FROM A GONE ERA


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Who Remembers these two plays and what were the circumstances in which you remember?  please comment.

WHAT THE WINE-SELLERS BUY- RON MILNER

SLOW DANCE ON THE KILLING GROUND – WILLIAM  HANLEY

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a young Clarence Williams III  showcases his acting skills – 1964

Veteran  Actor Glynn Turman ,is the only actor connected to both plays.  He made his Los Angeles stage debut in Vinnette Carroll‘s “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground.” An impressive 1974 performance in “The Wine Sellers” earned him a “Los Angeles     Critics Award” nomination and a  Dramalogue Award.   images (10) Glynn

The play was also produced on Broadway as “What The Wine Sellers Buy.” He won his first NAACP Image Award for his work in the play “Eyes of the American.” Most recently, Glynn  Turman was honored with his first Emmy Award after 50 years on stage & screen.

 

JAM! CELEBRATE & SUPPORT JAZZ LIVE & RECORDED


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APRIL IS  JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

Jazz Appreciation Month was created to be an annual event that would pay tribute to jazz as both a living and as a historic music. Schools, organizations, even governments, celebrate JAM with events ranging from free concerts to educational programs. The first year was 2001, and initial funding was provided by the                             Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

 (Miss Fitzgerald’s archives are housed at the Smithsonian).

Hipster Sanctuary.Com  are proud to sponsor and support organizations , groups and individuals that help carry the legacy of Jazz on Stage, Film, Radio or Television .  in keeping with that noble mission, we highly recommend the following  event(s) below;

Theatre Perception Consortium presents  The Club Alabam   Directed by Tu’Nook

Situated on “The Block” in the heart of Central Avenue, the Club Alabam served as a primary site for the “West Coast Renaissance of Jazz” in Los Angeles.  Previously called the Apex Club, the club opened in the Fall of 1928 and was owned by the drummer Curtis Mosby.  “Mosby’s Bluesblowers” provided the house big band that performed for top entertainers like Duke Ellington.

Mosby’s brother Evan, another Central Avenue fixture, became known as the “unofficial mayor” of Central Avenue . While the Club Alabam faced Central Ave. , competition from other “blues incubators” like the Last Word, the Down Beat, Shepp’s Playhouse, Watt’s Joe Morris’s Plantation and Johnny Otis’s  Barrel House. Locals considered the Club Alabam the classiest establishment on Central Avenue, complete with valet parking and a in-house chorus line . the Club Alabam served mainly the black upper-middle class, but it became a popular spot among the black working class as well.

Alex Lovejoy owned the “Breakfast Club,” the club’s second floor room, which served fried chicken, hot biscuits, and drinks.

On any given night at the famed Club Alabam, only the best of the best performed and sat-in with the house bands over the years ,such as Mile Davis, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Billy Holiday, Dorothy Dandridge.. Like the Harlem integrated club, Cotton club, It too attracted white high-profile Hollywood entertainers. Even the likes of a very inebriated W.C. Fields who enjoyed frequent visits  accidentally fell asleep inside the adjacent Dunbar Hotel and became the first to integrate the hotel unknowingly.

This hot Jazz musical Revue will take a slice of life at the Club Alabam during the  1940s and 50s ,by presenting a bevy of allstar musicians, singers and actors who portray the likes of  Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker.

Call 323-552-8283 for RSVP/ Advance Tickets Limited  Seating

Performance Dates: April 27, May 4 and May 11

SUNDAY Afternoons Only at 4:pm

The Performers Corner  214 Hardy Street  Inglewood, Calif. 92509

Media and Publicity: RJC Mediatainment-951-840-7120     twitter:@blues2jazzguy email: blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com

THE CLUB ALABAM A MUST SEE MUSIC REVUE


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 Theatre  Perception Consortium  Presents

THE CLUB  ALABAM          Directed by Tu’Nook

featuring the artistry of

BILLIE HOLIDAY  ELLA FITZGERALD JOSEPHINE BAKER

CAB CALLOWAY  JOE WILLIAMS   LITTLE WALTER

NINA SIMONE     DOROTHY  DANDRIDGE

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ROBBY ROYALE   IMPRESARIO~HOST

APRIL  27    MAY  4    MAY 11   SUNDAY AFTERNOONS   4:PM  

PERFORMERS  CORNER  214 HARDY ST.  INGLEWOOD,CA. 90301

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CALL for Information & Advanced Reservations  RSVP  LIMITED SEATING  310 -910 – 0392 or 323-552-8283

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Advance:$20     Door:$25           {refreshments  available }

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COMING JUNE 21 2014 CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC LEGACY


RJC Mediatainment & Hipster Sanctuary.Com

Celebrating Black Music Month

Presents

A Love Supreme 50th Anniversary:The Spirit of John Coltrane’s Legacy

an Evening of Living Art – live Jazz – Performance Poetry

Guest Artist Exhibit on Display 

Hosted by R.J.  Carmack

The Performers Corner  214 Hardy St. Inglewood, CA.

JUNE 21  2014  ONE NIGHT ONLY – TWO Shows   8PM  & 10PM

Email inquiries:blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com -RSVP -Tickets starts May 20th  -$20  includes one adult beverage or soft drink

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