Category: Theater

BASSIST JUINI BOOTH & WRITER /ACTOR ROBERT J. CARMACK : BLACK AS 1000 NIGHTS~ARTISTRY & POEMS OF SUN RA


Robert J. Carmack @ World Stage 2017 original poetry & jazz

posted by Kamaad Tauhid  #@blues2jazzguy

BLACK AS 1000 NIGHTS: The Artistry and Poetry of SUN RA  a National Black History Event

WORLD STAGE PERFORMANCE GALLERY 

4321 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90008
(323) 293-2451      www.theworldstage.org

ONE NIGHT ONLY!  Saturday February 9th 9:pm $25 at Door  for a rare west coast appearance by Bassist/Composer. Arthur”JUINI” BOOTH former bassist for the man himself Sun Ra and his Afro-Futurists Arkestra. featuring the Spoken Word voice of SUN RA by actor/writer/producer/musician, Robert J. Carmack-MFA. 

Robert J. Carmack fresh off his production of original play 2018 :Interview with the High Prietess:NINA! a Sold out performance at the WORLD STAGE. 2015’s two events at World Stage A Tribute to Composer & Blue Note producer DUKE PEARSON – Charlie Yardbird Parker “21 Toot Salute” on Birds 95th birthday.

 

The content from the selected poems of Sun Ra are curated from the highly touted works from his days and weeks spent as artist-in-residence at University of California Berkeley circa 1970s.

“His widely eclectic and avant-garde music echoed the entire history of jazz, from ragtime and early New Orleans hot jazz, to swing musicbebopfree jazz and fusion. His compositions ranged from keyboard solos to works for big bands of over 30 musicians, along with electronic excursions, songs, chants, percussion pieces, and anthems. From the mid-1950s until his death, Ra led the musical collective The Arkestra (which featured artists such as Marshall AllenJohn Gilmore and June Tyson throughout its various iterations). Its performances often included dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate, futuristic costumes inspired by ancient Egyptian attire and the Space Age.”  

“SUN RA is Music & Poetry is Theater at Its Best” The Hipster Sanctuary  

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blountlegal name Le Sony’r Ra.. May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a  jazz composer, bandleader, piano / synthesizer  and Poet. Renown for his experimental music, “cosmic” philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. For much of his career, Ra led “The Arkestra”, an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up. Later on new audiences found SUN RA Music & POETRY was not only hip but spoke to their lens of how they view today’s world and actions.

Born and raised in Alabama, Blount became involved in the Chicago jazz scene during the late 1940s. He soon abandoned his birth name, taking the name Le Sony’r Ra, shortened to Sun Ra (after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun). He developed a complex persona and an idiosyncratic, myth-based credo that would make him a pioneer of Afrofuturism. He claimed to be an alien from Saturn on a mission to preach peace, and throughout his life.  He publicly denied ties to his prior identity. 

The Players for the evening’s performances

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Juini Booth-basses/keyboards – music director (formerly played & recorded with SUN RA, Tony Williams  Lifetime,Gary Bartz, Woody Shaw, and McCoy Tyner, to name only a few;

 

 

Robert J. Carmack – spoken word/actor/musician~ performed with Azar Lawrence, Juini Booth, Dale Fielder,producer/writer 2018’s successful work in progress Interview with the High Prietess: Nina!  original play by R.J. Carmack.. Encore coming 2019 for extended run. Creator of Pocket Jazz 2019! melding of jazz, poetry,and theater with painters and sculptors.

 

 

Guillermo E. Brown -Guillermo E. Brown pays his bills by playing drums with Reggie Watts’s band on The Late Late Show with James Corden, but he has a long history in the avant-garde. Brown has collaborated with jazz giants such as Matthew Shipp, David S. Ware, and Vijay Iyer; eclectic electronic musicians such as DJ Spooky, Jamie Lidell, and Spring Heel Jack; and boundary-pushing hiphop artists such as El-P and Antipop Consortium

 

Mahesh Balasooriya – former pianist/keyboards for Natalie Cole, Waberi Jordan, David S. Ware , also the great Aurturo Sandoval  and the late saxophonist Zane Musa..

 

 

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JAZZ THEMED-PAINTER SAM PACE TALKS HIGH MODES , WET STREETS & DARK SHADOWS


Journalist,Actor/Poet, Robert J. Carmack  sits down for a chat with the powerful Jazz painter, SAM PACE.

COMING IN AUGUST 2018 @ Hipster Sanctuary… 

SUN RA- “Space is the Place”

 

“Fiddler Blue” Not the official title, Just what I call it” -RJ Carmack

MONK- Well You needn’t”- not artist title my name..Lol!

 

 

COMING MARCH 3rd 2018 INTERVIEW WITH THE HIGH PRIESTESS: NINA! an Original Play


JANA WILSON Portrays Nina Simone the High Priestess of Soul! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW LIMITED SEATS! Click Link!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interview-with-the-high-priestess-nina-an-original-musical-play-tickets-40769094459?aff=ehomesaved

Robert J. Carmack~ Writer-Director_Producer and Actor

 

 

COMING 2018 INTERVIEW WITH THE HIGH PRIESTESS:NINA SIMONE ~ ORIGINAL PLAY


an Original Play by Robert J. Carmack – Black History Month

COMING  to the Los Angeles area  February 2018

The Actors

Ms. Jana Wilson as

High Priestess Nina Simone

~in Loving Tribute~

 

 

 

 

 

Robert J. Carmack as    the Reporter~Karl Lee

written,produced and directed ~R.J.Carmack

Music-Poetry-Drama

SINGER ELOISE LAWS JOINS AWARD WINNER “NORTH ON SOUTH CENTRAL” MUSICAL


posted by Kaumaad Tauhid      #@blues2jazzguy

 

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Los Angeles _It was announced recently by Carla Du Pree Clark Director of the hit Musical,”North On South Central”, Ms. Eloise Laws has joined the talented cast. The Houston born singer/songwriter is well-known for her gifted voice being heard on radio stations and concert halls around the world. But, in recent years,she’s also put her vocal skills to work on the Theater stage as well. while most will remember her chart toppers,You’re Incredible,Love Comes Easy, and Baby You Lied..she also excelled in her theatrical endeavors with a Tony Award Nomination for a musical she co-wrote and starred in “It’s Nothing But the Blues.”    17022235_10212551378763295_5203571639174267846_n

Ms. Laws comes from a very talented family of singers and musicians, including iconic brothers, Hubert and Ronnie…with younger sister Debra, fully established in her own career.

 

Eloise is asking all of her fans in Los Angeles to come out and support this award-winning Musical, “North on South Central”.. It’s a Keeper! eloise-laws-1-silver-gown

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HARLEM NEW YORK HONORS ACTOR /PRODUCER ROME NEAL


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

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JOIN US IN SINGING PRAISE SONGS FOR A GREAT MAN AND ARTIST!!  as reported by N.Y. Radio Host/Writer Playthell Benjamin from Harlem USA –  Rome Neal 1

Last night the New York Jazz and Theater community honored one of their heroes: ROME NEAL: actor, director, promoter.producer, singer, cultural warrior. Harlem State Senator Bill Perkins came down from the Capitol in Albany to present him with an official Proclamation recognizing his extraordinary contribution to the cultural life of New York on the 12th anniversary of his “Banana Pudding” Jazz concerts, held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the fashionable, artsy, East Village. The Nuyorican is a cultural landmark that was a pioneering institution in the flourishing arts scene there.

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Rome was joined by family and friends as he was serenaded by a wide variety of the GREAT MUSICIANS he has promoted and worked with over the years, amid panegyrics from thespians like the inimitable Woody King.

My full review of the tribute will be forthcoming.   photos & text by Playthell G. Benjamin

Follow him at this link: https://commentariesonthetimes.wordpress.com

Congratulations ROME NEAL On 12 Years of Banana Puddin’ Jazz Concerts!!

OPEN LETTER TO ALL MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS


posted by #@blues2jazzguy
Hello friends and family,  (Heads-Up)
I’m less than 30 days away from launching my Crowd Funding Project to raise $25,000. dollars for my new theater project ” Chitlin’ Circuit” : a Glimpse into the Los Angeles Club Music Scene of late 40s,1950s & early 60s. featuring music of T Bone Walker, L.A. Doo-Wop, Etta James,Bobby Blue Bland, Otis Redding and Nellie Lutcher.  bobby2 ZAPMost of you who know me,  know I’m very passionate and committed to extending our legacy in Black music whether its Blues, Jazz or Soul, “By ANY MEDIUM NECESSARY! I NEED YOUR HELP, Please take the time to read about what I’m attempting to do when I post my Crowd Funding Profile. more importantly, donate what you can to the cause. most expenses will be in getting costs of the period piece costumes in line with my budget and of course the licensing fees for the use of the music,  Of course the typical costs of venue, props and rehearsal space. I have more than 30 years experience in theater, production publicity, music promotions,a the last 8 years in Social Media Marketing. I will attempt to raise $25,000 for this production in 3 months. WE accept all “In-Kind donations” as well with clothing/posters or pictures from the 40s,50s, and early 60s.

You may email me at Blues2jazz2003@Yahoo .com a more detailed announcement and profile for Crowd Funding will be posted on all social media outlets in less than 30 days from now Please look forward to the announcement… Thanks RJ Carmack