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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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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SAXOPHONIST DALE FIELDER LAUNCHES NEW DOUBLE CD RESILIENCE!


" Fresh New Material" from Saxophonist Dale Fielder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Fielder is a jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. Fielder is best known for his work as a baritone saxophonist since his 2004 CD, “Baritone Sunride“.  He is devotee of the late great jazz baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Fielder was actively involved  in producing and performing at the 1st International Pepper Adams Jazz Festival in Los Angeles in October 2012 where he shared the stage with jazz baritone sax great Gary Smulyan.

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The MAN and his GOLDEN HORNS

Fielder followed the Pepper Adams celebration by touring with his Tribute Quintet performing his project: “The Music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet 1958-1961”. Their CD ‘Each Time I Think Of You‘ was released in Oct. 2012. In 2014, Fielder released his 15th CD, “Dream Dancing” – Live at Lincoln Park with guitarist Eric Johnson. Fielder is releasing his 16th CD, “Resilience” August 5th  2016, with his long-time Quartet featuring pianist Jane Getz. The project celebrates the quartet’s 20th Anniversary in 2015.

Come Out and See Dale Fielder Quartet perform from his new CD, RESILIENCE!  with Special Guest Vocalist Rita Edmonds Los Angeles County Museum of Art Wilshire Blvd & Ogden Ave.

Two Sets: 6pm to 8pm for more info: http://www.dalefieldermusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TACO PETE SUPPORTS BAND ~ PLIGHT


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“Take my word for it, You will keep coming Back! My Favorite is the Classic Turkey Taco in a crispy shell”-Robert J. Carmack- Hipster Sanctuary.Com

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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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MILES & TRANE: TWO TITANS TURNING 90


posted by ROBERT J. CARMACK  #blues2jazzguy

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Its 2016, that means Messers ,Miles Dewey Davis and John William Coltrane,both born in 1926 is turning 90 years old . I’m excited and curious about what’s going to happen event-wise. What is radio,print and internet going to do? Miles has a tremendous jump on things ,since a movie about part of his life is due out. Probably around his birthday weekend which is in May.

John Coltrane’s peeps have been rather silent and crickets-like when it comes to making a splash..Not a peep. Don’t get me wrong I’m not admonishing them for not being all social media “blitzy” like the Miles Davis camp. But its par for the course when you’re dealing with the rather flamboyant persona and spirit of Miles Davis. Films, postage stamps,Tee shirts,posters and tribute CDs and “live”concerts with artists all paying homage.

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It’s really amazing that these two, of all the musicians that matter are still attached, even after their leaving this earth. With Coltrane being gone the longest (July 17 1967) this year marking 49 years in July. Miles transitioned in September of 1991, which is at 25 years. I suspect there will be a lot more events and activity for Miles before his birthday gets here, all aiding in promoting the new film by Don Cheadle as Director and Actor.

From this day forth, I will be monitoring the scene nationally to see “who does what and when.” The beauty of such a monumental occasion is a great opportunity for the jazz community to come together and promote the legacy that these two left behind for us to study, enjoy, and pass along to the next generation. in my lifetime, I have been able to absorb a great deal of their art on vinyl,CDs,tapes,canvass,film and video.

My hope is that, someone or organization will put together an assortment of events that will garner international attention as these two giants of Jazz approach a “MILESTONE.” No pun intended! Lol!!

 

 

 

 

 


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With the upcoming production of NINA, a so-called biopic surrounding the life and loves of Nina Simone. There is tremendous opposition to the film from all sides and motives. It certainly has been no secret how I felt about the casting of Zoe Saldana in the starring role.I can’t speak for everybody who objects, but my reasons are not about just the pigmentation of the actress’s skin.  It also goes to the arrogant notion that you could make a valid movie about such a historical and iconic figure without involving the family.

 

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Seen in 1965, Nina was among the first to sport a Natural..

Also, making the movie about a love story between an artist who very name commands a certain amount of respect and truth when depicting her contributions. The whole notion of this movie  I’m told, it’s not a “Real” biographical picture. A vehicle with her name, background, artistic position and exploitation of another prominent African-American artist, All to pad the pocketbook of a few individuals.  In my humble opinion, I would have cast Viola Davis since the acting quality is needed more than beauty.(No Disrespect) One can easily ask , Why should you care if Hollywood wants to make money , who are we??  I disagree with the notion, Hollywood can do what it wants. Again my issue is when I was a young lad who left the south and away from Jim Crow in 1960 with my parents teaching us about respect and not to hate even though we were being hated and oppressed.I Experienced many of the same things Nina experienced while growing up in the racist South. I always saw NIna Simone as more than just an entertainer. I saw her liken to an Out-front radical black woman, unafraid of consequences or “what if I can’t get a check anymore??” Unlike today’s stars who are flimsy, uninvolved, unless there is some money or free publicity. She was just like Harry Belafonte, and a few others really into it, Out front, not suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.  By1965 , She was the first male or female entertainer I saw with the natural hair Style.

The first time I heard her sing on record, It was something different about her style and sound when she played the piano. I was only about 12 or 13 years old at the time I began hearing the song, “I Put A Spell On You”, Most of her albums  and concerts in the early years were centered around the blues and folk songs with mix of jazz standards. As we got past 1965, her involvement in the Civil Rights movement expanded.. remember this was not just a photo-op  moment for her, she was right there with the Evers, Kings, and the many nameless people who put their lives on the line. Even as a little girl about to perform a very important concert and audition for a very prestigious music school in Philadelphia. Her parents came all the way from the south to see her and got seats up front when the hall’s staff informed them they had to move to the rear of the theater.. at that moment Little Nina became a woman when she absolutely refused to perform unless her parents were brought back to their seats upfront. She was obliged by management of the theater after the embarrassing moment for that Philadelphian school. Though her performance  during the audition was sublime and quite stellar, they did not accept her into the school. (They tried decades later to make it up to her by offering her an Honorary Doctorate degree, after she was quite famous and near the end of her illustrious career.) She then wound up applying  and enrolling into Julliard school of music in New York. She excelled there until she could no longer afford the high fees. She found work in clubs and the cafes in the Village” and taught students piano to survive in the “Apple”.

I always loved pretty much all of her recordings, but enjoyed her even more whenever I could see her live on stage or at a festival. Her legacy should not be tarnished by this fake movie about a love affair that never took place. The storyline can be plugged into anyone and really doesn’t justify using her namesake and legacy to pump out more garbage movies using a Black icon for leverage to market that brand. It’s not a black movie employing dozens of black people behind and in front of the camera. It’s a damn shame and an insult to Nina Simone family having the actress have to pile on hours of makeup to look black enough to film her as Nina Simone. The same black woman who fought this type of treatment where ever she went. She was not light enough, She was not pretty enough, her lips was too big or nose too wide..she certainly did not suffer from not knowing who she was and where she came from.

 

UNSPECIFIED - 1968: This studio portrait shows American pianist and jazz singer Nina Simone reclining on the floor circa 1968. Simone, whose deep, raspy voice made her a unique jazz figure and later helped chronicle the civil rights movement, died in her sleep on April 21, 2003 of natural causes after a long illness. She was 70.   (Photo by Getty Images)

The problem with today’s movie Producers is, they’re either too young or were not born at all when these types of icons were in their heyday and functioned with and without racist interaction.. IN THEIR HASTE TO GET BUTTS IN THE SEATS, QUALITY CASTING and DIRECTORIAL  EXPERIENCE  be damned! Many of the motivations and behaviors that would be exhibited through such a person as Nina Simone, would require not only great acting, but perhaps a person with similar looks and physical features that maybe have experienced those same experiences while trying “make it” in Hollywood. There are many women that fit that bill I’m sure. Portraying this woman is a beautiful actress who would have been better suited to play Dorothy Dandridge, Diane Carroll, or someone like that.  Why it’s not even believable under this present scenario..BUT, it’s already made now.

Two years ago when I was active on social media websites arguing in the threads about, who I thought should play her. Then, we had only heard rumors about “WHO” was actually chosen as Nina Simone. Names bounced around at the time were Viola Davis, India Arie, and even hip hop’s, Angie Stone just to name a few.. Davis or Arie would have sufficed big time!  I’ll leave it to the masses whether this movie sinks or swims. NINA is scheduled for an April release.

I have a strange feeling I’ll be talking about this again, possibly in May, to measure if “Nina” has the Legs to hang.

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Zoe Saldana as NINA

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CBS STEVIE WONDER’S SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE CELEBRATION “GOT IT RIGHT”


posted by robert j. carmack #blues2jazzguy #chefrobb #GrammyAwards #GrammySalute  #CBSNetwork

“Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Salute” aired Monday on CBS, which featured the best of the new generation performers, all paying respect to the legendary Stevie Wonder.

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Performers including Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Tony Bennett and The Band Perry paid homage to the singer/songwriter and his muscular music catalog during the show, which was taped last week in Los Angeles. I don’t watch the Grammy Awards show and have not in over twenty years because of low quality shows and antics by publicity-starved pseudo mega stars.  I saw one of the best show openers in any Grammy-related or, not TV show by Beyoncé, with less “Rump-Shaking and more soulful singing along with two very talented young singers I was not aware of.

Singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. joined Beyonce and Sheeran for medley of Wonder hits that included “Higher Ground.”

A “Dialed back”  Lady Gaga played the piano and performed a spirited version of “I Wish” after sharing that Wonder’s SONGS album was the first she ever played on her own as a child. we watched on-screen as Stevie mouthed the words “Oh Wow” when she told of his influence on her as a 6 year old child.

Singer/songwriter Babyface joined Ariana Grande for “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.” Overall, a remarkable tribute to a man who began the journey as an eleven year old boy in 1961 at Motown Records, “Little Stevie Wonder”.

Quote of the Year by Jamie Foxx: ” Let’s be Honest, STEVIE WONDER has more talent in One Braid than most of the people we hear today “

WAS THIS SHOW BETTER THAN THE GRAMMYS ? Stripped of all the Punk & Circumstances it’s a resounding YESSSSSSS!!!!! IMHO.

STRINGS OF SOUL WITH JAZZ GUITARIST JACQUES LESURE


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy

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Shown here with his brethren of the “Git’ Box,”  jazz man Jacques Lesure trading road stories , flats and sharps, and whats on tap for the next Jacques Lesure CD. Left to Right, Grammy winner George Benson, Paul Jackson Jr and Jacques. Noted Jazz Drummer, Willie Jones III , president at WJ3 Records announced the release date as sometime in the spring of 2015 , possibly April stated,  Ed Lovell, Lesure’s longtime friend and manager. Jacques Lesure’s sophomore  CD on WJ3 Records will feature Jones III hitting drums, but also composition contributions from journeymen jazz artists, Donald Brown (grammy nominated pianist) and Eric Wyatt. Jacques Lesure, a Los Angles-based guitarist is originally from Detroit, Michigan; home of the famous Motown sound. Jacques attributes his sense of style and signature sound to his development in Detroit. “Growing up in Motown, you can’t help but be influenced by some of the greats like Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter; great gospel artists such as The Clark Sisters, The Winans  and  singer Fred Hammond, they’re all from Detroit” said Jacques Lesure.