HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES STEPNEY-YOUR MUSIC MADE THE DIFFERENCE RIP 1931 – 1976


As we approach the birthday of a musical genius and hard working family man. I have reprinted my blog for your enjoyment

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posted by  Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy

Charles Stephney The Great Musical Genius Charles Stepney

Arranger/producer Charles Stepney is heard on gold and platinum hits by the Dells and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as Chicago soul acts ranging from Rotary Connection to Terry Callier. While a staff arranger and producer at Chicago-based Chess Records, label artist Ramsey Lewis recorded one of his tunes, “Close Your Eyes and Remember,” on a ’60s Chess LP. Stepney worked with Lewis on his Chess sides and his 1975 gold Columbia album Sun Goddess, which peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Top POP 200 Albums chart in early 1975. Lewis, Elton John, and many of his peers list Charles Stepney as a strong musical influence.  Dells group member, Chuck Barksdale met Vibes player Stepney, who headed his own jazz trio. The meeting proved to be pivotal for Charles, who began doing orchestral arrangements on the Dells’…

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L.A. JAZZ JOURNALIST ADDED TO CAST OF AWARD WINNER-NORTH ON SOUTH CENTRAL


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robert-j-carmack-as-robby-royale Robert J. Carmack as Robby Royale – Club Alabam-2014

Our Publisher and Editor in Chief has been tapped to perform a role in the One Night Only Production of “North On South Central” a musical Play directed by Carla Clark and produced by TPC. Warner Grand Theater   478 W.6th Street San Pedro, California   310-548-2493

Mr. Carmack is a Theater Arts major and alumnus of Cal State University,Dominguez Hills. Robert was asked to recreate his character from the N.O.S. spin-off, The Club Alabam MC, Robby Royale. He’s the house M.C. for the club. He will charm the audience and introduce the show and engage with the audience as a “Host with the Most” should. Alabam, another TPC production was staged in 2014 ,Inglewood California. Mr. Carmack is well-known  locally as a jazz archivist and journalist/musician/poet in Los Angeles. He’s constantly working with local musicians…

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NINA early 60sSIMONE early 1960s

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.

NINA 1965NOW NATURAL 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…

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NINA SIMONE LEGACY~MISUNDERSTOOD??

STRATO-SPHERE: THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK TURNS 100 – JAZZ-POETRY TRIBUTE


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A ROBERT J. CARMACK PRODUCTIONS Presents

Strato-Sphere:Thelonious Monk Turns 100

A moving and eclectic project involving Jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s most prized compositions performed by Los Angeles’s most talked about Jazz musicians,vocalists, poets and dancers.  Follow this blog for all information forthcoming.

If you’re interested in participation as co-sponsor, artist or media  email me. blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com  attn: Robert J. Carmack

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Robert J. Carmack Plight Jazz Ensemble Robert J. Carmack Plight Jazz Ensemble

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DALE FIELDER QUARTET 20 YEAR CELEBRATION JAZZ SPOKEN HERE!


A LOOK BACK at Last Year 20th Year Celebration of the Dale Fielder Quartet and his Robert J. Carmack Connection .. Resilience! new double CD review for DFQ coming August 25! http://www.hipstersanctuary.com

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The MAN and his GOLDEN HORNS The MAN and his GOLDEN HORNS

JAZZ SPOKEN HERE  is a combination of JAZZ and POETRY  being performed  by Jazz man Dale Fielder and his Quartet. also performing as special guest poet is longtime jazz promoter and journalist,Robert J. Carmack. DALE FIELDER QUARTET is celebrating its 20th year as a group playing together, and Carmack’s  Jazz Blog/E-Zine, Hipster Sanctuary.Com is in its 17th year of promoting jazz, By Any Medium Necessary”.

All of the festivities get started at 7pm at the upscale Jamaican restaurant ,Kingston Cafe located at 333 Fair Oaks, Blvd. in Pasadena,California. $15 at door

The two guys met at an artists enclave in Los Angeles , called 5th Street Dick’s Coffee House in Leimert Park, literally weeks after the 1992 LA Riots. Dale was running a Jam session that started at midnight every weekend, soon it became THE…

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BONE SOIR, CONRAD HERWIG EXPANDING THE LEGACY OF GREATNESS


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posted by Robert J. Carmack -#blues2jazzguy Conrad_Herwig In an era where the only thing that counts is Butts in the seat and the cling-clang of a CASH REGISTER while musicians struggle to play a solo over the YAMMERIN’ OF PSUEDO-HIPSTERS TALKING ABOUT ANY AND ALL THINGS EXCEPT THE MUSIC??  So what happens is, most musicians just “fax it in” and record mediocre at best dribble, then argue about what not to call it. Then, rarely there are Jazz musicians like Conrad Herwig whose respect for the music and, those that played it, never wavers in his quest to continue the legacy of greatness.  One not only feels that in his recording sessions but, also on the bandstand whenever he appears around the world.

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“CONRAD HERWIG SLICES THE GROOVE DOWN TO THE BONE”     HiPSTER SANCTUARY

New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz…

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