Producer Robert J. Carmack has created a show paying homage to music’s most celebrated jazz group over the last 5 decades. Carmack hand-picked Los Angeles “best of the best” local jazz musicians , all of whom are stellar musicians in their own right. Plus, Carmack will be adding his poems dedicated to the group, along with a special poem dedicated to the Saxman , Wilton Felder. Crusader Legacy 5 Plus are Teodross Avery tenor saxophone, Alvin Starks trombone, Don Littleton drums, Theo Saunders piano/keyboards, Mike Alvidrez bass/elect. bass and Robert J. Carmack spoken word/poet and a special surprise guest. The evening will be filled with the essential Jazz Crusaders compositions that made them into the iconic and award-winning group they were. one survivor left of band, Nesbert “Stix” Hooper.
WHO are these Musicians and poet that’s stirring up the pot inside the L.A. jazz underground?
Brilliant artists in their own right as band leaders,side-men, producers and actor/writer.. these are the ingredients that make up the performance group,
Elephants Nda’ Park ..L.A. based artists that explore all the areas of the musical spectrum that pushes beyond jazz, or even beyond standards and “roses are red” branded poetry.
They seek to discover and peel back the skin of the genre and expose the meaty-fruits inspired by “improvisational excavation”. It is through this meticulous search for new soil, as once presented by such icons as Jackie McLean, Sun Ra, early Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane,Yusef Lateef, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. the X-factor thats injected into the mix is writer/producer,poet, Robert J. Carmack, whose background presents a smorgasbord of the arts including Jazz saxophone, poetry, drama and promotions/publicity. Carmack’s poetry calls up the spirits of the ancesters and the “pioneers who came before”. inspired and influenced by legendary poets such as Amiri Baraka, Haki R. Madhubuti (Don L. Lee) , Last Poets, Watts Prophets,Jayne Cortez, Sonia Sanchez and, Sun RA.
Don Littleton Drummer – has spent nearly 50 years studying and performing music all over the country and in Los Angeles, playing with iconic figures such as, George Coleman, Hank Crawford, Charles Owens, Curtis Taylor, Saxophonist Justo Almario and bassist/poet John B. Williams. An accomplished, much sought after percussionist, Don Littleton has mastered an enticing array of percussion instruments. Don regularly performs all over metro-Los Angeles.
Pablo Calagero – multi-instrumentalist. specializing on flutes,saxophones and bass clarinet
Multi-instrumentalist, composer,New Yorker has played and recorded with a virtual list of who’s Who. including Mario Bauza,Tito Puente, Bebo Valdez,Carla Bley, Jaki Byard, Chico Ofarrill, James Newton, Dizzy Gillespie, Adam Roudolph, Bennie Maupin,Phil Ranelin,Dave Binny, Adam Rogers,Dennis Mackrel, Yusef Lateef,Jerry Gonzales, Andy Gonzales, Papo Vasquez, Patato Valdez, Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Latin Orchestra, Oscar Hernandez,David Murray, Count Basie Orchestra, Anthony Braxton,John Linberg, Rashid Ali, Bobby Matos,Kenny Burrell,absorbing a broad range of musical styles and methods.
Michael Alvidrez, a “young veteran” of the “bass wars” bounces between acoustic and electric with the same impact. Michael is a very astute musician, looking to make his mark and create his own path in this genre. Along with bringing his A-game each and every time he steps onto the stage, “He’s a student of improvisation.” He’s a constant face on today’s L.A. Jazz scene. Not afraid to sail in unchartered waters inside the harbor of a “Free Music Sanctuary”.
Robert J. Carmack – poet, journalist, producer, musician and actor
Robert J. Carmack , Began his musical journey in music long before he picked up an instrument. According to his late mother he could not go to sleep unless the music was playing on the radio, “Though she did not play she loved music and encouraged us all to study” stated Robert . He played saxophone professionally throughout his high school and college career, later switched majors to study theater as undergrad picking up BA in TheaterArts/Communications. Masters Fine Arts in Theater-directing and productions. He has worked in journalism, music for the theater and films , bob hope USO tours during Viet Nam era and produced several plays , 2018 wrote and starred in original play Interview with the High Priestess: Nina! a jazz musical about icon Nina Simone. Also in Feb. 2018 He performed the eclectic poems of Sun Ra with jazz bass master, Juini Booth, Eclectic Nativity, Free Music band in Los Angeles. Summer 2017, performed with Azar Lawrence and Juini Booth’s McCoy Tyner Legacy band as spoken word guest poet,. Robert has produced stellar Jazz shows with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Andy Bey, Sonny Fortune, Calvin Keys, Hilton Ruiz, Vanessa Rubin, Freddie Cole, Doug Carn and worked as MC or journalist on international shows. Mr. Carmack is residing in Southern California these days, enjoying the direction of the Elephants Nda Park is going.
” After all, Ivory is Not Art…Save the Elephants!” posted by Kamaad Tauhid #@blues2jazzguy
I always try to keep an open mind about today’s music and vocalists, particularly, Jazz vocalists. However, I’m a man of distinct taste and panache’ with a “side of groove and swing”.
In the case of Sandra Booker “nobody out-swings” her in a straight up duel of singers and vocalists, those who know how to interpret the lyrics and vocabulary of classic jazz singing.
It’s probably no mystery why the late Three Sounds bassist , Andy Simpkins who knew Sarah Vaughn intimately, bestowed the moniker, Lil’ Sass on Sandra Booker. the little lady from “Nawlins” with the big voice.
An award-winning composer & conductor, Lalo Schifrin, called Sandra, “his favorite singer, live or recordings“. I suppose it’s just a coincidence When the opportunity called for her to gather an all-star band,curate a cache of great songs recorded or sung by Sarah Vaughn at different points in her career. “Sarah was my main character from the Be-bop era, she had a tremendous influence on my singing and how I handled my self on the bandstand.”“This gig Sunday, April 22, allows me to select compositions I like from her most potent and swinging pieces. I will reinterpret her spirit through my lens. That continues the legacy which makes me very proud” stated an excited Booker. The musicians backing Ms. Booker for the evening are Andy Langham-Piano,Edwin Livingston Bass,Tony Pulizzi Guitar, and Thomas”Mr. Taste” White on Drums
This is also a special occasion for Sandra as she’s been battling very challenging health issues and trying to stay positive. The Creative Process keep her going strong, along with positive people,who support her efforts to beat-back the dreaded Big “C”.
She’s been a champion for the organization, Jazz Musicians Against Cancer, hosting concerts, doing workshops and local fundraisers to not only help herself but, others who are still battling to remain working at their craft. “Working with some of these musicians makes it very therapeutic for me, as well as it allows me to appreciate each and everyday I’m still here. The music is my true medicine.”
“It’s definitely a blessing and an honor to perform this music at the highest level just like the pioneers did, long before I came along.”
Don’t hesitate! You and a friend have a double opportunity to do a solid. 1- see a great jazz show and 2- Help out some sick people who are up against it, each and everyday. Part of the evening’s door admission fee goes to the JMAC Fund,(Jazz Musicians Against Cancer)
Vibrato Grill,Jazz,Etc. 2900 Beverly Glen Circle LA. 90077 310-474-9400 reserve a table, enjoy great jazz at a sublime environment first show is at 7:30 on the down beat! http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com
Early Bird Special $20 begins April 16th until May 15th, $25 regular price -General Admissions seats only- first come first served. info contact :twitter @blues2jazzguy or email: firstname.lastname@example.org