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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THE SPIRIT OF CHARLIE PARKER FLOWED AT WORLD STAGE -LOS ANGELES


posted by #@blues2jazzguy

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Robert J. Carmack Producer,poet, journalist, music historian

Saturday, August 29  at the World Stage kicked off a double-header of  fiery jazz events beginning at 3pm where a smattering of jazz musicians assembled and paid homage to the great Charlie Parker on his 95th birthday.       Billed as A 21 SAXOPHONE SALUTE to BIRD.      A modest, but able bodied group of savvy saxophonist gathered at the 25-year-old performance gallery in Leimert Park .The World Stage, co-founded by jazz icon Billy Higgins, and Poet  Kamaau Daaood. Event coordinator and producer Robert J. Carmack was looking for  full 21 saxophone pieces, however due to conflicts and time restraints, some musicians could not make the first year’s event, but, vowed to make it next year. just like at a military event where there are three shots fired as symbol of 21 guns firing, Robert Sax21  sax salute

We had 7 saxophones riffin’ on NOW’s THE TIME melody, followed by a battery of trills, growls, squawks and other improvisational sounds, all in honor of Charles Parker II, bka Yardbird Parker.

There were other cities,groups, even other countries involved as well said Carmack. “my goal was to enlist as many people as I could, all doing the same thing at the same time on East coast at 12 noon, west coast at 3pm. Also shoot it with video or still photography, then submit the finished product to me.  I’m posting that information and images online with a special Facebook page, so all the participants can admire what others did as well.

On hand for the salute was legendary saxophonist Azar Lawrence,along with local legends Dale Fielder and Randall Willis. Invited but had a conflict in schedule, was birthday boy, Bennie Maupin, August 29 1940..(see Bennie Maupin Bashin’ at Blue Whale in Los Angeles (Hipster Sanctuary.Com – Sept.2)

There was also fans of jazz and other instruments that showed up to participate as well,even though they were not saxophones. Drummers, percussionists and even trumpet players showed up to share the moment, which is beautiful. Carmack promises next year a bigger and better program and performances will highlight the Charlie Parker 21 Sax Salute 2016 .

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SAXOPHONISTS WANTED TO PARTICIPATE: 21 SAX SALUTE TO BIRD’S 95th BIRTHDAY


posted by #@Blues2jazzguy

COME JOIN US AND BECOME A PART OF HISTORY!!

AUGUST 29 3PM  Saturday

COME BLOW YOUR HORN..NOW’S THE TIME & Take a Picture with  other JAZZ SAXOPHONISTS in your Own City, Town, or  Country. Organize a Group or Be part of someone jazz ensemble

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? Call us 951-840-7120  

In LOS ANGELES  We Are ORGANIZING AT BILLY HIGGINS  WORLD STAGE 4344 DEGNAN BLVD. L.A. Calif. 90008

We will be posing for a GREAT DAY in HARLEM-type picture

3PM sharp  Must RSVP You will show up for picture..With saxophone!

Call NOW!!

step 1 . Organize a group of saxophonists that know the tune, NOW’s THE TIME by Charlie Parker.

step 2.  Assemble and have a friend or photographer Video tape with a phone or a video camera while the group is Riffin’ the head of  “Now’s The Time” INFO-Call Us NOW! 951-840-7120

step 3. Submit your video snippet or Jpegs to the following Email: blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com  – It will be posted in on-line page that will open up on face book just prior to Charlie Parker’s birthday. HAPPY 95th BIRD !!

FYI: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAXOPHONIST BENNIE MAUPIN- AUGUST 29 1940

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HAPPY Birthday Bennie Maupin August 29th