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sepia Robert on sax
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 .

Robert J inside Stage squating  21 sax


posted by #@blues2jazzguy

It was announced recently by Robert J. Carmack of RJC Mediatainment, a Social Media consulting group has partnered with the World Stage,to launch a historic 21 Saxophone Salute to Charlie Parker August 29 3pm PST. The Los Angeles based performance gallery co-founded by jazz drummer, Billy Higgins will act as staging grounds for an assembly of LA’s best JAZZ Saxophonists.The World Stage 4344 Degnan Blvd. LA 90008

Created by Robert J. Carmack,this event is a coordinated effort of multiple cities on the east and west coast coming together to perform “Now’s the Time” by Parker and to photograph the musicians. which will be posted on its own face book page entitled, Now’s The Time- Bird Lives!  “We hope to demonstrate that musicians all over still respect and love Bird’s music.” said Carmack, “We’ve invited the best of the Jazz saxophonist in Los Angeles. I have also made contacts with a few saxophonist in New York and other east coast cities. But we’re still recruiting Saxophonist regardless of what city they live in.  ALL JAZZ SAXOPHONISTS are WELCOMED, All we ask is use a camera/phone and send us a snippet of the performance, Now’s the Time being played by their group at Noon, August 29th and on the east coast 3PM on west coast.

Musicians interested may email