SOUTH AFRICAN MUSICIAN HUGH MASAKELA JOINS THE ANCESTORS-RIP 1939-2018


posted by Robert J. Carmack It seems that a bevy of greats have left the stage and building since January of 2017. I realize that’s just life as we know it. Nothing to say about it case closed. However, I did not want to allow the sudden death of a great man and musician go… Read More SOUTH AFRICAN MUSICIAN HUGH MASAKELA JOINS THE ANCESTORS-RIP 1939-2018

COMING JULY 2017 TODD BARKAN KEYSTONE KORNER 45TH ANNIVERSARY


JOIN TODD BARKAN & FRIENDS at KEYSTONE KORNER 45th ANNIVERSARY A Celebration of the North Beach Jazz venue in San Francisco (Established July 7 1972) Three Exciting Dates of Electrifying Music for You July 7th 2017 – KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER  7pm- Santa Cruz,CA. July 8th 2017 – BACH DANCING & DYNAMITE SOCIETY – 2pm HALF… Read More COMING JULY 2017 TODD BARKAN KEYSTONE KORNER 45TH ANNIVERSARY

REMEMBERING FREDERICK DEWAYNE HUBBARD: “HUBB”


written by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy As this writer was trying to decide on subjects and artists to write about during Jazz appreciation month, “Hubb”, BKA Freddie Hubbard, came into my mind It’s not easy to write about an eclectic figure like Frederick Dewayne Hubbard. So I’m just going to go against all traditional musings about Hubbard, as… Read More REMEMBERING FREDERICK DEWAYNE HUBBARD: “HUBB”

JAZZ LEGENDS BAND THE COOKERS POURS ON HARD BOP LEGACY


Posted by Robert J. Carmack & photos by George Jeffries & Robert Hill Recently in Los Angeles on a stormy Friday night the heavens opened up due to The Cookers Band performing at the Nate Holden Center for the Arts. A truly rare Los Angeles appearance by 7 legendary Jazz Band, that included Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, Trumpeter David Weiss, Bassist… Read More JAZZ LEGENDS BAND THE COOKERS POURS ON HARD BOP LEGACY

KEVIN GOINS ~MUSIC MAN OF THE AGES: RUDY VAN GELDER MEMORIAM


by Kevin Goins – Music/Media Consultant/Contributor         RUDY VAN GELDER – IN MEMORIAM….. Damn, Grim Reaper…bad enough we’ve seen many folks go to the Great Beyond before we hit mid-year, no thanks to you. And this week, you just had to go for the flippin’ trifecta. Toots, Steven Hill, and now this… Read More KEVIN GOINS ~MUSIC MAN OF THE AGES: RUDY VAN GELDER MEMORIAM

CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH LEGEND BIG BLACK ~ PERCUSSIONIST


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #blues2jazzguy       Danny “Big Black” Rey got its nickname “Big Black” from an older brother because of his interest in drums.  During his high school years on the radio, the Conga in the Cuban music had heard he was interested in the instrument and traveled to Florida and the… Read More CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH LEGEND BIG BLACK ~ PERCUSSIONIST

RAKIN’ AND SCRAPIN’ AT CATALINA’S : PHAROAH SANDERS with HAROLD MABERN


posted by @blues2jazzguy Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.… Read More RAKIN’ AND SCRAPIN’ AT CATALINA’S : PHAROAH SANDERS with HAROLD MABERN