HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBASSADOR HERBIE HANCOCK LOOKING GOOD


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy

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Saxophonist Mel Martin and Herbie Hancock photo by Mel Martin Jazz Archives

Its the birthday of the very man who once thought he would never reach the the greatness of an Oscar Peterson or a Thelonius Monk. Now 75,looking 40ish is the jazz icon who has accomplished every possible music, presidential and international recognition & Lifetime Achievement Award there is.

For me, It began in 1964, I was 14 and studying saxophone in junior high and played in a youth Jazz big band sponsored by the late great Gerald Wilson in Los Angeles. MY DAD WAS STILL MY MAIN SOURCE FOR JAZZ ALBUMS. He brought home a Blue Note album that was all blue,it had a weird name on it” Empyrean Isles” by Herbie Hancock featuring a song I could not stop playing over and over, and over again.

Cantaloupe Island  was quite dominant on radio, I heard it everywhere, in the barber shops,cafe’s on Jukeboxes and car radios and jazz stations . It had an infectious beat and groove to it that swung with a new hipness , just enough commercial to attract AM radio and FM radio stations,But enough of the old school bop playing around that groove that spoke volumes of this new artist’s approach to composition and  improvisation.

I’d been a fan of H.H. since that first album bought by my dad, but,then I was beginning to purchase my own some 9 months later.That one album turned me on to all the fellow side-men and their careers too. Herbie+Hancock-inthe1970s I am most proud that a man of his standing is the Ambassador at Large for Jazz . On the International stage, its much needed, as we in the jazz community know, its not getting its due on the american front. we’re bickering over what is Jazz, what to call it, Europeans are claiming they really started jazz and deserve to proclaim its roots.(Lol)  Herbie also has recently come on-board as professor of music at UCLA , in addition, both he and long-time collaborator,Wayne Shorter are active board members of the Thelonius Monk Institute located on campus at University of Los Angeles. I look forward to whatever comes next for Herbie Hancock, even if its just a candle blowing event. Born April 12 1940 , in Chicago ,Illinois.  HAPPY BORN-DAY HERBIE!!

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Airto Moriera Eclectic Brazilian Group EYEDENTITY WOWED L.A. CROWD


posted by Robert J. Carmack   @blues2jazzguy

As I sped down the 60 Freeway headed into Los Angeles’s wilshire/fairfax district on my way to see the Latin concert with Airto Moriera and the LA group, Eyedentity , Oh Crap! I realized I left my camera.  Driving into LA made me realize why I chose to move to away from the traffic and into the inland empire. By the time I got there, I still had enough time left before it started, to grab some seats up front. since I was not working , just relaxing and chillin’ with the vibe.

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L-R Airto Moriera master percussionist & journalist Robert J. Carmack

since i I was not working , I had no work tools, computer, camera etc. I jotted down all my notes on players and people I wanted to talk about Saturday at LACMA on my paper bag I brought food in, I even asked a guy to take this pix for me on my phone. Well the pix came out great , but I think while I was taking the pixs  the crew mistook my notes on the paper bag as trash… quite trying!! Anyway, I know that Airto’s  and Flora Purim’s daughter( Diana Booker) was singing and singing she did. she blew blistering Portuguese -laced songs  with  grooves  that was out of this stratosphere. followed by a medium tempo samba , sprinkled with hip hop effects. Then, as  if that was not enough for us, the Band laid – out(did not play) while she and the conguero (Krisna Booker , son of jazz bassist Walter Booker) tore the house down with their Hip-Hop infused song.  Krisna did a Beat-Box style rhythm  with his throat, as she sang over that  remarkable  tune.  Before that, she went back in time of  African slaves “field holler” type Blues version of “Feelin Good” with no music, just her  voice. I found her “jazz & blues chops” to be just  sublime.

http://www.eyedentitymusic.com/#!__bio

If You are doing nothing on Saturday evenings, try coming to the Saturday concerts all summer at LACMA  in the park.  Sorry to say,         I can only remember a couple of players (the dog ate my notes)Lol!!       It was good see a great musician I have admired for years as a master percussionist Mr Airto Moriera!!  BTW,interesting was the pianist , who just a week ago was burning down the stage with his playing  as part of the Cal Tjader legacy band, Soul Sauce, Mr  Brian Volasco. The bass player is a monster as he was “tearing up Sh—” with his 6-stringed bass, Mr. Gary Brown, longtime Band mate of Airto and member in good standing with  Drummer E.W. Wainwright  &  saxophonist Richard Howell groups in the San Francisco bay area. http://www.lacma.org/programs/music/jazz-at-lacma

Next week,Saxophonist  Ernie Watts review  on Friday Jazz @ LACMA!

JAZZ@LACMA: AIRTO MOREIRA & ERNIE WATTS In-Concert


posted by hipster staff   #@blues2jazzguy

 

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June 7, 2014 5:pm Legendary Brazilian percussionist/drummer Airto Moreira fuses the worlds of Afro-Brazilian and Samba and Bossa Nova with jazz, Fusion, and African, Latin, and hip-hop influences. Airto, multiple winner of Down Beat’s reader and critic’s poll, is known for his celebrated work with Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, and George Duke.

He and Los Angeles–based Eyedentity have performed at leading clubs and festivals around the world playing to fans new and old.

 

SAXOPHONIST ERNIE WATTS QUARTET @LACMA FRIDAY 13

All about Jazz writes of Ernie Watts: “He is one of the greatest tenor saxophonists, at the top of his game.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players working today. A 50-year veteran of the saxophone, Watts picked up the instrument at age 16. Since then, he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.  Watts Concert kicks off at 6:PM for two lively sets of Jazz to launch your weekend .

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Presented as part of Jazz at LACMA taking place every Friday @5PM .  Check out the full schedule of upcoming concerts. click link below

 

 

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POP AND SOUL JAZZ COMPOSER MUSICIAN GEORGE DUKE DIES


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It was announced by a handful of web-based news reports stating award-wining pianist/producer George Duke has died. Most reports indicated the death of 67 year old Duke was called late evening  August 5,at St. Johns Hospital in Los Angeles,California.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l_I35ZDo8A

“Former Supreme’s member, Sherrie Payne states: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s Hospital in LA”

No word yet on what happened but, we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and best friend, Corine passed.

George Duke is an accomplished keyboardist, producer, arranger, bandleader, and composer. He has been successful in both popular music and jazz, and has straddled both sides of that aisle for most of his career. Duke grew up in Marin City, California, and in high school played in his first jazz group. His early influences were Miles DavisLes McCann, and Cal Tjader, all of whom played a role in the diversity of his composing, playing, and arranging. After graduating from high school, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and majored in trombone and composition with a minor in contrabass; he received his bachelor’s degree in music in 1967. He continued his studies at San Francisco State University, where he earned a Master’s degree, and briefly taught at Merritt Junior College in Oakland. While in school, Duke was part of a house band at San Francisco’s Half Note with Al Jarreau. The band backed some of the biggest names in jazz, including Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon.

He also began his recording career in 1967 while still in school. His first recording, The George Duke Quartet, Presented by the Jazz Workshop, was released on Germany’s Saba imprint, which later became MPS, a label he enjoyed a fruitful relationship with in the ’70s. In 1969 Duke heard a record on the radio by French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and through his relationship with Pacific Jazz honcho Dick Bock, he was able to make contact with Ponty; they eventually recorded The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio in 1969.

The band played a slew of club gigs in the Bay Area, and at one such performance he was heard by audience members Frank Zappa and Cannonball Adderley. He was invited to join Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention and accepted, spending much of 1969 and 1970 with him.

Duke then spent 1971-1972 as pianist with Cannonball Adderley‘s band, and then returned to Zappa from 1973-1975.

In 1975 he worked with Sonny Rollins and co-led a group with Billy Cobham. Throughout these years, Duke recorded six albums for MPS: Solus/The Inner Source, Faces in ReflectionI Love the Blues, She Heard My CryFeelThe Aura Will Prevail, and Liberated Fantasies, all of which are now regarded as jazz and jazz-funk classics. Duke signed to CBS in late 1975 and released his first solo album for the imprint, From Me to You, in 1976, and began scandalizing jazz critics with his inclusion of funk, disco, and soul elements in his compositions, and in the array of musicians who performed with him. In 1978 he recorded his breakthrough, the crossover funk album Reach for It; it took him into the upper reaches of the pop charts, and moved his concert appearances from clubs to arenas. Follow the Rainbow and Brazilian Love Affair both landed in 1979 and ran up the charts as well.

By the late ’70s he was also producing projects for jazz, pop, and Brazilian artists including Raul de SouzaDee Dee Bridgewater, and A Taste of Honey, whose single “Sukiyaki” hit the top spot on the pop, adult contemporary, and R&B charts and went multi-platinum. Duke became a producer of note, going on to score hits with Jeffrey Osbourne (“Stay with Me Tonight,” “On the Wings of Love”) and Deniece Williams (“Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Do What You Feel”). Since then, production has played as large a role as making his own records — during part of the ’80s it almost surpassed it. Duke has produced a diverse range of projects — including records by the Pointer SistersBarry Manilow,Smokey RobinsonMelissa Manchester101 NorthGeorge HowardGladys KnightNajeeTake 6,Howard HewettChanté MooreEverette HarpRachelle Ferrell (his key collaborator in the early ’90s),Gladys KnightKeith WashingtonGary ValencianoJohnny Gill, and Anita Baker — in a wide range of styles. Many of these records charted very high.
Duke began the ’80s with the first Clarke/Duke Project recording (with bassist Stanley Clarke) that netted his own number Top 20 crossover hit, “Sweet Baby” (number 19 Pop, number 6 R&B). He also released the solo works Dream On,Guardian of the Light, and Rendezvous as well as another Clarke/Duke Project album before leaving Epic for Elektra in 1984. There he recorded Thief in the NightGeorge Duke, and Night After NightDuke‘s music delighted mainstream audiences and crossed over from pop to adult contemporary to the R&B charts effortlessly.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vz-qArxJv0

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The ’90s commenced for Duke with a third and final Clarke/Duke Project recording before he signed to Warner Bros. upon the courting of legendary label boss Mo Ostin. While his debut for the label, 1993’s Snapshot, hit the charts because of its smash single “No Rhyme, No Reason” (sung by Ferrell), the biggest surprise for audiences came later, in 1995, with the release of The Muir Woods Suite. A large jazz concept work, it was recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Duke playing keyboards, Clarke on bass, Chester Thompson on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion fronting a symphony orchestra.

It was actually recorded in 1993, but Duke spent two years “fixing” the tracks before it was released in 1995; he has since performed it numerous times in concert. Jazz critics who had long derided his pop success and wrote him off suddenly took notice again. Duke, however, was courting no one. In 1996 he released Illusions and nailed another single in the Top 40 with “Love Can Be So Cold.” Some of the players and singers featured on the album included FerrellJames IngramJoyce KennedyMervin WarrenMarvin Winansthe EmotionsLori Perry, and Everette Harp.

Duke finished the decade with a string of albums for Warner including a second concept work, After Hours, before leaving the label after 2000’s Cool.

Duke threw another change-up in 2002 with Face the Music, issued on BPM. He played mostly acoustic piano on the date — something he hadn’t done in years — and used the same core band on the entire recording (another rarity). His main sidemen for the date were bassist Christian McBride, drummer Lil’ John Roberts, and Jef Lee Johnson on guitar.

Though there are other instruments and players, these men appear on every track. The album Duke was released in 2005, a hodgepodge of music he’d left off other projects. In 2006 he released In a Mellow Tone, a more traditional jazz album with Brian Bromberg on upright bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and the jazz critics took notice once again.

Dukey Treats appeared in 2008 from Heads Up Records. Duke returned to jazz-funk and R&B for 2008’s Dukey Treats, on Telarc, once more using singers and a slew of musicians. It was followed by Déjà Vu in 2010.

In 2012, he produced Jeffrey Osborne‘s Time for Love album (released in 2013). During the sessions, Duke‘s wife of 40 years, Corine, died from complications due to cancer. After some time spent away from music in order to properly grieve, he entered the studio in early 2013, and recorded Dreamweaver, which was released in July of this year.

New UnSung E-Zine / Blog Launching July 4 Blues Jazz Soul


Hipster Sanctuary  E-Zine/ Blog for the Unsung  An Enclave for the Serious Music Lover of  Blues, Soul & Jazz launching July 4 2013.  Bobby Dashiki

The Hipster Sanctuary  E-Zine/Blog  is focused primarily on UNSUNG  artists of  Jazz, Blues and Soul Genres. We’ll profile, explore, interview and publicize information to, commemorate, or uplift the legacy of these artists who gave it their all during their time in the public’s eye. 

”By Any Medium Necessary”  

From time to time, we may have special events recognizing these artists as groups, or individually honoring them. We will also include individuals who contributed to the innovations and quality of the music through Press,Radio and Film. Artists emerging or still performing on a high level will be acknowledged as well.

Robert J. Carmack – Editor in Chief

Robert  grew up in Los Angeles (Watts & Compton) and has spent almost five decades in entertainment as musician, actor,producer ,writer and photo/journalist across many genres including Jazz, Soul/R&B and Blues. Co-founded The Paul Robeson Players,  Atlanta International Jazz Society,  SFBAAAM (San Francisco Bay-Area African American Musicians)worked as publicist/promoter and producer, for live concerts and awards shows. Expert in Jazz & blues history, Robert studied Music,Communications and Theater Arts in college. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills and is a passionate patron of  Youth in Fine Arts & Education.

We welcome ideas, suggestions,photos, and guest writers to participate as well.

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