JAZZ ICONIC TRUMPETER MARCUS BELGRAVE DEAD AT 78


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy “In order to get to the future, you have to go to the past,” he told the Free Press. I try to instill that you learn from the masters in your presence and go back and forward from there. In order to find yourself, you have to be…

Sonny Criss – Talented But Tragic


Originally posted on Geezer Music Club:
We haven’t featured a jazz musician for a while and today’s spotlight falls on one of the best, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. A contemporary of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker — in fact, he played alongside him in the early years — Criss was an early bloomer musically, but his career…

HIPSTER RETRO-JAZZ SERIES:HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARMELL JONES


posted by Robert J. Carmack         #@blues2jazzguy                                           Carmell Jones    July 19, 1936  – November 7, 1996 Trumpeter/Composer  and one of my favorites of Horace Silver’s Trumpet players. As a very young…

JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH: UNSUNG PIANIST PHINEAS NEWBORN JR.


posted by Robert J. Carmack   @blues2jazzguy December 14, 1931 in Whiteville, TN – May 26 1989 – Memphis TN. Of all the Unsung pianists in Jazz, IMHO, Phineas is the most disrespected by the so-called  jazz experts. All I know is when I first heard his playing on record, I had never heard anyone…