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…

STRATO-SPHERE: THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK TURNS 100 – JAZZ-POETRY TRIBUTE


                A ROBERT J. CARMACK PRODUCTIONS Presents Strato-Sphere:Thelonious Monk Turns 100 A moving and eclectic project involving Jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s most prized compositions performed by Los Angeles’s most talked about Jazz musicians,vocalists, poets and dancers.  Follow this blog for all information forthcoming. If you’re interested in participation as co-sponsor, artist or media …

JAZZ MASTER BASSIST BOB CRANSHAW DEAD AT 83


posted by  #@blues2jazzguy   Robert J. Carmack The Great Bassist from Indiana, who more times than not was the steady bass player for Sonny Rollins. Cranshaw had been battling a series of challenging ailments. but it’s believed that he succumbed to his battle with Cancer. Cranshaw, IMHO, was one of the top five bassists in…

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…

RUDY VAN GELDER: THE FINAL NOTE 1924 – 2016


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy                           Rudy Van Gelder, a renowned recording engineer who captured jazz greats Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and many others in his parents’ Hackensack living room and later in his Englewood Cliffs studio, died Thursday,…

THE FIRST WATTS FESTIVAL: LOOKING BACK AT AUGUST 1966


I guess it’s always a surprise to find that another year have come and gone, then you realize that it’s not just another year, but a decade has come and left.  I’m not naive to believe time should stand still for me,but I was just reflecting with a good friend of mine, who also grew…

JAZZ LEGENDARY VIBIST BOBBY HUTCHERSON 75 HAS PASSED 1941 – 2016


posted by Robert J. Carmack         Bobby Hutcherson:1941-2016 The most accomplished vibraphonist and composer to emerge in the latter half of the 20th Century,has passed at age 75 Monday, August 15th. Bobby Hutcherson is survived by a wife and a bevy of family and close friends all grieving. Hutcherson redefined the role of…

RETURN OF THE GRASSROOTS HIP-NOSIS:MUSIC OF BOBBY HUTCHERSON & JACKIE McLEAN


ROBERT J. CARMACK  presents NIGHT OF THE GRASSROOTS HIP-NOSIS: an Evening  of Spoken Word ~Jazz Music of Bobby Hutcherson & Jackie McLean .           SATURDAY  JULY 30 @ 8PM The WORLD STAGE PERFORMANCE GALLERY 4321 Degnan Blvd. Leimert Park Village(LA,Calif. 90008) Featuring  Plight (Jazz/Spoken Word Ensemble) Guest Poet; TU’NOOK Special Guest:…