OPEN LETTER TO ALL MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS


posted by #@blues2jazzguy
Hello friends and family,  (Heads-Up)
I’m less than 30 days away from launching my Crowd Funding Project to raise $25,000. dollars for my new theater project ” Chitlin’ Circuit” : a Glimpse into the Los Angeles Club Music Scene of late 40s,1950s & early 60s. featuring music of T Bone Walker, L.A. Doo-Wop, Etta James,Bobby Blue Bland, Otis Redding and Nellie Lutcher.  bobby2 ZAPMost of you who know me,  know I’m very passionate and committed to extending our legacy in Black music whether its Blues, Jazz or Soul, “By ANY MEDIUM NECESSARY! I NEED YOUR HELP, Please take the time to read about what I’m attempting to do when I post my Crowd Funding Profile. more importantly, donate what you can to the cause. most expenses will be in getting costs of the period piece costumes in line with my budget and of course the licensing fees for the use of the music,  Of course the typical costs of venue, props and rehearsal space. I have more than 30 years experience in theater, production publicity, music promotions,a the last 8 years in Social Media Marketing. I will attempt to raise $25,000 for this production in 3 months. WE accept all “In-Kind donations” as well with clothing/posters or pictures from the 40s,50s, and early 60s.

You may email me at Blues2jazz2003@Yahoo .com a more detailed announcement and profile for Crowd Funding will be posted on all social media outlets in less than 30 days from now Please look forward to the announcement… Thanks RJ Carmack

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HOWLIN’ BLUES and DIRTY DOGS ..BIG MAMA THORNTON STORY 2014 BEST PLAY


written & photographed by Robert J. Carmack  @blues to jazzguy

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Big Mama & Bardu Ali at the Juke!

Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Digs opened on Sunday, June 8.  The star of the play, Ms Jewell Tompkins IS Big MAMA. One of the first thing you notice as she moves into the spotlight, she is a full-figured woman, but not the hulking  six footer Big Mama was at the time. Even ballooning up to 300 pounds at one point in her hey day. The one thing that is clear, Jewell Tompkins  is a consummate thespian. She attacks the character by not trying do the obvious. a tortured soul, Willie Mae had many personalities. She showed the dignity of this blues-woman and how she had to do what she could to survive in a Man’s business. Even that was hard Because, “Singing the Blues” was a “Black thing” in the 40s & 50s. Many times she was up against some of the best blues people in the country. Muddy Waters, Lightning Hopkins, Lead Belly, Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi John Hurt just to name a few.

I was able to liken her life story to another great  musician  with a bitter/sweet life, Charlie Parker. I was totally entertained from start to finish, and at times ,a little misty-eyed, because of her demise, by prejudice , racism, sexism, alcohol, and felonious Men.  She had to grow up so fast, she never had time to be a kid. Her education came in the back of Juke joints, boarding houses, and back seats of cars.

Jewell is able to take the well written script and embrace all of the beauty of Willie Mae Thornton.   In one scene , she’s on the road, Having fun playing the Blues, drinking and partying, Impresario Johnny Otis comes back into the club afterwards and say to the band, They’re not getting paid. Big Mama straightens her hat, walks into the club owner’s office, ask  in a low tone for the Money , and after he told her to get out of his face “telling him what to do with his money”

“I don’t want your Money, I want my Money”..she balled up her fist and used all 300 lbs of brute force on his unsuspecting body, until he submitted and gave up the money.. Lol! “I did what I had to Do!”    She had a Rep, for not “taking no mess off of nobody”. I again thought Carla Clark’s directing  was on point . Not going for the obvious and relying on the craftsmanship of the actors. many scenes were again reflecting what her “Inside” was all about. Mostly when  Big mama had to confront nefarious men about Money, relationships,etc.

Her father  was a real  mean man ,who abused her brother and her in their childhood, it was probably at the seat of her many problems.

 

 

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The singing by Tompkins is sublime, and at one point, reminded me of a young Aretha-like sound in her approach to the blues.. You feel the church presence in her life and that  resonated into the character.. I often found golden nuggets of acting skills in both cast in general, but especially in Jewell Tompkins performance. This play is too good to be missed, too good to not be recognized again by the L.A. drama critics when they hand out the awards for Best Play & Best actress.

Howlin’ Blues and Dirty Dogs is well supported by a veteran cast of ensemble players. Another stand out is Philip Bell , who portrays two characters, from L.A. music history  Bardu Ali and singer Johnny Ace . who, after becoming one of the hottest acts of the early 1950s Rhythm & Blues era, committed  suicide.   I highly advise you to RSVP or call ahead to theater regarding tickets, as there is limited seats available. For more information call 310-910-0392  or, email us at     perceptioniii@aol.com

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Philip Bell as Johnny Ace

THE PERFORMERS CORNER NEW L.A. BOUTIQUE PERFORMANCE GALLERY


posted by staff    #@jazz2bluesguy

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The TPC Partnership Group

Larry James Robinson, Tu’Nook and Carla Dupree-Clark sat down and planned their partnership around a common theme, produce quality plays.  All three were already successful in their own right as life individuals, family, friends and career. Something else was missing,  The need for consistent, quality shows that didn’t spill a drop of high-integrity themes around African-American  unsung characters. So far, that has paid off in multiple NAACP Theater Awards for Best Director, Including Best costumes, Best Sound, and Best  Ensemble. The awards were garnered by Carla  Dupree Clark including nominations in  Best Playwright, and Best Director of a Musical bestowed on her masterpiece “North on  South Central”.   Ms. Clark and her partners didn’t  rest on their laurels, and quickly  banged out another hit play with “Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs”  winning another Best Director of a Musical , from Beverly Hills/Hollywood  NAACP Theater Award in 2010.

TPC just completed a successful, limited run of  The Club Alabam Revue, a strong look at the LA Jazz and Blues scene  at The famous black club of the 1940s and 50s.  A “limited – encore” performance run of The Club Alabam Revue is scheduled for (TBA) dates in August.  Currently in rehearsals for a return run of  Howlin’ Blues and Dirty Dogs( the story of Big Mama Thornton) , TPC is expecting a successful run at their local Inglewood base, The Performers Corner located at 214 Hardy Street, 90301.   ” We want to give the community a variety of shows, with different themes, genres and lots of history attached to some of the best actors,musicians and craftspeople in southern California.” said Larry James Robinson, Producer/Tech. Director.        For more information about plays  call 310-910-0392  or, email us at;     perceptioniii@aol.com

“As of June 20014, we’re expanding our performing arts programming to include a Jazz Series that will take place the 3rd Saturday in each month at Performers Corner at 8PM” stated Tu’Nook, Producer/Writer/Poet and Actress.  The first installment is part of  The Black Music Month in June.  Black Music Legacies in Jazz features a homage to  legends like,  jazz saxophonist/composer John Coltrane, trumpeter Lee Morgan and organist/composer Doug Carn’s music.  “A special  tribute to Poet Laureate, Amiri Baraka with readings  from the selected works of Baraka’s most prized poetry.” added Robert J. Carmack, the new Executive Producer for all Jazz Programming and Social Media Advisor for TPC.  For info regarding  our new jazz programming dates : 951-840-7120  or blues2jazz2003@yahoo.com

Robert J. Carmack is also an actor & musician, last seen portraying the eclectic character, Robby Royale, from the hit music revue  The Club Alabam .  “We have a great series planned throughout the summer  with each month having its own theme and booking established jazz artists that are eager to participate in our new programs.  we will have a new blog for Theatre Perception Consortium, “Perception Theater Revue” a blog for the theater group, supporters and  patrons of the arts who want to follow us on other social media outlets  . go to our blog at  

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Robert J. Carmack TPC Media Advisor

 

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Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs (The Story of Big Mama Thornton) Directed by Carla Dupree-Clark     Starring Jewel Thompkins