COMING SOON! OCTOBER 2017 STRAT-O-SPHERE: THELONIOUS MONK TURNS 100


                          A ROBERT J. CARMACK  PRODUCTION STRAT-O-SPHERE; MONK MUSIC, POETRY, DRAMA & DANCE Los Angeles California Exclusive Showing Whether on the bandstand or Off the bandstand ..Sitting at the Piano at home composing brilliant tunes…Greatness always followed ,along with Hipness & Swing! More…

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…

THE SPIRIT OF CHARLIE PARKER FLOWED AT WORLD STAGE -LOS ANGELES


posted by #@blues2jazzguy Saturday, August 29  at the World Stage kicked off a double-header of  fiery jazz events beginning at 3pm where a smattering of jazz musicians assembled and paid homage to the great Charlie Parker on his 95th birthday.       Billed as A 21 SAXOPHONE SALUTE to BIRD.      A modest,…

THE JAZZ PIONEERS ROOM- ELI “LUCKY” THOMPSON


“While John Coltrane usually receives the most credit for bringing the soprano saxophone out of obsolescence in the early 1960s, Thompson (along with Steve Lacy) embraced the instrument earlier than Coltrane.” Lucky Thompson June 16, 1924 – July 30, 2005   After playing with the swing orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine (alongside Dizzy…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBASSADOR HERBIE HANCOCK LOOKING GOOD


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #@blues2jazzguy 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….

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…

TIME TRAVELING DIZZY (REECE) ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Happy Birthday, Dizzy Reece …Just revisiting a great Unsung trumpeter; You want a passionate  player  to interpret your favorite standards or just conjure up the tenacity of those fiery jam sessions of the  40s, Check Dizzy Reece! After spending the 1950s playing in Paris, Jamaican bebop trumpeter Dizzy Reece landed in New York City in 1960. He has…