It was announced recently at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburg,Pennsylvania that alto saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods is retiring from performing because of challenging health issues. Woods was on hand to lead a local trio and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra in a swinging reprisal of the Charlie Parker With Strings album.
Well, it was a historic concert but, before his last number, Mr. Woods, best known to Jazz aficionados as, one of the last surviving Charlie Parker disciples. announcing the present concert would be his last..Ever!
The 83-year-old Mr. Woods, who uses oxygen, jokingly refers to his tank as “my amplifier” later told the packed facility he has emphysema. That being the case, he wanted to go out with a bang. According to eye witnesses who were on hand to catch his final performance were quoted as saying, “If he was having any trouble breathing it surely didn’t show.”
Phil Woods, a top shelf performer, had a stellar backing unit with him from the Pittsburg area, bassist, Paul Thompson, pianist Alton Merrell, and drummer Tom Wendt.
For full concert review by Pittsburg Post-Gazette click on link below
posted by CHEF ROBB-the Jazz Cooker #@blues2jazzguy
BAM!! Now thats what I’m talking about, real jazz and poetry right out of a Bohemian film or a hipster’s pad somewhere on the east coast. Saturday night at the Kingston Cafe was all lit up with fat grooves from the baritone horn of Dale Fielder, who handled that Hog-leg of an instrument like all the guys that came before him on that horn. Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne,Leo Wright, Sahib Shihab and Charles Davis , all well known for dealing with the “beast”. Fielder was on hand with the original Dale Fielder Quartet,along with special guest poet, Robert J. Carmack. Robert is publisher and editor for Hipster Sanctuary.Com.
The original members are Thomas White drums, Bill Markus Bass, Jane Getz on piano and Dale himself ,Soprano, Tenor and Baritone saxes.
Dale filled the evening with original compositions penned by himself, one in particular was Resilience , brisk moving composition which allowed the whole band to open up the throttle. Joined on the bandstand by Grammy-winning Recording Engineer/Guitarist, Bob Tucker. “This is dedicated to my band, because they have resilience to last 20+ years.”
Carmack joined the band on stage for a combined effort on one of Fielder’s CD cuts from 2001,Romance Serenade, where Robert recited an amazing original love poem called Up jumped Spring, followed by a riveting piece in tribute to Jackie McLean entitled, LET FREEDOM RING! performed alone on stage as the first set ended. After a brief break, Carmack and Fielder returned for a duet of sax and poem.. Carmack announced the next two poems to be performed was written by a local writer/journalist in Los Angeles, Eric Wattree. A Night to Remember (homage to Coltrane) and A Swingin’ Affair in tribute to Dexter Gordon.
After two swingin’ pieces, one by the hard bop pianist , George Cables. then the quartet closed out the evening’s last set with an old standard gem called , Moonglow. the theme from the movie, Picnic. Treated with kid gloves by the band, the song with a melancholy theme loomed large over the attentive audience that night. The band and poet were rewarded with loud applause for a job well done. everyone had a lot of fun, including Sculptor/Painter,Chukes and Jazz host, Brad Williams from radio KJAZZ 88.1FM See the early discography of Dale Fielder at the following link …
Dale Fielder Quartet and Robert J. Carmack set for Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration
“The stories DFQ tell through their instruments are like classic volumes in your personal library.” Robert J. Carmack Publisher/Editor Hipster Sanctuary
THE DALE FIELDER QUARTET & SPECIAL GUEST POET ROBERT J. CARMACK@ KINGSTON CAFE
333 FAIR OAKS Ave. Off DEL MAR Ave. PASADENA, CALIFSATURDAY APRIL 18 2015 7pm to 9pm $15 admission (at door only) Limited Seating
2015 is proving to be a very special year for both talents as The Dale Fielder Quartet is celebrating 20 years as a group together, virtually unheard of in today’s music business. Robert J. Carmack and Glenn Davis co-founded a jazz newsletter 17 years ago (The Hipster) as part of the Atlanta International Jazz Society,that’s now grown into a full blown music E-Zine dedicated to classic Jazz, Blues and Soul music. www.hipstersanctuary.com.
Both are Leos, Dale Fielder & Robert Carmack are longtime friends and artists in constant creative mode. Fielder is set to produce his 16th CD later in 2015. A release date has not been set yet. Carmack has written and is currently producing a unique musical revue set in the 1950s/60s Los Angeles, weaving a story around the music scene in Los Angeles, while paying homage to the music of Nellie Lutcher, T-Bone Walker,Ray Charles, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland and Sarah Vaughn , including some Doo-Wop.
“CHITLIN’ CIRCUIT” is debuting a Sneak Preview Summer 2015, as part of a Black Music Series produced by RJC Mediatainment & Hipster Sanctuary.Com. “I met Dale while hanging out at a very popular coffeehouse of the time, 5th Street Dick’s in Leimert Park. It was in early 1993 as the area was trying to get back on track after the riot in 1992 and an entire community of artist all came together inside a small area called Leimert Park (Village) a group of small business people, often marketing Afro-centric wares, and crafts. One was a former homeless person living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, who parlayed his 12 step-recovery and saved enough money to open a Jazz coffee house, which he gave a willing Dale Fielder a spot hosting the jam sessions at midnight every weekend, while jazz flowed downstairs and out into the 43rd & Degnan’s sidewalks, the people came and came and, came including, the media cameras, movie celebrities and all the best young cats in jazz.” This all coincided with what was happening nationally with the Wynton Marsalis crowd and an upsurge in Jazz spots in L.A. once again because of three spots, Marla’s Memory lane, 5th Street Dick’s and Billy Higgins, master jazz drummer & Poet Kamau Daaood developing a performance gallery, the World Stage. Dale Fielder was at the forefront of all that. He went on to win the Jazz Discovery artist at TV network BET in 1995/96. By then, he had already produced two very solid CDs, including “Dear Sir” a moving tribute to Wayne Shorter’s music and was getting wide rotation and coverage on radio across the country. Fielder even had the blessings of Wayne Shorter himself as Dale performed songs from the newly released CD with the maestro himself in the house staying late and digging on the young saxophonist peppering the solos. Dale Fielder has been all around the world practically with either the Quartet, or Quintet. After 20 years, the passion has only gotten stronger with Dale, and his historic band of Pianist Jane Getz, Drummer Thomas White and Bassist, Bill “The Count” Markus. This band just knows how to squeeze every drop of soul power, passion and sometimes romance out of the notes. The stories they tell through their instruments are like classic volumes in your personal library.
Don’t miss out on celebrating 20 years of fun-filled excitement and adventure with the leader of the DFQ. Save the date April 18th 7pm to 9pm @ The Kingston Café Pasadena, California More Info: 951-840-7120