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Robert J. Carmack – KARL LEE the reporter from Ebony Magazine. Robert is a veteran of the theater, producer, writer, poet and musician. Mr. Carmack has over 5 decades in the entertainment field as musician, show producer, promoter or journalist in the genres of Jazz,classic soul, and pop.

Mr. Carmack has worked for, or, with such jazz luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Doug Carn, Andy Bey, Sonny Fortune, Freddie Cole, Vanessa Rubin and McCoy Tyner.  He founded and co-founded the Atlanta International Jazz Society, and SFBAAAM( San Francisco Bay Area African-American Musicians) a forum of musicians that created their own venues to play in the Bay area. Returning back to Los Angeles after 12 years , Mr. Carmack has organized a Charlie Parker 21 sax salute on Bird’s birthday nationwide salute east & west coast. a tribute to Blue note producer & composer Duke Pearson ,Bobby Hutcherson/Jackie McLean in Los Angeles. Last year He re-created his popular character from The Club Alabam in 2014,(ROBBY ROYALE) to a sell out audience of NAACP Award winning musical, North On South Central Avenue. Carmack grew up in Los Angeles, attended Centennial high school in Compton, Graduated B.A – Theater Arts /Communications at Cal State Dominguez Hills. returning later on in life to grab his MFA-Theater Directing/Production Columbia University,New York. Robert co-founded the awarding-winning Paul Robeson Players  while still attending under-grad college classes. The drama group went on to represent the state of California at the FESTAC, World Arts Festival, Lagos, Nigeria.

I wrote “Interview” out of frustration with the film version that came out a few years ago. However, I looked at the presentation, not as a traditional play or musical , More of an avant-garde /experimental theater type with music, spoken word and dramatic dialog. No set changes, or curtains . its driven by the power of the actors on stage, Nina Simone’s great social protest songs and her important role in the civil rights era. The most unsung of all the characters who played a role during that period.

We begin the story in real-time August 11,1965 inside the lounge of a Pasadena Hotel…


Jana Wilson- NINA SIMONE, a Los Angeles native, began her thespian adventures on the runways of Los Angeles, donning designer couture fashions. She modeled through college and sporadically, thereafter. Music has always been in her soul, as both parents were talented musicians, in their own right. Her brother plays bass guitar. Her father played jazz piano and her mother continues singing jazz. It’s only likely that Jana would have a love for music, with such rich influences.

Jana began singing in her church choir, then, sitting in on secular band rehearsals, which led to one song, then years of performing three nights weekly, as the featured vocalist, in the 4 Star Award winning   Supper Club,The Sky Room in Long Beach CA . Since then, she’s been professionally performing with various local jazz and R&B groups. Her performance interests led to the theater, where she was cast as Billie Holiday, and additional characters, in the award-winning musical stage play, “North On South Central Avenue.”

“Music, performance arts, television… there are so many interests, gifts and abilities to put to good use. The world is a big stage, and I hope to take a few bows, while I’m here!” – Jana

Pictured L-R: Bobby Pierce – piano, Sonny McBroom – saxophone From the collection of: Arnett Howard

Bobby Pierce, Music Director/Pianist – the former Columbus, Ohio born musician, now a Los Angeles resident is a musician’s musician. Known for his laid-back demeanor and style in personality. He elects to allow his fingers to do his speaking for him. He spent many years in Chicago and New York, working with virtually a Who’s Who in Jazz and Gospel.

Bobby has graced the stage with some of Jazz’s royal members such as Benny Carter, James Moody, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Etta James, and Della Reese along with POP & Soul stars too. Four Tops, Walter Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Joe Williams and Esther Phillips just to name a few. While putting in work at Record labels, Muse and Cobblestone, He was able to garner a Five-star ranking on Downbeat magazine. Pierce is also listed in seven jazz history books including Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of jazz and Listen for Jazz by Anna Bishop.

Bobby is quite proud of his major work with the late Della Reese , where he co-wrote the musical, “The Message is In the Music.

While the consummate classically trained , Jazz and gospel singer, arranger and composer, Bobby still finds time to go out on a few road gigs, and hitting a few local jazz gigs too. He spends most of his time working with choir groups and just being of community service whenever possible.


Derf Reklaw – Flute,Percussion, has a very positive reputation around the music industry and especially the Leimert Park Village. Derf has worked with this play’s author three times previously over last 4 years. “Derf is the type of musician you don’t have to say much, just let him do what he do” stated Robert J. Carmack Director/Producer. Now we know why Eddie Harris & Ramsey Lewis loved his playing on their group’s recordings and live.

Reklaw moved to LA from Chicago in 1979. He is an artist in residence at several educational institutions including UCLA, Santa Monica College, L.A. Conservatory and View Park Academy. His career has enabled him to play with artists like Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Harris, Minnie Ripperton, Ahmad Jamal, Sting and Lionel Hampton. Also  featured guest spots with drummer Billy Higgins, poet Kamau Daaood and original member of the Pharoahs,  Lui Lui Satterfield.


Bob Lee Bassist, Music Producer,Composer, photographer, videos,etc.

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Interview with the High Priestess has been sold out for 4 WEEKS.

those with tickets will be watching and listening at the World Stage  4321 Degnan Blvd. L.A., California. 90008 8PM

Doors open at 7PM


Media:RJC Mediatainment Group/Hipster Sanctuary.Com






Certainly no stranger to creating eclectic ambiance, jazz bassist Juini Booth rolls into Los Angeles with all the excitement of the second coming!.. But realistically, He’s put together a great team of Brooklyn Club owners that loves’ Jazz served up New York style, with a stellar group of musicians, including a jazz poet.

It makes one wonder if he will come with a combination Sun Ra, or Chicago Art Ensemble. We’ve been told most of the material will be in the spirit of the Atlantis album by McCoy Tyner ,recorded LIVE in 1974 at the celebrated Keystone Korner. Adding some spoken word sprinkled in. ” We expect a very diverse audience with impeccable taste in Music, Art and Hipness” .

In Brooklyn , the Zebulon Cafe was quite popular among the young and the young at heart, chided Booth.  Juini  has shaped a very stellar career in music , sometimes dropping off the Jazz scene to tackle other musical genres. “This allows me to open up to all types of music, sounds and rhythms.  His impeccable list of bandleaders and recording projects are a “Who’s Who” in Jazz. McCoy Tyner, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Freddie Hubbard to name a few. In addition to playing and recording projects, Juini’s  been spending his available hours with a project he holds dear to him, the Wilbur Ware Institute. He teaches and inspires young musicians in New York.

Band personnel: Juini Booth leader/bass, Roy McCurdy drums, piano Benito Gonzalez, Azar Lawrence saxophones, guest jazz poet, Robert J. Carmack 

JULY 4th 2017  8pm- 10PM only 


Tixs: $10 advance $12 at door

Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive.(323) 662-0966 (club only)







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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  email me.  attn: Robert J. Carmack


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Robert J. Carmack Plight Jazz Ensemble
Robert J. Carmack Plight Jazz Ensemble


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Saturday, July 30th 8pm The World Stage Performance Gallery

4321 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles,California 90008

tickets & info call 951-840-7120

Music by PLIGHT – Robert J. Carmack leader & host

Bobby West – piano/music director

Reggie Carson bass, Derf Reklaw percussion

Dale Fielder-tenor sax/baritone sax

Cornel Fauler- drummer

special guest: TU’NOOK award-winning writer & poet



posted by  Kamaad Tauhid  #blues2jazzguy

L.A. Calif_ It was announced by leader/spokesman Robert J. Carmack, that a collaboration of musicians,vocalists,arrangers and poets have formed PLIGHT. Plight is a grassroots performance ensemble featuring iconic jazz compositions integrated with spoken word and “vocalese” arrangements. Seriously dedicated to preserving the legacy of improvised American classical music,better known as Jazz.

R J Carmack- Producer-Poet-musician-journalist
R J Carmack- Producer-Poet-musician-journalist

Robert J. Carmack ,musician,poet,producer and journalist first came up with the concept through a long time association with some of  the core group members, when in August of 2015, he got together with master pianist, Bobby West, on a project paying homage to Blue Note Records jazz icon, Duke Pearson.

West was instrumental in taking the hand-selected compositions of Pearson, which gave plenty of challenges with spiritual,hard bop and swinging tunes integrating poetry by Carmack and other writers. Adding Northern California pianist/arranger , James Armstrong was a no brainer,according to Carmack.

“James and I often engaged in long conversations about music, the preservation of certain jazz compositions and key artists that we thought should be recognized, it was easy to connect the dots. We saw eye to eye on Duke Pearson and his “Unsung” career in music, That became the initial project that started the ball rolling” said Carmack.

San Jose based music educator/transcriptionist,arranger James Armstrong
San Jose based musician, educator,arranger James Armstrong

Taking a page from the classic Blue Note recordings vault under the creativity of Carmack,West and Armstrong in order to bring magic to the bandstand.  “We are bringing back some of the key  and core musicians we used last summer to form this new band which will be debuting in July 2016.”said Carmack, as he showed me some of the recently completed arrangements by James Armstrong.  Robert selected what can be called stellar tunes written or recorded by iconic jazz artists, Jackie McLean and Bobby Hutcherson.

First of all, those two artists were a huge part of the 1960s/70s jazz scene with gigantic success throughout that era with remarkable recorded products to bolster their iconic stature, Carmack went on to say.  “Part of this stellar core group is percussionist/woodwind specialist , Derf Reklaw. Derf brings a special set of experiences and skills that gives us an edge with all of these cuts.” Derf Reklaw on Flute

Bobby West, a formidable Jazz master pianist, born in Los Angeles, grew up in a city that had a plethora of jazz icons living there, and lots of venues at the time to ply your craft. After-all, with jazz legends like Gerald Wilson, Plas Johnson, Freddie Hubbard,Billy Higgins, Horace Tapscott,just to name a few.

Robert J. Carmack first met Bobby West while hanging out in the early 90s at Billy Higgins World Stage jam sessions. Bobby would often be among a group of top-shelf piano players active inside the Leimert Park Village Arts community, among them , Horace Tapscott, Nate Morgan,Harold Land jr. and Bobby Pierce. Carmack went on to say “Bobby West, in my opinion possessed all the ingredients and the passion of a contemporary version of Red Garland and Bobby Timmons.  Plight is putting together an evening of  a grassroots, acoustical Art presentation that’s rich in passion musicianship and spirituality engrained inside the music and poetry.(Follow for Plight’s debut info)

Bobby West @ North Sea Jazz Festival
Bobby West @ North Sea Jazz Festival




Carmack will announce the rest of the band at a later date, due to some special circumstances regarding contracts. The instrumentation is piano,bass, drums, percussion/woodwinds, poet, vocalist and vibist. We’re very excited about the concept and looking forward to debuting at the famous WORLD STAGE in Leimert Park Saturday July 30,Los Angeles,California. 









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James Love
James Love

Anqui Renise NOW
Anqui Renise Singer

AMIN El Blue Color

Robert Hipster Carmack Poet / Host
Robert Hipster Carmack
Poet / Host

ONE NIGHT ONLY !!    One Night Only!!   One Night Only!!  

SATURDAY  AUGUST 29  8:PM Doors open 7:00PM

The World Stage Performance Gallery 4344 S. Degnan Blvd

Los Angeles, California  90008 (Leimert Park)

ATD Tickets:$15 before 8pm – $20 after 8PM

Performing On Stage           

James Love – vocalist

The Rose Gale Jazz Trio

Ms. Anqui Renise – singer

Amin EL – singer /guitarist /poet  

Robert J. Carmack – poet & M.C.


More Information: 951-840-7120


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McCoy Tyner with Robert J. Carmack
McCoy Tyner with Robert J. Carmack

Robert J. Carmack Editor in Chief,Hipster Sanctuary.Com.
Robert grew up in Los Angeles (Watts & Compton) and has spent almost five decades in entertainment as musician, actor,producer ,writer and photo/journalist across many genres including Jazz, Soul/R&B and Blues. Co-founded The Paul Robeson Players, The Atlanta International Jazz Society, The SFBAAAM (San Francisco Bay-Area African American Musicians)works as publicist,promoter and producer for live concerts and awards shows.

An expert in Jazz & blues history, Robert studied Music, Communications and Theater Arts in college. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills. A passionate patron of Youth in the Fine Arts & Education.


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JAZZ SPOKEN HERE  is a combination of JAZZ and POETRY  being performed  by Jazz man Dale Fielder and his Quartet. also performing as special guest poet is longtime jazz promoter and journalist,Robert J. Carmack. DALE FIELDER QUARTET is celebrating its 20th year as a group playing together, and Carmack’s  Jazz Blog/E-Zine, Hipster Sanctuary.Com is in its 17th year of promoting jazz, By Any Medium Necessary”.

All of the festivities get started at 7pm at the upscale Jamaican restaurant ,Kingston Cafe located at 333 Fair Oaks, Blvd. in Pasadena,California. $15 at door

The two guys met at an artists enclave in Los Angeles , called 5th Street Dick’s Coffee House in Leimert Park, literally weeks after the 1992 LA Riots. Dale was running a Jam session that started at midnight every weekend, soon it became THE SPOT  for serious jazz lovers and players. At the time I wasn’t playing much saxophone, I was doing more writing and working a

Robert J. Carmack in Tam playing Flute and spoken word  local musicians  Aladeen on Tenor,Fred ward on Dejembe drum, and Kent Brinkley on bass
Robert J. Carmack in Tam playing Flute and spoken word local musicians Aladeen on Tenor,Fred ward on Dejembe drum, and Kent Brinkley on bass circa 1997 in Leimert Park Village @ the Great Negus Listening Gallery.

Straight Gig 9-5 every day. I had started quite young playing and began blowing professionally just out of Junior High school.  I knew all the hot spots and gin joints in LA over the years where jazz once flowed freely and now had given way to Dance Hall clubs, and Hip Hop culture. but this new Leimert Park village as we called it, was clicking. Then came the poets, actors, sculptors,painters, chess players, incense makers,Kente cloth and afrocentric wares flourished, even coffee drinking now took the place of brown-bag sessions on the corner, then came the media.. Through all of this quick growth, Dale Fielder was honing his craft that included some of the best musicians in L.A. appearing with him and showing up at his Jam sessions in the L.A. village .

1993 version of the Dale Fielder Quintet
1993 version of the Dale Fielder Quintet

See above picture circa 1993 The Dale Fielder Quintet featuring Greg Kurstin piano, Bill(the Count) Markus on bass, Drums was Ocie Davis III, with Dan ( Bag  of Soul) Bagasoul trumpet and Dale Fielder leader /saxophones.

RJ Carmack's Band 1997          Footprints Jazz Ensemble
RJ Carmack’s Band 1997 Footprints Jazz Ensemble

see above picture that includes  Robert J. Carmack  (center) tenor sax/flute & spoken word, seated upfront is vocalist Mark Broyard, Guitar is Blascz  ?(too difficult to remember),Bassist is Kent Brinkley, not seen is Bill Madison drums and Soprano sax/flutes,vocals – Alaadeen. *************************************************************************************** Fast Forward 20 years later, and Dale has traveled all over the world and won many awards including the 1995 winner of TV’s  BET Jazz Discovery contest. But, more importantly he is about to record his 16th CD sometime this fall. Not a bad body of work.


pianist  Jane Getz

Mr. Taste

Bill The Count  Markus
Bill The Count Markus

Special Guest Poet

Robert J. Carmack
Robert J. Carmack

Marcia 4-18 - Dale + Carmack