NYC PIANIST RUDI WONGOZI LAUNCHES LATEST RELEASE: JAZZ FOR R&B LOVERS


The word “Balance” has many definitions, especially as a verb or noun..the ones I chose to use here in speaking about Rudi Wongozi are; an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. OR, a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions , as in “Trying to…

9 YEAR OLD ATLANTA DRUMMING SENSATION ADDED TO LONDON BASED TV SHOW


            posted by Robert J. Carmack    #@blues2jazzguy                    At a recent interview with a Chief Executive at London 5 Studios in England, It was announced that 9 year old Joshua Grant has been selected to the cast of ” Little Melanie” a new TV show still in pre-production development. The show is based on a book…

JAZZ DIVA SANDRA BOOKER RETURNS TO L.A. COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART


        Sandra Booker @ LACMA_Singer/songwriter Sandra Booker returns to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for her eighth appearance at part of the Jazz at LACMA series. Back by popular demand, she is a museum favorite and guaranteed to swing the night away with a collection of jazz and R&B standards…

GOOD-BYE FOR NOW TOOTS THIELEMANS: FINAL NOTE 1922-2016


posted by Robert J. Carmack Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, better known as Toots Thielemans,was a master jazz musician. He was well-known for his harmonica playing, but was a sublime guitarist and whistle soloist, often a first-call sessions player. Many times over the decades of his career, he could be heard on Jazz/POP recordings, or…

CBS STEVIE WONDER’S SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE CELEBRATION “GOT IT RIGHT”


posted by robert j. carmack #blues2jazzguy #chefrobb #GrammyAwards #GrammySalute  #CBSNetwork “Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Salute” aired Monday on CBS, which featured the best of the new generation performers, all paying respect to the legendary Stevie Wonder. http://www.complex.com/music/2015/02/beyonce-ed-sheeran-gary-clark-jr-cover-stevie-wonder-higher-ground Performers including Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Tony Bennett and The Band…

SOUL/POP ICON BOBBY WOMACK DEAD AT 70


posted by Robert J. Carmack  #@blues2jazzguy One of the last of the great soul men has died at 70. musician, songwriter, Bobby Womack has succumb to poor health today as announced by his record label, XL Recordings. The cause of deah has not been officially reported, nut it was well known Womack was battling an…

BLACK MUSIC MONTH:50 YEARS BOLD SOUL SISTER ARETHA FRANKLIN


posted by Robert J. Carmack    #@blue2jazzguy Congratulations!! Aretha Franklin receives an honorary degree from Harvard University  May 29 2014.  There are Divas and there are DIVAS, Aretha Franklin isn’t just the Queen of Soul, she’s THE Voice of  All Ages. Gospel, Soul, Pop, and dare I say it, Opera?? Yes, Opera as the late…

VOCAL DUO THE RAYNORS LOS ANGELES CD RELEASE PARTY SET JUNE 19


  Host: WANDA RAY WILLIS & ELDON RAYNOR JR.  The Raynors | Beautiful Songs For Today    When: Thursday, June 19 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Where: THE MARINA CITY CLUB   4333 Admiralty Way   Marina Del Rey,CA. 90292 Information regarding  CD    201-286-5904  Will you attend?    Yes/No? “Message from the Hosts” Sister &…