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…

HUB CITY PRIDE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES “HOMEGROWN SERIES”


Posted by Robert J. Carmack   Photos by Cornell Francois                        #@blues2jazzguy The Hub City Pride organization recently held an “Old School Dance & Show at  the new Ascension Ballroom in Compton,California. The “Home Grown Series is all about Compton’s Own helping one another and…

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 &…

MARVIN JUNIOR THE DELLS LEAD SINGER’S FINAL CURTAIN


CHICAGO, IL  – Marvin Junior, lead singer of  Soul group The Dells, was cremated Wednesday (06-05-13) after a sudden death at his home last week.  Junior, 77, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, with family members bedside at his home in Harvey, Illinois  from complications associated with kidney failure. Born January 31, 1936, in Harrell, Arkansas. Both…

FIVE STAIRSTEPS SINGER CLARENCE BURKE JR. MYSTERY DEATH


Elder brother of  The Five Stairsteps, Clarence Burke,Jr. death is still shrouded in mystery. Family friend & long time manager Joe Marno said,the R&B singer died  last Sunday at his home in Marietta,Georgia. Burke resided there with his wife. With respect for the family’s request for privacy, no further information has been released surrounding the cause or circumstances of Burkes’s sudden death….

Oh What A Career The Dells Lead Singer Marvin Junior Passed Today


Marvin Junior, the long time surviving lead singer extraordinaire of the mighty, mighty Dells  passed today (05-29-13). Unfortunately we don’t have any specific details of his death, but according to a May 23, 2013 report in the Soulful Detroit blog, Mr. Junior  was reported to be very ill “and was not expected to be around  much longer. The report…

Sunny The Snowman: Mandrill feat. Lou Wilson


Sunny The Snowman: Mandrill feat. Lou Wilson  (click) #Sunny The Snowman,one of the last projects completed by Louis Wilson, eldest brother of the  Wilson Brothers in Mandrill. “Sweet Lou” as he was affectionately called, sang lead and co-wrote this soon to be holiday classic song. “Sweet Lou” Wilson  passed away Monday morning,January 7 ,2013. The…

LOWRIDER BAND


Mandrill/ Lowrider Band Concert Hollywood,CA. 2012