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SPN: Berks Jazz Fest Update (Soul/Jazz/Funk/Blues) - Soul Summit, Victor Wooten, Reviews, Pheobe Snow Update, Average White Band, Boney James, McCoy Tyner Quartet, Pieces of a Dream, Take 6, Wayman Tisdale, Bela Fleck, Chuck Loeb, Special EFX, Rick Braun, Paul Jackson Jr, Bobby Lyle, Richard Elliot, Kenny Blake, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Veasley Band, Najee, Nnenna Freelon, Joe McBride, Kim Waters, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Ferrone, the original Soul Survivors, Phil Perry, Randy Brecker, The Derek Trucks Band, David Benoit, Jonathan Butler, Severn Records Soul and Blues Revue, and more
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Welcome To The Soul-Patrol Newsletter

I have a very serious question: How do you feel about Soul, Jazz, Funk and Blues music all being mixed together, underneath one massive umbrella?

Well that is what is going to be happening at the 2009 Berks Jazz Festival & Soul-Patrol will be right there covering a massive schedule of concerts. We are going to be there because the culture that we represent DEMANDS that we do so. And I strongly encourageYOU to follow suit as well, if you are indeed a person who thinks that the culture represented by Soul, Jazz, Funk and Blues music deserves to be extended into the future!!!

Take a look at this line up of artists...Soul Summit, Victor Wooten, Reviews, Pheobe Snow Update, Average White Band, Boney James, McCoy Tyner Quartet, Pieces of a Dream, Take 6, Wayman Tisdale, Bela Fleck, Chuck Loeb, Special EFX, Rick Braun, Paul Jackson Jr, Bobby Lyle, Richard Elliot, Kenny Blake, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Veasley Band, Najee, Nnenna Freelon, Joe McBride, Kim Waters, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Ferrone, the original Soul Survivors, Phil Perry, Randy Brecker, The Derek Trucks Band, David Benoit, Jonathan Butler, Severn Records Soul and Blues Revue, and more

Scroll down and check out the details of these events and check out a few concert reviews that we have done in the past from two of the key artists who will be performing: Jason Miles/Soul Summit and Victor Wooten.

Scroll down, check it all out and thanks in advance for your consideration...

Bob Davis - Soul-Patrol
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Jazz, Funk, Soul & Blues @ Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)

PRESS RELEASE: Grammy Winners @ Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)
I'm not really sure why this is called a "jazz festival", when it seems to me that this is is perhaps one of the greatest two weeks of high quality Black music (in all of it's forms) that exists anywhere in the world!!!

Soul-Patrol.com (www.Soul-Patrol.com) is quite pleased to be one of the media sponsors of the Berks Jazz Fest (www.berksjazzfest.com). It's probably the largest and most important Jazz festival here on the east coast & hopefully we will see many of you in the house as well from up and down the East Coast, from Boston to Washington DC & beyond as well.

This news release announces the Grammy Award winners who will be performing at the VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council. The 19th edition of the festival, which runs March 27 through April 5, features more than 130 events at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Reading and Berks County, Pa.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2009 Berks Jazz Fest artists take home Grammys

READING, PA -- February 9 -- The VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest always features the best and brightest stars. Two artists performing during the 19th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest received Grammy Awards at the annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ceremony, held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night.

Randy Brecker took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Randy in Brasil, his 2008 release on Mama Records. Brecker will be performing as part of fusion group Metro, featuring Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman, Dave Weckl, Gerald Veasley and Bobby Franceschini on Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base in the Reading Crowne Hotel.

The album, with its lush sound, beautiful song choices and ideal mesh of Brazilian culture and Brecker's singular voice, Randy in Brasil stands as one of his finest-if not the finest-albums in his long and varied career.



PRESS RELEASE: Grammy Winners @ Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)
Bela Fleck, as part of his legendary group Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, took home the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for their holiday album Jingle All the Way on the Rounder label. Jingle All The Way also features another 2009 Berks Jazz Fest performer, Victor Wooten, on electric bass, Jeff Coffin on sax and flute, and Future Man on percussion. It's Christmas music as it's never been heard before, with unique tonal textures (banjo, Tuvan throat singing, klezmer mandolin), hot solos and tight ensemble arrangements.

Fleck will be bringing his world premiere tour of The Africa Project to Reading on Monday, March 30, at the Miller Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. In The Africa Project, Fleck explores with native musicians the little-known African roots of the banjo, highlighting how richly diverse the continent's music traditions truly are. Fleck recently produced the documentary, "Throw Down Your Heart," which was directed by Sascha Paladino and follows the musician's journey through Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali as he explores the African roots of the banjo.

Other featured artists at this year's festival include veteran stars Peter White and Mindi Abair; superstar saxman Boney James; festival favorite Brian Culbertson; the Sax for Stax duo of Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum; urban pop/jazz ensembles Average White Band and Pieces of a Dream; powerful and moving vocalist Phoebe Snow; the Sax Pack of Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters; piano-based McCoy Tyner Quartet; festival veterans Joe McBride and Kenny Blake; guitarist extraordinaire Chieli Minucci & Special EFX.

Fans also can enjoy the soulful sounds of Take 6 plus Wayman Tisdale; pianist David Benoit and saxman Warren Hill; renowned saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen; the Brian Bromberg Quartet; steel pan master Andy Narell and the Catonsville High Steel Drum Band; Tim Price, Rachel Z and the Department of Good and Evil; and Nelson Rangell with the Reading Pops Orchestra performing My American Songbook. The festival finale features Jazz Attack with the always-entertaining Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Jonathan Butler.

Blues is back in abundance at the 2009 Berks Jazz Fest, with two Severn Soul & Blues Revues and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, The Billy Price Band featuring special guest Fred Chapellier; and The Derek Trucks Band.



PRESS RELEASE: Grammy Winners @ Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)
Fusion fans will get their fill with all-stars Steve Smith & Vital Information; and veteran-led Metro. Great ensemble and tribute shows offer unique musical experiences to all fans this year. Soul Summit II, presented by Jason Miles, features soul-drenched music and an all-star lineup. East Bay Soul brings the funk and R&B.

Artists paying tribute to some of music's greats include the Gerald Veasley Band celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder in a fourth show televised live by WFMZ-TV Channel 69. There is also the return of the very popular Rick Braun's Tribute to Chet Baker; and Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr. will have a tribute to Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery.

This year's festival has something for everyone, with smooth and straight-ahead jazz, smokin' blues, soulful singing, unique ensembles, rousing tributes and much, much more.

The 19th annual Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council, runs March 27 through April 5 and features an expansive array of musical styles, including contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, big band, gospel and bluegrass. Shows are held at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Reading and Berks County, making it a truly unique festival. For more information on the festival, including ticketing, artist bios and archived releases, visit www.berksjazzfest.com.

For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in Berks County, visit www.berksarts.org.

To order tickets: Visit the Sovereign Center Box Office, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com Order online at berksjazzfest.com






ANNOUNCEMENT: Soul-Patrol.com To Be A Media Sponsor of the Berks Jazz Festival

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net


PRESS RELEASE: Legendary vocalist Phoebe Snow coming to Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)

PRESS RELEASE: hoebe Snow @ Berks Jazz Fest (March 27 through April 5)
READING, PA -- March 2 -- Sometimes, in the aftermath of heartbreak and loss, comes triumph. So it is with legendary vocalist Phoebe Snow. You can call her what you want: a rock belter, a rhythm-and-blues shouter or a moody folk-jazz diva. She is all of the above and everything in between. Her powerful yet soulful performance is sure to stay with her audience long after the last song is sung. Snow will be performing during the 19th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest in the intimate Miller Center for the Arts, Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.

A fully formed musical talent when she emerged in the mid-1970s with the hit "Poetry Man," Snow has remained one of the most distinctive voices in popular music. A single off her self-titled debut album, "Poetry Man" became a top 5 single, and won Snow a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist and established her as a formidable singer/songwriter. Platinum records, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and legions of fans followed.

In 1975, Snow gave birth to her daughter, Valerie, who was born severely brain-injured. At the expense of her career, Snow devoted her life to caring for Valerie.

When Valerie passed away at the age of 31 in March 2007, Snow said she wasn't sure she'd survive the heartbreak.

However, Snow not only survived; she made a comeback.

Her new CD, Phoebe Snow - Live, is her first in-concert album. It was recorded on July 30-31, 2008, at the historic Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, N.Y.

Other featured artists at this year's festival include veteran stars Peter White and Mindi Abair; the world premiere concert of Bela Fleck: The Africa Project; superstar saxman Boney James; festival favorite Brian Culbertson; the Sax for Stax duo of Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum; urban pop/jazz ensembles Average White Band and Pieces of a Dream; world-renowned bassist Victor Wooten; the Sax Pack of Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters; piano-based McCoy Tyner Quartet; festival veterans Joe McBride and Kenny Blake; guitarist extraordinaire Chieli Minucci & Special EFX.

Fans also can enjoy the soulful sounds of Take 6 plus Wayman Tisdale; pianist David Benoit and saxman Warren Hill; renowned saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen; the Brian Bromberg Quartet; steel pan master Andy Narell and the Catonsville High Steel Drum Band; Tim Price, Rachel Z and the Department of Good and Evil; and Nelson Rangell with the Reading Pops Orchestra performing My American Songbook. The festival finale features Jazz Attack with the always-entertaining Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Jonathan Butler.

Blues is back in abundance at the 2009 Berks Jazz Fest, with two Severn Soul & Blues Revues and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, The Billy Price Band featuring special guest Fred Chapellier; and The Derek Trucks Band.

Fusion fans will get their fill with all-stars Steve Smith & Vital Information; and veteran-led Metro, featuring festival favorite Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman, Dave Weckl, Randy Brecker, Gerald Veasley and Bobby Franceschini.

Great ensemble and tribute shows offer unique musical experiences to all fans this year. Soul Summit II, presented by Jason Miles, features soul-drenched music and an all-star lineup. East Bay Soul brings the funk and R&B.

Artists paying tribute to some of music's greats include the Gerald Veasley Band celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder in a fourth show televised live by WFMZ-TV Channel 69. There is also the return of the very popular Rick Braun's Tribute to Chet Baker; and Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr. will have a tribute to Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery.

This year's festival has something for everyone, with smooth and straight-ahead jazz, smokin' blues, soulful singing, unique ensembles, rousing tributes and much, much more.

The 19th annual Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council, runs March 27 through April 5 and features an expansive array of musical styles, including contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, big band, gospel and bluegrass. Shows are held at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Reading and Berks County, making it a truly unique festival.

For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in Berks County, visit www.berksarts.org.

To order tickets: Visit the Sovereign Center Box Office, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com Order online at berksjazzfest.com


ANNOUNCEMENT: Soul-Patrol.com To Be A Media Sponsor of the Berks Jazz Festival

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net


Concert Review: Soul Summit @ Berks Jazz Festival in West Reading Pa (3/24/2007)

Jaqson Miles and Soul Summitt Show
This show took place on 3/24/2007 and was a part of the Berks Jazz Fest at the 1,200 seat Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading PA.

It was a special all star aggregation of musicians assembled by our own Jason Miles called "Soul Summit". The whole idea was to do an evening of Soul/Funk music within the context of a two week long "smooth jazz" extravaganza. It was a badd azz 90 minute show. Our girl Maysa Leek was there and turned it out as well.

Here is the line up for the show: World Premiere Concert Soul Summit Featuring

Jason Miles
Susan Tedeschi
Maysa Leak
Richard Elliot
Mike Mattison
Karl Denson
Steve Ferrone
Reggie Young
Sherrod Barnes
Barry Danielian
David Mann


Soul Summit Group Shot Backstage


I really enjoyed this concert!

There were tributes to legends like Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Irma Thomas, Dusty Springfield (Susan Tedeschi) and others. However the highlight of the show was the James Brown Tribute (featuring I Feel Good, I Got The Feeling & Sex Machine), which closed out the show.

Our girl Maysa Leek "channeled Lyn Collins" during the James Brown set, but it was really Karl Denson who turned out!

Not only did he make the aggregation sound like "the JB's" on sax, but as he emerged from the horn section in the back to come out front and take over the lead vocalist role, Karl Denson slid across the floor (a' la James Brown), just like a "sex machine".

Of course as all of this was transpiring, I was up on my feet grooving to this stank azz funk. However I did notice that I was virtually alone inside of the 1,200 seat Scottish Rite Cathedral (which appeared to be full to my eyes).

NOBODY WAS DANCING

I looked around to see if there was indeed a sign posted that said

"NO DANCING PERMITTED"

But there was no such sign.

Then I remembered two very important facts:

1. The concert was in "West Reading, PA" and not in "Reading, PA". I have spent quite a bit of time during my life in the city of Reading and its surrounding areas. It is indeed a "tale of two cities" & it's not a pretty "tale" at all.

2. This was a "smooth jazz" crowd (which by definition is
"DevoidOfFunk")

Anyhow...

The show ended and I bolted backstage to see if I could talk to the performers and to congratulate them on a great show. As I was "bolting", I noticed in the corner of my eye a tall/slender white woman calling out my name. I stopped, turned around and saw that it was our friend Kayte Connelly (Former Executive Director of the Berks Jazz Festival & the R&B Foundation). We hugged and without missing a beat Katie said "I thought that had to be you when I saw a Black dude standing up, dancing & and writing in a notebook at the same time during the show, I gotta get you backstage..."

(and that was exactly what she did.......lol)

Once backstage Jason Miles introduced me around by saying... "This is Bob Davis of the REAL SOUL-PATROL, everyone here needs to get to know him"

Karl Denson & Steve Ferrone Backstage


- I interviewed Maysa Leek and congratulated her for making Soul-Patrol.com's best of 2006 for her album "Sweet Classic Soul". Maysa told me that she's got another solo album (remember she's also a member of Incognito) coming out soon!
http://www.maysa.com

- I interviewed Karl Denson and we had a wide ranging discussion mainly focused around the topic of "How come Black people don't support Black Music anymore?" I told Karl that is just so happens that I know a whole bunch of Black people who support Black music and best of all "I know where they live....".
http://www.myspace.com/karldensonstinyuniverse

- I interviewed the legendary funk drummer Steve Ferrone (Passport, AWB, Pat Metheny, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, Anita Baker, George Benson, Jonathan Butler, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Freddie King, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Simon, Bernie Worrell, Jaco Pastorius, etc). Steve Ferrone was well aware of Soul-Patrol and he told me that he's got a LIVE CD that he wants to get into my hands. (I can hardly wait)
http://drumrollrecords.com

We all took some pictures and then the backstage area quickly emptied out.

Jason Miles & I walked out into the lobby we talked about the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention and he said that he would be there. I said you betta be to get your award cuz your name is on the flyer....lol

Jason then said...
"You mean TWO awards Bob, cuz I also won one in 2005..."

I said...
"My bad....you are correct...

"What's Going On Tribute To Marvin Gaye" (2006)
&
"Miles To Miles" (2005)"


Jason Miles was indeed selected to Soul-Patrol's "Best of" TWO YEARS IN A ROW!

Look for him at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention in May and when you see him, thank him.

Jason Miles & Maysa Leek @ the Soul Summit


Quiet as it's kept, Jason Miles is doing a whole lot more than most to make sure that the legacy of Black music is something that indeed will have a future. Not only has he done award winning tribute albums to Marvin Gaye & Miles Davis two years in a row, but the staging of this "Soul Summit" concert as a part of the Berks Jazz Festival was truly a great thing. Onstage during the show Jason made several thoughtful comments regarding the still onging crisis in New Orleans as well as the need for these type of concerts to connect people together. I enjoyed the heck out of the show and the good news is that there are going to be more of these type of concerts across the country (and we will let you know about them).

In the meanwhile check out Jason Miles online at: http://www.jasonmilesmusic.com

As I left the Scottish Rite Cathedral and drove back towards Route 422 I decided to take a detour and cruise around the city of Reading for a little while. The city of Reading is pretty much a "hell hole" (not unlike places like Camden, Chester and other places where the industry has left, leaving both the economy & the people "depressed".) I drove past Reading's most famous "landmark" the long deserted station of the Reading Railroad on Chestnut & 7th (made famous by the Monopoly board game, during a time when both the railroad & the city were "industrial giants"). I looked outside of my car window in horror as I drove down streets that looked like "someone forgot to turn on the street lights" at repeated scenes of large groups of young people with nothing to do, hookers, pimps, drug dealers, etc. I wondered if the music that I had just heard at that wonderful STANK FUNKY concert, just an hour before might make a difference in the lives of the people that I saw on the streets of Reading, PA, near and around the site of one of the most famous places in American popular culture (The Reading Railroad Train Station)?

Although the "Soul Summit" concert had taken place less than two miles from Chestnut & 7th. It might has well have been on another planet.

I don't think it's the fault of the concert organizers or anyone else. "It's just the way things are in 2007"

I do however think that there is something wrong with our society that we can't somehow figure out a way to move these "two worlds" just a little closer together?

My view is that if we can find a way to move these "two worlds" closer to each other we will do two things

- Save our culture
- Save ourselves

NP: "What's Going On"
--Marvin Gaye




For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in Berks County, visit www.berksarts.org.

To order tickets: Visit the Sovereign Center Box Office, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com Order online at berksjazzfest.com


ANNOUNCEMENT: Soul-Patrol.com To Be A Media Sponsor of the Berks Jazz Festival

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net


Concert Reviews - Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten Show
Victa! Victa! Victa!

I don't know what to say!!! Selah said I was the master of understatement when I described Victor Wooten as a phenomenal bass guitar player. My problem is that I don't know how ANYONE can describe Victor!

I love the new cd "Soul Circus", but as great as it is, it doesn't begin to capture the essence of a live Victor Wooten show! Let me try to explain . . . .

The show opened with a movie about Victor and whether the legend is true that he has eight arms. The screen goes up and there's a drum introduction and the band breaks into "Natives". Then they played "Stay". Flex came out front and started playing a medley of bass lines starting with "I'll take you there" and some others. Then Will Lee came out and the entire band played lines from Cream, Stevie Wonder and a host of others. Then they led right into "Bass Tribute" (my favorite song on the cd - anything that mentions my man Jaco Pastorius/James Jamerson is alright by me!). They played "Soul Circus". Victor spoke of his Dad dying on Christmas Day and because of his Dad's stories he wrote the song "Prayer", which they played. The duet of J.D. Blair on marching band snare and Victor on bass was wonderful. They played "Higher Law", Future Man did his thing next. And then Joe Wooten took over with his solo of a cute, funny but true, song called "Testosterone". Saundra came out and sang "On & On. Divinity, my bad, that's M.C. Divinity (get it right y'all!) - this Sister is bad!! She came out and sang "Rebel' and was slamming on the bass. The girl's been watching Victor and learning the ropes, um, strings!

Okay, at that point I just stopped writing! There were more songs,(practically all of the cd), but, you just have to see the show for yourself. It truly is a blend of rock, soul, funk, jazz, blues, gospel, hip hop - there is no musical genre untouched. Wear your comfortable clothes and those comfortable shoes because your body WILL be grooving and moving!!!!! And your voice will be gone in the morning!

Thank you Victor!

Peace,
Cheryl Y. Russell
New York Soul-Patrol Coordinator



The Victor Wooten Band and the NYC Soul-Patrollers


First of all, I was tired. I'd been up since 6am, and had been to a host of meetings, one of which was back in Brooklyn. I had my heavy ass briefcase with me when I got to "The Plaza" at around 8:30. I had missed the "Meet and Greet". Got to the "Plaza" and there was a line leading up to the door. This was the ticket holder's line. After I was cavity searched for, bombs, weapons, bottles and other WMD's I was admitted and told that I had to check my briefcase. Believe me, I was glad to do so. I did not want to drag that mofo all night. That sucka was heavy.

After I checked my bag, I was told that I had to climb 2 more flights of stairs. I dutifully did so and came face to face with A WALL OF about 300 20 & 30 SOMETHING BOUNCING AND CATAWALLING FUNKATEERS TAKING UP ALL AVAILIABLE SPACE AT STAGE LEVEL!!! The wall of peoples went back at least 30 feet.

I looked all around for a sign of Soul Patrol but none was in sight, so I went to the balcony. The balcony was wall-to-wall peoples as well (and was smaller than I remember it.) Still no sign of Soul Patrol. I spied a section on the balcony THAT HAD CHAIRS and I figured that Soul Patrol would be there, so I made a beeline. I was stopped by a gangly brother who asked, "Do you have a pass?". I looked him up and down like he was a cockroach and in my best Klingon voice replied," Nooooo, I don't have a pass".

I surpressed an urge to squash the brother and went to the bar to buy a drink. Threw back a tequila from the well, and asked the bartender where the bathroom was. When he told me it was 2 flights down, I groaned and decided to
hold it.

I then went back to the balcony and found a spot by the railing. Unfortunately, I had to fight for elbow space with this college kid and he wasn't giving up an inch. I was contemplating breaking his elbow when I spied two cushioned love seats next to the VIP section (where the cockroach was.)

On one seat was seated a Black guy and a White guy. I asked them if I could sit down and the Black guy amiably said, "We've been waiting for you". When I sat down, the Black guy asked me if I was a musician. I nodded yes and he said, "Lemme guess, Bass Player, right?" Before I could ask him how he knew that, in sashays Ms. Cheryl Russell, accompanied by Robert, (whom I met a few weeks ago when Sally came to town) and two Black Wookies.

Cheryl was surprised to see me and said that I hadn't told her I was coming
(truly slipped my mind.) I asked her if she had passes for the VIP section.
She replied that she would have to summon Victa's manager. She told me to wait there, and 2 seconds later came back with a short White guy, looking like Paul Shaffer from David Letterman. He in turn told us to wait downstairs by the bar. So down the stairs we all went.

We got downstairs as the music started. Cheryl, looking pert and cute, started jumping up and down to the music like a teenager. She had soooo much energy. Disgusting behavior for a woman of her years. Somebody ought to tell her to act her age. (Although it won't be me, she ain't punchin ME out.)

"Paul Shaffer" came back almost immediately, gave Cheryl the passes and told us that we could go up right after the drum solo. I asked him if I had time to go to the bathroom. He and Cheryl urged me to go.

I went. When I came back I stopped at the bar and decided to have their cheapest beer. Never heard of Sharps before, so I ordered it. Turned out to be non-alcoholic. Not exactly what I wanted. What made matters worse was that when I got back to Cheryl and Co., I promptly spilled some all over the floor.

At this point the show began and Cheryl started jumping even more. What we witnessed was nothing less than a muthafukin Bass Clinic. The first song was a song called "Natives", which featured the aforementioned drum solo. Then they went into a song called "Stay", and it featured on the stage not one, not two, but three bass players (Regi Wooten, Victor Wooten and Anthony "Flex" Wellington.) One of the Bass Players (Regi Wooten) was playing what appeared to be A 10 STRING BASS!!! All three bass players (which of course included Victa) were virtuosos. To make it worse, a 4th Bass Player appeared, (MC Divinity) only she was female and was also a virtuoso. These 4 Bass players started trading licks and carrying on in rapid-fire style in what was appearing to be a Funk Symphony.

In the midst of all this, Regi asked if there were any Bass Players in the house. Now why did he ask that? Practically the whole room raised their arms, giving the P-Funk Sign and bopping to the beat. CLEARLY 9/10ths of the people in the room were Bass Players, including myself. No wonder the brother I sat with earlier knew I was a Bass Player, every Bass Player and his (or her) Mama was there (I actually saw a young lady check a Gibson Thumper when I checked my bag).

Then it got even worse. Will Lee from the Letterman show, showed up. NOW THERE WERE FIVE BASS PLAYERS ON THE STAGE!!!! Will Lee played the bass line from "Skintight", "I'll Take You There", "Flashlight", "Funky Good Time", "In A Godda Davida", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Slide", all the lines that we Bass Players had sat in front of our Wreaka Players and worn out grooves on these various tunes in an attempt to learn our craft. Everyone humming the lines as the five Bass Players played them. I WAS TRULY IN BASS PLAYER HEAVEN!!!!

After this, Will Lee got off the stage and Regi switched to regular guitar. They went into a song called "Bass Tribute" where Victor paid homage to the Bassists that came before him, and influenced him, such as Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham and James Jamerson. Victor paid homage by duplicating the style of each bassist. Sometimes he was successful and sometimes he wasn't. For example, his duplication of Stanley Clarke's style was unmistakable, a riff from "Romantic Warrior". Stanley is obviously a major influence. Victa's duplication of Graham and Miller was also dead on. When Victa duplicated Graham, he went into a brief rendition of "Can You Handle It" from Graham's Graham Central Station period. For Miller, he went into a rendition of "Back Seat Betty" from Miller's Miles period. His duplications of Jaco and Jamerson were less distinctive. Frankly, Victa's Pastorius sounded like Clarke played an octave lower. His rendition of Jamerson was indistinguishable. Still, I give him A for effort for even attempting to duplicate these great players.

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No it isn't the Band of Gypsy's....It's the Victor Wooten Band


Victa next went into a touching song that celebrated his father, the influence he impressed upon him, and the great love he felt for him. I felt my eyes welling up. I'm such a softie.

Next the percussionist, J.D. Blair, got up and put on a marching drum. I expected to see a drumming exhibition like that was displayed on "Drumline". None of that was forthcoming. J.D. did have the gift of gab, however. His duet with Victa was passable.

By this time, however, my dawgs were hurtin, my back was screamin and the knees were clamoring for relief as well. This standing up and acting crazy is alright for the young folk but I had run out of walls and door knobs to hold me up and Baba Selah had to go sit down. General Russell and the rest of the Soul Patrollers had indicated their desire to stay in the trenches. In spite of my desire to maintain tribal unity, neither the mind nor the body was willing. I asked Cheryl for the VIP pass and she gave it up. I then ascended to Heaven, and bid Soul Patrol adieu.

When I got upstairs, I flashed my pass to the cockroach. He got in the last word by requesting that I apply it to my person. With great flourish I applied it to my ample abdomen and walked on by.

I got a seat right by the railing, just in time to see DeRico Wilson display his contrapuntal dexterity on the trap set. I glimpsed Cheryl on the floor, jumping up and down like a ping pong ball, obviously in the moment and enjoying herself.

What came next was one of the highlights of the evening.

Regi Wooten is a geetar playin so and so. He has incorporated the best of Hendrix with the two handed tapping of Eddie Van Halen, all the while slippin and slidin like James Brown and doing his best Chuck Berry Duck Walk. What's worse, the brotha can sang. A joy to behold.

Joe Wooten is a KEYBOARD playin so and so. He sang a funny and poignant tune called "Testosterone". You had to be there.

Next Saundra Williams, a fine, dark skinned, lanky dreadlocked chanteuse sang a song called "On & On", which seguaded into a rendition of Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing". Although she didn't even attempt to get into the atmospheric hyroglyphics that Chaka would have got into, she did sang the song.

Next came MC Divinity. Another fine woman. Gold Dreadlocks. Rappin like MC Lyte meets Chuck D, all the while thumpin a blood red bass. Folks, this lady is formidable. Trust me, you will be seeing a lot of her.

Next, the professor came and continued the bass clinic. I know that Dr. G says that he has seen all the greats and all I can say is, so have I. If I were to concede that Victor Wooten has not surpassed all of them, you would have to admit that none of them have anything on him either. Watching Victor leaves you panting like you just had great sex. And the thing of it is, he's so humble about it. And when he plays he looks like he's actually having fun. As far as I am concerned, when I see Victa play, I feel like Fats Waller felt in the presence of Art Tatum. Victor Lemonte Wooten is simply THE LORD OF THE ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR. End of story.

Although, I must put in a word about Anthony Wellington. When Ron Carter started his group, he got Buster Williams to hold the bottom for him. Anthony Wellington's bottom allows Victa to get stratospheric and still keep things on the ground.

He can play in anyone's band.

As for the Soul Circus, like Ed Sullivan used to say, it is a Really Big
Shew. Go see it.

As tired as I was, I had a great time. Cheryl is, as always, great company
and whenever we hang, we let em know that SOUL PATROL IS IN THA HOUSE!!!!

--Selah Eric Spruiell


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