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There is quite a bit here in this issue and it will take more than just a moment for you to consume it all. All I can tell you is that there is some really good stuff here in this issue that will not only enhance your appricitation of Black culture from Doo Wop to Jazz to Soul and more. Go thru this issue and click on the links contained with an open mind. And just in case you are one of those with a closed mind, check out the links contained and give us a chance to open up your mind to some truly wonderful stuff.
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Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com
PHILLY: Will Downing & Lalah Hathaway, December 3th Mint Condition & Eric Darius December 11 @ Keswick Theatre
As you all know, We love the Keswick Theatre in Philly and they have got a tremendous group of holiday shows coming up for us in December. Here is a sneak preview...
Will Downing + Lelah Hathaway 8:00PM
Fri., Dec. 3rd @ 8PM
The classic adult urban crooner touring in support of his brand-new Lust Love and Lies album! Also the dughter of Donnie Hathaway carries on his tradition with a jazz/soul flava.
(Limited preferred seating also available. Attendees are respectfully requested to bring a cleaned, gently-used coat for collection for the less-fortunate during the holiday season.)
Mint Condition Holiday Concert + Eric Darius 8:00PM
Sat., December 11th, 2010 @ 8PM
with special guests Eric Darius
Mint Condition return to the Keswick for a smooth Holiday performance!
New on Soul-Patrol.Net Radio - Ladies In Front (http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram)
We have something brand new for you to listen to, absorb and share. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
it's also playing in the background at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/soul/doowop.html
This is something that is so special that it requires a bit of explanation. In fact it gets to something that is at the very heart of why Soul-Patrol.com even exists. That's because although this broadcast didn't start out that way, it's actually pretty foundational to why we even exist at all, on multiple levels. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
Soul-Patrol.com is "Great Black Music From The Ancient To the Future." It is 100 percent owned & operated by Black Americans. That means we have a responsibility to document something called Black History. For my brother and I it is a responsibility that we have taken quite seriously since we began back in 1996. We have always felt that the most important aspect of this is that "we tell our own story." Which means that we tell this complicated, sad/happy and yet poorly documented story from a Black American Perspective. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
Doing so isn't as easy as it might seem on the surface for a whole lot of reasons that I don't feel like getting into right now. But the number one reason is that of limited scope and knowledge that all of us as individuals have about a topic that has a timeframe that goes back far enough that few of us have enough direct first hand experience to speak with an intelligent and compelling voice about. For example, my own personal direct knowledge on this topic starts to get mighty thin, once you start talking about music prior to the mid 1960's. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
Despite these limitations, we have managed to do quite a bit on Black music during the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. We have been able to do this with the help of many different people, artists, music industry folk, music fans, etc. And we have always been able to do this and still manage to maintain a Black American perspective. If you realize it or not, that is a major accomplishment. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
About 6 months ago Mr. Earl Gregory came to me with an idea. His idea was to do a 1 hour Soul-Patrol.Net Internet Radio broadcast, which was all about vocal groups which had female lead singers, but male background singers. It sounded like a good idea to me, but for some reason, I never gave Earl the go ahead. Not sure why I didn't, but a few weeks ago I realized that I hadn't, so I went ahead and asked him to put it together. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
He did so and I went ahead and posted it online. I am really listening to it for the first time tonight, even though Earl gave me the show about a week ago. I had started listening off & on over the course of the past few days, but hadn't finished till tonight. That's because sub-consciously, I never feel that an internet radio show is real, till it's actually live on the internet...LOL http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
Let me tell you something, this broadcast if flat out one of the most beautiful collections of music that I have ever heard presented online. Although it includes some music that I am familiar with on a first hand basis, much of it I was previously unfamiliar with. Just listening to the sheer majesty of it all, I am currently sitting back and smiling at the sheer brilliance of "mah people." http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
On top of that Earl presents the information about the artists & music in a way that has me wanting to know more. I could have never done this broadcast, I just don't know enough about the music or the artists. I doubt if most of you all do either. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
As I listen, and absorb this, I am smiling because I also realize that Soul-Patrol.com is the ONLY place that cares enough about this stuff, to place the music on this broadcast in its proper historical context. That's because we not only know that it's important to document artists like Savanah Churchill, Lillian Leach, LaVerne Baker, Pearl "birdie" McKinnon, Anita Humes, Ruby Nash, Brenda Payton, Gladys Knight BUT also to tie their legacies to artists like Barbara Mason, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Gwen McCrae, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, right on up to artists like Beyonce, Angela Johnson and Martha Redbone. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
I sure am glad that we exist, cuz I feel that it is an absolute requirement that we do what we do. And we don't care who doesn't like it, who doesn't understand it or who thinks that we should leave it for white folks to do. We aren't going to stop documenting our own history, past, present & future. http://www.soul-patrol.net/ladies_in_front.ram
Anyhow...Here is what the show contains...
--I WANT TO BE LOVED (By Only You) (with The FOUR TUNES) --LET'S CALL A SPADE A SPADE (with The FIVE KINGS) --CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN (with The FOUR TUNES)
LaVERNE BAKER (with The GLIDERS)
The MELLOWS featuring LILLIAN LEACH
--SMOKE FROM YOUR CIGARETTE
--HOW SENTIMENTAL CAN I BE
The KODAKS (PEARL "Birdie" McKINNON)
--LITTLE BOY AND GIRL
--OH GEE OH GOSH
The ESSEX (ANITA HUMES)
--EASIER SAID THAN DONE
The AD-LIBS (MARY AND THOMAS)
--THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY
RUBY & The ROMANTICS (RUBY NASH)
--OUR DAY WILL COME
--YOUNG WINGS CAN FLY
--HEY THERE LONELY BOY
BRENDA & The TABULATIONS (BRENDA PAYTON)
--DRY YOUR EYES
--THE TOUCH OF YOU
--RIGHT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE
GLADYS KNIGHT & The PIPS
--EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART
--LETTER FULL OF TEARS
Feel free to share the link to this broadcast, with anyone who gives a damn about the past, present & future of BLACK music!!!
(I am REALLY proud of this one, and you will be too after you listen)
NYC: Steve Arrington & Jocelyn Brown, November 13th @ Park Central Hotel
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2010
The Countdown Begins ...
Double Exposure, Colonel Abrams, Tony Riley (Ultimate Persuaders), Lorelei McBroom, Rochelle Fleming, Ladies Of Skyy, Tee Maniluwhua-Rivers, Joyce Simms, Full Force, T Ski Valley, Meli'sa Morgan, Fonda Rae, The Legendary Intruders, Thulani (United Funk Order).
Performing Live ...
The Triumphant Return Of The King Of Funk/R&B/Soul (Incredible Performance)
"Just A Touch Of Love","Watching You", "Wait For Me","Snapshot", "Way Out", "Nobody Can Be You", "Dancing In The Key Of Life".
Special Birthday Celebration for One Of..The Greatest Voices Of All Time - The Amazing...
"Somebody Else's Guy ", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I'm Caught Up (In One Night Love Affair)", "All Way's There", "It's Alright I feel It"
Special Celebrity Co-Host International Dance Diva
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BOOK REVIEW: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy...The True King of the 50's....The Lloyd Price Story"
I thought that I would review a new book for ya...
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy..The True King of the 50's....The Lloyd Price Story"
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. First off this book is not a sanitized/ghost written version of the life story of the great R&B/Rock n' Roll pioneer Lloyd Price, that you might expect it to be based on the title. Here is what it is:
1. It is a raw/comprehensive 102 page oral history of the music industry during the post war era (1945 - 1960,) written in the un-edited voice of Lloyd Price as both observer & a participant in that history, almost as though he is a "war correspondent."
2. It details in text, pictures and even audio (the package comes with a CD) the creation and evolution of R&B/Rock n' Roll during the post war era (1945 - 1960.)
3. It identifies who the key players were and their roles (artists, executives, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, etc) in the creation and evolution of R&B/Rock n' Roll.
4. It connects the dots between all of the above.
We know of Lloyd Price as a legendary artist, businessman, promoter, etc. However for this effort, Mr. Price is playing the role of journalist, a journalist who actually has first hand knowledge (and in some cases direct involvement) of the creation and evolution of R&B/Rock n' Roll during the post war era (1945 - 1960.)
Lloyd Price is 77 years old and he documents this history in a manner of a 20 year old investigative reporter, looking to break his first big story. That is to say, he identifies BOTH the innocent and the guilty. He identifies all of the villains and the heroes of this complex story, he connects the dots between them and there are more than a few surprises.
The topic that is covered in this book is a complex one, the story itself is both one of the triumph of the potential that America represents and disappointment of it's reality at the same time. Sometimes the people that you think are supposed to be the heroes, turn out to be the villains and sometimes it's the other way around. It does however become easier to understand and digest when you learn about each individual story and you then piece them all together. I know that from personal experience.
A few years back someone from the UK wrote into me and commended me on the Soul-Patrol.com website, and asked me if I could provide him with a summarized version of the material on the site which would give him the "entire history of the music in about 20 pages of text." I smiled at him as I typed my response; "First of all, there is no single individual who could give you an accurate history of the music and if anyone claims to be that person, they are either lying or they are a fool. The history of this music is actually comprised of the sum total of all of the individual stories of all of the artists, executives, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, etc who were involved in the creation & evolution of the music. Then once you had all of those individual stories, you would have to document the points where those individual stories intercept with each other, in order to have an accurate document of that history."
In other words, you need to understand BOTH the vertical and horizontal perspectives, if you want an understanding of the "truth." If I were a college proffessor I might say something like; "history is actually the sum total of all of the biographies of all of the people who are alive at a give point in time and the events which cause the lives of those people to intersect with each other." But since I not a college proffessor I simply say that if you are interested in the "truth" get it directly from the people who were there (and avoid the culture bandits who only care about ca$hing in.)
Over the years, I have had the chance to sit down and have long conversations with the men and women who were direct participants in the creation and evolution of this music. Their reason for wanting to tell me their story, is usually in response to some culture bandit who has written a book, created a DVD, magazine article, etc. that persecutes the innocent and applauds the guilty. In each case I have learned, not only that it isn't my story to tell, but more importantly it is their story to tell. In each case, I have strongly suggested that individual put down on paper what they have just told me into a book. It doesn't have to be fancy, it shouldn't be edited, it just needs to be the raw truth about what they know. Write the book to clense your soul. It doesn't matter if your book is five pages or five hundred pages. It doesn't matter if 5 people buy it or 500,000 people buy it. Just write the truth and let the rest take care of itself. And of course, just to make sure that the circle is complete, make the book available online only via your own website, just to make certain that the culture bandits don't get their filthy hands on any thing else that belongs to you.
What Lloyd Price has done is to create the first such book about the creation and evolution of R&B/Rock n' Roll. He writes short biographies of the key players and then he tells you how those people interacted with each other. There are hundreds more books just like it that deserve to be written. My hope is that when these books are written, the living artists, executives, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, etc that need to be the authors of these books will tell the culture bandits to go and crawl back into the holes that they were born in. Then you take those hundreds of oral histories and create a special section in the library called simply "the truth."
Then I will be able to tell my email buddy in the UK that he should simply buy all of the books of all of the individual stories, there simply aren't any shorcuts to discovering the "truth."
I propose that Lloyd Price's book: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy..The True King of the 50's....The Lloyd Price Story," could be the very first book that is placed in that special section of the library.
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy..The True King of the 50's....The Lloyd Price Story" http://www.lawdymissclawdy.com/book_purchase.htm
TRENTON, NJ: Kim Waters @ Trenton Marriott (11/14)
Just for all of you "smooth jazz" fans...This is the first event of the Trenton Urban Jazz Series and it features Kim Waters on a sunday!!!
Inspired by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Cannonball and Grover Washington, saxophonist Kim Waters was born into a musical family. The Maryland native picked up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of eight. "That didn't go over well with the fellas," says Waters, who later found his calling on the alto and soprano saxophones at 13. Shortly afterwards he began playing in a band with his brothers, James (who he still performs with) and Eric, and his old friend, pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Over the years, Kim Waters has been called on to perform with or open shows for the best including Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Riley and Guy, and Gerald Albright to name a few.
Through the years Kim Waters has proven he knows a thing or two about love. Just take a look at the titles of his hit Shanachie albums over the last decade and you can see love is a reoccurring theme: Love's Melody (1998), One Special Moment (1999), From The Heart (2001), Someone to Love You (2002), In the Name of Love (2004), All For Love (2005), You Are My Lady (2007) and I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin (2008). Waters' sixteenth recording as a leader and ninth CD for Shanachie, Love Stories, finds the saxophonist doing what he does best -- creating dreamy melodies and sultry ballads, reinventing timeless R&B hits and playing funky dance-inspired originals. A master at crafting memorable melodies, Waters wrote most of the melodies featured on Love Stories while he was on tour in London and then recorded the entire album in a week. Inspired by his daughters, Kayla and Kimberly, Love Stories opens with the ebullient title track featuring signature free flowing soulful alto and dance happy grooves.
For tickets and information call 609-968-3066
Or go to the following link...
TRENTON, NJ: Kim Waters @ Trenton Marriott (11/14)
The Smooth Jazz Cruise - 2012
Are you a fan of "smooth jazz"? Do you know someone who loves great music? Join us on the greatest party at sea in January 2012 featuring some of the top performing smooth Jazz, R&B, Funk, Rock and Pop artists in the world. The lineup includes :
--Music Host, David Sanborn
--Music Director / Host, Marcus Miller
--Special Event Guest, Smokey Robinson
--Special Event Hosts, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright
--Starring, Boney James, Alonzo Bodden, Candy Dulfer, Brian Simpson, Peter White
--Featuring, Andre Berry, Tom Braxton, Rayford Griffin, Randy Jacobs, Arlington Jones, Ron Reinhardt, Dwight Sills, Jay Williams, Ramon Yslas, and Background Singers Kurt Lykes, Selina Albright, Jodie Butler. Randy Butler
This is a one-week full ship charter on the Holland America M/S Westerdam. Stage and lounge performances and activities and events will take place nightly for your enjoyment. Activities include a celebrity meet and greet, autograph sessions, jam sessions, talent contests, and parties galore!
Choose the January 15-22, 2012 or January 22-29, 2012 departure. Sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Barths, French West Indies and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Whether you choose an inside cabin ($1,850-$1,900); a Large outside Cabin ($1,950-$2,200); a Deluxe Verandah outside Cabin ($2,600-$2,750); or a Suite ($3,500-$7,600), you get to enjoy the same entertainment and participate in the same activities and events. All rates are per person based on double occupancy. $1,000 for 3rd or 4th person in a cabin. $300 for port charges, taxes, gratuities and administration fees. Deposits range from $450-$650 per person based on cabin selection. Two great payment plan options are available.
To reserve your cabin or to request additional information call My Travel Connection at 412-371-6694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mandrill: Live At Montreax DVD
Bill Curtis & Friends, w/ the Fatback Band 2009
Charles Wright - "My Love Affair With Doo Wop"
Global Noize - Jason Miller/DJ Logic (Feat: Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Martin, Vernon Reid, John Popper, Cyro Baptista, Bernie Worrell, Karl Denson, Christian Scott & Others)
NEW SINGLE FROM DESI: "Takin It As It Comes"s
The Official Family Stone Website - Produced by Sly Stone
STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL
Jimmy Castor: "The E-Man is Back with a NEW EP"
New Pittsburgh Courier:one of the oldest and most prestigious Black newspapers in the United States
Black Rock Coalition (BRC)
Soul of America - Soulful Travel