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Table of Contents

1. Soul-Patrol 2002 Holiday Broadcasts (SP Members Only/Mike & Baron's 2002 Special)
2. STAX Update
3. KDAY legend Steve Woods Passes
4. The Murder Of Emmitt Till On PBS
5. Super Bassist Victor Wooten Launches Winter Solo Tour
6. December Soul-Patrol Magazine Update
7. Soul-Patrollers In The News

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1. Holiday Broadcasts From Soul-Patrol
To celebrate the holiday season and to ring in the new year, Soul-Patrol proudly presents the following two special broadcasts for the holiday season:

  • Soul-Patrol Members Only Christmas Special:
    Listen to 1 hour of Christmas Music from Artists On Soul-Patrol and enter the Trivia Contest to win FREE Soul-Patrol Magazine Subscriptions!
    GREAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM SOUL-PATROL MEMBERS: VocalPoynt, Oscar Jordan Jr, DELLS, Lisa Gay and Thrill, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Candi Staton, Groove Doctors (w/ Maria Howell on vocals), Jay Proctor, Russell Thompkins Jr, Sheps

  • Baron and Mike's 2002 Christmas Special
    Featuring historic rare songs from the past, which became hits during the holiday season: Check it out at the following link...

    Michael The Lover- The C.O.D.'s, The Jerk - The Larks, Use Your Head - Mary Wells, Storybook Children- Billy Vera & Judy Clay, Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto- James Brown, For Once In My Life- Stevie Wonder, The Meditation- The TNT Band, There's Gonna Be A Showdown- Archie Bell & The Drells, Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler, Too Weak To Fight - Clarence Carter, Cloud Nine- The Temptations, I Heard It Through The Grapevine- Gladys Knight & The Pips, We Belong Together - The Webs, White Christmas- The Drifters

    Take a listen, Share it with your children.
    It's a history lesson!

    2. STAX Update 

    stax story 2003will find Stax Records--its artists and musical legacy--very much in view. Next month (1/16-26), the 30th Anniversary Edition of the documentary feature "WATTSTAX" will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It will also be shown in limited theatrical release in spring 2003 through Columbia Pictures Repertory. Originally billed as the "black Woodstock," Wattstax was a seven-hour concert for the benefit of the Watts Summer Festival, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 1972. More than 100,000 people were in attendance; among the artists who performed were the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Albert King, Rufus Thomas (leading the multitudes in the funky chicken), and Isaac Hayes.

    "Wattstax" the film intersperses concert footage with candid commentary by Watts residents and, in brilliant form, Richard Pryor ("feral in his swiftness; you can see the routines cooking up in his head," wrote Elvis Mitchell in the New York Times). It was directed by Mel Stuart, who also produced the film with Larry Shaw (Al Bell and David L. Wolper were executive producers).

    The new edition of "Wattstax" restores the film's original ending--Isaac Hayes's performance of "Shaft" and "Soulsville" (which had to be cut prior to the 1973 theatrical run because of a re-recording rights dispute). In addition, the new film has a superb audio track completely re-mastered from the original concert 2-inch 16-track masters and is being released in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. The "Wattstax" restoration was a collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Fantasy, Inc. Work on the picture and soundwas completed at the Saul Zaentz Film Center in Berkeley, with Tom Christopher serving as restoration picture editor; Stephen Hart and James Austin were re-recording mixers.

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    3. KDAY legend Steve Woods Passes

  •  Steve Woods, host of KRNB/Dallas morning show passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack.  He was 51.  Mr. Woods was hosting afternoons on KRNB, but recently shifted to mornings after the departure of Joe Soto. However, he was best known for his days at KDAY/Los Angeles. 

    Jesus Garber said, "He was one of the great PD's of the 70's and 80's when he was at 1580 KDAY in Los Angeles. They started Hip Hop in Los Angeles when everybody said Rap won't be around for long. Think about it, an AM radio station that rocked the house 24/7 in the number two market in the country. Many great air personalities worked at 1580 KDAY.

    Steve Woods was one the best ever."

    --Ron Brewington Los Angeles CA

    4. The Murder Of Emmitt Till On PBS 

    Ken Webb "Have you ever sent a loved son on vacation and had him returned to you in a pine box, so horribly battered and water-logged that someone needs to tell you this sickening sight is your son -- lynched?"
    -- Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till

    In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began. Produced by Stanley Nelson.

    "The Murder of Emmett Till" premiered at the African Diaspora Film Festival Thursday night.  This is a poignant recounting of the tragic and brutal killing of a 14 year old Chicago youth in Mississippi the summer of 1955. Stanley Nelson, the director of the film, announced that the documentary will air nationally on PBS, January 20th at 9 P.M.  If you were unable to attend the festival MARK THIS DATE!  This is an important work that Nelson has created; it chronicles American social mores that we must always remain mindful of.


    7. Super Bassist Victor Wooten Launches Winter Solo Tour

    Victor Wooten

    NASHVILLE, TN ­ Victor Wooten, one of the worldıs best and certainly most funky electric bassist, will be embarking on a rare west-coast solo tour in early 2003. Best known as the bassist in the acclaimed roots-fusion ensemble Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Wootenıs own music combines the adventurous zeal of the Flecktones with a strong dose jazz mixed with hard-edged, gutbucket funk and a lot of energy.

    In concert, Wooten and his super tight band pull out all the stops in a funk-fueled improv extravaganza. Romping through jazzy chord changes, hip-hop beats, and finger-busting solos with wild abandon, Wooten displays not only an astonishing command of the bass, but also a deeply ingrained and unique musical personality. More than anything, an evening spent with Victor Wooten promises a good time, with enough sweat rolling off the dance floor to flood a small town.

    If you donıt believe me, pop in his latest release Live in America ­ a storming document of his smoldering live shows ­ and try to stop your feet from moving.

    "Funk Album of the Year, 2001"
    "Most-Listened to Album of November, 2002"

    "Wooten has done more perhaps than anyone since the late Jaco Pastorious to redefine the possibilities on the electric bass."
    -- UPI (United Press International)

    "The preeminent chops monster in the bass world today"
    --Jazz Times







    Crocodile Café

    Seattle, WA



    Aladdin Theater

    Portland, OR



    McDonald Theatre

    Eugene, OR



    Great American Music Hall

    San Francisco, CA



    Knitting Factory/CA

    Hollywood CA



    Blue Note

    Las Vegas, NV



    Orpheum Theatre

    Flagstaff AZ



    Nita's Hideaway

    Tempe, AZ



    Coach House/SJC

    San Juan Capistrano, CA



    Belly Up

    Solana Beach CA



    Aggie Theater

    Fort Collins, CO



    Fox Theater

    Boulder, CO



    8. Soul-Patrol Magazine Update
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    7. Soul-Patrollers In The News

  • Sandra St Victor at Joe's Pub, Pre-New Year's Eve Bash.  Back after a year long stint in Europe, Sandra St. Victor brings her sassy set home, one night only, for her annual Pre-New Year's Eve throwdown at Joe's Pub in NYC.

  • Check out the magic of Soul-Patrol's own legendary "masters of the slow jam": Ray, Goodman and Brown, LIVE at the following venues...12/27/2002 Amy Ruths Resturant/Jammin On The Mike 113 West 116th St near Lenox Ave 6PM - 11PM  212-502-1122, 12/29/2002 The Beacon Theater 74th and Broadway NYC 6PM  201-507-8900, 12/31/2002 The Robert Treat Hotel 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ. 7:30PM  201-507-8900
  • Three Keys Music artist R&B-jazz saxophonist Michael Lington performed with his band at an album release benefit event held last month at Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store in Washington, DC. The event, which was sponsored by the department store and Esquire Magazine, raised $3500 for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a non-profit community-based health organization serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The clinic is especially committed to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Lisa Gay and Thrill will be representing Soul-Patrol on Sunday, Dec. 22: LA Links (Sheraton Downtown Ballroom), and Saturday, January 4th-Gardenia Room (Jazz Acoustic Set)
  • Ring in the New Year the right way by "getting up on the down stroke", with Soul-Patrol's resident "Love Man" Will Wheaton on New Year's Eve at Stevie's Creole Cafe, 16911 Ventura Blvd. in Encino Ca. .
  • Check out a nexus of organic NYC (Brooklyn Stylee!!!) Funk, Rock, & Soul, when Soul-Patrol's own Sonny Boy hits the stage at SOB's in NYC on December 27, 2002 at 10:00 pm featuring Shel Riser, multi-instrumentalist and former Minneapolis & P-Funk keys/ vocalist

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