Black Politics

Lena Horne

Lena Horne

I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Lena Horne. She was a true legend in jazz singing. I am blessed to have had a chance to rehearse in her home with her and Rodney Jones, and to have played vibes on one of her recordings for Blue Note Records, with Bruce Lundvall executive producer, and Rodney Jones producer. She lived to 92 which in itself is a blessing, but she will still be greatly missed.

Ray Chew

Sheila E

Michael McDonald

Fred Hammond

Last week I had a great concert at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Ray Chew a great piano player and arranger/producer, who is a good friend of mine from music and art high school. We know each other since we are 13 years old(40 years),  and he called me to play me in the rhythm section for this great event. “A night of Inspiration” was the title of the evening. And that is was as the roster of performers included BeBe & CeCe WinansPastor Shirley Caesar, Patty Griffin, Richard Smallwood, Hezekiah Walker, Sheila E., Fred Hammond, and Michael McDonald, Plus Special Guests Phylicia Rashad and Pauletta Washington. The band kicked butt for Sheila E as she did her thing. She is very talented. Also Fred Hammond left a lasting impression on me. What a soulful cat. And of course Michael McDonald was incredible as always. I have worked with him in the past. The bottom line is I was very glad to see how well Ray Chew is doing, and it was a really fun to play with his rhythm section. It was completely sold out at Carnegie Hall. An intense evening of spirtuality and music complete with full orchestra and chorus.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

.09 Sweet Dreams Click here to hear this music dedicated to Dr. King

Well tomorrow is Dr Martin Luther King’s birthday once again. Why is it that all the good leaders are always assasinated, and the leaders that do the most damage in the world seem to live forever. Very strange world we live in. Anyway here is a piece of music that I recorded in 1986 for a release on Columbia records with Dr. George Butler as the executive producer. It is entitled “Sweet Dreams” and it contains one of Dr. King’s famous speechs that I’m everyone will remember upon hearing this. It was performed by a narrator on top of the music recorded. I found it to be very effective and emotional, as well as an honor to compose and record something in  Dr King’s memory. I hope you enjoy it!