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Jazz vocalist, Frank Senior is featured in this special series of documentaries.
It was a great performance this past Sunday evening when The Ernie Edwards Trio and Frank Senior took the stage at SOMETHIN' Jazz in front of a full house. Edwards, born in New York but raised in Newark, NJ has never been a featured performer in a Jazz Club in New York. Not only was this a great debut for him, he was also able to bring his trio and team up with veteran vocalist, Frank Senior. Together they pulled off a night of swinging jazz and blues favorites. The trio consist of Nathan Webb on drums and his younger brother Jacob on Bass. All four artists rose to the occasion and delivered an unbelievable performance. Some in the audience had never heard Edwards and some had never heard Senior before Sunday. Before the night was over, Senior had the audience singing and clapping their hands to the music. I can't remember the last time I was in a jazz club and that happened! Certainly that is a sign that the crowd was tuned in. What a great performance.
Again we have lost another great voice for the music / the art that moves us to a higher level. Her style her grace has left an everlasting impression on us. The Greatest Love of All, A Song For You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, You Give Good Love, ... Whitney, you made us all proud, R.I.P. my sister!
We took some time and went to New York to check out some music. First we stopped at the Lighthouse International for their Evening of Stars of Today and Tomorrow concert. In addition to our client, Frank Senior, we heard and met the much talked about Matthew Whitaker. He is a 10 year old musician (Piano, Organ and Drums) full of energy. Like Frank, Matthew is also blind but an amazing young man with a bright future. We also had a chance to meet and speak with his proud parents. After that stop we went to SOMETHIN' Jazz. A nice club on E 52nd Street where we will be on with the Ernie Edwards Trio and Frank Senior for their first performance together. Steve the owner was excited that we took the time to stop in. I will need to polish up on a few Japanese words for our next visit! After that we ended the night at Dizzy's CoCola Club. What a great space. The night was a real treat and worth recommending to all.
...Don Cornelius was a cool soul brother. A visionary who created a groundbreaking platform that presented Black music, dance, pride and celebration to the world.
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Had a chance to catch up to a good friend and a fantastic musician, Marcus McLaurine along with his group Native Soul at Trumpets in Montclair. They performed some real nice tunes from their past recordings and a few from an upcoming project as well. What really got us going was the arrangement that Marcus did "So Amazing" previously recorded by the late Luther Vandross. If I'm not mistaken it was also written by Luther. Nice job Native Soul. We'll keep in touch