The 1980s was a fun and evolving decade for R&B music. It gave us Marvin Gaye’s comeback, Michael Jackson’s peak and Whitney Houston’s start. And while it was a prolific time for solo acts, it was also the post-disco era when groups like Cameo, Zapp and The Gap Band were charting high and charting new territory.
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Set To Bring Timeless Vintage Champagne Soul To Soul Train Cruise 2018
When the 2018 Soul Train Cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to St. Maarten on January 27, 2018, legendary duo Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr – the very toast of Champagne Soul since their mid-`60s debut as members of the groundbreaking vocal group The 5th Dimension – will sparkle among a ship full of top name talents bringing star power to the proceedings, As evergreens of recording, stage and their own television show in the `70s, Marilyn & Billy are beloved as shining symbols of ageless music, marital fidelity and Christian faith. Though their biggest hit is the chart-topper that launched them as separate entity from the group, “You Don’t Have To Be Star (To Be In My Show),” they have been wowing audiences around the world with their interpretations of some of the greatest songs of all time with their most recent release, The Many Faces of Love. Together, they also authored a touching biography titled “Up Up And Away: How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage In The Entertainment World.” And they also perform as solo artists – Marilyn in the Pop and Contemporary Christian genres and Billy in Gospel.
Jazz Radio Host LeRoy Downs Brings Contemporary Spin to Jazz on Television with “The Jazz Creative”
Story by A. Scott Galloway
February 25, 2016
Jazz on television has gone from cigarette sponsored quarter hour black-and-white segments – often put on late night – to a cable network scrambling to fill 24/7 with jazz content. Los Angeles Jazz radio host LeRoy Downs has long held a vision of presenting the music in a fresh context to keep lovers of the music up on the latest and, more importantly, coaxing others that hold the art form at arm’s length to step into the embrace. In the interview that follows, Downs discusses his new monthly television program “The Jazz Creative,” debuting Friday, February 26 at 10 P.M. PST/1 A.M. EST, on the Aspire Network (check internet listings for how to see it on TV where you live).
Jody Watley: Fashionista…Flashinista…Shrewd Criminista
Interview and Concert Reflections by A. Scott Galloway
February 3, 2016
It’s Friday night on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood – the winding boulevard that was once the funky vanguard of Rock & Roll debauchery, California-style. Tonight at The Roxy – a landmark club of the `70s that would open its doors to everyone from Neil Young (opening week in `73) and Genesis to The Crusaders, Frank Zappa, George Benson and Bob Marley & The Wailers (who all recorded live albums there) to the `80s/`90s-era when I personally saw Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Average White Band, The Time, Phoebe Snow, Tracy Chapman, Lenny Kravitz, Israel Houghton, Wendy & Lisa and Ernie Isley, to all the local hopefuls that fill in the nights between starbursts – I was on a mission. This night marked my first trip there in years to check in on iconic and ever-evolving Jody Watley, the Soul-Pop-Dance superstar who spun out of the trio Shalamar to become an international superstar of music, video and fashion.
Jody Watley – Dancer
A legend from day one for Jazz Music & a legacy unlike any other, T.U.M.S. is very excited about the interview between our guy, Terrill Hanna & Mr. Joe Sample! Mr. Sample is slated to appear in this upcoming weekends 5th Annual Jazz In The Garden – in Miami, Florida (3/20-21/10)! He stopped by the scene to speak on that performance to happen, News about The Jazz Crusaders projects down the line for 2010, some insightful dialogue & much more! Enjoy!
(Published on: Mar 15, 2010)
One of Contemporary Jazz’s legendary guitarists of our time comes center-stage to the Playboy Jazz Festival on June 15th for a special performance. Our publisher Terrill J. Hanna sat down with Mr. Klugh and discussed what’s going on behind the scenes, a thought or two about the late George Duke, recording new material, a look back at a few classic collaborations and much more. Pull up a chair and check out the conversation!!
Gregory Porter – Afro Perennial Waterfall
By A. Scott Galloway
In a 2006 interview with Ken Sharp for Record Collector magazine, Bill Withers was asked whether he views himself more as a songwriter or an artiste. He responded, “I never was able to separate the two since I never did it any other way. It’s like asking somebody who’s ambidextrous, ‘Are you right-handed or left-handed?’” As 2012 comes to a close, we can add Gregory Porter to the list of the profoundly musically ambidextrous.
Drop-Top Drive-By Interview with Eddie Levert –of The O’Jays
A T.U.M.S. “Long Beach Jazz Festival” Special!
by A. Scott Galloway
Ain’t nothin’ like a live performance from The O’Jays! I can tell you firsthand from MANY occasions I have enjoyed their shows including one just last year. This year Southern California will be treated to a show like no other from The O’Jays at the 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival which is taking place Friday August 9 thru Sunday August 11. The O’Jays (Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Nolan Grant) take the stage Prime Time on Saturday night on a bill with others that include Phil Perry with Kim Waters, Euge Groove and newcomer Elle Varner.
Playboy Jazz Festival Special –
Bob James: The A. Scott Galloway Interview
by A. Scott Galloway
Once upon a time called 1986, two pillars of contemporary jazz named Bob James & David Sanborn pooled their resources and recorded an album together titled Double Vision that became a million-selling Grammy winning classic on the strengths of a soulful vocal version of “Since I Fell For You” featuring Al Jarreau (penned by Buddy Johnson in 1945 who debuted it with his orchestra featuring his sister Ella Johnson singing yet was made a big hit in 1963 by Lenny Welch), and an instrumental inspired by the capital city of Mozambique, “Maputo” penned by Marcus Miller (born this day on June 14, 1959 – “Happy Birthday Marcus”). Unlike most successful ventures in the music business, no immediate sequel was ever mounted making it a one of a kind affair…until last month that is.
“Drop Top Drive By”
Chat w/ KG Omulo
A “Playboy Jazz Festival”
Interview by A. Scott Galloway
KG Omulo came to America from Kenya at the age of 20 and has been steady on a mission to bring his steaming brew of multi-cultural music to the rest of the world. His self released debut CD Ayah Ye! Moving Train garnered such critical acclaim (“Best Debut CD of 2011” from the Jazz Journalist Society) that the good folks at the Playboy Jazz Festival went out of their way to have him perform at this year’s festivities.