AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
I visited the August Wilson culture centre last nite and caught Grady Tate. He scatted his can off. A consumate musician.
Impressions? (personal)...Humphries on tubs was his usual driving, tasty percussionist. The best in town. Paul Thompson really blew. I mean, fine changes, great time and...lots of heart. A quality all too absent today. Blake on Alto was solid. He's dependable...usually brings "something to the table" The lady from N Y C, on piano, did a creditable job. She was better than adequate. Apologies...the guy on guitar, I'm not hip to. He played "nice." The guy from N Zealand (I think) who kept referring to Tate as his mentor...didn't impress...me. Apologies... I dont set out to bum rap... just my impressions. Tate? Just when you thought he was runnin on "E," he'd fool you and come back strong, right on time and tune! Yeah, he's a credit to our art form... JAZZ.
As for our "media" the first blurb I saw on Tate's gig, was Sat morn... the very day of the gig. It's a shame. The papers cover ALL GENRE, except jazz. I'm aware, country, rap, rock etc. etc. etc, have captured audience attention; still; Jazz is a true ART FORM, and should be shown true, due respect. Yuh might like Johnny Cash (your privilege), but please... people like Charles, Elling, Eckstine, McCrea, Vaughan, Fitzgerald... and I could go on and on... these people are on a different plane... and should be recognized for sheer talent, and in some cases... near genius! Thanks for providing space to vent my spleen!!!
Donny Cerminara... the Be-Bop Fanatic