Legendary bass player Stanley Clarke is serving something fresh for his fans at the Broad Stage Oct. 14, as he unveils a young, new band that he’s currently writing and recording with.
“They’re really, really good,” he said of the combo of skilled millennials. “There is stuff I never dreamed of doing.”
In addition, concertgoers will get music from his years with jazz fusion super group Return To Forever, the funky stuff from his collaboration with the late keyboardist George Duke aka The Clarke Duke Project, orchestrations from his catalog as an in-demand movie composer and solo hits like the classic “School Days.”
Clarke has come a long way since Miles Davis told him he should play bass solos and go out as a front man.
“I looked at him like he was crazy,” recalled the 66 year-old winner of multiple Grammy awards.
As an example of how things have changed since he stepped up, Clarke recently toured with two other virtuosos of the instrument: Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller, mostly overseas.
“We did just a few concerts in the states,” he said. “Believe or not, the promoters did not want to take the dates, even though they knew it would sell out because they thought we would blow the hell out of their PAs.”
They may get together again at the end of next year and he may also do some duet engagements with longtime bandmate Chick Corea.
“I told the guys I can’t come out with a walker playing the electric bass,” Clarke said. “That’s why I’ve been playing a lot of acoustic bass. You could be 90 and look really cool playing it.”
CELEBRATION: While President Barack Obama and Rep. Maxine Waters sent birthday greetings, Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III and Martin L. King Jr’s sister, Christine King Farris were among celebrities and dignitaries on hand in Atlanta to acknowledge the 96th birthday of civil rights leader and former King confidant, Joseph E. Lowery.
The historical evening was made most memorable when OWN’s “Greenleaf” star and singer Keith David (who promised an album is coming soon), Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” star and vocalist, Cassandra “Cassi” Davis; and gospel superstar Yolanda Adams mesmerized the audience with a stellar musical tribute that encapsulated the life of the well-loved nonagenarian.
Themed “Grounded in History: Soaring Towards The Future,” the Lowery Institute also awarded movie producer Will Packer, attorney Angela Rye and activist Rev. William Barber, for continuing the national dialogue in support of justice and human rights, and keeping the Lowery legacies alive as agents of change in their respective fields. Visit www.loweryinstitute.org for more information on their successful programs and outreach.
CLIPPETTES: Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z are nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year. The winner will be revealed during the two-hour special airing live on TV One, Jan. 15, 2018 …
Flying Lotus in 3D + Thundercat share the bill on Oct. 14 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery …
The Stony Hill Fall Tour starring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley hits The Belasco Theater on Oct. 18 …
Sax legend Maceo Parker kicks off the 2017-18 Swinging Jazz series at VPAC (The Soraya) on Oct. 19, leading “To Ray With Love,” a tribute to his greatest inspiration with the original 21-piece Ray Charles Orchestra and The Raelettes. Call (818) 677-3000 for info and tickets.
INDIE WATCH: A bumper at the end of the engrossing thriller “Traffickers” states that this heinous side of the sex trade last year made $100 billion in profits — more than Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Google, and Starbucks combined. Inspired by real characters from an award-winning book by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara, this film tells the story of three girls from America, Nigeria and India who are ensnared. Anne Archer, Ashley Judd, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery and Patrick Duffy star in the nail-biter opening Oct. 13 in L.A.
Director Theo Anthony’s unexpectedly off-beat “Rat Film” has opened at The Downtown Independent for a two-week run with a national release to follow. He inventively uses the rat — as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them — to explore the history of Baltimore. Who knew this was the site of the government’s first concentrated battle against the rodent?
TC ON TV: Oct. 13 – “Great Performances” (PBS): Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017 honors Shirley Caesar, Sly Stone, Nina Simone, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Thom Bell, Mo Ostin and the Velvet Underground. Dionne Warwick, Andra Day, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Kirk Franklin and others deliver tributes. “Tavis Smiley” (PBS): The Rance Allen Group
Oct. 14 – “The Graham Norton Show” (BBCA): Idris Elba, Chris Rock, Kate Winslet “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Kumail Nanjiani, Pink
Oct. 15 – “The Platinum Life” (E): Nelly’s woman Shantel Jackson, who was previously engaged to Floyd Mayweather Jr., is among the celebrity spouses followed in this new reality series. “White Famous” (SHO): Exec producer and recurring guest star Jamie Foxx presents this semi-biographical comedy series starring Jay Pharoah. Meagan Good will recur as Kali from “Californication.”
Oct. 16 – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1): Usher, Kelly Rowland, George Lopez, Laverne Cox and many more enter the kitchen this second season.
Oct. 17 – “Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event” (BET): Premiering on the actual wedding day — the 10-episode docuseries follows the twists and turns of the hip-hop power couple.
TASTY QUIP: “I can’t pretend as if the tone and behavior of this presidential administration is normal. And I certainly can’t pretend that racism and white supremacy aren’t real and that marginalized people don’t feel threatened and vulnerable, myself included, on a daily basis.” – Suspended ESPN anchor JEMELE HILL to The Undefeated
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