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Robert J. Carmack

Robert is currently an independent writer for various media outlets,including his own jazz blog

About Me - 2007-present- executive editor/publisher SFBAAAM-Black Musicians Forum- 2007- 2009 - VP jazz operations Independent Producer/Publicist- 1996-present Playwright:Footprints to Heaven- 1997/1998 - writer/actor/producer Wounded Feathers:A Jazz Tragedy-2006-actor/producer/director Productions: Celebrate a Legend: The Blues is alright!-3/2003-San Francisco Jazz in July-San Francisco-7/2003 Atlanta International Jazz Society- Founder/President 1998-2002 Musician- saxophone,flute,percussion - 1964-1997 Educ:BA-Theater Arts/Cal State Univ. Dominguez Hills-1973

My Jazz Story

I was first exposed to jazz on the late 1950s as a kid watching the Steve Allen show , he would play with famous musicians, I liked the sound, I did not know the name of it. one day I watching the Donie Gillis show and Maynard who was a beatnik said he was do anything to sit in with Thelonius Monk on Bongos.. years later as I was just staring out in music as a saxophone player I heard a record by a friend's big brother, who said "this is Monk's, well you needn't." I made the earlier connection from my childhood, now a teenager player in a band I was Hip and cool with my Tam and sunglasses & all the young girls loved it because, I was different than the other guys.I went on to play professionally for 25+ years, then due to medical issues I became a writer of jazz history and avid fan of great players as a hobby, in which I still totally enjoy today almost 64 years old..May 2014

My Favorites

  1. John Coltrane - John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
  2. Miles Davis- Live at The Blackhawk
  3. Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers-Indestructable