Bass legends!!! #MarcusMiller#lonnieplaxico#jamescalloway Sorry to not know the other gentleman’s name. What a great night of tributes honoring R&B &Jazz legends like Valerie Simpson, Marcus Miller, Fred McFarland and many more. The show envisioned and created by Damon Mendes and MD’d by John F Adams. I Loved singing backup with Keith Fluitt and LaJuan Carter!
It was the first Saturday in April and it was the first time I attended, the Banana Puddin' Jazz jam, hosted by the award winning actor, producer, director, and jazz vocalist Rome Neal at the legendary Nyorican Poets Cafe.
For 15 years BPJ has entertained their audience with a featured band preceded by an open mic with musicians, singers, poets and dancers. In addition, the audience is served the best tasting banana pudding made by the host.
This particular evening Banana Puddin' Jazz presented "The Gentle Gentlemen in Jazz" featuring phenomenal musicians: Andre Chex Lewis on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Dwayne Cook Broadhax on drums, Benny Rubin Jr. on saxophone, who blew our mind with his God gifted talent.
The gentle gentlemen vocalists included Rob Fulton, Tony Hewitt, Rome Neal, Dwight West and Frank Senior. The evening was dedicated to the memory of the late great Ulysses Slaughter. #ulyssesslaughter#bananapuddingjazz#lonnieplaxico#nuyoricanpoetscafe#romeneal#jazz