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U.S. President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker of the Hampton University 140th Annual Commencement.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 7:04am 1 Comment

Obama Tells HU Grads to be Role Models and Mentors

Hampton, VA -Hampton University students often joke that HU President William R. Harvey owns a weather machine. Well if he does, the dial was set on perfect this past Sunday. Sunny skies and mild…


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At 2:51pm on June 9, 2010, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

Hampton University Sophomore Opening for Regina Carter and Simone at 4th Annual Jazz Legends Festival Celebrating “Women in Jazz” . Jerenda Manley, Hampton University Sophomore and 2008 recipient of the 2008 Dr. Frank Foster Scholarship from Break the Glass Foundation, Inc.; will open for Regina Carter and Simone at the 4th Annual Jazz Legends Festival Celebrating “Women in Jazz”.
4th Annual Jazz Legends Festival will be held on Friday, June 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Town Center, Virginia Beach. There will be outstanding performances by jazz vocalist, Simone, and jazz violinist, Regina Carter.
Break The Glass Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3), non-profit organization which sponsors programs geared towards youth and music education. (Young Artist in Residence Summer Fest, Youth jazz workshop, Dr. Frank Foster Scholarship program for high school seniors, and Jazz Legends Festival including jazz master classes for aspiring music students). The foundation is dedicated to paying tribute to the musicians, composers, and arrangers who are the founding fathers of “Renaissance Jazz” and to enriching the lives of young jazz musicians by facilitating the passing of the uniquely American musical tradition from one generation to the next.
The Jazz Masters Class Series produced by BTG nurtures relationships between aspiring jazz performers and national/international jazz artists. The program consists of artist performances and interviews, master student performances with critiques by the artists, followed by an exhilarating jazz master/student jam session. Jazz Master Classes will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Website: www.breaktheglassfoundation
At 7:08am on May 11, 2010, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…
U.S. President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker of the Hampton University 140th Annual Commencement.

At 9:48pm on December 17, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

After a handful of years away from the stage, Scott reunited this past year with R&B singer Michael Henderson, for rousing performance..s at the Famed Long Beach Jazz Festival, in Milwaukee for the United We Funk festival and the Lithonia Jazz Festival outside of Atlanta. The two received rousing ovations from audiences who time tripped at the performance of their million selling 1979 duet ..Take Me I..m Yours,.. from Henderson..s hit album In The Nighttime. At the Lithonia event, Scott also had a chance to introduce audiences to her new single, ..I Know It..s Right...
While she..s always made her living singing in clubs, singing backup, performing with legendary figures and doing jingles for companies like Levi..s 501 Jeans and Sunny Delight, the stop and start nature of her own solo recording career has made for an intense emotional roller coaster. After touring with Henderson on the strength of their hit single in 1980, Michael..s record company Buddha Records signed her to a record deal, she recorded the half disco, half R&B ballad album Come On Inside. The album was produced by the powerhouse R&B team Mtume and Reggie Lucas, former jazz musicians who had scored pop hits for Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and Lou Rawls.
At 1:02pm on December 6, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

Some things in life, we choose to do. Then, there are certain things we have to do. For Antonio Allen, music falls into the later category. His love of music has been there from the start. Growing up in a house full of musicians, there was always some sort of musical activity taking place in his life and his household. At an early age, Antonio began attending rehearsals with his oldest brother who had his own band in the late 70's. But what influenced Antonio most was his involvement in church. Antonio's mother, now deceased, was a pastor. Needless to say, going to church wasn't an option. Antonio's love of soulful melodies was birthed during this period of his life. Antonio first picked up the saxophone at eight years of age. He immediately began to play the music of television shows and commercials. He started his own band at 14. At 15, he received his first paying gig in a popular night club in the Atlanta area. Because of his young age, Antonio was only allowed on stage and in a dressing room behind stage. At that club, Antonio met and opened for Stevie Wonder, Al B Sure, Peabo Bryson, Jermaine Jackson, and Jean Carne. With that experience under his belt, Antonio continued to perform all over the city of Atlanta. During the 90's, Antonio could be seen regularly on the jazz scene of Atlanta providing sweet, soulful music in such venues as Jazzmen's, Club Illusions, Marco's, The Catfish Station, Cafe' 290, Hairston's, Teddy's Live, Vegas Nights, The Martini Club, The Crow's Nest and several other popular jazz spots.
At 8:49pm on November 7, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

At 2:47am on July 28, 2009, Jeanie Barton said…
Thanks for looking me up - have a sunny day and jazz on! xj
At 1:19pm on July 21, 2009, Showtyme said…
Silk :-)
I love your style of playing. keep'em flowing baby :-)
At 7:54pm on July 1, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

Nuttin' But Stringz, also known as N.B.S., consists of brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar who both play violin. The musicians from Jamaica, Queens play a blend of classical music, hip-hop,[1] jazz and R&B.
Teenage brothers, Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar are a true phenomenon of our musical age. They combine the classical sound of the violin with Pop, R&B and Hip-hop. The result is a unique and uplifting fury of modern emotion and harmony… intensity and rhythm. Younger brother Damien says, “We play our violins so hard and with such force that we destroy a bow a show!” Together, the Escobar brothers are NUTTIN’ BUT STRINGZ (NBS). They both attended the legendary Juilliard School of Music in New York City where they were able to hone their craft and find their place. Their mission is to bridge the gap between Popular and Classical music. Their debut CD, Struggle from the Subway to the Charts was released through KOCH Entertainment in October 2006 on NBS Entertainment Inc./ KOCH Entertainment. Their first single entitled “Thunder” showcases their raw talent; it digs into the soul, slowly unleashes it and exposes it. Older brother Tourie explains, “Our music is based on emotion not lyrics. We tell stories and the violin is our voice.” Other tracks on the CD include, “Broken Sorrow” and “Dance with My Father.” NBS has been playing the violin for over 15 years and at the tender ages of 7 and 8 they knew what inspired them. They grew up in a rough area of Jamaica, Queens; where it wasn’t safe to walk the streets especially if you have a violin in your hands. As a result, their musical aspirations came crashing to a stop 3 years ago when they both dropped out of school and lost focus. Eventually they realized they were in with a bad crowd and went back to school. Tourie says, “The passion for music and the violin saved my life.” They were relentless and played the New York City subways for pocket change. Tourie explains, “We would play the trains and we had a captive audience. We broke down the trains on a marketing level. Damien chose the C train for its demographic and I tackled the A train. We raked in over $300 each in 2 hours and we did it 3 times a week.” Damien adds, “The subway is the equivalent of playing several performance hours each week and we were able to refine our technique before a live audience.” The subway was the gateway that landed NBS a manager and a record deal. In 2005, they entered a local talent contest at the legendary Apollo Theatre and won! As a result of the media attention surrounding the event, they have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show with Katie Couric and have even been featured in Major Motion Pictures such as “STEP UP”.

They have performed on show bills with legendary artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers and Yolonda Adams. They have even been invited to perform for the President of the United States at the White House. Their sudden success escalated their hopes and dreams and they became involved with the YMCA Strong Kids charity as well as the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. They also spent much of their free time playing at public schools and talking to kids about music and staying in school. Music has changed their outlook on life. Tourie says, “I never finished anything early in life but with the violin, I saw it through and I’m not going to quit now.” Damien agrees and says, “I don’t handle failure well that’s why I work as hard as I can.” NBS brilliantly molds unlikely genres with ease. From 50 Cent to Vivaldi, from DMX and R Kelly to Bach, NBS continues to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages. From toddlers to teens and beyond… their music crosses and opens age barriers in a way that is unforgettable. Struggle from the Subway to the Charts is a brilliant blend of classical daring intertwined with rap undertones. NBS has created a new genre that’s being talked about and admired. The buzz has begun. Their music is a provocative and stirring Thunder that will be analyzed and copied for years to come.

At 5:29pm on June 4, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

“Just Groovin,” the energetic new CD release by Ronny Smith, aptly sums up this self –proclaimed “smooth jazz” guitarist and songwriter. Although his love for rhythmic grooves is primarily what drives the compositions on his latest project one cannot help but hear fragments of Wes Montgomery and George Benson within the fluid melodies. In his search for the perfect groove Ronny began listening and inundating himself with a variety of smooth jazz recordings. According to Smith, “no matter what the harmony or melody of the song each one had its own distinctive and enjoyable groove.” “Just Groovin” captures the spicy flavor of each composition while maintaining the individual sound carefully crafted from Ronny’s imaginative spirit.

While growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Ronny was exposed to music as a young child in church and school. Having a father that was both a music professor and a church organist along with being surrounded by a mother and sister that sang influenced his early years. By the age of twelve he was playing by ear to the sounds of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and even Roy Clark. Ronny demonstrated his youthful talents performing in R&B bands (basement style) and in jazz and "jam" bands, while in grade school and high school. He later played in the jazz band at the University of Maryland, at Morgan State University and also Elizabeth State University in North Carolina. During his college days he was exposed to the music of Pat Martino, who became one of his greatest influences, as he eagerly pursued his technical studies on the guitar. He even had the opportunity to be part of a band that played with the famed Motown singing group, the Marvelettes and also with drummer and Philadelphia jazz icon Bobby Durham.

Ronny left college in his senior year to enlist and soon became a member of the U.S. Army Band. His time in the Army Band allowed him the rare experience to tour extensively in the United States and Europe enjoying the opportunity to share the stage with renowned vocalist and actress, Melba Moore. “Serving my country has been the most rewarding and honorable experience that I have been associated with. As a musician, my duties include providing troop morale, community service and ceremonial support. There is no better way to support those who support you," said Smith.

With four previous CDs under his belt including, "Long Time Comin,” "Laid Back.” "Got Groove" and "Simply Stated," this new release reveals a satisfying and individual approach to his compositional style. Ronny has succeeded in working seamlessly with the technological musical advancements by creating his own approach to arranging and recording the songs on “Just Groovin.” He describes the process: “Once I’m satisfied with the draft and I am convinced that this is the sound that I am shooting for, I usually start contacting the musicians that I would like to perform each part (i.e., the drummer, bass player, horn players, etc.). They will generally do a couple of takes of their parts for me to choose from. They return their parts to me either by CD via postal service or by email. After listening to each part, I choose the part that I think fits the song the best. They return their parts in either wav. Files, or some form of audio file. I import the parts into my DAWS (Digital Audio Workstation) and then the editing process begins. For this project I used Cakewalk’s Sonar 7 Producer DAWS. After a lot of editing and listening, I usually end up with a piece that for now I can sit and listen to for a while just to make sure it’s still what I like. Then, I move to the next song and start that process all over again until I have written enough songs for a CD. Once all songs have been completed my files are mixed down to an audio format and sent to a mastering house for the final editing, mixing, and mastering to begin.”

On “Just Groovin,”, besides Smith’s skillful guitar work, the instrumentation includes: Alan Alexander (keyboards/piano), Jeff Knoettner (keyboards/piano), Karl McNeil (bass), Sam Bates (bass), Vernell Mincey (drums), Scott Martin (sax), Stan Martin (Trumpet), and Andy Martin (trombone). Ronny Smith revels in the exploration and growth of each musical project and “Just Groovin” is a substantial part of that journey.
At 8:44pm on May 28, 2009, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

Sometimes a word can mean one thing your entire life, and then circumstances alter to provide a totally different interpretation.

For NBA-icon-turned-musical-star Wayman Tisdale, rebound meant to grab possession of a basketball during a game.

But in 2007, that all changed. Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer after he fell down a flight of steps and broke his leg. Knee replacement surgery and months of chemotherapy followed. And rebound took on a new significance once his right leg was amputated right above the knee in 2008.

As many before him, he came through the disease with a renewed perspective: “It really showed me what’s important in life, man. It’s not getting as many houses as I can, not driving the biggest cars,” he says. “What’s important is family and being healthy.”

That reinvigorated joy and sense of purpose pervades Rebound, the bass guitarist’s eighth album and his third on Rendezvous Entertainment. “People are going to feel different after listening to this record. They’re going to be happy. There’s going to be a good feeling,” Tisdale says. “Rebound definitely has a beginning, a body and an ending and that’s what I wanted to do. That’s why the record starts with the song ‘Rebound,’ to capture people and bring them in. A Japanese voice before the second verse of ‘Rebound’ says ‘I’ve rebounded and you can rebound also.’ That’s what the message is. If I can do it, you can do it.”

Rebound takes the listener on a journey with gratitude as the ultimate destination. Others might, understandably, be angry at God for the illness, but Tisdale feels nothing but thanks and praise. “He didn’t have to allow the bone to break, a lot of people find out too late,” Tisdale says. “I look at everything from a spiritual standpoint, my father being a Baptist minister before he passed. Through your toughest times, you’re going to find out who you are as a person and I got to really see what type of person I am.”

That spirit is expressed on CD closer “Grateful,” stirringly delivered by gospel great Marvin Sapp. “When he was a newcomer in gospel group Commission, he used to stay at my house and sleep in the Lazy Boy,” Tisdale recalls with a robust laugh. “I needed somebody to complete this record and I couldn’t think of a better person than Marvin. I knew he would give it the emotion and really bring it home the way it needed to be brought home and he did a beautiful job.”

Another old friend—and fellow Oklahoman-- Toby Keith also makes an appearance. In his self-appointed role of “Ambassador of Old School," Tisdale covers an R&B classic on each album. Here, he and Keith team up for the Barry White classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” “I was literally on the internet looking at a lot of old school songs, listening to Earth, Wind & Fire and some old school Isley Bros., when I got a call and Toby says, I got the song we need to redo: ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’ It still didn’t register until the studio and I mean, my mouth was wide open. I could not believe what I was hearing! Toby nails it!”

Another highlight is first single, “Throwin’ It Down,” which announces that Tisdale is back in the game. He co-wrote the upbeat, jaunty tune with Darren Rahn, who produced Wayman’s #1 single “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.” “It’s a good feeling; it’s saying ‘I’m coming out. I’m back.’”

While Tisdale, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., with his wife, four children, and new granddaughter, Bailey, says his return was never in doubt, he admits there were tough days during his treatment, days when “I wasn’t doing anything, just pretty much existing, trying to get to the next day.” During days such as those, solace came from a somewhat surprising source: his 2003 CD, 21 Days. “I wrote that whole record in three weeks and I was always astonished about what happened and what came over me to write that record,” he says. “In the end, it turned out I had written the record for me to get through these times.”

The cancer came on top of Tisdale’s decision to lose weight to get back into fighting shape. “I’ve had a great time,” of taking care of his health. “It’s been the best thing I’ve done.”
That’s quite a statement for someone who has accomplished so much. Although Tisdale showed promise on the bass from an early age, his tremendous athletic talent initially overshadowed his musical leanings. He played for the University of Oklahoma Sooners from 1983 to 1985 and became the first player to have his jersey retired. All three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale was named to the All American team, and in 1984 he played on the U.S. Olympic team which brought home the gold. In 1986 the Indiana Pacers selected Tisdale as the No. 2 overall draft pick behind Patrick Ewing. For the next 12 years, Tisdale left his mark on the NBA with the Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, scoring more than 12,800 points and pulling down more than 5,000 rebounds in a 12-year career. Before he retired after the 1997 season, Tisdale had already made the transition toward a career in music. In 1995 he released his debut CD, appropriately titled Power Forward, which climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and, like all of his subsequent efforts, crossed over onto the R&B charts. In the Zone, Decisions and Face to Face all landed in Billboard’s Top 10, with 2001’s Face to Face going to No. 1, as did his last album, Way Up. In addition to “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” he took “Can’t Hide Love” and “Don’t Take Your Love Away” to No. 1 at radio. Even actor Jamie Foxx recognizes Tisdale’s enormous musical talents. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Foxx selected Wayman as part of his “dream band” along with Herbie Hancock, Wynton and Brandford Marsalis and Prince.
Tisdale will be the first to say that each project defines a moment in time and Rebound is no exception. “Each album has its own personality and its own edge and I think Rebound will carve its own niche. This record is definitely a reflection of me and where I’m at today.”











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