Born NY Nov 1953. Grew up Harlem, Sugar Hill, The Heights, Manhattan Valley...uptown.
Lifelong music fan. Listened to everything. Still do. Started venturing out to concerts
and clubs on my own at 14 (it was like that then) Apollo, Fillmore, MSG, Gate, Vanguard, Slugs, wherever. Elvin, Cream, Hubbard,Hendrix,Coryell, Delfonics,Mountain, Miles,Rahsaan,Bartz,Stevie,Santana,Sly,Kool&theGang,The Band,whoever. What a time!
Still wasn't playing. Decided to get a horn from the pawn shop 70's,local bands, clubs day job, community work, apts all over bx.
Mid 20's started touring Stacy lattisaw w/tm stevens,Change 80's, Vinnette Caroll Musicals, Mtume ,Freddie Jackson, by day. Olu dara, Arthur Blythe, Lester bowie, Kelvin bell, After hours.
90's, Jonathan Butler, Will Downing, Alex Bugnon, Patti Austin
'95 Family tragedy, stopped touring. Godsend- '95-'99 Bring in the Noise/Funk B'way
Alex Bugnon '99-Present
Much Recording-Change, Mtume, Whitney Houston, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Winehouse, Nas, Ice Cube, Maceo Parker,Will Downing, Jonathan Butler Alex Bugnon, Poogie Bell, Mary J Blige, Mark Ledford...Many Others.
I just am crazy about music. Don't ask me how I ended up doing it for a living.
Vince....totally awesome sounds man, nice "chops" indeed...caught some of the same artists in the 60's in Manhatten what a fabulous time for jazz artists...the picture above I took in '74 in Preservation Hall New Orleans, "Sweet Emma Barrett" and her men...btw have a great friend who's a painter/artist up near you in Crumbville...Tom Stratton..if you ever get a chance look him up...love to network with you anytime if you ever need visual imagery to match your musicianship....my best to you.....always b
YO!!!! Great to hear from u, I sent u a message I think i'm not the brightest cat in the world when it come to this sorta stuff. U sound great as always!! Hopefully you'll get the message so we can speak directly.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."