Queens-born trumpeter glides through the decades with a funky soul
You don’t get a nickname like “Jamaica Funk” if you’re not legitimately funky. Tom Browne is indeed a colorful individual with a deep passion for generating multi-layered jazz. The Billboard “Best Of” awards recipient and multi-gold album selling Browne has been skillfully playing the trumpet with unfettered exuberance for over thirty years. His calling card is, and always has been, his lively stage persona and earnest performance style. Of his audience, Browne opines that “they come to connect with you!”, and true to his words, Brown appears to legitimately love bridging this connection to his fans. Raised in Jamaica, Queens, Browne attributes his ability to fluidly move between genres and styles as a result of his upbringing in such a musically varied and rich area. Throughout the decades, he has worked with all the top jazz artists (and other talented folk) around. On the record label GRP, he produced some colossal hits, like “Funkin’ For Jamaica,” “Thighs High,” “Fungi Mama,” “Let’s Dance” and “Secret Fantasy.” Still headlining at the biggest festivals in the land, Browne loves to tour and perform for jazz-loving crowds of all natures.
The Blackman Family Tradition
For as long as anyone can remember, the name “Don Blackman” and the sound of incredibly moving, original and beautiful music have been one and the same. Blessed by the Almighty with the gift of “perfect pitch”, Don was singing before he could talk, playing piano before he could walk and by the time he reached five years of age he was rocking the church so hard, that nobody ever squawked. From 1970 to 1972 Don Blackman played keyboards with the world renowned Radio Choir of The Institutional Church of God in Christ, a position once held by Billy Preston. There after he preformed with the J.C. White Singers from ’71 to 73. Growing up in the Jamaica Queens area of New York, Don Like so many of the greats before him became well versed in all forms of popular music from straight ahead jazz to advent guarde, from Motown to Bosa Nova, from Funk to gospel and Hip Hop. That he has covered these bases well should become evident from a glance at the list of some of those with whom he has performed with include : Weldon irving, Charles McPhearson, Archie Sheep, Lenny White, Parliment Funkadelic, Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayers, Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, Earth Wind and Fire, The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Gwen Guthrie, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, The Jamaica Kats, Sing, and Syliva St James. Don’s First recorded single was “I Love you” from Weldon Irvine LP “Sinbad” released on RCA 1976 Shortly after he joined Lenny Whites group “Twentynine” and wrote the hits “Peanut Butter” and “Morning Sunrise” Leading to his 1982 debut on Arista the “Blackman” album, featuring his band “The Family Tradition” Barry Johnson (Bass) Denis Chambers (Drums) Eddie Martinez (Guitar) Deezie White & Sheri Snyder on (background vocals). The album became a instant Classic including titles such as “Hearts Desire”, “Holding you, Loving you”, “Since you been away so long”, ” You Ain’t Hip”, “Never Miss a Thing”, “Def Hook-up connection”, and ” Yabadabadooo”. It has strong elements of Funk, Jazz, Soul, Rock, and gospel. On April 11, 2013 Don Blackman passed away from his battle with Cancer. The Music, laughter, memories, and his amazing gifts will always be in our hearts. Many artist/producers have sampled Don Blackman’s music such as, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2PAC, Just Blaze, Jay Z, Dj jazzy Jeff, Madlib, People Under the Stairs, J Dilla, Slum Village, Drake, and Jaddakiss. Don’s Legacy lives on through his Son and Daughter Kyle & Irene Blackman who now run “Blackman Music”. They now Play together at times with members of the Family Tradition and New members as well. They will be releasing new Don Blackman music and New tunes of their own 2017.
It’s time to let vinyl shine. The Mobile Mondays! DJ-led dance party experience is the very definition of a fun time (and yes, the name always contains an exclamation point – for just cause). Held every single week without fail at the world famous Bowery Electric, this super-powered soiree was founded by NYC’s very own Operator Emz as a way to jumpstart the heart and soul of New York’s dance scene – and keep deejay culture alive and thriving with full speed 45 RPM appreciation. The proud MM! posse is made up of Operator Emz, Natasha Diggs, Joey Carvello, Just Blaze, Misbehaviour & $$$Mike & Brand Manager Rebecca Lynn. MM! is a veritable house of worship for vinyl devotees (where the DJ is always a funky soul savior) to congregate at 52 times a year and share their love of old school aural satisfaction. Spanning all sorts of genres, syncopated record enthusiasts enjoy disco, garage and every style of house imaginable. Initially conceived for classic vinyl purists, MM! is a wonderfully welcoming place where anyone who relishes a good beat can come and get their swerve on.