Archive for April, 2013

Monday 4/8/13  on KLED Live FM (91.1)  www.KLEDLive.com   9AM (PST) & 9PM (PST)

 

The Underground Experience Presents A Special Re-Broadcast In Memory Of MR. ROBERT LINDEN!

 

Associate Director, Television Music at CBS Studios/Productions, Songwriter/Singer/Keyboardist at Zen Boogie, Manager, TV Music at CBS Paramount Network Television, Executive Assistant to VP, Legal/Business Affairs, University of Southern California, International Music School

 

Last April 2012, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert in-studio. We had so much Fun like we knew each other for years. You will witness his soul and spirit unplugged.

 

 

Musical Artists Include: Al Jolson, Robert Linden, Zen Boogie, Arnold Garcia 

 

Robert Linden, associate director of music at CBS Television Studios, died April 3 of leukemia. He was 57.

 

A memorial service was held  at 10 a.m. April 7 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.

Donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would be appreciated.

 

“Renaissance” Robert has had a many-faceted career with successful forays into Songwriting, Performance, Theatrical Producing, P.R., Teaching, Vocal Coaching, Music Administration and Music Supervision.  Here’s a look-back into his musical side…

“A FAMILY AFFAIR”
(Robert talks about his “musical” childhood)

My earliest memories of music were“ listening over and over to my older brother Jeff’s old 45’s of Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Sammy Davis Jr, The Rays, and so many others.  After school, I often stayed with my aunt Frances and uncle Phil, whose Al Jolson LP’s I played endlessly (my aunt Frances was like a second mother to me growing up while my mom worked at the family’s restaurant business.)

I remember my dad buying one of those chord organ back in the 1960’s when I was a child (this was  before synthesizers, remember)  and would play and sing songs like “Lady of Spain” and “Mona Lisa”.  Of course there was my middle brother Donald who could make me laugh endlessly by taking records and scratching and skipping across them (pretty ahead of his time, considering today that would probably qualify him as a hip-hop D.J.)  At 8 Donald was studying piano –but what must have been exasperating for him was to see his 3-year-old little brother (me) jump up on the piano bench and play his lessons without ever having studied.  Within a year, Donald gave up the piano, I took over and the rest is sibling rivalry.  Donald was also as responsible as anyone for unwittingly turning me on to 60’s rock like Buffalo Springfield, Cream and Janis Joplin (I had already discovered the Beatles through my teenage cousin Judy and her friends and became hooked right from “Meet The Beatles”. )

I’ve been singing as long as I can remember (singing in school choirs from my elementary years through college) and although my mom claimed to be “tone-deaf” she allowed her 5-year-old son to try to teach her to sing and tell one note from another.   All-in-all, I had a very unusually musical “non-musical upbringing”.

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Those school choirs and choruses let to songwriting and bands in his teens.  Although he studied theatre and classical music at USC, gaining a degree in Music Education, he immediately upon graduation fell into a life of songwriting and performing with some theatre producing thrown in betwixt and between. (He actually earned a living running two theatres in L.A. over a 6-year stretch in the late 80’s through the early 90’s, during which time he produced over 20 shows.)  The death of his mother in 1995 brought most everything in his life to a crashing halt and when he finally re-emerged a year later, it was again music which proved to be his salvation.  His unique and raw boogie blues piano style had already begun to draw attention and his songwriting began to become more refined. His musical influences began to come together to create a unique style which has been compared to everyone from Gershwin to Carole King and Elton John, and with a flavor that hints of styles from Classic Rock and Swing to Cabaret and even Musical Comedy.

“In truth, I’m probably all of that and none of that” Robert claims.  “All those people and styles are definitely a part of who I am, but what it’s added up to in my music and style gets very hard to really pin down and describe- except to say that I like to have fun with my music and hope I tell stories that resonate for others.  One of my dearest friends is the talented writer (now travel journalist) Judie Fein who was instrumental in my coming to embrace the importance of brevity and proper use of language in my songs.  I’ve always lived for the proverbial ‘catchy tune’, which I know is sort of ‘tin pan alley-ish’, but is really true for me.  It’s just as valid in Rock, Pop or Country music today as it was back in the 1930’s as popular music began to really evolve.  I rarely try to be ‘cutting edge’ or write with a particular market or group in mind, which is probably why I see some of my songs being sung in different styles like Pop, R&B and Country simultaneously which quite a hoot and very flattering!”

“It’s also hard for me to nail down my influences since they’re so eclectic and varied.  Different music, different composers affected me at different times and certainly affected my music as well.  For example, I can recall being completely absorbed in the music and lyrics of songwriters and song-stylists like Carole King, James Taylor, Elton John, Dr. John, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg and composers like Mozart, Offenbach, Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven… but I can’t often tell you exactly where you’ll find their traces in my music… but they’re there!”

Robert has been called a “throwback to an earlier period of music” – with musical sensibilities that sometimes recall popular music from the 30’s and 40’s, the more swingy 50’s and bluesy 60’s and pop 70’s and 80’s, but with his own raw and unique boogie-blues flair and a far more contemporary lyrical flavor that is fired by his sardonic and sometimes edgy sense of the world around him… yet he can also set a romantic tone which seems to emanate from that same deep sensibility that is uniquely his.

“I’m just another story teller ” says he.

 

 

Broadcast # 168

 

 

Monday (4/8/13) 9am (PST) &  9pm (PST) at www.KLEDLive.com

 

 

Direct Links also on website: www.UltimateUnderground.com

 

Podcast will be available on iTunes. Podomatic and Website!

Al Jolson

Arnold G.

Uncle Earl with Ava DuPree & Producer Wally Holmes
THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE Presents The Adventures Of ”SUGAR & DADDY & SIDEKICK”

(Producer’s Cut) – Full Uncut Version with MORE Than The Radio Broadcast!!!!!

 

Join Us For The 1st International Blues, Jazz & Gospel Festival Hosted By JANICE HARRINGTON In Las Vegas & Ava’s Cabaret Nights in Los Angeles At Casa Du Grand View!

 

Musical Artists: Janice Harrington, Wally Holmes, Ava Du Pree, Lacy Darryl Phillips, Mark Christian Miller, Joel Scott (Piano), Gillian Grannum (Bass)!

 

On The Cabaret Bill Also: Tony Russell & Sean Callery & Yolanda Klappert!

 

Air Date: 4/4/13 

 

Broadcast # 167 A 

 

Air Date: Thursday 4/4/13  on KLED Live FM (91.1FM)  www.KLEDLive.com  @ 9AM & 9PM (PST)

THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE Presents The Adventures Of “SUGAR & DADDY & SIDEKICK”

 

Join Us For The 1st International Blues, Jazz & Gospel Festival Hosted By JANICE HARRINGTON In Las Vegas & Ava’s Cabaret Nights in Los Angeles At Casa Du Grand View!

 

Musical Artists: Janice Harrington, Wally Holmes, Ava Du Pree, Lacy Darryl Phillips, Mark Christian Miller, Joel Scott (Piano), Gillian Grannum (Bass)!

 

On The Cabaret Bill Also: Tony Russell & Sean Callery & Yolanda Klappert!

 

Music is an international language, and Blues and Jazz are America’s classical music. Join my friends from various countries and me for an exciting and inspiring week of Jazz, Blues, and Gospel music.

The 1st International Blues, Jazz, Folk and Gospel Festival was held at the LVH hotel in Las Vegas, from March 24 till March 31, 2013.

Every day at 3 PM, there was a Gospel show. The evenings from 8 PM on were devoted to Blues and Jazz music.

From March 25 till March 28, there was also a Free Authentic American Music Workshop Gospels and More for the children and students of the Clark County School District.

The workshop was from 9 AM till 11 AM from Monday through Thursday in the LVH Convention Center with a performance on March 31.

Scheduled Appearances in Las Vegas

ARTISTS: Al-Yasha Anderson, B3 Conspiracy, Canadian Sensation Choir, Rick Cotton,Tiffany Cotton, 

Ava DuPree, Marty Elkins, Janice Harrington, Uli Geissendoerfer, The Ink Spots,

 

Dorrey Lyles, Love NewkirkThe UnionTimothy RileyChris Tofield,Joe Williams Scholarship Sextet,
Woody Woods

MUSICIANSJens BalzereitWendell CarrollTony Wells

JANICE HARRINGTON

The North American, multi-talented artist, Ms. Harrington is known as a jazz, blues and gospel singer, producer and actress. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she now lives in Germany, near Lüneburg, with her German husband, trombonist and piano maker Werner Gürtler.

 

Her career began in 1969 with tours throughout Southeast Asia, where she performed for the U.S. military in several USO shows during the Vietnam War.Great success they had the 1975th to 1977 as a special guest at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel During this time she also played leading roles in the plays Norman Is That You and Two Gentlemen From Verona and was a guest in the American television series Days Of Our Lives to see.

 

Ms. Harrington stood with artists such as Billy Daniels, Lloyd Bridges, Frank Sinatra Jr., Sammy Davis Jr. and Lionel Hampton on stage. Lionel Hampton once said of Ms. Harrington, she was a “one-women show”.

 

1980 Janice Harrington came to Europe. Here she performed in various concerts previous programs, including 1982 for Joan Armatrading in Oslo and 1989 – together with the Ken Lending Blues Band – for BB King in Copenhagen. A highlight of her career was the appearance of Bishop Desmond Tutu in Oslo, at the presentation of his Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Harrington wowed the audience in joint appearances with Rock in Dopsie, Buddy Guy, Champion Jack Dupree and Luther Allison . 1993 Ms. Harrington was on tour in Switzerland with Big Jay McNeely . As a jazz singer, she went along with Nat Adderley, Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band , the Humphrey Lyttleton band and the Dutch Swing College Band at. She also worked as a solo guest with the Danish Television Big Band , the Oslo Radio Orchestra , the NDR Radio Big Band and Big Band RTV Ljubljana . Added several appearances in radio and television production.

Ms. Harrington has two musicals written: Streets of Harlem , listed in Oslo and What My Eyes Have Seen , produced in Hamburg.

 

AVA DU PREE

Actress/Singer/Songwriter

WALLY HOLMES

Musician/Producer/Songwriter (“Rock The Boat”)

 

Air Date: Thursday 4/4/13  on KLED Live FM (91.1FM)  www.KLEDLive.com  @ 9AM & 9PM (PST) 

 

Broadcast # 167A

 

Direct Links also on website: www.UltimateUnderground.com

Podcast will be available on iTunes. Podomatic and Website!

Sugar, Daddy, Sidekick ( Ava, Wally, Lacy)
Janice Harrington

Mark Christian Miller

Joel Scott (Piano)

Gillian Grannum (Bass)

The Las Vegas Hotel

Tony Russell

Sean Callery

Yolanda Klappert

The Underground Experience & Uncle Earl Celebrates Women’s Month Featuring

 Exceptional Women & Those Who Admire Them!

Special Guest: JOYCE ” Wonder Woman DJ” PARKER

Special Excerpt Readings From Poet/Artist -M. ELIZABETH POPE! 

 

 Musical Artists: The Temptations, Hamilton Bohannon, The Chilites ft. The Legendary Marshall Thompson, Holle Thee Maxwell, Bloodstone, Antonio Jackson, Fathers Children 

Broadcast # 167

Air Date: 4/1/13

Duration: 1:00:10

THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE & UNCLE EARL Re-Visits An Exceptional Woman!

 

One Can Never Get Enough Of A Good Thang….So I’m Gonna Play It Again Sam…..LOL

Come Take A Brisk Stroll With Us Down Memory Lane From The Past To The Present & Beyond!

 

Special Guest: MS. PEGGI BLU

Broadcast # 166B

Air Date: 3/30/13

Duration: 1:01:55

The Underground Experience & Uncle Earl Presents JOYCE ” Wonder Woman DJ” PARKER & M. ELIZABETH POPE!

The Underground Experience & Uncle Earl Celebrates Women’s Month Featuring

Exceptional Women & Those Who Admire Them!

Special Guest: JOYCE ” Wonder Woman DJ” PARKER

Special Excerpt Readings From Poet/Artist -M. ELIZABETH POPE! 

Musical Artists: The Temptations, Hamilton Bohannon, The Chilites ft. The Legendary Marshall Thompson, Holle Thee Maxwell, Bloodstone, Antonio Jackson, Fathers Children 

JOYCE PARKER

Joyce Parker, ( AKA) DJ Wonder Woman launched her own web site Wonder Marketing & Referral Service in 2008 after being a successful mobile DJ  for over 25 years and an employee of The City of Chicago Department of Public Health.

Joyce Parker attended Columbia College with a major in radio communications and marketing.

She is no slouch to the broadcasting field. She has hosted her own radio show ” Blues For lovers Only” on WSSD- 88.1 FM in Chicago and worked as a free lance disc jockey beginning in 1979 in the most exciting clubs and banquet halls in Chicago and the  surrounding areas.

Some of those clubs were ; Strictly  Business Night Club, Seagulls, Sauers, The Pony Express ,

The Hot City Disco and The Sexty Sex Lounge.

She has  also played for following  city organizations : The Chicago Department of Public Health,

The Chicago Police Department, The Chicago Public Library and for the  public employees union AFSCME.

DJ  Wonder Woman was presented the NO. 1 Disc Jockey Club Certificate by The Larlin Music Association and WJPC Radio Station for 1986-1987 and in 2006 presented an  Outstanding DJ Award by Larlin Music Association.

In 2010 DJ Wonder Woman co-produced & co arranged with Roger Weaver a CD project “Killing Me Softly With Her Song” for an up & coming recording artist.

Currently she is the C.E.O. of Wonder Marketing & Referral Service. The web site that was design to help the average person find practical businesses,legal services, home improvements,

entertainment,  concerts,  birthday wishes and much more without flipping through the  yellow pages.

We even went one step beyond by adding a “Free” information bulletin board to help you find information fast. Registration and membership is “Free”

If you are a business ,entertainer, recording artist or in the performing arts , then Wonder

Marketing & Referral Service can help you increase your product productivity by showcasing your business or product in our referraldatabase system, music promotions and marketing.

Coming Soon The Following Services; Music Consultant / partnership with music producer, Darnell Parks ( DP 21 Music Group) For:

1. Brand Awareness

2. Product / demo Review

3. Career refinement

4. Song writing ( lyrics/ beats)

6. Artists will be able to purchase music for their next demo or CD project

7. Artist development

Wonder Marketing & Referral Services will also include the following ;

1. Copyright Information

2. Artists will be able to upload their music

to Wonder Marketing & Referral Service

3. Purchase concert tickets from the web site

4. Purchase artist merchandise

5. Internet marketing for their music

In the midst of incorporating these above services, during the month of February 2013

Joyceworked in collaboration with Lacy Darryl Phillips ,singer, actor , songwriter and radio host

( AKA Uncle Earl) of Internet radio station KLED Live FM in California. The project was a concept for “The Black History Month Music Series”

 

Joyce Parker  still finds time to be  DJ  Wonder Woman.

Just ask DJ Wonder Woman !!!

Wonder Marketing & Referral Service

www.wondermarketing.net

 

 

M. ELIZABETH POPE (1944- 2009)

There are no words to describe M. Elizabeth Pope, but one could still try. Born in 1944 in Ohio then raised in Santa Barbara.

M. Elizabeth Pope was raised in a family of storytellers and artist. She grow to become an artist of astonishing talent. A student of higher education and life M. Elizabeth Pope exhibited great promise in her professional life, while she did a great deal of public service.

Gifted with amultitude of skills and aptitudes acquired from life encounters she went on to paint and write the most profound works of her life. From the smallest poem to her novels, each work is imbued with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Her works are full of ideas about the human condition and how to best serve humanity.

In August of 2009 the rare and precious jewel which was M. ElizabethPope passed away, but her work still lives on to help make a difference in this world.

MONTEQUE POPE-LE BEAU

I was born in Texas in 1974 and was raised in Santa Barbara and Southern California. I was home-schooled before advancing to a private school and higher education. I studied art, history, and architecture. Inspired by my mother’s artwork and storytelling, I became an abstract expressionist artist and writer. I also traveled extensively and that allowed me to meet new people and see the world through others’ eyes.

I became ill and as I recovered, I soon realized I wanted something special out of life. I returned to my first love of art and writing. I became the creative partner to my mother until her passing. I now live and work in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Joyce with the late DJ Empire One

Joyce at backyard party

Joyce At Work

M. Elizabeth Pope

Monteque Pope-Le Beau

The Temptations

Hamilton Bohannon

The Legendary Marshall Thompson & The Chi-Lites

Holle Thee Maxwell

Bloodstone

Antonio Jackson

Father’s Children