Uncle Earl & The Ultimate Underground Experience Presents A Special Mother’s Day Tribute
“Sandra Reaves-Phillips: Queen OF Northern Soul, Blues, Jazz & Gospel”
Musical Artists: Sandra Reaves-Phillips & Endurance
In today’s show, we pay tribute to my Mother and all Mothers around the world! They are the foundation, the lifeline, the caretakers, the infinite source of reassurance and guidance. I’ve been Blessed with a special one at home and an extended network of others on my journey around the world.
Special mentions: Kisaka Yamamoto, Jamilah Halvorson, Lorraine Fields, Yve Evans, Ava DuPree, Jill Gordon, Joan Faulkner, Janice Harrington, Kyoko Otsuka (deceased), Carol Woods, Venus Irving-Prescott, Virginia Capers (deceased), Ernestine Seales, Linda Hopkins, Mercedes Ellington, Freda Payne, Pamela Goodlow-Green, Stephanie Pope, Alyson Williams, Jessica Taylor, Drue Mees, Maura Hanlon-Smith and all the women in my Life, too many to mention.
Alos a special acknowledgement of my mother’s longtime Manager, Mr. Arthur Shafman, now deceased, who was very instrumental in the success and growth of my Mother’s career……..He is truly loved and missed!
SANDRA REAVES-PHILLIPS recently received a Drama League Recognition Award for Outstanding Performer, ROLLIN’ ON THE T.O.B.A. on Broadway. She was born in Mullins, South Carolina, labored long hours in the field with her grandmother, sang in church, and then entered local talent contests when she arrived in New York City. Her success in singing paved the way to show business. As a result of performing in small clubs around New York City she landed a contract with Epic records and appeared off-Broadway and garnered critical and audience acclaim with a riveting portrayal of Mama Younger in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAISIN. She costarred in Paris at the Chatelet Theatre in the original production of BLACK AND BLUE.
Her appearances in numerous stage productions in North America include AMERICAN DREAMS at the Negro Ensemble Company, Champeen, in which she starred as Bessie Smith, winning an Audeico Award for outstand- ing female performer, and the title role in the Citadel Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre productions of MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM. Other stage roles include BEFORE IT HITS HOME at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, FURTHER MO at New York’s Village Gate, the national tours of ONE MO TIMEI, MISS MOFFAT with Bette Davis, DON’T PLAY US CHEAP, and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Off-Broadway she has been fea- tured in the original production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, BASIN STREET, and STOMPIN’AT THE SAVOY, and co- authored OPENING NIGHT.
Club appearances include the Cotton Club, The Village Gate, the Hollywood Cinegrill, Dangerfield’s, and Sweetwaters. In Europe, The Groschenoper in Frankfurt, The Meridien in Paris, Jaylins in Switzerland and The Casino in Lucerne. Festival appearances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, The International Jazz Festival of Bern, Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the International Festival in Lyon, France. Ms. Reaves-Phillips made her Carnegie Hall debut in CAVALCADE OF STARS and W.C. HANDY ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE at Lincoln Center. She continues to tour in the shows she created, BOLD & BRASSY BLUES, “GLORY HALLELUJAH” GOSPEL!, and THE LATE GREAT LADIES OF BLUES AND JAZZ.
Ms. Reaves-Phillips’ film credits include Round Midnight, in which she was featured as Buttercup, and Lean On Me, in which she was featured as Mrs. Powers and sang the title song. She guest starred on Television’s “Law and Order”, portrayed the recurring role of Esther on “Another World”, “Homicide”, “Comedy Central”, and co-starred with Ann-Margret in the N.B.C. Movie of the Week “Following Her Heart”. Radio and television audiences have heard her voice as the scat singer in the very popular “Entenmann’s Bakery” commercial and a guest-star appearance on “Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.”
She toured in Europe with her Gospel Show, sang for an audience of 8000 at the Vatican, had a private audience with the Pope, completed a new CD
A Tribute to “The Queen of Gospel” MAHALIA JACKSON and completed filming DON’T EXPLAIN. She recently appeared as The Chanteuse in San Francisco’s long running “TEATRO ZINZANNI, guested with RAY CHARLES in concert at West Point! and sang for the President of China at the invitation of Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco. Ms. Reaves-Phillips has been nominated for two Helen Hayes Awards and the NAACP Image Award. She was the recipient of the 1998 AUDELCO Award for her portrayal of Bertha Mae Little in ROLLIN on the T.O.B.A.
Broadcast # 241
Air Date 5/11/15
Please tune in at:
Radioactive Broadcasting Network, MusicXray, Donald Tyler, Reunion Ministry Nationwide.
Too Many People In One Band
Buttercup in Round Midnight
As Mahalia Jackson
Raisin in Switzerland 1978
Lifetime Friends with Liz Lewis
Mrs. Powers in Lean On Me
With Morgan Freeman
Singing The Blues
Black And Blue
Following Her Heart with Ann Margaret
For Love Or Money with Michael J. Fox
Late Great Ladies Of Blues & Jazz
Low Down Dirty Blues with Gregory Porter
Raisin in Paris with Howard University Drama Department
Rollin’ On The T.O.B.A.
Round Midnight with Dexter Gordon
Northern Soul Dance Anthem Hit
Razz Room San Francisco
When Midnight Comes
Wish I Had Known
World Without Sunshine Remix Promo
UK Soul Retro Promo
Hoping You’ll Come Back
Rollin’ On The T.O.B.A. Broadway
SRP Original Musical
“Slammer: NYC Theater Festival
“In The Wine Time” NYC
Round Midnight with Herbie Hancock on Piano
With Sister Marishka Phillips in “Sweet Mama Stringbean”
Late Great Ladies Poster Laurent Diercksen
As Dinah Washington
A Vision In Red
Marishka Phillips Theatrical Preparatory
Radioactive Broadcast Network
With Mom at National Black Theater NYC
Reunion Ministry Nationwide Promotions