posted by Robert J. Carmack #@blues2jazzguy There’ re few things of amazing and spectacular worthiness of attention,like “catching lightning in a Mason Jar” or a “cow jumping over the moon”. But in the case of Willie Mae Thornton,BKA Big Mama Thornton,belting out big Rhythm and Blues hits like Hound Dog and Ball and Chain, I digress.. First launching her career in Texas,while barnstorming back and forth across the country, to New York, then back to the West Coast in California. There she met the great impresario Johnny Otis.Thornton then rode the “success – mule” as … Continue reading THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL BLUESWOMAN: HEY BIG MAMA!!
COMING!! COMING!! COMING !! COMING!! COMING!! COMING!! Howlin’ Blues and Dirty Dogs The Life of BIG MAMA THORNTON Directed by Carla Dupree Clark STARRING Ms. JEWELL TOMPKINS Written by Theatre Perception Consortium SUNDAY MATINEES 4pm ONLY JUNE: 8,15,22,29 & JULY: 6,13 THE PERFORMER’S CORNER 214 Hardy Street Inglewood,California 90301 Advance/RSVP Preferred Call 310-910-0392 Cast Phillip Bell Johnny Ace/Bardu Ali Larry James Robinson Calliope/ Preacher Pat (Aldene) Sligh Bar Maid & Voice of Sister/Mother Larney “Dapper” Johnson Johnny Otis/Don Robey Gerald Sammy Green Continue reading HOWLIN’ BLUES And DIRTY DOGS! The LIFE of BIG MAMA THORNTON
Big Mama Thornton!! Continue reading MORE ALABAM REVUE!! Spring 2014
The Club Alabam Cast including Director, Tu’Nook. Special Guest Pianist Howlett Smith For tickets RSVP info Call 323-552-8283 – limited seating TWO SHOWS REMAINS MAY 4 & MAY 11 Venue: The Performers Corner 214 Hardy St. Inglewood,Calif 90301 Cast of The Club Alabam Revue Dorothy Dandridge – Wanda Ray Willis Sarah Vaughn – Pat Sligh Little Walter – Larry Robinson Billie Holiday – Kerrimah Little Richard – Phillip Bell Ella Fitzgerald – Deborah Sharpe-Taylor Joe Williams / Killer Joe – Wilford Courtney Josephine Baker – Latoya Dawson Larney Johnson – Cab Calloway Tu’Nook – The Poetess Robert J. … Continue reading THE CLUB ALABAM REVUE: OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE
A Young Clarence Williams III shines! Continue reading Classic Social Conscience Plays
NAACP Theater Award Winning Directors Theatre Perception Consortium leadership consist of (l-r) Carla Clark, Larry Robinson and Tu’Nook Continue reading THE THEATRE PERCEPTION CONSORTIUM PRESENTS