THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL BLUESWOMAN: HEY BIG MAMA!!

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!!

HOWLIN’ BLUES And DIRTY DOGS! The LIFE of BIG MAMA THORNTON

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

THE CLUB ALABAM REVUE: OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE

  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