Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

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Colored People® Network Presents: Onaje Allan Gumbs

Born in Harlem and raised in Queens, Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art as well as SUNY at Fredonia.

In 1971, a gig with master guitarist Kenny Burrell at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit led to recording and sideman gigs with such artists as Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. He spent 2 years as pianist, composer, arranger in the band led by the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw.

As a producer/arranger/pianist, Onaje has worked with other artists such as , Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, and Cassandra Wilson. Producer of debut albums for vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Gregory Generet and for bassist Kenny Davis whose album featured among others, Geri Allen, Javon Jackson, Billy Kilson and Don Byron.

Signature arrangements: Woody Shaw(Rosewood), Phyllis Hyman (Betcha By Golly Wow and The Answer is You) and for Stanley Jordan (The Lady in My Life).

Solo projects include “Onaje” (Steeplechase – 1976/1995), “That Special Part of Me” (MCA/Zebra – 1988), “Dare to Dream (MCA/Zebra – 1991)”, “Return to Form” (Half Note – 2003), “Remember Their Innocence” (Ejano – 2005), “Sack Full of Dreams” (18th & Vine – 2007) which was a Jazz Improv Magazine pick amongst best albums of 2007 and “Just Like Yesterday” (Pony Canyon – 2010). Onaje composed, arranged and performed the original score for the 1994 Showtime Network film, “Override”, directed by actor/producer Danny Glover. He composed the score for an indie film entitled “Indelible”. Onaje also has gained a lot of satisfaction as one of the instructors at the prestigious Litchfield Jazz Camp in Kent, CT.

Onaje is the featured pianist on Avery Sharpe’s albums, “Dragonfly”(2005), “Legends and Mentors”(2008), “Autumn Moonlight”(2009),”LIVE”(2010), “Running Man” (2011) and Sojourner Truth, Ain’T I A Woman” (2012).

Onaje’s concert presentation called ” New Vintage” features an eclectic performance of Straightahead and Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, Spoken Word, vocals, instrumentals and in some cases, dance movement. He had a very successful one night engagement at the BAM Cafe in April of 2013. He returned for 2 very successful nights in January of 2014.

Onaje composed and performed an original solo piano score for a dance commissioned by NY Live Arts and choreographed by Ms Dianne McIntyre in tribute to a week long retrospective of writer James Baldwin April 26th and 27th of 2014.

A new solo piano project ( actually a never released project from 1985) based on the music of the late, great drummer, composer Ron Shannon Jackson has been released on his Ejano imprint in 2013. There is also a feature on this project and his other projects in the September issue of DownBeat Magazine.

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Onaje is a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album, “Remember Their Innocence”.

We are pleased to have Onaje as our guest and talk about his life and his latest release: Bloodlife – A collection of solo performances based on melodies composed by Ronald Shannon Jackson.

This album is an eclectic collection of melodies created by the venerable drummer/composer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) and combined with masterful improvisations on solo piano by the Legendary Onaje Allan Gumbs. http://www.onajeallangumbs.com/

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“Colors of Music” – Show #3 – Featuring ColoredPeople.net’s Talented Members

“Colors of Music” – Show #3 – Featuring ColoredPeople.net’s Talented Members

Join us and enjoy beautiful music by our talented members and we are excited and honored for having our show simulcast at WDKKRADIO.com for the first time!

Kathy Yolanda Rice

She studied piano at age 6 and began formal voice training at age 12. After graduating from Alabama A & M University in Music, she began a parallel career in the federal government, which led to her living and singing in New York, Texas, Arizona and California. After returning home to Huntsville, Kathy embarked on a recording project with Record Producer, Kelvin Wooten, formerly of Toni! Tony! Tone! Kelvin brings a fresh sound to Kathy’s original music, as he has for other singers that he’s produced, such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Kelly Price.

Kathy is a gifted vocalist with a unique style of her own. Fast becoming a sought after singer/songwriter, Kathy is capturing the hearts of many with her precious voice and original compositions.

Her music tells real-life stories of love, faith and hope. Her debut CD, entitled, “After All These Years” is seasoned with a flavor of jazz and consists of 10 Contemporary tunes. The CD was released under the label of Paintbrush Records & Publishing.

Onaje Allan Gumbs

Pianist, composer, arranger, producer and NAACP Image Award Nominee, Onaje Allan Gumbs is one of the industry’s most respected and talented musical collaborators.

He has worked for more than 30 years with an illustrious list of jazz,R&B and pop artists. In 1974, he created a special arrangement of “Stella By Starlight”for the New York Jazz Repertory Company as part of a concert honoring Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall.

He followed that with performances on albums by such artists as Woody Shaw (Moontrane), Buster Williams (Pinnacle), Cecil McBee (Mutima) and Betty Carter (Betty Carter). In 1975, Onaje joined forces with trumpeter Nat Adderley and his quintet, contributing to the group’s releases on Atlantic and Steeplechase Records.

In 2006, he received the NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz category for his independent project: “Remember Their Innocence”.

In 2008, Onaje received the “Virtuoso Award” from the Noel Pointer Foundation, named after the late, great jazz violinist, Noel Pointer.

Rifica

RIFICA
“ Righteous In Faith In Crease Abundantly”

One could describe Justin “Rifica” Douglas’ music as multi-faceted. His unique style of artistry is both versatile and nonconforming at the same time.

”I am a rapper whose ministry is mainly for the young crowd but I believe everyone can jam my music, teens and grandmas alike!” Riff says of himself.

Rifica accredits much of his success as an artist to those God surrounded him with early in his career, aiding him in his development, Mic D and NuCamp Entertainment, KLAK and Educator to name a few. He has been featured on several projects, including but not limited to NuCamp Entertainment’s “DOP 2k3,” KLAK’s “Life Death Love” and Educator’s “No Compromise.”

He has just released his album “The Standard”

The Dubber

Breath a.k.a THE Dubber The word Dub means to redo or rework; it is something one does when it is necessary to make alterations.

This is what Breath a.k.a THE Dubber has been doing since the age of thirteen. For over two decades the Washington, DC native has played guitar and encompasses the sounds of funk, rock, reggae, go-go and hip-hop to create a unique musical stew, all his own. Breaths innovative musical spirit was enlivened through his travels and experiences, particularly in Los Angeles, CA. From 1988 to 1997 he wrote for and performed and recorded with some of the top musicians and bands in LAs rock music scene.

THE Dubber is a solo artist and his music is very uplifting.

George V. Johnson Jr.

He first turned heads on his debut recording in 1981 with “Pharaoh Sanders” on the LP REJOICE and was credited with vocals and lyric on Coltrane’s classic “Moments Notice “, later reissued on CD by Evidence Music

Throughout the 80’s George was mentored and performed regularly with “James Moody & Lou Donaldson”. Two of the greatest saxophonist in the history of Jazz. His close association with Moody led to many Local & National Live Radio and Television Broadcasts, Carnegie Hall Kool Jazz Festivals, Town Hall Tribute to Charlie Parker w/Strings arranged by Barry Harris, South Seaport Jazz Festival, clubs throughout NYC including: Sweet Basil, Bottom Line, 7th Avenue South, Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Grand reopening of Live @ the Apollo’ Apollo Theatre, yearly Grant’s Tomb, Jazz Mobile concerts throuhout NYC NJ, Phila. Wash DC., P.A., Indiana, Ohio, Mt. Vernon NY, Binghamton NY, Springfield Ma., & Hartford Ct.

Also an accomplished actor, he’s appeared in the Soldier’s Play, Mighty Gents, Hollywood Hussle, My Mark My Name, Garvey, Trials & Tribulations of Stagger Lee Booker T Brown, with Ricky Payton they penned the lyrics for “Santa”s Starship and more.

Antoine Smith

Note from Turn On Records: Antoine Christopher Smith is a “phenom”. This gifted, 17-year-old composer and pianist has ideas and talent. Born on August 1, 1992 in Euclid, Ohio, he comes from a family of musicians, singers, dancers, composers, managers, and teachers.

He is a first rate drummer and pianist who composes and plays jazz/alternative/world and other genres. He plans to enter an excellent music college, and continue his studies in composition and performance.

His plans for college is to go into Audio Production and Engineering to become a future producer!

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