What a night. Regina King, Best Supporting Actress winner and Ruth Carter for Costume Design and Hannah Bleachler for Production Design and Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor and Spike Lee for Best Adapted Screenplay! About time on the Oscar tip (School Daze and Mo’ Betta, my all-time favorites from you.) Hats off to Barry… Continue reading o-s-c-a-r
While waiting for my connecting flight to Birmingham from Gainesville, I learned Roy Hargrove had died. Forty nine years old. Having studied the life of Grant Green, a jazz guitar great gone too soon at age 43, I know the scene is a hard one. My first time seeing you, you were saying good bye… Continue reading rest in peace, roy
A lot has been written about Aretha Franklin this week. Just had to document again my love for the strength in this woman. As a minister’s daughter, I can only guess the many things she saw and heard in the church. We were fortunate to see her take that past and bend/blend it in wonderful… Continue reading hailing the queen
It’s been a week since a link to the full length version of “The Grant Green Story,” a film about the late jazz guitarist, was shared. The documentary is now available for free on Youtube in three parts. The first is below. Enjoy.
Since 1994, I have been working on getting a film about the late jazz guitarist Grant Green to the marketplace. In addition to being the most recorded artist for Blue Note, American’s first indie jazz label, he’s the father of my former husband Grant Jr. (not to be confused with his brother Greg who performs… Continue reading Grant Green documentary released – at last
“tell the story” – Art Blakey As I return to my research on the Florida peninsula with my hometown Miami in view and my recent visit to Iceland in view, I am reminded of how I can’t do what I do without the help of many, in this case, the participants in my initial research.… Continue reading tell the story
A recent trip to Annapolis where my partner presented at a conference found me taking side trips (It was a much needed break just four weeks into the semester). I went to the Museum of American History to see a former classmate and the Ella Fitzgerald exhibit. Two days later, I traveled to Dorchester County,… Continue reading Ella, Harriet and Me