Friday, September 27, 2013

Celebrating Freddie Hubbard!

Catalina’s Bar & Grill Proudly Presents:
“FREDDIE’S GROOVE”Thurs. OCTOBER 10, 2013Former FREDDIE HUBBARD TROMBONIST PHIL RANELIN’s Memorial Celebration of
FREDDIE HUBBARD’S 75th Birth Year!
Featuring:
THE PHIL RANELIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Exploring some of Freddie’s classic compositions and Ranelin’s own “Freddie’s Groove” written in honor of the legendary Trumpeter
PHIL RANELIN- Trombone
Pablo Calogero_ Reeds
Jacob Scesney- Reeds
Aneesa Al- Musawwir- Bass
Mahesh Balasooriya- Piano
Don Littleton- Drums
$20 Cover, Students with ID $10 - Doors Open at 7PM, SHOWTIME: 8:30PM
“PHIL RANELIN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TROMBONE PLAYERS ON THE SCENE TODAY HE HAS HIS OWN UNIQUE STYLE AND A WARM ATTRACTIVE SOUND” FREDDIE HUBBARD
Catalina’s Bar & Grill
6725 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028
(323) 466-2210
info. www.catalinajazzclub.com/calendar.htm To purchase tickets:
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About Freddie Hubbard:
Freddie demonstrated his extraordinary talent in concert appearances throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Japan, Europe and South America, In 1980, Hubbard recorded “Mistral”, Japan’s number one Jazz record of 1981. This East World Records release featured George Cables, Stanley Clarke, Peter Erskine, Art Pepper and Phil Ranelin. In 1987 he showcased his versatility by touring Europe in two widely disparate contexts: the first was “A Tribute to Satchmo” specifically the music of
Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot seven Bands and the second was “A Tribute To John Coltrane where he performed Trane’s music with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. That same year he electrified audiences at Wolf Trap at the Dizzy Gillespie birthday Party concert in a set with Latin performers, Flora Purim, Airto, and Dave Valentin. All of this in addition to performing regularly with his own group which has included hometown trombonist and long time Los Angeles resident Phil Ranelin and other noted Los Angeles musicians such as Billy Childs, Tony Dumas, Ralph Penland, Henry Franklin and Carl Burnett.
Hubbard’s innovative contributions to the world of Jazz are unquestionable. Since he first arrived on the New York Jazz Scene in the late 1950’s, Freddie received accolades from virtually every Jazz poll in the world and also from the music industry itself, including a 1973 Grammy for best Album, “First Light” Hubbard is a jazz legend and will be remembered as one of the greatest trumpet players, ever to pick up the instrument.From his very first album as a leader, appropriately entitled, “ Open Sesame”, Freddie brought us many thought provoking albums including : The Body and the Soul, The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard, Keep Your Soul Together, Hub Caps, Hub Tones, Taking Off, Breaking Point, Black Angel, Backlash, Red Clay, Sky Dive, Love Connection, Super Blue, Bolivia, and many more. Like Art Blakey (one of Freddie’s early mentors, Freddie always showcased and shared the stage with young developing musicians. Jazz trumpeters present and future all carry with them some elements of Freddie’s contribution to the art form.
Therefore, as long as there is Jazz, the sound and the style of Freddie Hubbard will be with us. On April 3, 1998 the mayor and the entire city council of Los Angeles passed a resolution designating Freddie Hubbard and his Music “as a rare and valuable cultural treasure and that Freddie Hubbard be officially designated as a cultural ambassador for the City of Los Angeles to the world audience and April 7 1998 was designated as FREDDIE HUBBARD DAY in the City of Los Angeles.
WHY ACKNOWLEDGING FREDDIE HUBBARD'S 75th MEMORIAL BIRTH YEAR IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME
When we were growing up together in Indianapolis, Indiana back in the 1940's, little did I know that I would develop a lifelong friendship with one of the most important Jazz figures of the twentieth century. First of all, just to survive in the land of the Klan as a young black male was a feat in itself. My Indianapolis roots are 4 generations deep on my Dads maternal side and my Mom was also born there . At age 5, I experienced the ugly head of racism when I barley escaped with my life after a attack by a group of white teenage thugs three blocks from where I lived !! The attack actually ended in my front yard when I was saved by my dog! How crazy! But this was the general climate of Indianapolis,particularly in the forties .When I met Freddie Hubbard in the beginning of 1948 he was 9 and I was 8 but at that time we went to different schools that happen to hate each other. So even though we both lived on the east side, we were from rival neighborhoods and it wasn't very likely that you would have a friend from a rival neighborhood .
Fast forward to 1951 and the Indianapolis Grade School All City Band, through the music, Freddie and I set aside the territorial difference and through our love for music (and basketball) we become friends and it lasted up until he made his transition. It's always been amazing to me that Freddie's true genius has never been truly acknowledged among the masses, yes his real diehard fans knew how great he was and his fellow musicians we all knew even the ones who wouldn't admit it, they knew too and some of the critics etc. also knew, but in my opinion, his greatness should be common knowledge to anyone involved in any aspect of this great art form, called Jazz.
Back in March of 1998 I was talking with Freddie and suddenly I realized that he was about to turn 60 in less than a month. This was a pretty rough time for him because at the time he had been battling the issues with his chops and he was pretty down although he didn't show it publicly. So I said "Hey Hub I just realized, you're turning 60 next month" He said "can you believe it" I said "we gotta celebrate, I'm going to throw a big party for you" and so with less than a month to put it together with the help of my manager Dalili Pierson we put together a beautiful party for him including resolutions from elected offcials we filled up the 1000 seat Vision theater in Leimert Park, it was beautiful. I'm pretty proud that we succeeded