[JPL] James Black documentary

David Kunian kunian1 at cox.net
Thu Dec 16 10:38:54 EST 2004

I apologize if you have already received this.

all Jazz Programmers list serve members,

My hour long radio documentary "Guardian of the Groove: New Orleans 
Drummer and Composer James Black”_ about the great unsung New Orleans 
drummer and composer James Black airs this and next week on WWOZ FM New 
Orleans. The times are

Friday 12/17 at 10:30 PM
Sunday 12/19 at 4:30 PM
Wednesday 12/22 at noon.

All times are CST. You can catch it on www.wwoz.org.

This is my 8th doc., and I think it came out really well. I'm also 
staging several listening parties this week at a museum, a nightclub, 
and a gallery. The one at Lounge Lizards (the nightclub) is a benefit 
with proceeds to buy Black a headstone. I'm calling this week "Get Your 
Black On!"

Also, if any of y'all would like to play this doc or know any radio 
stations, programmers, or program directors that might want to play 
this, please e-mail me at jblackradio at hotmail.com. any comments would be 
welcome too.

Background on James Black follows.


"Guardian of the Groove: New Orleans Drummer and Composer James Black” 
is an hour-long radio documentary tracing the life of the late great 
drummer and composer James Black. Black grew up in New Orleans and 
played trumpet and piano as well as drums. While in New Orleans he 
played with Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, 
the Meters, and Dr. John among others. He was a part of the Ellis 
Marsalis Quartet that played on the acclaimed album _Monkey Puzzle_ in 
1961. This release featured several of his compositions including 
/Magnolia Triangle/ and /Monkey Puzzle/. He then moved to New York where 
he spent several years playing and touring with Lionel Hampton, Yusef 
Lateef, Freddie Hubbard, and Cannonball Adderley. His playing and 
compositions appear on Cannonball and Nat Adderley’s _In The Bag_. By 
the early 1970s, Black had moved back to New Orleans where he played 
concerts, composed works, worked with local musicians, and was featured 
at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on many occasions before 
his untimely death in 1988. The documentary is a history of Black's life 
and work with Black's music as well as recollections from Ellis 
Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Alvin Battiste, Charles Neville, Porgy Jones, 
Al Scrammuza, Patrice Fischer, Ramsey Mclean, Johnny Vidacovich, Dr. 
Bruce Raeburn, James Singleton, Kalamu Ya Salaam and others. There is 
also an analysis of Black's playing from Jazz at Lincoln Center drummer 
Herlin Riley

This hour-long documentary was produced for The Center for Gulf South 
History and Culture and Jackbeat Productions via a grant from the 
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. This program was narrated by 
Chuck Siler and produced by writer and producer David Kunian who has 
completed many radio projects in New Orleans, including the Silver Reel 
winning _Meet All Your Fine Friends: The Dew Drop Inn in New Orleans, 
_the Silver Reel winning _James Carroll Booker III: The Life, Music, and 
Mystique of the Bayou Maharajah,_ _The Things I Used to Do: The Legend 
of Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones_, _Come On, Baby, Let the Good Times Roll: 
The Stories and Music of Earl King,_ and _The Classic Mardi Gras Songs 

I hope any and all of you can catch it.

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