MP3 Denis Jules Gray & Gregory Joseph Foster, Jr. - Black Love Notes
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20 MP3 Songs in this album (73:11) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz quartet, SPOKEN WORD: Audiobook
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ABOUT BLACK LOVE NOTES â THE CD
Black Love Notes is a story that came to mind when Mr. Gray saw an article in the New York Times. It was an article written about Marcus Roberts, the great jazz pianist, who was about to pay tribute to another great jazz pianist, James P. Johnson, a Harlem musician, inventor of stride piano.
So the New York Times article went on to say that James P. Johnson died practically penniless, this great black man, pioneer, trailblazer who wrote thousands of songs (some hits), during the 1920s and â30s. Mr. Gray knew, immediately, that this was the man, the man who could tell the essence of a jazz musicianâs story, or any artistâs story, for that matter, who have dedicated themselves to their chosen craft, not for fame or fortune but, in the service and making of great art.
Modecai Ulysses Jefferson, a jazz pianist/composer, thus, was born. He is a character cobbled together by Mr. Grayâs fiery imagination and verve and with his understanding that such artists did and still do exist, and that the listener can enter into a jazz world where they can see the microcosm of it in order to see the totality of it: its joys and struggles; the artistsâ dedication, innocence, perseverance, disappointment, heartbreak, talent, and heroism.
During the â40s, in Harlem, Modecai Ulysses Jefferson hooks up with another young Harlem musician, Bunny Greensleeves, a jazz trumpeter/composer, whose personalityâs opposite that of Modecaiâs, but whose dreams and passion are identical in nature. Bunny Greensleeves seeks to attain his dreams differently than Modecai: not so orderly, not so neatly, not so patiently. Maybe boldness, arrogance, and impetuousness would better characterize Bunny Greensleeves; someone who creates beauty while, at the same time, creates anarchy and chaos. Someone whoâll fight the âdogsâ at the door, and doesn't give a damn who they are.
Itâs these two young jazz musicians who join at the hip to form a jazz unit, âBunnyâs Beboppers,â that will, they hope, become so hot, itâll set off fire alarms in Harlem jazz joints loud enough to be heard around the world.
And so this is the story Mr. Gray and Black Love Notes paint for the listener in spoken word and original music and special effects to both visualize and feel, Modecaiâs and Bunnyâs particular story. Their unique journey during their time and place and experiences in the universe.
A deeply imagined story.
DENIS JULES GRAY, Author & Playwright
I was born in Springfield, Missouri, then lived in Kansas City, Missouri for the first ten years of my life. Maybe itâs why I love jazz so much. Maybe itâs why I might have a piece of Bennie Moten in me, or Andy Kirk, or Jay McShannâand LORD HELP MEâdare not I forget Charlie Parker! Maybe I carry these great geniuses in my writing, bloodstream, drink the same water and breathe in the same southwestern air.
Maybe itâs true and maybe itâs notâbut there are ghosts in all of usâfor I am a spiritual writer. I do call upon the ancestors of the past and try to make something out of their truths, their pains; and loves and dreams and hopes and laughter; what make up a human being, the sum and total.
To date, Iâve written 25 novels, 13 plays, 3 novellas, and over 50 short stories. My novels range from murder mysteries Black and White Arithmetic and its sequel No Other Choice, to a recent four book series The Noble Negro, Faroh Jordan, Rakim Slaughter, and Free Slaughter, to teenage suicide A Life to Remember, to blues stories A Long Stretch of Blue and The Legend of Mercury Moon, to a boxing saga The Naked Beast and its sequel The Sweetest Candy, to jazz stories Black Love Notes, Miss Ruby Midnight and Darkboy, A Long Time Coming, and Bennyâs Last Blast!!, to family dramas Dellaâs Deed Coda, Jerichoâs Walls, Body and Soul, and Just Different.
The many and diverse stories and plays Iâve written start as a germ in my imagination, ignite, then by transferring the idea onto paper I try to create magic; make all the truths of peoplesâ lives and language and culture come alive and bear witness on the written page. When this does happen, itâs both magical and mystical, first, how it happened and, second, why I was chosen by the spirits to create this fiction, filter it through the charactersâ eyes, prism, uncompromisingly, without bias or opinion or judgment by me (the writer), within the scope of this scintillating journey.
My mission, as a serious, dedicated writer, is to continue to write as many stories as I can; humbling myself before the beauty of the written word and its true, authentic power.
GREGORY JOSEPH FOSTER, Jr., Creative Producer & Composer
Perhaps the best way to describe Gregory Joseph Foster, Jr. is to call him a âRenaissance Man.â Though, he sighs at such superlatives, the imposing reputation does indeed cloak an impressive man. Friends and collaborators call him, variously, âan amazing individualâ¦ generous, sensitive, loyal, fantastically intelligent â¦ a worldly realist with a clear sense of where he ends and the rest of the world begins â¦ the wisest man I know.â Yes others say he can be âdouble-tough, abrasive, arrogant â¦ a control freak who sets up the game of corporate tennis so itâs always his serve.â On one thing all agree he is a complex and mysterious individual, a fascinating labyrinth of light and darkness. âI can be very unpleasant," Foster admits, âwith people who donât do their homework. But those who say Iâm an egomaniac are just licking their own wounds.â
Foster is a person with remarkable abilities in a variety of professional and artistic fields; he is a professional not only in public relations, but also in education, health, poetry, fiction, music, photography, and fine arts. Gregory Joseph Foster, Jr. is a social advocate, a religious leader, a humanitarian â who pioneered sickle-cell anemia mass-testing and research throughout the New York metropolitan area. Foster was an on-air radio personality for several years hosting Touch of Ebony and Looking Glass music-talk programs on WHUR- FM and WLIR-FM radio. He is a performing artist and published author-playwright â his literary adaptations have been presented in-concert at New Yorkâs celebrated Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and his literary works have been published in Vibes Entertainment Magazine, The Journal-Statesman News, and Metro New York. Foster is an award-winning fine arts painter and sculptor, a musician; and a human being. He is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
Foster has held office with the Association for Human Justice and Equality, the Inner-Cities Social Welfare Program, and is an active member of ASCAP, BMI, RIAA, American Federation of Musicians, Black Music Association, Black Music Professionals, Kiwanis International, NAACP, Urban League, and Hispanic Alliance.
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