| November, 2010|
And now I'll add a bit of information about Georgianna, aka Pat Spann.
Georgianna Spann Lewis, aka Pat Spann, a native New Yorker, born and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, started singing in church at age ten. She was introduced to the world of jazz through a program called "The House that Jazz Built," run by Ms. Maxine Sullivan.
Pat Spann began her professional singing career in 1960 as a member of the R&B group "The Cleftones," recorded the hit single "Heart & Soul" with them, and toured and recorded with the group until 1965. During this time, Pat performed throughout the U.S., including New York City’s Apollo Theater, The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC and the "American Bandstand" television show hosted by Dick Clark. In 1966 Pat left the group to raise a family.
In 1972 she re-entered the music business, combining her love of music with her strong desire to ... >> full...
November 07, 2010 2:15 PM posted by Susan permalink comments (0)
Thanks to native New Yorker and vocalist Georgianna Spann Lewis for sending me a terrific message with information about a jazz pianist I didn’t know about.
BERTHA HOPE was born and raised in Los Angeles. During the 1960’s she and her late husband, pianist Elmo Hope, collaborated on some fine jazz music. Over the years Bertha transcribed many of Elmo Hope’s compositions to pay tribute to one of “be-bop’s” underrated contributors. To perform his compositions Bertha formed a group called ELMOllennium,” which featured, Walter Booker (bs) (now deceases), Leroy Williams (dr), Virgil Jones (tr), Charles Davis (ts), Roni Ben-Hur (g), and Amy London (guest vocalist).
Bertha now lives in New York City. For a number of years she was an artist-in-residence under the auspices of “The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.” Through that program, she performed in New Jersey state-wide workshops with such distinguished musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank ... >> full...
November 07, 2010 2:11 PM posted by Susan permalink comments (0)