ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Did you know April is . . .

Jazz Recognition Month

We highlight Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

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Revolutionary Black Music: Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln

We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite & Other Albums

Reviewed by Mtume ya Salaam & Kalamu ya Salaam


CDs by Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach

We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite It’s Time  /  Straight Ahead  / A Turtle’s Dream  /  When There Is Love / You Gotta Pay The Band /

 Abbey Sings Billie  /  The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker  / Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948

Abbey Lincoln Songbook (1994)   / Burt Korall, Drummin’ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Bebop Years. Oxford University Press, 2004

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Track 1 Driva’ Man

Track 2 Freedom Day Track 3 Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace Track 4 All AfricaTrack 5 Tears for Johannesburg

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Books on Jazz


Talking Jazz: An Oral History

Jazz Styles: History and Analysis (10th Edition)

Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History

New History of Jazz

The History of Jazz

Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60

Jazz On A Saturday Night (Caldecott Honor Book)  (children’s book)

Jazz: A History of America’s Music 

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If you are in Baltimore Check out the Menu of

 Be-Mo Jazz

Craig Alston Quintet Craig Alston / SaxophonesSheila  Ford / VocalsBenjie Porecki / KeyboardsJeff Reed / BassMark Prince / Drums Due to a scheduling conflict, the  Wednesday, April 9thBe Mo Jazz performance venue has been changed to the Caton Castle, 20 South Caton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

Arnold Sterling Quartet   Arnold Sterling / Saxophone Herm Hopkins / Trombone Jackie Hairston / Keyboards

Vance James / Drums

Earl Wilson Phase One Earl Wilson / Guitar & VocalsJohn Lampkin, 3rd / Drums Major Boyd /   Saxophone Warren Wolf, Jr. / Piano

Mike Matthews  / Bass

Nasar Abadey Quintet Nasar Abadey  / Drums James King  / Bass Bob Butta / Piano Antonio Parker / Alto Saxophone DeAndre Shaifer / Trumpet & Flugelhorn


Wednesdays | 6pm to 9pm $7 admission $5 students & seniors Purchase your full-priced tickets in advance and save 20% online.

Frederick Douglas-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum 1417 Thames Street Baltimore, MD 21231 | 202.396.3520


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About  Be-Mo Jazz Artists

Craig Alston—A multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Baltimore, Craig Alston attended Morgan State University as an music education major and quickly learned he really wanted to become a jazz musician.  Currently,  saxophonist for Baltimore-based Fertile Ground, Craig has traveled world over sharing it’s unique blend of jazz, soul and world music. While being part of Fertile Ground, he stays busy developing the Craig Alston Group and serving as leader of The Eubie Blake Big Band. During the Summer, Craig is the instrumental music teacher and Music Director for the Maryland Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Students music program.

“While doing all of that I still find time to record and perform with as many artist as I can. I’ve recorded with some notable performers such as: David Murray, Oliver Lake, John Hicks, Julie Dexter, Basement Boys, DJ Spen and Lafayette Gilchrest. I also can be heard on Deborah Bonds CD entitled Day After playing a sax solo on the song A Message(track2).” “I’m on the last three Fertile Ground recordings and countless remixes worldwide. I currently working on and completing the finishing touches on my first album which is going to be a live jazz record.”

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Sheila Ford—Born into a family where everyone either sings or plays an instrument, Sheila Ford has a a voice that glistens like a string of pearls, musicianship beyond her years, and a lovely, irresistible stage persona. Having Ella Fitzgerald is one of her earliest and best loved influences, she has dazzled audiences in nearly every musical style-jazz, funk, R&B, Classic Soul, Pop, house, Latin, even Rap, Sheila has a special love for jazz. Whether she’s jazzin’ it up or rockin’ the house, Sheila has what it takes and is loved by audiences and musicians alike.

Sheila has performed, recorded, and shared stages with renowned artists such as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Foster, Kim Waters, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gary Thomas, Cyrus Chestnut, Antonio Hart, Ben Vereen, Alex Bugnon, Rachelle Ferrell, Art Sherrod, Jr., The Midnight Movers, Bobby and the Believers, Trylogy, ” Wolfman” Jack, The Village People, Charles Dockins, DJ Spen, Marti St. Michaels, DJ Pope, DJ Oji, Marc Evans, Thommy Davis, Maysa, Robin S., Michael Watford, Nona Hendryx, Ultra Nate’, Barbara Tucker, Josef Saddler, Juanita Dailey, and numerous others.

A graduate of the elite Berklee College of Music, Boston Massachusetts, where she majored in Music Education. In addition to exceptional vocals, Sheila plays the piano, organ, and has studied several woodwind brass, string and percussion instruments. In 2004, she was added to the staff of The Maryland Conservatory Of Music as a vocal instructor. Sheila has also served as a juror for The Billy Holiday Vocal Competition in Maryland.

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Benjie Porecki—In 1981, 10-year old, Benjie Porecki discovered the trumpet.  When he first brought the mouthpiece to his lips and blew into it, he astonished his parents and teachers with his apparent innate knowledge of the instrument.  With no training or experience, he immediately began to play melodies.  This newly revealed “gift” motivated him to study piano, organ, guitar, saxophone, and any other instrument he could find.  Naturally drawn to jazz and blues, he began to play along with recordings of jazz and blues standards, show tunes, as well as other styles of music he experienced. By age 15 Benjie was regularly playing professional gigs and by 20 he had launched his career as a full-time musician. 

Versatility and virtuosity characterize the career of multi-talented songwriter-producer Benjie Porecki, who is often called a “musician’s musician.”

He has earned that moniker by performing equally well as a jazz/gospel/funk B-3 organist, jazz/blues pianist, rock keyboardist, and reggae/blues guitarist while holding his own as a solo artist.  Porecki enjoys the distinction of being among the top picks of many artists representing diverse genres. In addition to four solo releases, Porecki’s work as a sideman has graced countless recordings, festival stages, concert venues and clubs throughout the world.  An abridged list of artists that Benjie has performed and/or recorded with include Pieces Of A Dream, Maysa, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Regina Belle, Mary Wilson, Vesta, Kim Waters, Ledesi, Chuck Brown, Angela Bofill, The Blackbyrds, and Hubert Sumlin. Porecki’s versatility is evident in the wide array of artists he works with in a variety of genres.  He is as comfortable playing traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, pop, funk, R & B and urban, as he is performing country and rock.  He carries on the musical traditions of the masters while putting his own personal and indelible stamp on any piece he plays.

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Jeff Reed—An acoustic bassist, composer, and educator, Jeff Reed currently resides in Baltimore, MD. As a 2002 graduate of Towson University , studying under Victor Dvoskin and earning a Bachelor of Music degree, Jeff now primarily performs and records as a sideman for various groups in the Baltimore – Washington D.C. area.

With the acoustic bass as his instrument, Jeff has played in almost every major Baltimore and D.C. jazz venue. Due to the versatility and respect he has gained as a musician, Jeff has performed extensively throughout the east coast and in over 15 countries worldwide, including Italy, Spain, Egypt, Turkey, and Bahrain. Jeff has also had the opportunity to share the stage with musicians such as Billy Hart, John Hicks, Bunky Green, Paquito D’Rivera, Ronnie Mathews, Gary Thomas, George Colligan, Larry Willis, Ron Blake and Mark Gross.

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Mark Prince—Born and raised in Washington, DC, Mark has developed into one of the premier drummers in today’s music scene. Honing his skills at Howard University under the expert tutelage of the legendary Grady Tate, as well as maintaining a strong classical background as a National Symphony Fellowship recipient, his versatility is a sought after attribute amongst the musical community both nationally and internationally. Though an accomplished classical percussionist, Mark feels that he expresses himself most clearly through the drumset, and readily accepts the honor and responsibility of mastering the instrument ( in its American form ) that is the driving force and spiritual center of all music in the African Diaspora.

A 1995 graduate of Howard University, Mark began his professional career, on a six-year stint, with cutting-edge keyboardist Andy Milne. His time with this band served as a rewarding platform of development, being thrust into the complex, but intensely groove-driven arena of M-BASE music. This idiom, a fusion of funk, jazz, astrology, mysticism, and any other pertinent influence, was a perfect match for Marks unique style of drumming, which draws from influences equally as vast. In this context, Mark developed a relentless sense of groove, making the most complex of rhythmic patterns danceable, a skill that he deftly applies in many different styles. During this period, Mark also toured and recorded with Carlos Wards Radius, Opus Akoben, Debbie Kirkland, Davey Yarborough, Alex Bugnon, and Charles Fambrough, gaining a strong reputation as an extremely versatile drummer, playing styles ranging from hip-hop and R&B to contemporary and straight-ahead jazz.

In the fall of 2001, Mark was recruited by master flautist and composer, James Newton to take the drum chair in an original ballet entitled, Crossroads, which has been performed nationwide by the Jose Limon Dance Company. After completing a month-long stint, he received a call from the Broadway and R&B Legend, Jennifer Holliday to be the drummer for her twentieth anniversary run of Dream Girls, the world renowned musical that catapulted her career. Since then, Mr. Prince has been performing with a steady stream of Brazilian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican musicians, garnering a strong reputation in the Latin Jazz scene in his hometown of Washington, DC. His current association with the Philadelphia-based Gospel-Jazz singer Ruth Naomi Floyd has provided an opportunity to bridge the gap between New York and DC. Marks combination of hard-driving swing and sensitive musicality serve as full testament of the fact that he is fully deserving of the label of All Around Drummer.

Mark has also begun to gain a reputation as an excellent clinician and teacher. He has lead and co-lead clinics (along with keyboardist Andy Milne) and master classes in the U.S., Canada, and South America. In addition to his teaching endeavors abroad, Mark frequently gives back to the community that supported his development, by giving lectures and demonstrations to students in the DC and Maryland Public School Systems, further punctuating his versatility, as well as his commitment to sharing the gift of music.

Mark has performed / recorded with: Ronnie Laws, Steve Coleman, Andy Milne, Charles Fambrough, Alex Bugnon, Terence Blanchard, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ralph Peterson, Gary Grainger, Scott Ambush, Clarence Seay, Debbie Kirkland, Reggie Washington, Sunny Sumter, David Gilmore, Steve Wilson, David Yarborough, Federico Pena, Opus Akoben, Carlos Ward, David Fiuczynski, Tyrone Brown, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Talib Kibwe, Matthew Garrison, Ron Holloway, James Williams, James Weidman, Essiet Okun Essiet, Ravi Coltrane, Vinia Mojica, Gary Thomas, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Bruce Cockburn, Julian Joseph, David Dyson, Bryan Carrot, The Jazzyfatnastees, Greg Phillanganes, Billy Childs, Gregoire Maret, Donald Harrison, Michael Cain, Jay Hoggard, Marty Ehrlich, Jennifer Holliday, Nestor Torres, John Blake, Fertile Ground, James Newton, Lonnie Plaxico, Don Braden, Michael Bowie, Rodney Jones, Sherry Winston, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Chuck Redd, Tom Schuman, Bobby Lyle, Sergio Brandao Television Appearances: DC Jazz Legends, DC Public Access Channel feature 2004 House Drummer, Star Jamz, TVOne Network 2004 Cully Jazz Festival, European simulcast, w/ Andy Milne March 2001 Live at the Knitting Factory, BET Jazz Network, w/ Carlos Ward April 2001 Good Day Dallas, Fox (Dallas), w/ Andy Milne May 1998.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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posted 3 April 2008



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