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Ellis Marsalis -In Memoriam

This album changed my life. 

This album made me shed the C Blues. It made me think about different ensembles for jazz. I was first introduced to "The Patriarch" on this album, Joe Cool Blues, which I bought because KhalilRead more
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PhD/EdD/DMA: which to get and how it goes

Many people have asked about which terminal degree to get; they want to teach music in college, and asked about funding.  Here are some FAQs that I hope to answer for anyone who is interested.  Hope this helps!
Musically Yours, … Read more
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How to Write a Composition/Story Full




How to write a composition or story

Many people have asked me, "How do you write a story?" or "How do you write a piece of music?"

To answer the question directly, one must storyboard.

Traditionally, storyboard is defined as… Read more
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Dissertation

It's been over a year since I've posted.  Dissertation is almost done! THANK THE LORD!!!!!!!!!
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Marcus Belgrave





I've been trying to hold back from saying something but I can't. I've been fighting tears. Marcus Belgrave was so meaningful in my life. One day he gave me and Omar Lateef the biggest whooping ever on the blues at…Read more
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Michael Jackson: The Quincy Years

Michael Jackson: The Quincy Years
My brother Brad asked me,"What was MJ's best album?" This is a hard question and almost impossible to answer. My cousin Teshenia says I need to answer things better; however, this is still a trick…Read more
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Bessie Lee Henderson

My mother passed on September 9, 6:00am CST.  I miss her dearly.

I'm so grateful for the concert we had at the funeral.  There wasn't much crying.  Why?  I wanted to celebrate her life.  We had glorious singing by Kisma…Read more
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Dream Come True: Maurica

I haven't blogged in a while.  My mother has been sick.  She's been situated. AMEN!!!


I recently recorded a great singer last month.  She nailed the part of Pearl to a science on a song I wrote with Marcus and…Read more
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How to write a composition or story Part Three

Really, this should be called,"Don't have an ego"

Preface:
I'm an emotional artist.  I put some much into every note I compose, every phrase I arrange, and every word I write.  Therefore, I become attached to everything.


Blog:
With that…Read more
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Production 101: Rhythm Section

The most influential album in my life is arguably Quincy Jones' Sounds and Stuff Like That.  In the liner notes (written by Alex Haley) Q calls Anthony Jackson, Eric Tee, Phil Upchurch, and Grady Tate the greatest rhythm section…Read more
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How to write a composition or story Part Two

Length
When writing your story, one thing to perhaps keep in mind is how long will your story be.  I was CONVINCED when I first wrote my upcoming book that it was going to be a novelette.

Novelette?  Okay, let…Read more
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How to write a composition or story

Many people have asked me, "How do you write a story?" or "How do you write a piece of music?"

To answer the question directly, one must storyboard.

Traditionally, storyboard is defined as a sequence of drawings, typically with some…Read more