PLUNKY & ONENESS

Plunky 1st Quarter Newletter/blog

Hello Friends and Associates: In this issue: · Plunky & Oneness On the Airwaves · Oneness Gigs and Appearances · Plunky Lectures and Screenings · Sales and Projects · My View from the Stage Plunky & Oneness On the Airwaves A video clip from our Plunky & Oneness of Juju – Live In Paris DVD is being featured on “Straight Ahead,” the jazz show on US cable television station BET J, based in Washington, DC. At the same time, WHUR-FM and other DC area radio stations have been airing our ultra-funky song “Drop” from our recently released Cold Heat CD. It is always gratifying when our jazz and funk is broadcast to the masses, but it is even more rewarding when our fans and friends call and email, sharing their excitement about hearing and seeing us on radio and TV. Funk you very much! Oneness Gigs and Appearances After many requests from loyal locals (and following in the steps of Prince, Celine Dion and Gladys Knight who all have regular shows in Las Vegas) Plunky & Oneness have booked an ongoing club gig in our hometown, Richmond, VA. For the 2007 winter-spring season we will be appearing two weekends a month at the Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar, where on Fridays and Saturdays the beautiful, hip music lovers and people-watchers “Drop” by and party with us. (Next dates: March 9, 10, 23, April 6, 7, 20, 21) Juggling our schedule to make a regular gig happen is challenging because of our Mid-Atlantic touring and the increasing demand for lectures, speaking engagements and film screenings. Recently Plunky & Oneness performed for a youth leadership conference in Pittsburgh, PA and for Black History Month programs at Virginia Union University and several Virginia public schools. Plunky Lectures and Screenings Plunky’s Black History Month lectures included a presentation at First Baptist Church in Richmond and culminates with engagements at the NASA Goddard Space Center in Maryland (February 26), and a lecture on the topic “Jazz and the Black Arts Movement – An Inside View” at the University of Louisville (Kentucky) on March 5. Screenings and lecture-discussions of my documentary film, Under The Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music will be presented at Virginia State University on February 21 and at the national conference of the American Culture Association in Boston, Massachusetts on April 5. I attended and spoke at the Urban Film Series - Night of Film, Poetry, Jazz, and Awards Honoring Jazz Legend Roy Ayers at the Bohemian Caverns club in DC on February 8. I was recently the featured artist in the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System “Musicians On Call” series, performing soprano sax solos in patient treatment and family waiting areas of the hospital complex. The overwhelmingly positive response to this program has led to a commission to work with the hospital’s music therapist to produce a CD of healing music. I have also been contracted to produce video and multimedia displays for the hospital’s plasma message screens. These projects expand the possibilities and visions for our music and video productions. Speaking of video: The two music videos for the song “Drop” produced in Richmond and directed by Patrick Mamou of the The Management Group are posted online at AOL Uncut Videos, at YouTube.com and at MySpace.com. The music videos have been viewed over 20,000 times, giving exposure to the song and to some of our local beautiful and fly young models, actors and performers. Sales & Projects Retail and online sales remain strong for the Cold Heat CD and the Under The Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music DVD and the internationally distributed Live in Paris DVD, which includes a bonus interview documentary with footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, James Brown, Pharaoh Sanders, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Fela Kuti and scenes of West Africa. Also available from our private stock of DVD’s is a new, unreleased compilation of 16 Plunky & Oneness music videos and travelogues, perfect for archivists and collectors. I recently produced and performed on a recording with Ghanaian master percussionist Asante, playing religious hymns over traditional African talking drums to be used at funeral services in Ghana. I am often called on to perform solos at home-going services at churches and funeral homes here in the US, and I am honored that people request my renditions at those times which are so emotional, spiritual, intimate and meaningful to their families. My Personal View from the Stage As I approach my 60th birthday, and perhaps because in recent weeks we have seen the passing of so many musicians and performers, (James Brown, Billy Preston, Barry White, Levert, Ruth Brown, Alice Coltrane, among others) I have more of a sense of urgency to do more, increase my output, produce, perform, write, dream. Even though I have been doing this music thing for over 35 years, “Lord, I ain’t no ways tired!” Being busy is a good thing. And these days if you are not too busy, then maybe you are not doing enough or, at least, you could be doing more. In closing, I want to remind you of the important role that you play as patron, audience member and supporter of the arts. Your impact is felt, not only when you spend your dollars, but also when you participate and engage. So next time you have the opportunity don’t hesitate to clap, say amen or cheer. We invite your ideas your feedback, suggestions and referrals. In these times when there is a more urgent need than ever for positive images and positive music, I am inspired by your support and your insights. Thanks for sharing. Wisdom, Peace and Love Through Music, Plunky