Last night was a cold night in Philadelphia. The temperatures went down drastically in a short time span. I had a gig at the Kimmel Center here in Philly. If you have never been there before, it is a marvelous venue that is acoustically fantastic for music. This venue is usually booked for orchestras to perform in. The event last night was something called the Marian Anderson Awards, done in tribute to the late great singer Marian Anderson. They honor established people in the entertainment industry while also helping to promote lessor known young talent. Over the years the event has had such notables as James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Patti Labelle, Bon Jovi and this year they paid tribute to Kool and the Gang. Also on the program was Jeff Bradshaw, Jazzy Jeff (from the Fresh Prime of Belair), and Nile Rodgers (famous guitarist from the group Chic). This was a Black tie event and it was truly formal. We had to be there at 9:00 am and had to stay to rehearse with the main acts all day. Hopefully I will either have some footage and/or some pictures later on. We played a lot of Kool and the Gang songs. With Nile Rodgers we played “Hollywood’s Swinging” and his classic from Chic “Good times.” With Jeff Bradshaw, we did the song “Joanna” by Kool and the Gang. We even did our own tribute to them with me singing “Jungle Boogie.” At the end of the night everyone came onstage and we all decided to play “Celebration,” another classic hit from Kool and the Gang. Kool brought one of his old bass guitars and he told me that he really didn’t feel like playing it, so he asked if I could play along with him on the song. I told him that it would be no problem (even though most groups rarely ever have 2 bass guitar players on the same song). We did our thing and the people stood up and applauded. It was a very good night and I was extremely tired when I finally got back home. I hope to have more information at another time. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Kool and the Gang, Berry Gordy, Comedian Kris Tucker with Brett Jolly on bass