Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4, 1968

49 years ago...

Nina Simone, singing "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)"


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Blues for Becky"

The only piece of correspondence I ever remember receiving from my father, Richard Williams, was a postcard (pictured below) from London that he sent to me in the late 1970s. The other side was an image of nightlife at Piccadilly Circus. It reads:

"Dear Becky, I am fine and hope you are likewise. I will see if the record with your tune is out yet, and get a copy for you. I will write everybody again soon. love your father" 

The record my father was referring to was a song titled "Blues for Becky," named after me, which he recorded with jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz on his album, Excition, which came out in 1977, and which was re-released on Steeplechase in 1993. Other personnel included Frank Foster (sax), Buster Williams (bass), and Roy Brooks (drums). Click on the link to hear the song--a bop blues. I sometimes wonder...why did he write a blues for me? Those who know me well will not wonder. Enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Screamin' the Blues!

I have been chided by some folks because I haven't been posting on my blogs regularly--this is due to being extremely busy with a bunch of projects. But...here's something I hope you will enjoy.

Below is an image that was sent to me by a jazz fan of my father's (trumpet player Richard Williams--1931-1985). It was taken in the early 1960s, and pictures the personnel on an album by Oliver Nelson (at right) titled Screamin' the Blues. Here are the musicians, left to right: Oliver Nelson (tenor and alto sax); Richard Wyands--he also played on my father's classic New Horn in Town (piano); Roy Haynes (drums); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet and alto sax); Richard Williams (trumpet); George Duvivier (bass).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FREE Vision Board Workshop: This Saturday, Feb. 4 at Emerson School!

There are a number of activities happening in Plainfield to get you started RIGHT! On Saturday, February 4, starting at 10:00 am, Dr. Denise Dennis of Prepared Mind Coaching will facilitate this FREE Vision Board Workshop* at Emerson Community School (305 Emerson Avenue). 

Vision Boards help to provide you with a reminder of the goals that you have set for yourself in 2017. Supplies will be provided, but try to bring some old magazines with you as well. A light lunch will be served! 

Join your friends and neighbors in this free, fun, interactive workshop! I will be there--I'm looking forward to it!

*The Recreation Division changed this pilot event to free!