I’ve knownDavid Gest for decades but we only recently renewed our friendship in 2014. He had a love of R&B and Soul music like few industry promoters, having grown up next door the the Jackson family. He was an industry icon and will be missed by a great many artists as well as fans. He always put on a great show and treated the acts well. He was funny, quirky, kind, loved licorice, and liked to tell dirty jokes.
On my last tour with him, we shared a dressing room together. When the tour was ending he said “You’re going to miss me.” and I laughed. A few weeks later we were chatting on the phone and I told him he was right. I did miss him.
While the “Memphis in May”show on May 6th will go on; it will now be a memorial show. There will be many tears backstage…
There are so many incredible women to celebrate in March since it is Women’s History Monthbut I’ve chosenLena Horne to bring to your attention this year. Her success, but more meaningfully her battle against the stereotypes and prejudices of her day seemed important to me in this election year. Take a moment if you will to read about her. Here’s a link.
Just a short note this post but I didn’t want to forget to wish everyone
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !
Remember to value those you love. They are the greatest blessing this life will ever give you.
There are lots of links throughout this post so after a first read go ahead and click pics so you don’t miss em!
Some of my favorite music to get you celebrating…
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
As a celebration of Black History Month, I attended a performance by the African American Composer Initiative which featured very special guest Valerie Capers. Valerie is a gifted pianist and composer. As a part of our musical heritage she is someone you should know… (she is the first blind graduate of the Julliard School). Aside from this, Valerie has a creative and experimental spirit. Her great personality and easy way of explaining both Classical and Jazz music with stories and humor is infectious (even to non Jazz aficionados). Below is an example from last years performance. (The fact that she’s from my hometown of New York City and that I was so comfortable with her she felt like a family member doesn’t hurt either lol). While there I even ran into some Facebook friends!
Abbott with world renowned Composer Pianist Valerie Capers and Pianist, Vocalist, and coordinator of the AACI Judge LaDoris Cordell.
A note of congratulations to one of my favorite causes…
As an associate of Energime University throughGlobal Cooperation Day, I am pleased to announce that Energime University is now partnered with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) under the auspices of an initiative directed by H.E Ban Ki-Moon, U.N Secretary-General.
My quotes for this post
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. THOMAS MERTON
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. MAYA ANGELOU
I am involved in something unfortunate at the moment but will get through it in due course. Doing my best to follow my own advice. Blessings to you all.
As always, I am
Musically yours, Gregory
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