Have you ever took a ride in a yellow taxi through New York City and the cab driver happened to have it at the right station? Most times I'd ask the driver to put it on 88.3 FM - Jazz. If you've caught a cab in Philadelphia, you might have been riding with a royal prince of jazz and blues by the name of T.C. III. This crooning Philadelphian is the son and heir of the Legendary Jazz greats, Dr. Trudy Pitts and Mr. C. I recently learned about this brother from an interview on my "What Is Hip-Hop?" radio show where I featured an artist out of Los Angeles by the name of Robert D Bassett Jr aka M.C. Class. We discussed his music project entitled, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The emcee, the crooner and along with another emcee named Black Joe collaborated on a project called "The Soul Repair Kit, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The album created a growing buzz in the Los Angeles' underground music scene.
"In our modern age, music has moved to a whole new level" says Class (Lead Rapper and producer ). "But the question is, has the depth and content of today's music evolved at the same pace? For many of our conscious listeners, the answer is a resounding... NO!
Delanor Baychester Productions in association with Infusion Music Group put together a positive message to the music industry and the world. "The Soul Repair Kit" is Hip Hop grown up. This new CD speaks to the hearts and ears of every early Hip Hop fan with Jazz and Be-bop fused together to create the beats and sounds that we come to expect from Hip Hop in its 40's. Along with positive messages that uplift the mind body and spirit.
T.C. III was unavailable on the day of our phone interview, but I was fortunate enough to meet him in Brooklyn for a night of Jazz. Since finding his musical roots, he now lives in New York performing regularly with some of yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows leading blues and jazz artists. His recent album release - "Mega Jazz Explosion", TC III co-produced with Norman Connors while adding his Jazz Vocals to a 14-Piece Band including Gary Bartz, Joey DeFrancesco, Trudy Pitts & "MR.C.", Don Braden, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Orrin Evans, Elmer Gibson, Byran Landham, Clifford Adams, Daryl Hall, and David Ephross.
"I sang in the mirror but I never thought I would be a Jazz singer" says William T. Carney the Third. He spent many of his young years sitting in sound booths as his parents performed in the most renowned music venues around the world. Settling in Philadelphia, his connection to Jazz and Blues reached another level while driving in his car listening to WRTI 90.1 radio and Eddie Jefferson's remake of Miles Davis's instrumental - "So What" came on. "There Are Words to So What?!?! I didn't know!" TC III amazed at the thought of adding a verbal melody to Jazz instruments can sound so good. That is when he decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps but in his own unique way. I got to watch him do his magic live, not in one but two shows that night.
First stop was a smooth artsy venue named the Williamsburg Music Center were T.C. sat in with guitarist extraordinaire Jerry Eastonand and T. Alexander, son of the late and great Saxophonist, Roland Alexander. After that performance, we breezed over the Williamsburg Bridge and across midtown Manhattan to the Westside highway up to the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club up in Harlem. There T.C. shared the stage with the Sugar Hill Quartet - Patience Higgins, Big Dave Gibson, Marcus Persiani and Alex Hernandez. It was a night to remember.
Music can soothe the soul. So the next time you're feeling, go out and hear some live music, take a ride and pop in your Mega Jazz Explosive cd and mellow out.