Gerald Albright

This is a nice tribute that that was passed on to myself via Facebook last week and I would like to share it with Mr Merry's readers. It's a video that seems to come from Woolworths in South African and features... well I'll let you watch it for your selves - enjoy!

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Local girl Jacque is fund-raising this Sunday again for the troops. She runs her own business 'Jacque-Of All-Trades' doing repairs around the house including decorating and she will turn up with her own pink tool kit! We salute her... and she can be found today at Earlswood Garden Center. So go and give her your support!

Playlist for Sunday 15th December 2013

Hour One
 (with studio guests: Andy Hamilton's Notebenders)
Stephen Bishop On And On
Keni Stevens You
 [Welcome Music - Steel Pan]
Maysa Sophisticated Lover
The Impressions Star Bright (b-side, new 45)
Wilton Felder/Bobby Womack Someday
Boney James Wait For Love Forever For Always
Dokey Brothers/Dianne Reeves Waiting In Vain
Yemi Marie Saturday
Aretha/Levi Stubbs I Wanna Make It up To You

Hour Two
Three-Inna-Row: Gerald Albright
1 Don't Worry About It 2 My, My, My
3 Bermuda Nights

Rahsaan Patterson I'll Go
Mary J Blige Before I Let Go
Loose Ends Gonna Make You Mine
Billy Paul Bring The Family Back
R Kelly Spending Money
Rock My World
Rahsaan Patterson Were You Are

Gerald Albright Biography:

Born in Los Angeles, Albright grew up in its South Central neighborhood. He began piano lessons at an early age, even though he professed no great interest in the instrument. His love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. It was further reinforced when he attended Locke High School, a breeding ground for many young West Coast musicians. After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. degree in business management, minoring in music. Already a polished saxophonist by the time he enrolled in college, Albright suddenly switched to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert.

Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., The Temptations and Olivia Newton-John. A few months after graduating from college, Gerald joined Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her own band, in which he played the saxophone. Later, when the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. Consequently, he often performed on both instruments. Around the same time, he also began to tour Europe with drummer Alphonse Mouzon.

He has also toured with Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Johnny Hallyday, Anita Baker and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright had also been a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan and Rachelle Ferrell, among others. Albright has also made several television appearances on shows such as A Different World, Melrose Place and BET jazz segments, as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with Designing Women star Meshach Taylor. Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit, as well as several private functions for the President. Albright is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Albright now lives with his family near Denver, Colorado. (wiki 2013)

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