StreetcredMusic...This blog has followed a quote I heard many years ago..."Sometimes you must leap first, and build your wings on the way down". From nothing it has become a blog containing dozens of Indie artists. Follow me as I introduce you to them, from the place where they breed, New York City! ....and come with us as we document it on film!!

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StreetcredMusic; New Album, 'Speechless' by Champian Fulton

One of the most missed used phrases from when I covered sports was "an overnight sensation".
Another was, that performance put that person "on the map"
When in reality that 'person' was doing great things for years. (in Champian's case vocals and piano)
Therefore I submit this about:
Champian Fulton's 'Speechless'

Champian Fulton
...Is her third album in the last 3 years. The two previous works, 'After Dark' & 'Champian Sings and Swings'  leaped into the Top Ten jazz releases as soon as they were available.
Both solidified her place as a leading vocalist, pianists and defender of The American Songbook.

In the culture of criticism that jazz has always been, in the eyes of many Champian has now become and overnight sensation, Ha!
Kidding aside though, this album has put her on the map, and will wash away any false doubts about her as a musician and composer. Speechless is filled with great charts.

Get it ::HERE!
'Speechless' is 10 original tunes, 50 minutes of pure joy, and takes Champian to a place where not many women have gone, not only making a mark as a brilliant vocalist but musician and composer as well. The album features the piano skills of Champian, with Adi Meyerson, bass and Ben Zweig on drums. Produced by, Marc Free.

Champian & me NYC
 'Speechless' is filled with solo's that are succinct, and all fit so well with the original chart, cause you know me, I don't want to get lost in a solo when a musician decides to reinvent the wheel. These original tunes express to me what I have seen in Champian over the years...A true love of what she is doing, and getting her message out with fun and love.

Champian is one of those performers who entertains by default. When you see her live she exhibits a joy and an atmosphere that makes the music come alive. So much fun to see her live, so GET OUT!

I'll be playing the entire album on my radio show, to the world, Thursday, April 27th & Thursday, May 4th. You can listen, 4pm, ET and 9pm, UK; HERE

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StreetcredMusic: Songs For Summer, The Beach.

Summer 2017, far from North Korea, there are beaches, peaceful beaches with music.
....for instance California, The "Island" of Kalen

Enjoy the Video:: "Island"

Kalen web site
....and Italy, the Mediterranean Sea, Ahhh, I'm In Love, by Greta Panettieri
Enjoy the Video: "I'm In Love" 

The 'Diva' Greta Panettieri
...and of course still further away, Brazil, 7,400 miles of beaches.
Where the Maestra of love lives...Ivete Sangalo
Enjoy the Video:: 'Dengo de Amor'

 About: Ivete Sangalo

> "In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible."

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StreetcredMusic: Rock and Roll Hall of Misogyny

'My2cents'...I catch glimpses of the Rock & Roll HOF goings on each year, at their induction extravaganza, in NYC, when the Hall is in Cleveland.😀

It always, as do all corporate marketing campaigns, seems so damn male dominated. No surprise though, everything in America is geared to male gratification, the corporate world, advertising, education, politics, salaries, porn and yes, entertainment.

The "legends" and the "pioneers" are always men. The women are treated like, well, 'they were there'.
Well let me tell you as someone who WAS there too, that's is misogyny, in it's purest form.

Janis Joplin

In the 1950's at the Alan Freed shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the girl groups were as popular as ANY of the men, and put on better sets. All through the 1970's, the open air concerts, the women again drew large crowds and all the other artists would turn out to see them.

The woman above is the Queen of all Rock and Roll. Every woman today who stands in Front of a rock band, owes it all to her. She drank and did drugs, and bi sexual and was blackballed by networks and media for it, and was in some papers called a threat to American youth. Meanwhile the men who did likewise were revered by everyone in the music business as geniuses, explorers of the mind.

Video, Enjoy Janice, because she carried a::  Ball and Chain

When you saw her live, when she was done, so were you, you left the venue. Whoever was next was fuckin boring!

         ......On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.

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StreetcredMusic: Review, New Album From Tessa Makes Love

 When I first met Tessa Lena she told me she described herself as an 'experimental artist'
Well I think the experiment is over. She now is recognized as the #1 speaker of truth and projector of sanity, and a protector of our humanity over technology.

Humanity, she actually answers her phone!
 One hears artist say time and time again, "I made this album to get my message out, to spread the word". Then you hear songs of break ups and failures, and cats.
Tessa worked very hard and furiously on this album, to make sure the message that everyone needs to hear today, hits home, and it does.

I'm pleased to tell you two of her classic are included, 'Baby Robots, Come To Mama' and 'Soul Eaters' along with some remarkably 'sane' tunes like 'House of Stupid' and 'Before The Music Stolen'...and a dozen more to help you get through the crisis of 2017.

Tessa Lena, get the album HERE
  "Robots are people who live mechanically, without acknowledging their spirit, or the spirit of others. Also, literal robots brought upon by Taylorism and the like"
Tessa: Man-Eating Machine
The driving and haunting melodies Tessa writes along with her vocal range from bottom of the staff to above it, give each and every tune it's own identity. The album is a fast moving look at who we are today, and gives us a vision, (if we are willing to embrace it) of what we have become.

Sanity and a Bravo!! for 'Tessa Fights Robots'

Follow Tessa: HERE on FB
!!you can hear a sneak preview of the entire album!! Thursday, March 16th, 

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StreetcredMusic: 'The Flight' By Jade Simmons

Lillette's Rhythm Club fits not only in black history, but American history. The club/hotel/casino was established in 1945, in Reno, Sparks, Nevada. Making it the first such venue owned and operated by African-Americans...Lillette Jenkins and husband Bud Harris.

 A new musical titled "Lillette's Rhythm Club, Then and Now" is coming to the stage soon.
It will feature another woman of color who has shattered barriers in her own generation,
Jade Simmons.
 ...The first 'single' from the score of the show was given to Streetcred, by Jade, this week.

Lillette had her own 'jazzed up' version of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and for this show Jade Simmons the Maestra of piano rhythms will introduce her 21st Century version. "The Flight" .. it's four and a half minutes of excitement.

Whenever I listen to Jade Simmons it seems like she is using all 88 keys, of course she is not.
However, she keeps the original 'bees' under control and adds a touch of her own honey, and keeps a strong bottom sound going, to create a possible show stopper for the musical.

 ITunes, You can get: 'The Flight' HERE

Here is a trailer for the up coming musical: 'Lillette's Rhythm Club' 

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StreetcredMusic; Songs For Spring, In February?

2017, the warmest February in many states in the USA, no snowfall in Chicago in January
   ...or February.. let's have some tunes for Spring.

Spring brings emotions 'to the fore' sooooo...

Enjoy Video: 'Emotions' by Lucine Fyelon

Lucine Fyelon, FB page

....and of course 5 minutes of love, from Madrid and Brazil, from Ivete Sangalo and Alehandro Sanz
    .....Spring Lovers,
    Video, Enjoy: 'Nao Me Compares' Ivete & Alehandro

Ivete Sangalo

Did I mention it was the warmest February EVER in Chicago!!

Video:: Enjoy a  T-Bone on the South Side

T-Bone Walker
                    "In Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"

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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
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StreetcredMusic: A Virtually Unknown Event in Black History: Lillette's Rhythm Club: Then and Now

As we come to the end of Black History Month, I've saved the best for last.
I lived in Nevada for twenty years, and when I first arrived from New York City, in 1968, I was shocked to see it was as segregated as the southern states. Women, Blacks and gays were subjected to more prejudice that I had ever seen in my 24 years in New York.

That puts in prospective where Lillette's Rhythm Club fits in, not only in black history, but American history. The club/hotel/casino was established in 1945, in Reno, Sparks, Nevada. Making it the first such venue owned and operated by African-Americans...Lillette Jenkins and husband Bud Harris.

Jade Simmons  & Lillette
In Lillette's Rhythm Club: Then and Now, we get to relive some of that great era of music, and learn to respect the courage that such an undertaking needed.

                            Video: Trailer::: Enjoy Lillette & Jade

Jade Simmons will star in the upcoming show.  Jade to me, represents everything Lillette kicked in the door to let in. Talent, beauty, creativity and a set of ideals that will not be compromised.

ENJOY ::Video I made of Jade Black History Month a few years ago, Elgin, Il

 Jade, a first runner-up Miss renowned concert pianists (rapper too Ha,Ha) rhythm creator, entrepreneur, emergence expert and 'speaks' to make people better...
Is again bringing to light a story of struggle and winning!

So stay tuned for this project coming at us soon...

VIDEO:::Nat King Cole's Tribute to Lillette

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StreetcredMusic; Black Music History

>>The Ink Spots were an African-American pop vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style led to the R&B and Rock&Roll genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.
In 1989, the Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Deek Watson, Charlie Fuqua and Hoppy Jones) were inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame

Video::::"The Gypsy"


The Nicholas Brothers were a team of dancing brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold(1921–2000), who performed a highly acrobatic technique known as "flash dancing". With a high level of artistry and daring innovations, they were considered by many to be the greatest tap dancers of their day. Their performance in the musical number "Jumpin' Jive" (with Cab Calloway and his orchestra) featured in the movie Stormy Weather is considered by many to be the most virtuosic dance display of all time.

Video:::Nicholas Brothers & Cab Calloway

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StreetcredMusic: Black History Month, The Music I Grew Up With.

February, the shortest month of the year chosen by the powers/to/be as
.......Black History month. Take what you want from that.
Here is some of the music I grew up with in the South Bronx, NYC

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers:
Frankie grew up just a few blocks from me, he was a Giant to the street kids.
He fell victim to the vultures of the record industry and his addictions, which lead to his tragic end.

The Teenagers were one of only a few groups of that time to have their music played on white radio networks, and of course only in cities like NY, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.

        Video:: No 1 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"


Bo Diddley;
This video says it all: Bo: Kings of Rock & Roll 

Bo Diddley
 I am so lucky to have seen these GR8 performers in small venues in the Bronx and Harlem.
The energy they they generated at their shows was as tangible as sunlight.

Here's a show I was at live in Vegas 1965. The greatest sounds ever made by a group of musicians...
anytime any place were made by Count Basie, and his band. Directed here by Quincy Jones, Basie at piano, and the vocalist is the man who broke the racial barrier in Las Vegas, 'Ole Blue Eyes'

   ... Enjoy the video: Basie and Sinatra at the Sands

Quincy, Basie, Sinatra

 “I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” -- Rosa Parks

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StreetcredMusic: He's Funny That Way. Champian Fulton and June Christy

Two generations of American standards.
...1928-1950-2015, great tunes never die, as long as there are wonderful songstresses to sing them.

Here's the 2015 version by: Champian Fulton
.....Champian pays tribute and respects the great American jazz classics.

   .....Enjoy: 'He's Funny That Way'

Champian Fulton
"He's Funny That Way" (She's Funny That Way)
1928, Lyrics, Richard Whiting, Music, Charles N Daniels.

The same tune in 1950.
...Here by June Christy.

    ....Enjoy the the same classic 65 years ago. "He's Funny That Way"

June was with Stan Kenton's great band 1945.
...and her solo career began 1947.

June Christy

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