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Theo ParrishDetroit – Chicago – Berlin. Two out of three of those cities call Theo Parrish their own. Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976.

World renowned for his DJ sets and remixes/productions, this Chicago-raised artist is near impossible to pigeonhole. Revered by a wide spectrum of dedicated music fanatics, he is known for his otherworldly DJ sets, and his serious approach to DJ’ing as an art form.

Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive tracks, 4 total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful “2 turntables all vinyl” execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to – no mp3, no CDr, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience. Sit back and be drawn into his world, hear things his way.

About Black Jazz:

Black Jazz Records was introduced to the public in the early 70’s by Mr. Dick Schory & Gene Russell. As A&R Mr. Russell recognized the need for a jazz music record label which would produce and distribute quality recordings targeted toward the growing market of African Spiritual Jazz.

In it’s heyday, Black Jazz Records represented a new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period. During it’s six year existence, the record label made a major impact on the jazz world, both domestically and in foreign territories.

The Black Jazz roster consisted of ten superior instrumentalists and vocalists that included:

Gene Russell – Piano
Rudolph Johnson – Saxophone
Calvin Keys – Guitar
Walter Bishop, Jr. – Piano
Chester Thompson – Organ
Henry Franklin – Bass
Doug Carn – Piano, Organ, Keyboards
Jean Carn – Vocalist
Kellee Paterson – Vocalist
The Awakening – Instrumental Group

These artists were supported by a cast of some of America’s most respected jazz musicians. It’s most successful act, Doug and Jean Carn recorded three albums embodying several of the most spectacular vocal performances of the era. Doug Carn sold more records than Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis (according to 1974 Billboard Magazine). However, due the fact that Doug’s demo (Infant Eyes) was turned down by the major labels, a great number of jazz fans and music lovers were unaware of his accomplishments. Be that as it may, those on the inside of the black awareness scene admired and thrived on his style and conception. Jean Carn would go on to become an award winning R&B recording artist with the legendary Philadelphia International Records label. In 1976, after the untimely death of it’s founder and after the demise of it’s distributor, Black Jazz Records ceased operations. However, it left behind a proven catalogue of inspirational jazz music which had never been made publicly available on the digital technology of the compact disc.


01. Doug Carn – Trance Dance
02. Gene Russell – My Favorite Things
03. The Awakening – March On
04. The Awakening – Convulsions
05. The Awakening – Jupiter
06. Calvin Keys – Criss Cross
07. Rudolph Johnson – The Highest Pleasure
08. Walter Bishop Jr. – Those Who Chant
09. The Awakening – Mirage
10. Calvin Keys – B.E.
11. Rudolph Johnson – Time and Space
12. Walter Bishop Jr. – Blue Bossa

The compilation Theo ParrishBlack Jazz Signature” (Black Jazz) is going to be released August 23, 2013.

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