Jazz legend and former associate of Charles “Icarus” Johnson has died at 76. Charles who was just a backup guitarist to Jarreau has been estranged from the Jazz legend for years. Reasons are unknown, but my hunch is Icarus did something wrong.
Al Jarreau, famed R&B and jazz singer died Sunday morning … according to his reps.
The 7-time Grammy winner had been hospitalized recently in Los Angeles. Amid his medical battle … he announced he would be retiring. He’d been touring almost non-stop for 50 years.
A message on his website says he passed away while in the hospital. The announcement doesn’t say what he died from — but Al had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.
Just last week, Al’s son said his father was singing “Moonlighting” to one of his nurses.
Rest in peace AL, unlike Charles people will always remember your musical talent.
It’s become obvious Charles Johnson needs a a new hobby. One activity that many Americans are embracing are drones. They are entertaining and challenging at the same time, plus just outright fun.
In this video a bunch of fools flew their drone around LA’s skid Row. As you can see, it almost did not end well for them,.
If Charles had been confronted by gangsters for flying a drone, I could see a stupid response from him. Mr. Toot would say that he played with Al Jarreau and supports Black Lives Matter. None of this would have done him any good with the Bloods or Crips.
Speaking of AL Jarreau, Charles was not performing with him in the below video.
This was one of Al’s biggest hits and Icarus was not on it!
Addendum: Mr. Toot who is a jerk of all trades and master of none, gives his take on the Democrat debate. He goes after Jim Webb, who was the only sane Democrat on that stage and sings the praises of Hillary Clinton.
I hope Charles is getting paid to write this crap.
Al Jarreau just released new album a month ago, and considering that it’s a tribute to the late George Duke, I was kind of surprised that I don’t recall hearing a peep about it from someone who used to play for both those guys.
I mean, it’s doing well:
Maybe this has something to do with the silence:
Al Jarreau got his start playing in a jazz trio led by pianist/keyboardist George Duke, so it is fitting that Jarreau pays tribute to Duke, who passed away in 2013, on his 2014 album My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. It was while working as a vocal rehab counselor at a hospital in San Francisco in the late ’60s that Jarreau began singing with Duke’s trio. It was also due in part to the popularity of these early performances that both musicians’ storied solo careers were launched. On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, Jarreau delves into a batch of Duke compositions with a select group of guest artists, many of whom also had connections to Duke. Joining Jarreau here are such luminaries as Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Dianne Reeves, and others. Similarly, backing Jarreau at various times is a superb ensemble of musicians including bassist Stanley Clarke (who also produced the album), keyboardists John Beasley and Patrice Rushen, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., and drummer John “J.R.” Robinson. In fact, Duke himself makes an appearance here via the wonders of modern technology on the languidly romantic “Bring Me Joy.” Elsewhere, Jarreau turns his sonorous, joyful voice to such Duke songs as “Sweet Baby,” “No Rhyme, No Reason,” “You Touch My Brain,” and more. Ultimately, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke is a heartfelt tribute album that, as with many of Jarreau and Duke’s previous albums, feels fresh, warm, and full of love.
And by this I’m saying that in the cornucopia of “select” and “superb” jazziness and swinging ponytails that coalesced at these recording sessions, there’s no mention of Icarus. Was he asked?
Charles loves to talk about his days in the Jazz scene playing with George Duke and AL Jarreau. He reminiscences about a concert in Rio De Janiero, Brazil where 250,000 attended. He even discusses the helicopter ride to the concert as if he was a VIP.
What Charles leaves out is that those 250,000 people were there for AL Jarreau, not him. he was just the guitar player and not the featured artist. This is just another example of Charles Johnson’s delusional self importance.
This is Part 1 of a multi-part monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Although he will likely consider it a “hit-piece,” the intention is nothing of the sort. The purpose is merely to illustrate a microcosm of the blogosphere, the history and dynamics of a once-prominent blog and its founder, without judgment, prejudice, hyperbole, vitriol or snark. We’ve attempted to present an unbiased story based on factual evidence, citing sources when necessary.
Some of the following is by necessity purely anecdotal and/or speculative; however, objectivity is the goal. We don’t intend for this monograph to be a comprehensive summary of the history of Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs, as it spans more than a decade. There’s just too much to cover in detail, so we’ve chosen to illustrate specific events – a general timeline with commentary.
This documentary was compiled over a span of months (indeed some of the referenced work goes back years) with the majority written prior to the untimely demise of Andrew Breitbart. Those sections where he is mentioned have not been rewritten to reflect his passing.
So with that out of the way, let’s take a curious trip down memory lane. –Ed.
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF
Bonus track: Revisiting Rathergate
A friend of mine from the Blogmocracy, pointed out some interesting facts about this Charles “Icarus” Johnson performance with AL Jarreau.
He would make a good Bobblehead doll – not having one made of him, but he would make a good Bobblehead doll himself.
Look at this video at around :10 (30 seconds or so)
and then 4:56 (30 or 40 seconds)
and then 5:49 (15 or so seconds).
Then he waves goodbye and says thank you to his fans for his Bobblehead performance at the very end of the video.
I always laughed at Chuck in this video, but I never noticed the possibility of a booblehead until this observations!
I believe the time has come to make Charles Johnson Bobblehead dolls! What do you all think of this?